The United Auto Workers’s protest at U.S. Hyundai Motor Co. dealerships today is to show support for Korean workers, not to target the automaker’s U.S. employees for a membership drive, a union spokeswoman said.
The United Auto Workers union, whose leader has staked its future bargaining power on organizing U.S. plants of Asian and European automakers, plans to start pressuring the companies through dealership campaigns.
General Motors Co., 28 months after its U.S.-backed bankruptcy, said it will build Chevrolet Equinox sport-utility vehicles in a reopened Tennessee assembly plant that used to make cars for the now-defunct Saturn brand.
General Motors Co. will move to entice electricians and its other highest-paid U.S. hourly workers to retire so it can hire lower-wage replacements through a four-year labor agreement with the United Auto Workers.
United Auto Workers Vice President Joe Ashton , who negotiates with General Motors Co. , said he wants to raise the $14-an-hour entry-level wage for union members at assembly plants in talks this year.
General Motors Co. will increase entry-level pay by $2 to $3 an hour as part of a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with the United Auto Workers, said two people familiar with the accord.
The United Auto Workers will seek early contract settlements in talks with the U.S. automakers this year, breaking a pattern of brinksmanship that stretches at least four decades, two people familiar with the plan said.