UAW To Spend $40 Million On Organizing Non-Union Plants

Autoworker organizing is ramping up.

The Detroit News reports:

“The United Auto Workers said Wednesday it’ll spend $40 million through 2026 toward organizing non-union auto and battery workers in a decision underscoring its commitment to expanding its membership and influence.

The Detroit-based union’s governing International Executive Board voted Tuesday to commit the funds. This is the first time the UAW has provided a dollar amount for its organizing efforts after it announced its campaign in November to double its roughly 146,000 autoworker members at the Detroit Three by unionizing employees at 14 automakers from Volkswagen AG to Tesla Inc.

The funding will encompass those efforts as well as at battery plants, particularly in the South, according to the news release. That could include Ford Motor Co.’s joint venture facilities with SK On Co. Ltd. in Tennessee and Kentucky. The Ford master agreement negotiated last fall didn’t outline a pathway toward unionization at those BlueOval SK locations like contracts with General Motors Co. and Stellantis NV did for their respective joint ventures.

‘In the next few years, the electric vehicle battery industry is slated to add tens of thousands of jobs across the country, and new standards are being set as the industry comes online,’ the union said in a news release. ‘These jobs will supplement, and in some cases largely replace, existing powertrain jobs in the auto industry. Through a massive new organizing effort, workers will fight to maintain and raise the standard in the emerging battery industry.'”

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