Magazine March 21, 2011, Issue

The UAW’s Last Gamble

UAW president Bob King (Carlos Osorio/AP)
It’s targeting foreign automakers to strong-arm them into accepting unionization

As government-employee unions fiercely defend their perks in Wisconsin, private-sector unions are close to giving up the ghost. One of the few that remain powerful is the United Auto Workers, thanks largely to the recent auto bailouts. Yet even the UAW has been hemorrhaging its lifeblood — dues-paying members — and its condition grows ever shakier.

Now the UAW is launching a desperate gamble: an all-out, no-holds-barred campaign to organize foreign-owned automakers’ factories in the United States. And we do mean no-holds-barred: The UAW has threatened to denounce automakers that resist its efforts as human-rights violators — and it is enlisting

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