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April 15, 2004

Competing Auto Unions

An interesting story about competing campaigns to organize a Honda plant near Toronto-- by the US-based United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), which broke away from the UAW back in 1985.

While it can seem a waste of resources to have two unions fighting to organize the same plant, a little pressure in competition has often historically focused attention on organizing. The best period of organizing in US history was in the 1930s when the AFL and the CIO were fighting each other over every factory plant.

Posted by Nathan at April 15, 2004 07:31 AM