The Uaw's Next Battleground

The union is making recruitment a priority, and the first skirmish may well be with DaimlerChrysler

In April, the United Auto Workers (UAW) started an unusual organizing drive at a Mercedes-Benz factory in Vance, Ala. The union told management that it wouldn't attack the company as anti-union or even pass out pro-union leaflets. It didn't seem like such a daring offer. After all, the plant was part of the new DaimlerChrysler family--one of two factories in the sprawling trans-Atlantic auto empire where blue-collar workers were not in a union. And UAW President Stephen P. Yokich was a member of the new DaimlerChrysler board of directors.

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