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Canada's Toyota workers poised to vote on joining union

By Susan Taylor and Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - Workers at Toyota Motor Corp's <7203.T> Canadian plants are set to vote next week on whether to become the first at wholly owned Toyota facilities in North America to unionize, a push Canada's biggest private-sector union is confident will succeed. A "yes" vote would mark a major victory for the union, Unifor, which has more than 300,000 members, including more than 39,000 in the auto industry, even though previous attempts to organize Toyota's Canadian plants failed.

Canada's Toyota workers poised to vote on joining union

By Susan Taylor and Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - Workers at Toyota Motor Corp's <7203.T> Canadian plants are set to vote next week on whether to become the first at wholly owned Toyota facilities in North America to unionize, a push Canada's biggest private-sector union is confident will succeed. A "yes" vote would mark a major victory for the union, Unifor, which has more than 300,000 members, including more than 39,000 in the auto industry, even though previous attempts to organize Toyota's Canadian plants failed.

Unifor seeking to represent Toyota workers in Ontario, vote set for next week

Unifor, the union looking to represent Toyota workers in three Canadian plants, is set for a vote that will be closely watched by labour groups after a failed attempt at unionization at another U.S. car plant last month. The union, which was formed last year with the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, said Monday it had filed an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board to represent more than 6,500 workers at Toyota's auto plants in Ontario.

Unifor targets Resolute Forest Products to set pattern in contract talks

MONTREAL - The head of Canada's largest private-sector union wants to incite a debate about the future of the forestry sector and regain ground lost by workers during the recession in its first major round of bargaining this spring with Resolute Forest Products. "There's no question that we're going to talk about reversal of concessions," Unifor national president Jerry Dias said Friday after choosing the Montreal-based company as the lead firm in contract talks in the Eastern Canadian pulp and paper industry.

Exclusive: United Auto Workers considers first dues hike since 1967

By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers union is considering hiking membership dues by 25 percent, the first increase since 1967, as it faces dwindling membership and rising costs, a top UAW official and several union sources said.

Analysis: VW in delicate dance with German union over Tennessee plant

By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG <VOWG_p.DE> officials in Germany and the United States are performing a delicate dance with VW's influential German union as they wrestle with the possible representation of workers at the company's plant in Tennessee. Volkswagen is trying to introduce its model of a German-style works council, which would help set work rules for white- and blue-collar workers, at its only U.S. plant, in Chattanooga.

German IG Metall union elects new chief

Germany's IG Metall, Europe's biggest labour union, elected Detlef Wetzel as its new president Monday as it seeks to rejuvenate its image and boost its ranks. Wetzel, 60, previously the number two of the mighty union, takes over from Berthold Huber who stood at the helm of IG Metall for the past six years. Out of the 458 delegates at IG Metall's congress, 333 -- or 75.5 percent -- voted for Wetzel, the only candidate, and 108 voted against him. There were 17 abstentions.

Change of guard at Europe's biggest union IG Metall

Germany's IG Metall, Europe's biggest labour union, is meeting on Sunday and Monday to elect a new president to rejuvenate its image and boost its ranks. Detlef Wetzel, currently the number two of the mighty union, is set to take over as chief from Berthold Huber who has stood at the helm of IG Metall for the past six years. With close to 2.3 million members, IG Metall defends the interests of a wide of range of industrial sectors, from steel and car making to electronics and even textiles. And it is not only the most powerful union in Germany, but the biggest in Europe.

Detlef Wetzel, the artisan of change at Germany's IG Metall

Detlef Wetzel, number two of Germany's mighty IG Metall labour union since 2007 who is set to be elected its new president, has been credited with not just stemming the membership drain, but actually turning it around. Wetzel, who turns 61 next month, joined IG Metall in 1969 and has worked his way up through the organisation, which has since grown to be Europe's largest labour union by members. He claims his career within IG Metall started "not out of political convictions, but due to my own personal experience".

German union's incoming boss warns VW about avoiding unions

By Jan Schwartz HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - The incoming leader of an influential German union warned Volkswagen AG <VOWG_p.DE> on Wednesday about trying to avoid unions in Tennessee, where the German automaker has an assembly plant.
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