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UAW Renews Effort To Organize Southern Auto Plants

United Auto Workers positioning the union as a car company partner rather than an adversary in efforts to sign up workers at U.S. factories owned by foreign-based companies.

DETROIT (AP) -- The head of the United Auto Workers is positioning the union as a car company partner rather than an adversary in a renewed campaign to sign up workers at U.S. factories owned by foreign-based car companies.

UAW President Bob King says it will play tough with Toyota, Honda, BMW and others if they don't agree to secret-ballot election principles that the union is backing. He says companies that don't sign on to the principles will be branded in as human rights violators.

The UAW has had little success organizing workers at the factories, which were built mainly in southern states.

But King says this is a different UAW. He says the union now works with companies to keep costs competitive and help them make money.
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