Auto parts industry ripe for aggressive unions

By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/09/2001

Relentless union organizers in the automotive parts industry are making headway into some uncharted areas but some in the lucrative sector are still reluctant to let go of their anti-union traditions.

While the auto makers themselves have a strong percentage of unionization, automotive parts manufacturers have been able to keep the unions at bay, until now that is.

Both the unions and firms are pulling out some aggressive tactics to protect their interests, however, changes in the economy have created more favourable opportunities for unions to organize.