The North American auto marketplace witnessed a major restructuring during the 1980s. This article examines UAW's and CAW's quite different and distinctive responses to these developments at two union plants: the UAW's and GM's joint operation of the Saturn plant and the CAW's adversarial shop floor labor-management relations at CAMI, a GM-Suzuki joint venture. Then the article focuses on the common challenges both unions have to overcome in organizing Hyundai, the South Korean automaker, and the six Japanese plants. The article closes by exploring the risks and opportunities both unions face from the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 18, No. 4, Winter 1994, 52-75.