• The United Auto Workers nominated Bob King, the union’s vice president for relations with Ford Motor Co., to succeed UAW President Ron Gettelfinger upon Gettelfinger’s retirement at the end of his term in summer 2010.
  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada reported that Canadian unions’ membership increased slightly in 2009, up 0.2 percent from its membership level in 2008, a significantly smaller rise than the 2.4 percent increase in 2008. However, Canada’s overall unionization rate decreased to 29.9 percent in 2009 from the 30.4 percent in 2008, a turnaround from the 0.1 percent increase in 2008 over 2007.