• The United Auto Workers union is working to organize employees of foreign-owned automakers that have U.S.–based plants. UAW President Bob King claims that the union has entered into confidential talks with automakers about holding elections and the union feels “very upbeat about the prospect of working together with the companies.” King would not disclose the names of the automakers with whom he is allegedly in discussions, though. In January, King announced an effort to convince foreign companies to commit to a set of “principles” to ensure fair elections, and he added that companies that did not agree with the UAW´s principles faced being denounced as “human rights violators.”
  • UNITE HERE Local 19 announced a boycott of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The union is working to organize about 300 employees of the hotel through the card check process. The union is asking customers to stop patronizing the hotel for meals, overnight stays, and events. UNITE HERE Local 2 has previously boycotted numerous Hyatt hotels in San Francisco, and the Hyatt has previously agreed to card check and neutrality in San Francisco and San Mateo counties.