The United Auto Workers union is creating an army of activists around the globe, with international companies as their main organizing target, leaders said today on the second day of their national bargaining convention in Detroit. The army will be unleashed once the UAW board picks a target company, Richard Bensinger, director of organizing, told delegates. For this new strategy, the union has created the Global Organizing Institute to recruit and train activists. In the United States, there are union coordinators in each state to oversee recruits from university campuses and social justice organizations. In August, the UAW passed the idea of forming and funding the Organizing Institute; it became operational in January.
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