Dana Corp. has signed an agreement with the United Auto Workers to allow the union to organize its factories.
The company and union confirmed the deal Wednesday.
In the United States, Dana owns 200 plants that employ 20,000 workers. Of those plants, the UAW represents 2,350 workers at nine factories.
The union also has launched organizing drives at six other Dana plants. The Toledo, Ohio-based supplier has agreed to remain neutral in those and other membership campaigns.
Most important, Dana will forego plant elections to certify the union. If more than half of a factorys hourly workers sign cards pledging support for the UAW, Dana will accept the union as a bargaining agent.
The announcement comes as Dana is fending off rival ArvinMeritor Inc.s hostile $4.4 billion takeover offer.
The agreement is another major victory for the UAW, which has negotiated similar agreements with Johnson Controls Inc., Intier Automotive Inc., Magna International and Metaldyne.
Dana, a supplier of drivetrain, structural and engine products, ranks No. 6 on the Automotive News list of the Top 150 original equipment parts suppliers to North America. It had $5.3 billion in North American original equipment auto parts sales last year.