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UAW's King: Stronger union being born

BY BRENT SNAVELY

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

UAW President Bob King said today that the UAW has a vision for the future that is very different from its past.

In the last century, King said, the UAW sought to improve the salary and benefits of its workers in an automotive industry dominated by domestic automakers.

“A more visionary and stronger 21st-Century UAW is being born,” King said during a speech today at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City.

King said the UAW isn’t abandoning its core belief that unions protect workers and should work toward improving social justice for everyone, but said the strategies the union uses to achieve those goals have changed.

Today’s UAW, King said, recognizes that there are at least seven top automakers in the U.S. and also recognizes that it must work with employers to improve the quality the industry’s cars and trucks.

“The UAW of the 21st Century is a force for innovation. We are committed to the success of our employers of our partners.”

King said the UAW has agreed to contracts in recent years that have cut the average salary of its members by $7,000 to $30,000 and said the restructuring of the U.S. automotive industry caused the loss of 200,000 jobs.

At the same time, King also urged corporations and employers in all industries to shed its opposition to unions and argued that companies that have unions have a workforce that is more likely to offer suggestions to improve productivity.

The UAW, King said, supports the Employee Free Choice Act, better known as card check, that would make it easier for workers to form a union.

“It would be wise ... to consider the positive advantages of a positive productive relationship with a union,” King said.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100802/BUSINESS01/100802013/1210/UAWs-King-Stronger-union-being-born

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There has to be some level of opposition between Union and Management. If they are all buddy-buddy, then one side or the other will, in time, take over & make the other ineffective, leading to either abused workers or an uncompetitive business.

It's more wise for a business to simply treat it's employees fairly and not need a union. But of course that's not a stance union leaders are going to take, then how would they get paid?

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Thankfully it's all talk, but if card check passes, be very afraid. Luckily that isn't too likely at this point.

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