By on September 21, 2010

UAW boss Bob King is taking the fight abroad, visiting Fiat’s Italian plants in order to take a look at the World Class Manufacturing system that apparently has not yet sufficiently taken hold at Chrysler’s plants to be viewed there. But the visit isn’t purely social. King tells Reuters that

We’re going to be pitching to suppliers that they should come and locate here in Michigan.

Because clearly everybody wants to do business with the UAW. Heck, American supplier firms are falling over themselves to move production to Michigan, but King just thought it would be nice to give the Italians a first crack. On the other hand, Italy hasn’t exactly been free of auto-sector labor strife itself. At least King can pitch Italian suppliers by explaining that, as majority stakeholder in Chrysler, the UAW makes Fiat-Chrysler’s US labor environment a lot less complex: all you have to do is keep the union happy. So much for Marchionne’s “culture of poverty.”

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11 Comments on “The UAW Comes Knocking In Italy...”


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    Contrarian

    Perhaps Bob is going to ask the Italian unions how to strike properly.

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    CJinSD

    Perhaps he can travel to China next and expose them to the folly of buying GM.

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    Rod Panhard

    Maybe he’s halfway on his way to China. Equal rights for auto workers and human rights for auto workers should be the same, regardless of where on the globe an auto worker works. Good luck in Italy.

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    Dr Strangelove

    Geez. Must feel great to have a clear-cut world view with good guys and bad guys and all that. However, why not try just for five minutes to understand what the real world looks like, and what his motives and rationale might be, before posting yet another piece of mindless union bashing stereotype.
     
    As the utilization of Fiat platforms spreads from Italy to Michigan, the suppliers will face a choice between supplying both places from their existing facilities in Italy, or to set up shop next to the new sites in Michigan. Persuading them to do the latter is worth a shot, isn’t it.
     
    Whether King succeeds or not, his attempt shows a more constructive attitude and more brains than TTAC reveals in its usual political commentary, if we want to call it that.

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    Contrarian

    Wait, I thought he was too busy picketing American Toyota dealers [that sell many cars made by American workers]? Yeh, he loves American workers, as long as they are union.

    http://www.autoevolution.com/news/king-s-toyota-picketing-begins-in-cali-ny-22376.html

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    geeber

    From what I’ve read, the UAW seems tame compared to the Italian auto unions.

  • avatar
    AaronH

    What does Bob King know about “World Class Manufacturing”? He is just a begging “socialist” parasite.

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    TonyJZX

    my first thoughts when i saw that pic is “what a world class d-bag” just like gettelfinger
    there’s no positives to relocating to Illinois

  • avatar
    GarbageMotorsCo.

    Maybe we’ll get lucky and a last minute flight plan correction dumps his sorry ass in Siberia.


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