By on November 18, 2010

Let me say this as clear as I can, I do not think there will be any concessions in 2011. People want to reward our members and it will be a key component of the 2011 bargaining. When the industry comes back, just like we’re sharing in the downside we’re going to share in the upside. That’s a key foundation of what we’re doing in 2011.

UAW President Bob King gives his best “we will fight them on the beaches” impression, telling Reuters that his union has sacrificed enough, thanks. And though the people who want to reward UAW members are notably absent from public debate, that assertion wasn’t nearly as double-take-worthy as King’s opinion that

There’s no competitive gap between Ford, GM and Chrysler right now


If that is the case, it’s only because Ford is selling a ridiculous number of cars right now, a fact that can probably be tied to the fact that, unlike GM and Chrysler, the Blue Oval isn’t owned by the UAW. After all, the uneven treatment shown by the UAW towards Ford is wellproven… as are its effects. It makes sense that the UAW wouldn’t give back anything to GM and Chrysler… they already have no-strike clauses, and GM has been cramming existing workers into the second wage tier. But claiming that Ford isn’t at a competitive disadvantage compared to the automakers that the UAW owns stakes in is just ludicrous.
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17 Comments on “UAW Boss: “People Want To Reward Our Members”...”

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    When even your lower-tier workers are doing better than many of today’s college graduates fresh out of school, it’s hard for the general public to find much sympathy. The unions are on par with politicians to me…plenty of good and decent people on a one-by-one basis, but a part of a protectionist system that won’t see many tears from the normal part of the private sector.

    • 0 avatar

      These college graduates wised up after being treated so fair by their employers.

      UAW 5810 representing 6000 Postdoctoral Researchers at the University of California.

      UAW Local 2865 representing over 12,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) — Readers, Tutors, TAs, and others — at the 9 teaching campuses of the University of California

    • 0 avatar

      And you wonder why tuition is so high and increasing much faster than inflation.

  • avatar

    I’m not a lawyer, but how can it be legal for an entity like the UAW to bargin over a labor contract with Ford (with the ability to legally strike if they are not satisfied) all while having ownership in Ford’s competition (which are both currently protected against any such strike).

    How can fair bargaining ever be acheived in that scenario.

  • avatar

    Wow, he looks almost like the guy linked here…

  • avatar

    He’s right about givebacks. They may budge on some more works rules, but I expect the union will win some raises and bonuses, nothing major though.

  • avatar

    I hereby put forth a motion before the committee:
    Similar to the case of the man elected to the highest office in the land thereafter referred to as, “Mister President”,
    So thenceforth, shall every UAW boss hereafter be referred to as, “Boss Tweed”.

  • avatar

    If the UAW isn’t duly rewarded in 2011, think of all the ATVs, jet skis and 60″ TVs that will wind up getting sold on craigslist.  Civilization as we know it will begin to unravel….

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    This is a test. If the OEMs give the UAW anything other than the backs of their hands, they have failed it.
    The message needs to be, you are lucky to have jobs, you are all over paid, and if you go on strike we will ship the production to the third world.

  • avatar

    Look, the UAW has on a long-term basis failed its members in a wide number of ways:

    Could it stop the exporting of american auto and parts assembly jobs which started way back in the 1970s?  No.

    Could it stop the flight of auto plants from the rust belt to right-to-work states?  No.

    Did it support Democrat candidates (Clinton/Gore) that sold out all American workers by giving China Most Favored Nation trading status?  Yes.

    Did it stop the two-tiered wage system which royally screws all new union workers compared to those already in?  No.

    I was working at Delco Electronics in Kokomo when they were starting up their second Mexican plant in Reynosa (resulting in the eventual loss of 100s of jobs in Kokomo).  Meanwhile, the local UAW (292) leaders were fighting for how many feet it was from their work areas to a snack machine, and how many parking lot lights there were.  Our local plant agreement was a book 1/2″ thick!  Smart.

    • 0 avatar

      How did increased trade with China kill the automakers in any way?  In all seriousness if it weren’t for the increased access to the Chinese market it would have almost been impossible to unbankrupt GM since they’d have no future-the profitable Chinese car market is GM’s lifeline.

  • avatar
    Almost Jake

    All but the UAW itself understand how parasitic the UAW truly is. There was a time that they were needed, but that time has long been over. Why should they be rewarded? For letting their greed almost kill the American auto industry?

  • avatar

    Looking at King’s picture makes me think of the Hannah Arendt line about Adolf Eichmann: “the banality of evil”. He is surely evil but looks like a mere unpleasant midlevel bureaucrat.

  • avatar

    Ford needs to open a major new plant in the South as a warning shot to the UAW.
    Or maybe they will just wait until the UAW pressures them again before getting on the phone to the governor in Georgia and ask about new plant sites.

    • 0 avatar

      Any plant that Ford opens in the United States is automatically unionized, regardless of where it is located, as per the collective bargaining agreement. That is true whether it opens the plant in Florida, Texas or Michigan.

      Ford already produces three key vehicles – Fusion, MKZ and Fiesta – in Mexico. It has therefore already fired some very big warning shots at the UAW.  

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