UAW Sells Out Members, Holds On To Black Lake Resort

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Since taking office in June, UAW President Bob King has ramped up the rhetoric level at Solidarity Hall considerably, as he seeks to portray the union as a defender of the American middle class. But, as the old adage goes, actions speak louder than words… and King’s actions this week couldn’t paint a clearer picture of the UAW’s priorities.

On Tuesday GM announced that it would close its Indianapolis stamping plant next year, after workers there voted against a UAW-sponsored contract that would have sold the plant to Chicago-based Norman Industries and cut worker pay by as much as 50 percent. Local union members were so incensed by the UAW’s efforts to make them accept pay reductions, they shouted representatives down at angry meeting last Sunday (starting at 2:45 in the video above).

And if you think they were angry on Sunday, imagine how pissed the members of Local 23 were on Tuesday when the partially UAW-owned GM announced that the plant would cease production next June, and close by the end of 2011. Especially because they have no recourse, as the UAW agreed to a no-strike clause (ending in 2015) in exchange for its equity in GM and Chrysler.

To get the bitter taste of squelched brethren out of his mouth, UAW President Bob King took the union’s $33m Black Lake golf retreat off the market. Priorities.

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  • George B George B on Aug 20, 2010

    ENOUGH! I want a national divorce! Rather that this stupid bickering I'm about ready for a Red State/Blue state split. Then we can settle which way works best and be done with it. Regarding the golf resort, if it's a bad time to sell, why not rent it out? Would the maintenance costs be lower if they mothballed it while waiting for a buyer? Seems that the UAW could reduce costs here if they tried.

  • 1996MEdition 1996MEdition on Aug 20, 2010

    It's instinct to make oneself appear superior when threatend. Animals do it by puffing out their feathers, standing on their hind legs, etc. When confronted with something that is threatening to their viewpoint or is not understood, people do the same by becoming vocal and belittling the threat.

  • Segar925 Segar925 on Aug 20, 2010

    The current occupant of the white house can't even speak to a bunch of grade school kids without his teleprompter. How's that for a wonderful example of weak intellect? The number of brainwashed and uninformed liberals in this country never ends. It's easy to fool the uninformed masses when most of the newsmedia's campainging for you. At least Palin had executive experience as the Governor of Alaska. All Obama ever did besides community organizing was show up once in a while and vote "present" on pending legislation. That way he could flim-flam his constituents by pretending to be on both sides of the issues, just like the current Mosque controversy. What a sorry excuse for leadership.

    • NulloModo NulloModo on Aug 20, 2010

      Are you really going to try to spin Obama as a poor orator? Take a moment to really compare Obama, who has been universally hailed as one of the best public speakers to hold the presidency, vs Bush who gave Baghdad Bob a run for his money with quotes such as "I know that human being and fish can coexist peacefully".

  • Segar925 Segar925 on Aug 21, 2010

    It's a fact that Obama took his teleprompter when he went to visit a grade school class. Obama was also "Universally hailed" to be the savior of the planet by every liberal in the mainstream media. Every time Obama speaks "off Teleprompter" he puts his foot in his mouth just like Joe Biden. The man has absolutely no core beliefs, so he doesn't know what to say unless it's been scripted for him. That's why Obama didn't have a press conference for 18 months. Obama read "corpsman" from his teleprompter at least three times in a recent speach. I bet you didn't hear that from the liberal press.