UAW Planning A "Movement For Social Justice" – Is It Time For A UAW Death Watch?

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
uaw planning a movement for social justice is it time for a uaw death watch

With their campaign to organize foreign auto plants seemingly in the toilet, UAW President Bob King is embarking on a new task – creating “a movement for social justice”.

The goal of the movement will be to wrest control of America from King’s foes, “right-wing Republicans” and “one-percenters”. King made the speech at a gathering for UAW Local 651 while commemorating the anniversary of the 1937 Sit Down Strike (or clutching onto the last instance of the UAW being relevant to American society).

King urged the UAW and others to target General Electric, with the Detroit News reporting on this delightful scene

“It is morally wrong — it is absolutely wrong — that they make billions and billions and billions of dollars and pay not a single penny in taxes,” King said, his veins bulging as his voice grew hoarse from shouting. “Enough is enough. We’re the 99 percent who want 100 percent fairness for everyone.”

What do you say B&B? Is it time for a UAW Death Watch? With the UAW’s attempts to unionize in the South seemingly going down the toilet, a sequence of embarrassing publicity stunts and a dwindling base to collect union dues from, it might be the beginning of the end for America’s most annoying labor union.

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  • MrFixit1599 MrFixit1599 on Feb 14, 2012

    I was at a GE plant in Houston installing a new production machine last week. There were 6 Chevy Volts in the "Green Lot", parking reserved for efficient vehicles. 4 of them had temp tags on them. It was a very small plant (by GE standards), only employed 100 or so people. Apparently the GE employees are willing to pay for premium parking spaces.

  • MrFixit1599 MrFixit1599 on Feb 14, 2012

    If anything has killed the UAW it is OSHA (and greed). Union's originally dealt with better working conditions. I work in industrial plants every day, and deal with OSHA violations alot, and have to resolve them. When I go into a UAW plant, on average, it takes 1.5 hours to do 1 hours worth of work compared to a non union shop. Add to that I have to be escorted and monitored the entire time, so that is a body that could be elsewhere doing a more important job. Quite frankly it drives me insane.

  • Ciddyguy Ciddyguy on Feb 14, 2012

    For once, I actually agree with PCH. "Ironically, the bailout that people like to howl about sealed their fates. The UAW is never going to recover from the leverage that they lost as a result of i". I think this has indeed been a part of what has weakened the UAW in recent years, amongst other reasons. And add to that, Bob King himself seems to be blind to reality and thus has found out the hard way that the transplant factories would tell him to bug off as they saw that they make as good a wage, or more than their UAW counterparts up north, but have it MUCH easier overall than their union counterparts. It does seem that the UAW, at the very least is in a slow death knell but when they actually die, who knows but the signs are definitely there and I would not be surprised if other unions for other industries are in the same similar fate.

  • Jdmcomp Jdmcomp on Feb 14, 2012

    We can only hope..................