• Dec 14, 2009
Ron Gettelfinger, the United Auto Workers' (UAW) president during the recent tumult, is moving on from his post, and has thrown his support behind Bob King. King is currently a vice president in the union and manages the relationship with Ford.

While the outlook is positive for King's nomination, he's going to have some reconciliation to do. In the last go-round with Ford, King asked his membership to agree to concessions that took strikes off the table, which the UAW's rank and file promptly denied. Despite the contention, King has been thought of as Ron Gettelfinger's replacement for some time, and the union hopes King will be a tougher customer in the throes of negotiation.

[Source: Wall Street Journal - Sub. Req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This could be good all around. This will be good for Ford, the UAW, and their respective images. I personally think, and I mean no offense to any member, that the UAW has somewhat tarnished their name. The US UAW seems to be one of the greediest unions around, and trust me, I know unions. Not to mention that they compared to other auto unions across the globe, I believe the UAW is the most expensive. Hopefully the nasty associations with the UAW will soon be a thing of the past with King as president.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "I'm pretty sure that was an experiment to see how fast he could get half-starred."

      Mission accomplished.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure that was an experiment to see how fast he could get half-starred.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A better idea idea would be to retire the union itself when Ron retires. This is no longer the 1920's era anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Avinash machado:
        "If it was not for the unions and the US auto industry..."
        I'm glad US auto industry even made it into your comment. But still, Unions in the first place, right?
        Haha.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I doubt if you know anything about unions except what you have been told. If it was not for the unions and the US auto industry, there would of never been the middle class that we had in this country. Thank the workers from the unions for what you use to have! Thank greed and the service idea for what we have now...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @American Worker

        I know a few things about unions, having worked under their "representation" against my will in multiple jobs. They took a slice of my hard earned money, they never helped me in any way, as part of the contract where I worked they allowed the company to adjust wages at will to ensure stability, and when they laid me off I didn't get any of my money back from the union nor any representation to prevent my layoff.

        What a great deal! All for only a few thousand a year!

        Coming from someone who has been in them, unions can take a short walk off a long pier, preferably with cement boots on.

        And your whole argument that the middle class is attributable to unions? Yeah, let's go ahead and set that straw man on fire ASAP.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bill looks like a wax figurine. :)
      Nothing against him though, he recognized he's not the right person, he has my respect for that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lets hope this works. The unions need to come into the 21st century. Maybe a union rep that does not see the company as the enemy but as a partner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unions and US automotive companies are in bed together except at Ford. FFS the union has a controlling interest in Chrysler (55%) and nearly 18% of GM! You don't get much more "in bed" together than by being partial owners.
      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      They look like the sleazy mob bosses that they are... Well at least the real mafia buys better suits. Where'd they get those? Wal Mart?

      F the UAW in the A. And the big 3 too.

      Welcome to the United Socialist States of America. USSA has replaced the USSR as the stupidest bunch of morons in the world, politically.

      What happens when all the productivity stops and the money runs out? Awww who you going to loot then Mr. Unions and Mr. Obama? You'll never get a cent from me!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @matthew
        Having spent some time with the military and gov. I will assure you that the U.S. is not anything like the former USSR. Were it so, instead of sitting in front of your computer today and posting nonsense, you might instead be sitting in a small grey room of a windowless building, awaiting your turn. No my son, in spite of your rants this in not the CCCP or any other peoples republic and there is no blue grey uniformed Államvédelmi Hatóság officer sitting across a table from you.