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Drive a non-General Motors, Ford or Chrysler product? Don't try to park it any lot owned by the United Auto Workers. That has been the stance for many years, and new UAW President Bob King is making it known that he will follow that rule to the letter, regardless of situation. The Detroit News reports that Kansas City Business Journal reporter James Dornbrook learned this lesson the hard way as he was asked to remove his Toyota Camry from Local 249's parking lot by an unidentified member. The scribe later wrote that his Camry was built at Toyota's Georgetown, Kentucky plant and that the popular midsize sedan contains more domestic content than the Ford F-150.

Dornbrook may have a point, but King is standing strong on the union-made-only policy. The UAW leader wrote a long letter to Dornbrook – which the KCBJ published – accusing transplant automakers of refusing workers the right to organize. King then added that transplants have accepted millions in tax cuts to build factories in the U.S. while at the same time jeopardizing middle-class jobs. The UAW and its 300,000 members, meanwhile, still account for two-thirds of U.S. auto assembly jobs.

While "union only" parking rules are the exact sort of thing that has many Americans rolling their eyes at the UAW, Wayne State University labor professor David Reynolds suggests that the current economic recession actually makes the public a bit more sympathetic to the UAW's situation, adding "there seems to be a better understanding of buying products and supporting companies that benefit local communities."

[Source: The Detroit News, Kansas City Business Journal | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy has nothing else in life. He was picked on in school and now he's got a little power. Leave him alone. Let him think he is important.

      The rest of us will just watch as his beloved auto industry implodes helped by the UAW he loves so much.

      Ironic isn't it. I guarantee the next President (won't be obama) will not bail them out again.

      He's living on borrowed time AND MONEY. Let him be king for a day, well, the next 2 years anyway.

      BYE BYE LIBERALS! NOVEMBER IS COMING!!!

      We take this country back at the ballot box or by force. YOU DECIDE.

      Go that NSA?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just read the letter King sent to the reporter.
      Wow he sure if full of himself and his precious UAW.

      It's hilarious that he said the unionization of autoworkers enabled them to negotiate a fair wage. But dude that was like 10000 years ago, Now you people are no longer paid a "fair" wage. For the type of work you people do, you should be paid 1/10 of what you actually earn.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do the UAW have parking lots, and where are they?
      • 4 Years Ago
      UAW doesn't know what they are doing anymore. It is just ridiculous to ban cars from your lot for any reason. And it is totally shocking that they would be OK with Ford and not Toyota. Ford is actively buying out every Union Contract they can and not employing any new union workers.

      I have absolutely no desire to support UAW and their crappy policies and tactics. I will however support and American auto worker and preferably non union. So Toyota, Honda, Subaru, BMW, Mercedes-Benz Etc. They all produce more "American" made products than the "American" companies currently do. Also Honda just produced more cars at their factories here in the US than they did in Japan for the first time this year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To double standard boy above me:

      Not everyone clicks on the same stories. Anti-detroit readers click on this kind of thing, pro-detroit click on the profit stories you mentioned.

      Your point would only be valid if the exact same people were commenting on every story you silly sausage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So do him and Mork still keep in touch does anyone know?
      • 4 Years Ago
      US-made Toyota Camry is forbidden but a mexican-made Dodge Caliber is OK.... seriously where did they dig up this guy?...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Absolute effing waste of oxygen and the primary reason I will never buy a GM/Chrysler/Ford vehicle. When the unions go then I'll come back to American car companies, till then? Eff 'em...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would have to consider myself liberal yet I am very much against unions. There is times when they are needed but now a days their powers are being abused by overcharging the companys for labor the companies have to pass the cost on to the customer. So I end up paying for some kid with no education getting payed $25+ per hour to work a cash register. Thats how bad the unions have gotten over here in California. I will not shop at union grocery stores or purchase union made cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is the UAW so afraid of a little competition?
      If your cars were so good, you wouldn't need the no foreign cars rule. People would buy UAW made cars anyway.
      But you KNOW your cars are crap. So you impose this rule to MAKE people buy your crap. How pathetic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Union-made only, eh? So would they ban my mexican assembled '10 Fusion from their lots? I'm pretty sure the workers in Sonora aren't UAW...
        • 4 Years Ago
        What would happen if I tried to park my Mazda6 on their lot. It was built by UAW members in a Ford owned factory in Flat Rock, Michigan. Oh, and Mazda was 30% owned by Ford at the time. Could I park one tire on their lot and the rest on the street?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this "big 3 parking only" policy even legal? Nobody with half a brain would believe for a split second that a business has any legal standing to deny access to colored or disabled people, so can UAW really ban "foreign cars" from its parking lots? There is only one word for Mr. King and his union thugs...bigots.
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