- Jan 4, 2011
Report: UAW may seek board seats at Chrysler, Ford and GM
Automotive News is reporting that the United Auto Workers has set its sights on securing a position on the executive board of each domestic automaker. The move would mirror similar relationships between labor unions and German automakers in Europe, and UAW President Bob King says that his organization has broached the subject with the Big Three in the past. Moving forward, having a slot on each of the automakers ruling boards is something that the UAW will continue to push. King says that such a relationship would allow the UAW to preserve current jobs while advocating for the creation of new employment opportunities.
That's all well and good, but as MT points out, there could be issues with plopping UAW representatives on the boards of America's automakers. The biggest of those is that whoever the union chose to represent the organization would be facing large conflicts of interest when it came time to vote on labor decisions, though other issues would likely arise as well.
[Sources: Automotive News - sub. req. | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images]