• Jan 13th 2011 at 4:28PM
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United Auto Workers president Bob King wants to reverse the UAW's eroding course, and one of the best ways to strengthen its position is through increased membership. The Detroit News reports that King and company are looking to bring the power of one to the nearest transplant automaker producing vehicles in the U.S. King says that he wants foreign automakers to know that the UAW has learned from past mistakes and that the rank and file is not "the evil empire." Good to know, right? Well...

After King informed the transplants that the dark side has no power over the UAW, he then went on to tell automaker management at Toyota and Honda that efforts to block the right to fair bargaining will be branded "human rights violators." King reportedly went on to accuse some transplants of spending millions to keep unions out of plants, adding "I would not want to be a company that was branded as a human rights violator." And what happens if the UAW feels the automakers are continuing to block workers' rights to vote for or against the right to organize? King says the next step is to stage global protests that could cost automakers "hundreds of millions of dollars" to combat.

[Source: Detroit News | Image: Paul Sancya/AP]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      i think i use to jack this guy for his lunch money when he was younger.

      i kid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with the guy. Giving somebody a job is to violate their civil rights.

      That’s probably why unions and their boss Obama are keeping us at 10%.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota's mistreatment & human righ abuse toward their workers.

        Toyota is a human right abuser and union buster.

        In Japan, Toyota City (locate of toyota corp.) is highest sucide rate
        According to Japanese police whitepaper, '93' workers of Toyota commit suicide in last 3 years. But, Japanese media never expose this kind of news.

        Toyota Bought Back Cars Secretly to Hide Problems
        • 4 Years Ago
        That original comment looks very sarcastic to me. Seems like I'm the only one who thinks that. :P
        Or is Obama still untouchable?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Banking/Financial De-regulation came before GWB. that was Clinton-era and it was BI PARTISAN.
        Also, the Fannie and Freddie fiasco came about through the Clinton era,thanks to barney frank and chris dodd; just took time to break.

        And Obama's cronyistic socialism obviously follows union mentality and Chicago politics; though its really just an oligarchy. those of us will take everyone else's money and pool it and redistribute after we are taken care of
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, but unions have nothing to do with the current recession. Deregulation in the financial markets has everything to do with the current recession, and you can thank GWB (as well as congress members on both sides of the aisle) for that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Analog, Deregulation of the financial markets was a posterchild of the Reagan administration. They started that ball rolling strongly, but it took the Reagan-era Congressional members several years before they finally had the evil-doer-strength to force Bill Clinton into the major deregulations of '94 and '96. They overrode his veto. And then, ten years later, the entire Republican house-of-cards financial strategy fell on top of their own heads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you for real? He only wants what he wants not what they deserve on the open market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Analog, actually Bill Clinton (who by the way created around 22 million jobs) was the deregulator, along with Larry Summers.

        This is not a left - right thing, but the fact is Obama sees the world as US (unions, lawyers, government employees) vs THEM(business people, taxpayers, hard working people)

      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like someone desperate to stay relevant at all costs
        • 4 Years Ago
        When the UAW has actual proof of any automaters blocking votes, the UAW is free to present their evidence to the NLRB.

        Until then, this is slanderous libel, unfounded accusation of illegal activity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I swore of UAW built goods years ago and the quality (Toyotas) have never been better.

      To think, I spent so much time trolling internet sites trying to get people to convert away from imports and ended up switching to them.

      The irony........
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why? They've almost managed to shut the American car industry down completely
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the Detroit News yesterday he claimed the UAW (U Ain't Workn') was no longer the evil empire as it once was. He claimed that the UAW would be respectful and asked for the same during the democratic process of voting on unionization. This comment came from the same speech as what I mentioned above which really should be no surprise.

      King talks about how they are kinder, more open, and respect the democratic election process. In reality they are blackmailing the companies and trying to undermine that secret ballot which is key to the democratic election process by pushing for the employee free choice act. You know, the plan to eliminate the private election and just go by who signed their cards to hold an election. Making "votes" public and therefore subjecting workers against the union to ridicule, intimidation, and other sanctions.
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        Yeah, buy Japanese Union made products.

        Because if you stop buying UAW products the need for the transplants go away, not that they represent the majority of the labor effort put into their cars sold here anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this guy must be an anit union plant from somewhere because every time I hear what he has to say or even just see his face I find my self less and less favorable to the union he represents.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If King is so worried about Human rights violations maybe he should go to China and get them organized. They actually need it. but that would require him to actually make sacrifices and be a target like the Union members from the industrial era. Lets be honest, the UAW isn't about worker's rights, in America auto workers are very fairly compensated and when the UAW is involved I think over compensated. i don't think a line worker deserves 60 grand a year for an unskilled job. They are just as greedy and crooked as any Gorden Gecko out there. If king and his ilk really cared about worker's rights they would be campaigning in parts of the world where workers don't have a fair shake.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i wish the uaw is hurting jobs in America more then helping .. it already set back the us automakers years behind ... i hate that damn union
      • 4 Years Ago
      Time for the UAW to be dismantled.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He's going to end up like Jimmy Hoffa making ridiculous statements like this
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