Bob King, President of the United Auto Workers, says his organization is set to take a different tone with the management of domestic automakers in the future. While speaking at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy conference, King said that the new UAW doesn't view automaker management as an adversary, but as a partner. That's particularly curious considering that King recently called Ford CEO Alan Mulally's salary "morally wrong."

At the same time, the union leader made it clear that he believes workers should be rewarded for the concessions that they made during the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler. As you may recall, those included pay cuts and the acceptance of a two-tier wage system that pays new workers half that of senior individuals.

According to Bloomberg, King also made it clear that the UAW is committed to seeing its automakers succeed. That's no real surprise given that the union has been vying for seats on the boards of all three domestic automakers.

Our best guess is that King's remarks are the latest in a campaign to show the UAW to be a force that automakers with American manufacturing facilities should welcome into their plants. Head over to Bloomberg to read the full account of the UAW president's comments.


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      Drew
      • 4 Years Ago
      The UAW is a freakin joke. I hope Ford has the balls to stand up to them. I don't know if GM and Chrysler can considering the UAW owns a significant portion of both. Talk about a conflict of interest. How do you best represent your workers if you're a major owner of the company?
        kevsflanagan
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Drew
        Exactly! I hope Ford grows the biggest set of grapefruits known to man and tells the Union to go suck it! I know strong words but at the same time they (UAW) have to realize that Ford as a business needs to produce PROFIT. Without it they can't research new products or platforms or technology. Also the UAW needs to realize that while protecting their workers all shouldnt be considered equal. While yes seniority is good at times it doesnt mean that the worker is better than someone who has been there for a year. Again I hope Ford grows a set and lays into the UAW. If they strike fine let 'em. Ford has enough good PR right now that they can easily demonize the UAW (not that its that hard). They own portions of GM and Chrysler for crying outloud. How can they say "We want a fair contract" out of Ford when they own portions of their Competitors.
      wooootles
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stop right there, criminal scum!
        darkness
        • 4 Years Ago
        @wooootles
        I don't see any UAW officials collecting $25 million do you?
      remy
      • 4 Years Ago
      "At the same time, the union leader made it clear that he believes workers should be rewarded for the concessions that they made during the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.." What about the big part the Union played into running GM bankrupt?
      William
      • 4 Years Ago
      Non-adversarial? He's 5-6 decades late. As an aside, I saw an article a few days ago stating Ford is paying $52 an hour for labor. How can any car company compete - really compete - with that weight on its shoulders.
        You guy
        • 4 Years Ago
        @William
        I agree. The Hyundai plant in Alabama pays $24 an hour which is plenty for an assembly line worker.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 4 Years Ago
          @You guy
          If that's the case, then they make about 49k a year, which is not too shabby, especially when factoring in the lower cost of living in Alabama. It's why it always cracks me up when UAW faithful excuse anything below the Mason Dixon line as if it's some third world country. Little do they know, that's exactly the direction MI has been headed for years now.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @You guy
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      GMan
      • 4 Years Ago
      "King's remarks are the latest in a campaign to show the UAW to be a force that automakers with American manufacturing facilities should welcome into their plants." I guess if other automakers are fooled by his speech into believing that the UAW wants to play nice, they deserve to invite the UAW in and be ruined.
      carfan
      • 4 Years Ago
      does this guyever comb his hair??
      SenorMitchSpence
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTF? Why dont the automakers just let their OWN workers former a union only within their company? The UAW is not a auto-union. http://www.uaw.org/node/670 It is multi-industry union only designed to get in the way of everything. If the workers really cared, they would ask their own company to help them form a company-based union so that the union is liked and the company will be more willing to work with the union.
        darkness
        • 4 Years Ago
        @SenorMitchSpence
        The UAW is a company union.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @darkness
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        • 4 Years Ago
        @SenorMitchSpence
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        • 4 Years Ago
        @SenorMitchSpence
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      Chris
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does Bob King look just like Peter Griffen's father (non-biological) Francis Griffen?? The resemblance distracts me every time there's a union story... Check it our yourself: www.planet-familyguy.com/pfg/characters/36/FrancisGriffin/
      Blakkar
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this is too easy, but WTH... "IT'S A TRAP!"
      • 4 Years Ago
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        Mike K
        • 4 Years Ago
        Coming from someone who has contributed nothing, at all, ever, to this site?? You got a set on you...
          Renaurd
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          What have you contributed other than an overabundance of ignorance.
      Master Austin
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah after year we hear the same rhetoric. The UAW Pres will come out, wage war. The automakers will talk about bringing out a new vehicle. The UAW threatens them with a strike, or wanting more, the automakers threaten them with building the product overseas. Time has shown that more and more domestic automakers are building outside the country. Obviously the UAW is tone-deaf. Let's face it, people are out of work, and either have no health care, or substandard healthcare and/or have to contribute 100% to their 401Ks, have 2 weeks paid vacation and 5 sick days...thats the norm. AMERICA is not feeling sorry for UAW employees who are wanting MORE than that. They just aren't. They are fed up with government waste, irresponsible politicies and bad politics! The UAW is "more of the same"...
        Mike K
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Don't forget, UAW workings get roughly $80/hr of total compensation. So their base pay is about $50/hr, and then the remaining $30/hr goes to health care, pensions, 401K, etc. Damn I wish I had a BASE pay of 104K/yr and didn't have to work a minute over 40hrs/wk....
          Renaurd
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          You are another idiot.
          darkness
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          Hey You Guy you have no clue what your talking about, but keep believing if it makes you feel better.
          You guy
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          Darkness - $80/hr TOTAL. So your check reflects $50 of it. The other $30 is union dues, health care, 401k, and other whatever.
      Renaurd
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope all of you slamming the unions have to live in a refrigerator box under a bridge one day. You don't realize, if it was not for the unions you would be working for half what you are today. Why don't you ask for an increase yourself, instead of wishing for lower wages for some else.. What is wrong with you, the minute the unions are gone it will be a race to the bottom for all of us. Only a fool wants to bring someone else down, rather than making a better life for himself. And Autoblog we know what side you fall on, you have made your bias point, so why not LAY OFF. The reason this country is in the depressed state it's in today is because the people have no buying power, their wages have been going down while the cost of living goes up. You people might like living in a country where you can only dream of having the better things in life, but I sure as Hell don't.
        Dan S
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        America was built on the back of slavery but that doesn't make it acceptable or relevant today.
        GMan
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        I agree that if it weren't for unions from a hundred years ago we would all be paid less today. But now they've out-lived their usefulness. They're no longer asking for basic rights at work. Now they're asking for all kinds of goodies that are unreasonable and ridiculous.
        Alex
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        Renaud where are you getting your opinion from? Have you ever taken an economics class? Everyone knows that in a free market wages need to be based on supply and demand of jobs. if you think of jobs as a market then when a union demands higher wages it creates a price floor for jobs which is higher than the equilibrium price. this increases demand for jobs and decreases supply creating a shortage of jobs. this forces manufactures to layoff workers. The workers and manufacturer takes what is referred to as a deadweight loss where jobs are lost and profits are lost so then the manufacturer has less money to spend on R and D and quality, This leads to less competitive products. Anyone in a union is selfish and only cares about making more money for themselves. They do not care about the company they work for or their fellow Americans. I have turned down union jobs before and will begin my new non union job soon which by the way pays much less than the union job did but I am happy knowing that I am not in a union and contributing to the decline our manufacturing industry. All manufacturing workers will have to live in a refrigerator box under a bridge one day if we continue to allow the UAW to exist. You think America doesn't have enough buying power? oh okay so we give Americans more money so they can buy a bunch of stuff that is made somewhere else? How many of the products we buy today are made in America? A large part of the the Chinese economy is selling products to us. The money they are getting from us is not coming back I'm sorry only to buy up our businesses and land.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        You just described Michigan, and the "Rustbelt" for that matter. Despite being a haven for unions, with policies that serve as a lifeline for such as the UAW, they are the ones hardest hit in this economic downturn. Contrary to the propaganda you preach, it's those people and places not bound by unions who are the most well off. Policies have been put in place to protect workers, rendering the UAW useless.
        darkness
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        If I weren't for union there would be many more multi millionaire execs to steal profit money.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @darkness
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          You guy
          • 4 Years Ago
          @darkness
          You mean like Bob King?
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