The modern union movement was kick-started 75 years ago at a General Motors factory in Flint, MI. The workers staged a sit-down protest that eventually led to the formation of the first auto union contract. The United Auto Workers and President Bob King (middle) are looking to celebrate that big anniversary by, of course, hitting the streets in protest.

The Detroit News reports that King told a crowd of about 500 union members that the UAW will join with other unions and members of the Occupy Wall Street movement to protest big corporations that pay no taxes "while middle-class Americans are losing their homes." King went on to rally the troops with promises to fight corporate greed and right wing politics.

King and company plan to start their collaborative protesting on April 25 with a demonstration in front of the General Electric stakeholders meeting in Detroit. Of course GE isn't all that thrilled about the negative spotlight. GE spokesman Andrew Williams tells The Detroit News that the conglomerate paid a billion dollars in taxes in 2010.


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      William
      • 2 Years Ago
      And being in the market for a car, i was almost lured into considering a GM automobile. I just checked the autoblog story on the Buick Regal here. I checked into the LaCrosse just last week. But news like this story reminds me to avoid American based automobiles. Oddly, it feels better for the country to buy a foreign brand than to forward my money to the UAW.
        ICantDrive88
        • 2 Years Ago
        @William
        You can buy GM cars, just get a Regal, it's being built in Belgium for now at least!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ICantDrive88
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      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live far enough out of a metro area I never see these OWS types. Probably a good thing for them because WV, western VA and western MD are not really in tune with OWS. Unions and union members will have to re-think what their purpose is or they will continue to decline in membership and influence.
      Seph
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I was part of the occupy movement, I'll shove them away.. Because basically what they're protesting is not that really different from "send the jobs to china".. Peace yo!
      ctsmith1066
      • 2 Years Ago
      People are told to hate unions, so they hate unions. They don't realize that when they hate unions, they hate workers.
        derekwilkinson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        Nope, we realize what we hate. We hate self-entitled lazy workers.
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        No people don't hate workers, they hate entitlements that the Union brings to workers who don't deserve it. The union had it's place, and it still does, it just isn't in the USA anymore, the unions place is in developing countries that are just now going through there own industrial revolutions. Unions want more jobs in the USA, bring manufacturing back... you can't by protesting, protecting lazy workers, fighting against the corporations that give you a job and pay you. and then acting surprised when the very same cooperation makes a decision to close the inefficient, unionized plant and opens a brand new one in a non union state, or even outside the USA. The landscape has changed, if we want to be competitive workers need to work with the company, they need to align themselves and work hard to be the most efficient in the world. and if you tell me the UAW is the most efficient workers and can build a car better than anyone else. why do the autoworkers avoid Unionized states like the plague?
          Gubbins
          • 2 Years Ago
          @icon149
          +1. Great post! I hope Mr. Alvarez reads it.
        Brand X
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        I live in Buffalo NY, we know in NY State exactly how the Unions operate. They are bullies and don't give a **** about whether or not a company makes money or is sustainable. It's all about what THEY GET OUT OF IT. I'd never hire a Union guy, they expect too much for too little work. Try the private sector where we work 12 hour days and no breaks, where we have to pay our way, and we do very well thank you!
        Oli123
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        I don't hate all Unions, but protests like this one makes UAW terribly hard to like.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        The truth hurts and these blowhards don't care. They'll just suck at the Koch teet all day long with the most amusing cognitive dissonance.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
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      Benjamin Roethig
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bob King won't be happy until the big three are gone and his union members don't have jobs.
      harlanx6
      • 2 Years Ago
      An organization that exploits both the workers and the business, whose sole contribution is to raise the cost of production is a big help in this global economy, right? Get a life!
      Pj Taintz
      • 2 Years Ago
      heres an idea... you are paid to build cars, how about you do that, and stop trying to get involved in things that dont concern you
      ToniCipriani
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't wanna work... I just wanna bang on the drum all day!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ToniCipriani
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      ctsmith1066
      • 2 Years Ago
      Solidarity Forever.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
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          Oli123
          • 2 Years Ago
          Germany too though. So your reasoning might be wrong.
        derekwilkinson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        Is it embarrassing to be as stupid as you are? Or do you just not realize it?
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      They made Hoffa disappear, why is this guy not part of a parking garage yet?
      derekwilkinson
      • 2 Years Ago
      These people are deplorable.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Time to bust the UAW.
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