Dennis Williams, the newly elected president of the UAW, had some tough words for American automakers in his inauguration speech at the 2014 UAW Convention, striking down the possibility of any additional concessions from the 400,000-strong union.

"No more concessions. We are tired of it. Enough is enough," Williams said during his speech. UAW employees have not received a raise in nearly 10 years, according to Reuters.

Considering the recent strong results for Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, the union's demands are likely to carry a bit more weight in next year's negotiations. And considering Williams' tough stance, we could be in for some fireworks once negotiations commence.

"I want to work closely with the companies as long as it doesn't hurt our members," Williams said. "I do not like confrontation, but I'm not afraid of confrontation."

One of those points of confrontation could be the notorious two-tier wage system, which pays senior UAW employees $28 per hour, while new hires only make $14. Williams vowed to eliminate the plan during a press conference following his speech. We'll be interested to see how it all turns out.


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      randyo99
      • 6 Months Ago
      So, Mr. Williams, you really only have one card (NO CONCESSIONS) and you have already played it. I hope your salary is commensurate with your poker skills.
      TooManyCars
      • 6 Months Ago
      Wow. Looking at the picture... Looks like another fat faced liberal slob.....
        Michaele
        • 6 Months Ago
        @TooManyCars
        Liberal? Don't be a jerk. Or can you not help yourself?
        Larry
        • 6 Months Ago
        @TooManyCars
        That's going a little too far. I know plenty of people from the Rust Belt who look like that but here again that general genetic background seems to be where most of these people come from. Dick Trumka looks like a retired defensive lineman for the Steelers. He could never have been a quarterback, he's too damn big! You have to be able to move with that ball and there's just no way.
      Revis Goodworth
      • 6 Months Ago
      The UAW and all unions by construct are organized crime - practicing extortion and money laundering for the Democrat party. It is time to tell this mob to cease or to ask all manufacturers to leave this country and to point to the ridiculous unions as the cause.
        Kimosen
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        This sentiment is why we can't have nice things.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        You don't have to be against he concept of Unions to be against he UAW.
      Bandit5317
      • 6 Months Ago
      $14 an hour is a lot for unskilled labor. $28 an hour is insane. That's more than I will be making for a long time, with a degree in Electrical Engineering. And that's before their ridiculous benefits. Stop driving our automaker's out of business.
        jlauth
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Bandit5317
        Bandit...you may be the reason you wont make 28 per hour for a long time. Starting salary for an EE should be around...or a fair amount more that 28/hour. Until you work in a car plant, please don't act like you understand the work.
      autoworker2014
      • 6 Months Ago
      Plenty of hate for domestic automakers. Funny how you same people wouldn't have a problem with UNION JAPANESE MADE cars. They asked for and got raises AND a $20,000 bonus. You know damn well the UAW is never, ever going to ask for, much less get a deal like that. Oh, but UAW workers are greedy. Give me a freaking break.
        1454
        • 6 Months Ago
        @autoworker2014
        Hey, genius. I know it's easy to make that out to be more than it is. But, where are most of the US market Japanese cars made? Oh, yeah, down south. So sure, the japanese counterparts may have asked for and gotten a raise. But they wonder too, like we do, why our "jobs" are going overseas. Just wait till the job's there are unsustainable. Then they will move production. Also, just like the german unions, the japanese don't have problems with chitty employee's making chitty cars.
          1454
          • 6 Months Ago
          @1454
          That's rich. A dumbass autoworker with the intellect of a toddler calling me an illiterate. exhibit A) for the court. "Genus" , when I actually spelled it correctly above. exhibit B) for the court. "kyte". Upon googling term the only thing popping up was an indie band. And that would be awfully hard to fly. So I have to assume one meant "kite", but given you're a childish little keyboard bada$$, who really knows what you meant. Now, getting back to the topic, why would a site with *mostly* people from america care about what Japanese workers do? We don't have it rammed down our throats to buy from their company. We *choose* to do so. I know, too hard of a concept for a simple union autoworker to understand. There is no reason to criticize the union japanese or german auto workers because they make a fine product. Not to mention, the cars that are bought by americans from "japanese" companies are *made in america* by *non-union employees*. Again, I know this is too much for your *genius* brain to understand. Also, maybe you should look around. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/japans-auto-workers-seek-pay-raise-amid-soaring-profits/ People are complaining about those raises. I know, just toooooooo hard to actually read something. Next, a bonus, not that you would know, is completely different than a salary bump. What the mob union here does is to ask that you be paid more *base* pay, so that means you don't have to work any harder to get it. So nice try you "illiterate moron". Next time if you plan on insulting someone, at least try to get the basics right.
          autoworker2014
          • 6 Months Ago
          @1454
          Speaking of the intellect of a toddler, there is one person here who started out with slinging **** all over the place with all the name calling, and it wasn't me. So I had a typo and a misspelling. So freaking what? You are the one who failed to comprehend what I said. I don't give a god damn who is complaining. You're still dancing around what I said in the first place. You know it's true. Plenty of people will ignore the fact that Japanese auto workers are awarded FAR more compensation than American auto workers would even dream of asking for, and buy a Japanese union made product while at the same time casting a judgement against American auto workers for what they perceive as being overpaid and greedy.
          autoworker2014
          • 6 Months Ago
          @1454
          Hey, genus. Where did I mention American made Japanese brand cars? Oh, yeah, I didn't. I specifically mentioned UNION JAPANESE MADE cars. Plenty of people here criticize American union auto workers yet have zero problem with Japanese union auto workers. Go fly a friggin kyte, you illiterate moron.
          1454
          • 6 Months Ago
          @1454
          So freaking what? Dude, if you are going to attempt to insult ones intellect, then don't misspell things. Geez, are you really this stupid? Also, they are greedy, I haven't danced around the issue. I have just stated that it doesn't matter, because the cars bought here aren't made by them. Next, the Japanese and Germans also don't have the same quality control issues that the Americans have. That's why they aren't nearly as greedy as you fonks. So please, keep talking you ignorant toddler.
        TooManyCars
        • 6 Months Ago
        @autoworker2014
        Because japanese and german unions actually have a purpose and build good cars.. Duh!
      thedriveatfive
      • 6 Months Ago
      Your right, no more concessions. The UAW is obsolete and is not needed anymore.
        1454
        • 6 Months Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        That's fine. Let them drive themselves/their companies out of business. Automation for the win. Robots don't need representation. And VW wants to allow these goons in. Wow, just wow.
          churchmotor
          • 6 Months Ago
          @1454
          14% more voted NO to the UAW.
          1454
          • 6 Months Ago
          @1454
          Yes, but the upper manage is sort of forcing the issue from abroad.
          autoworker2014
          • 6 Months Ago
          @1454
          47% wanted the UAW at Volkswagen. That's nearly half. Hardly a landslide victory for the anti union crowd.
          1454
          • 6 Months Ago
          @1454
          Autotard2014, noone said anything about a landslide victory you dipchit. Get off the talking points you little keyboard hero.
          wtrmlnjuc
          • 6 Months Ago
          @1454
          Didn't VW workers vote against unionizing?
        Gorgenapper
        • 6 Months Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        Yes, friends, act now! Destroy UAW! Kill the Grand Poobah! Eliminate even the toughest stains!
          1454
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          Oh, don't worry. I am acting by never purchasing a "domestic" car. Which is sad, because I like the look of GM and Ford cars. But, sadly they are junk. They have terrible resale values, and they support an entirely unnecessary union. So I will stick with cars that have much higher resale values and last 20x longer than that "domestic" junk.
          S.
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          @1454 I'm the same. Any car built by the UAW is automatically stricken from my shopping list. Not like I'm losing out on anything, they are inferior to everything else on the market and run by a what may as well be a mob boss
          1454
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          A lot of that also has to do with maintenance. You may religiously take care of your car while he/she does not. Next, what does crapped out mean? You can't tell me in ~15 years that you haven't had a single sensor/widget go bad on your GM products. Heck, i worked at nissan while putting myself through school and we had an altima "crap out", meaning needed a new engine, at 40k. However, the reason for this is because the lady driving it was an idiot. By idiot, I mean she took the "maintenance free" line to mean that you put gas in and drive. So she never once changed the oil in 40k miles. So I would say that is a pretty tough little bugger to go 40k without an oil change. That's not a reflection on the general populace of nissan's either. My old sentra, which I no longer have, but a friend does, has 160k on it (2000) and the only things that have been replaced are 1 coil, tires, and a cat. Which the coil may have burned up the cat, we don't know. However, old corolla went 200k without breaking a sweat and did so without the proper maintenance. (1993 model, my first car) My subies have been generally good cars too. The one cadillac I owed, not by choice, was a straight money pit. However, since growing up and getting later model cars its harder to tell the true longevity of my cars as I am getting rid of them with plenty of useful life left. Nothing to do with the cars themselves, just upgrading. So again, maybe you are a lucky one, but all of the, mainly GM owners, trucks notwithstanding, have know had sensor fail galore on any of these junk impala's and things of that nature.
          1454
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          Oh, and I can't forget the two taurus's I had that both lost transmissions. Fairly notorious from what I understand.
          Pj Taintz
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          1454, in the 80s id agree with you, but ive put a 99 grand am to 300K miles and a 2003 is still going at 253K miles my friends toyota crapped out at 180 and 195 respectively
          1454
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          I had to look it up. I didn't realize it was a movie quote.
      Randy915
      • 6 Months Ago
      Unions are the cancers of America of and it's part of the reason the US is eroding into the United Welfare States of America. The inflationary trends we're currently seeing with food, energy, and rent cannot be offset by ever increasing wages and unfundable pensions; what's required is for every level of society to cut down debt, save and live below your means during the good years so that you're well positioned during the lean years. Unfortunately Americans are taught instead that consumption drives economies and that they must buy and borrow to prosperity. Take on more debt says the media, pull out a HELOC to buy your dream car, do whatever you want because that's the American way. This is why countries are not match and even exceeding us in median income, the rich and prosperous America of the 50s - 90s is a distant memory; welcome to the new Fascist 2nd world welfare driven America that literally produces nothing but corruption and fat lazy bastards.
        Kimosen
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Randy915
        So, if unions put America behind other countries, how do you explain the German auto union's 32 hour work week? Or massive amounts of time off? Or maternity leave? Or higher pay? The UAW is not full of lazy bastards. It's full of incredibly hard working people that have a method to ensure they are paid fairly for their hard work. Stop demonizing work, and start standing up for the American worker. Instead of calling others lazy, realize that almost none of us are lazy, and we have been deceived by corporate America into believing that work is not valued, and does not deserve fair compensation. America, where rich people have convinced middle class people that poor people are the problem.
          Gabbo
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Kimosen
          Oh pulleaze !! Go to a UAW plant around 11 a.m. and find them all reading the paper, as they've all reached their production quota already.
          Larry
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Kimosen
          (sigh) This is not the United States of Europe and it isn't going to be. Understand that and move on.
          Randy915
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Kimosen
          @ Kimosen, unions are cancerous because they strong arm the employer into increasing wages and benefits and in turn charge the members a fee so that they can reload their army of lawyers to do it all over again in the future. How is that fair? People get paid for their work and this output can be measured in units of productivity. Just like raising the minimum wage, the proponents of rising wages are attacking at the wrong issue. The problem they are trying to address is rising cost of living but by forcing an increase in cost of labor they are just forcing companies to look into cost cutting through mechanization, automation, and computerization. Someone who used to output at $10/hr is now cut out of the workforce because he/she cannot output at the minimum of $15/hr required by law. This is all welfare and welfare is cancerous; just look at the southern European countries like Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, etc where it's very common for 1 person working to feed the whole family because of so much welfare offered. Supporting this large population of non-contributing will literally bankrupt a country and you saw that with Greece and it's coming to a city near you. Detroit was a prototype and a trailblazer for other cities to follow because given the 2 option of funding their UNFUNDABLE liabilities or filing for bankruptcy, corrupt and incompetent governments will always opt for the latter. This system must fall in order for something better to rise from the ashes; these cancerous entities must die as it's inevitable that it's going to drag this country back into the great depression it has ever seen.
      1454
      • 6 Months Ago
      I hope GM/Ford/Chrysler enjoy mediocrity with a very expensive price tag. As this is what you get with idiots like this holding your company hostage.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 6 Months Ago
      Real world translation: New UAW boss Williams talks tough, vows 'no more JOBS'
      Pj Taintz
      • 6 Months Ago
      One of those points of confrontation could be the notorious two-tier wage system, which pays senior UAW employees $28 per hour, while new hires only make $14. Williams vowed to eliminate the plan during a press conference following his speech. We'll be interested to see how it all turns out. I actually agree with him here.... 28 bucks an hour to hit a button on a torque wrench is WAY to much, give them all 14 an hour
        1454
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Pj Taintz
        Agreed. Heck, line tech that fix their screwups don't make that much.....Ever. And that per flat rate hour. These worthless idiots get it regardless of how busy they are.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 6 Months Ago
      I believe in wealth redistribution. Wealth redistribution, as in taking ALL the salaries of EACH and EVERY union worker and redistributing it to the same hardworking job creators in the 1% who are reviled by the socialists in the Democratic party.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I'm pretty sure the 1% already have a larger share of this country's income than they need.
          1454
          • 6 Months Ago
          DON"T FEED THE TROLL. DON"T DO IT.
      Avinash Machado
      • 6 Months Ago
      Please go away,UAW. You are no longer needed.
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