Vitriolic Rhetoric? If Companies Don’t Play by UAW King’s Rules, He’ll Brand Them as ‘Human Rights’ Violators

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UAW’s King open to tying worker compensation to companies’ results
DAVID BARKHOLZ | Crain’s Detroit Business
Jan. 12, 2011

DETROIT — UAW President Bob King said today that the union is open to recent General Motors Co. disclosures that the automaker would like to see some portion of employee compensation in the next contract tied to the financial and quality performance of the company.

King said any details would have to be left to collective bargaining, which officially kicks off between the UAW and the Detroit 3 after July 4.

“The details of how we share in the upside of the companies well leave to negotiations,” King said, speaking before his speech today at the 2011 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.King, 64, who succeeded Ron Gettelfinger as UAW president in June, said the effort to organize transplant automakers has begun.

King, during his speech, vowed to commit the entire resources of the union to expose to the world the actions of the companies that interfere with the organizing drives.

The union has $60 million available today and a strike fund of another more than $800 million that union delegates can vote to release for the drives.

Without the right to organize and bargain collectively, King said, “there can be no strong, sustainable middle class.”

King said targeted carmakers that violate the fair election principles will be branded as “human-rights violators.”

That could cause potential buyers to go elsewhere for their vehicles, he added.

King said the union will launch a publicity campaign against violators that will include demonstrations, public meetings, letters, outreach to shareholders and networking with UAW allies in the faith, civil-rights and environmental communities.

“I would not want to be a company branded as a human-rights violator,” King said.

Read more @ Crain’s Detroit Business.

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