Via ABC Action 7, the following is the transcript of King’s recording:
Hi, this is UAW President Bob King. I want to let our members know that despite false rumors and intentional misinformation we have not reached an agreement. These false rumors are irresponsible and unfair to our members. They are intentionally creating false expectations. We are very disappointed with the Detroit media who have reported these false rumors and misinformation. This type of reporting is unprofessional and irresponsible.
During these negotiations, Vice President Settles and his team have been very upfront and honest with the membership. We are committing to make sure you, the membership, hear true and factual information, directly from us, as opposed to having to rely on media speculation. We have committed to informing our members first before making any public announcements regarding major developments in the negotiations. That’s why we have this 800 number, that’s why we’ve been doing robocalls, that’s why we have the Facebook page.
I want to report that Vice President Settles and I and the whole negotiating team have been in very intense discussions to try and reach a fair agreement for our membership. We’ll keep you informed.
Thank you for your great support. Together we’ll come out up with a fair agreement.