Wednesday, January 5, 2011

UAW rattles its sabres

Just as US automakers are celebrating the (very relatively) good news about 2010 car sales, UAW president Bob King drops a turd in their punch bowl.  Bloomberg reports:
“All the sacrifices that our members made to turn these companies around were part of the process that’s really led to this amazing turnaround,” King said in a telephone interview yesterday. “We want our membership to share in a very meaningful way in the upside of these companies.”
Besides concesions, King wants UAW membership on company boards:
“The more meaningful voice workers have in all aspects of their employment, the more successful the employer will be,” King said. “I wish we had legislation like Germany that guarantees worker representation on the board. I think the United States would be stronger economically if workers were on all boards in all industries.”

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