Bob King http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-31st-2013 <p>The FBI has just completed a nationwide sweep resulting in the arrest of 150 pimps and the rescue of 105 children who had been forced into prostitution. We took a closer look at human trafficking in our state.</p><p>And, we spoke with Leigh Ann Ulrey, one of 30 college graduates to be selected for the Challenge Detroit program.</p><p>And, a new House bill could eliminate state income tax. State Representative Bob Genetski joined us to talk about why he thinks income tax is unnecessary.</p><p>Also, self-driving cars could be available to consumers within the next 2-3 years, according to Google. We found out what the future of transportation might look like.</p><p>First on the show, there was an important handshake this afternoon in Lansing.</p><p>UAW President Bob King shook hands with state government officials to officially launch the start of contract talks.</p><p>UAW Local 6000's contract with the state expires at the end of 2014.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">But the state needs to finalize the next contract by the end of this year in order to get it funded in next year's budget. Local 6000 represents 17,000 state employees.</span></p><p>Let's look at what the big issues might be in the negotiations.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing bureau chief, joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:16:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 13780 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 2013 labor negotiations started in Lansing today http://michiganradio.org/post/2013-labor-negotiations-started-lansing-today <p>There was an important handshake this afternoon in Lansing.</p><p>UAW President Bob King shook hands with state government officials to officially launch the start of 2013 labor negotiations.</p><p>UAW Local 6000's contract with the state expires at the end of 2014. But the state needs to finalize the next contract by the end of this year in order to get it funded in next year's budget. Local 6000 represents 17,000 state employees.</p><p>Let's look at what the big issues might be in the negotiations.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing bureau chief, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:14:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 13777 at http://michiganradio.org 2013 labor negotiations started in Lansing today UAW says membership crept up in 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-says-membership-crept-2012 <p>DETROIT (AP) - The United Auto Workers union says its membership has edged up in the past year after decades of contraction with the shrinking of U.S. auto industry employment.<br><br>The Detroit-based union says it reported its 2012 membership figure to the U.S. government Thursday.<br><br>The UAW says it had 382,513 members last year, up from 380,716 in 2011. That's an increase of 1,797, or 0.5 percent.<br><br>Union President Bob King says union "membership continues on a steady path of recovery, even in the face of concerted attacks on workers and collective bargaining."<br> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 01:06:52 +0000 The Associated Press 11925 at http://michiganradio.org UAW says membership crept up in 2012 Electoral College reform, 2014 Gov race, and Democratic infighting (Oh my!) http://michiganradio.org/post/electoral-college-reform-2014-gov-race-and-democratic-infighting-oh-my <p>What a week in Michigan politics! The litigating has begun on the state’s new right-to-work law, keeping the controversy alive, in the media, and in the public eye. There’s a right-to-work case in a lower court as well, but Governor Snyder asked the Michigan Supreme Court to make some key rulings so state employees can start dropping out of their unions as soon as the end of March.</p><p><strong>Electoral College Changes?</strong></p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 16:53:30 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 11065 at http://michiganradio.org Electoral College reform, 2014 Gov race, and Democratic infighting (Oh my!) Labor officials tout relationship with car companies at auto show http://michiganradio.org/post/labor-officials-tout-relationship-car-companies-auto-show <p></p><div>U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and UAW President Bob King jointly toured the Detroit auto show today.<p></p><p>Both say the auto industry’s resurgence shows the benefits of strong labor-management relationships.</p><p>Solis praised the American-made products she saw on the show floor. She also praised the sense of “empowerment” and “trust” she sensed among the workers showing them off.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:50:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10789 at http://michiganradio.org Labor officials tout relationship with car companies at auto show Will Republicans and Democrats play nice in Lansing in 2013? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-republicans-and-democrats-play-nice-lansing-2013 <p>The 97<sup>th</sup> Legislature of the state of Michigan began this week, having still not shaken off the hangover of last year, as Republicans forced through controversial issues like right-to-work during last month’s lame duck session. And, it’s probably fair to say that this is more than a double-aspirin hangover.</p><p>There are however, some efforts toward mending some of the very hard feelings leftover. “This past year has strained relationships,” state House Speaker Jase Bolger said on the House floor, “however, we can and should leave that past behind us.” Of course, that’s easy to say when you’re not the one still spitting the sand out of your mouth. But, Democrats and Republicans did negotiate for a peaceful opening day.<br><br>Yet, Democrats and unions have made it plain that forgive and forget is not in the cards. &nbsp;They want the last two years, especially everything that happened in December, to be the main topic of conversation in Michigan politics for the next two years. And it certainly seemed like another thumb in their eye when the Michigan Economic Development Corporation paid for an ad in the Wall Street Journal touting Michigan as the nation’s newest right-to-work state under the banner of the very successful and super popular Pure Michigan brand. Democrats say it’s politicizing the brand and some marketing experts are even saying it might not have been the wisest choice. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:41:57 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 10731 at http://michiganradio.org Will Republicans and Democrats play nice in Lansing in 2013? Labor leaders tried to head off right-to-work http://michiganradio.org/post/labor-leaders-tried-head-right-work <p>Gov. Rick Snyder's 'not on my agenda' talk seemed to keep right-to-work legislation at bay, continually saying the issue was too divisive.</p><p>He had a change of heart yesterday.</p><p>Now, Michigan is on the fast-track to becoming the 24th state to adopt a right-to-work law.</p><p>Right-to-work laws ban requirements to pay dues or fees to a union as a condition of employment. Without compulsory payments in a closed union shop, unions stand to lose a lot of muscle.</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121206/NEWS06/121206082/UAW-president-Bob-King-tried-talk-Snyder-out-right-work-push">The Detroit Free Press</a> reports that the UAW's Bob King and other labor leaders tried to stop the legislation prior to yesterday's vote:</p><blockquote><p>UAW President Bob King spent a lot of time in Lansing in recent days trying to prevent Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican leadership from introducing right-to-work legislation but came up short.</p><p>“Labor collectively felt like we put some really important proposals on the table about how we could work together … and about how can we de-escalate partisanship,” King told the Free Press today. “We are really disappointed that the governor and the Republican leadership chose the path that they did.”</p></blockquote><p>In a separate piece, the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121207/NEWS15/312070148/Right-to-work-legislation-speeds-ahead-in-Lansing?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Free Press reports</a> that Snyder said the labor leaders didn't do enough, but he didn't provide specifics. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:12:11 +0000 Mark Brush 10263 at http://michiganradio.org Labor leaders tried to head off right-to-work UAW chief: Unions seek Mich. 'right-to-work' ban http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-chief-unions-seek-mich-right-work-ban <p>United Auto Workers President Bob King says a coalition of unions will push for an amendment to the Michigan Constitution that bars so-called &quot;right-to-work&quot; legislation outlawing contracts that require employees to join unions.</p><p>Republicans who control the state Legislature have been pushing for a law that would ban labor agreements with mandatory union dues. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has said the issue is not a priority for his administration.</p><p>King told about 1,000 people at the UAW&#39;s national convention in Washington on Thursday that a union coalition will push for a November ballot issue protecting the right to have union shops.</p><p>The Detroit News reports King says unions agreed on the drive at a meeting Wednesday. He says they&#39;ll seek 500,000 signatures, about twice what&#39;s needed. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 11:45:44 +0000 The Associated Press 6461 at http://michiganradio.org UAW and Chrysler reach tentative contract deal http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-and-chrysler-reach-tentative-contract-deal <p>Chrysler and the United Auto Workers have <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/12/chrysler-uaw-idUSN1E79B04920111012">agreed to terms for a four-year contract deal</a>.</p><p>Chrysler is the last of Detroit&rsquo;s three carmakers to reach a tentative agreement with the UAW.</p><p>The agreement follows some <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110914/AUTO01/109140436/Chrysler--UAW-talks-break-down--no-word-yet-on-GM">tense negotiations </a>between the UAW and Chrysler, which is majority-owned by the Italian automaker Fiat.</p><p>Chrysler is smaller and more indebted than its fellow U.S. automakers, but the UAW sought a contract with similar terms to those it got from GM and Ford.</p><p>Like in the GM and Ford contracts, entry-level Chrysler workers will get a wage hike under this deal. Workers also stand to get more in bonus pay and profit-sharing.</p><p>&ldquo;The overall framework, the overall labor cost agreement [compared to GM and Chrysler] is very, very comparable,&rdquo; said UAW President Bob King. &ldquo;We tweaked them, shifted them a little bit in each case, because of the specific needs of the individual companies.&rdquo;</p><p>Also like the GM and Ford contracts, this agreement focuses more on creating and retaining jobs for U.S. workers than on boosting worker pay. Chrysler says it will invest $4.5 billion in U.S. production, and create 2100 U.S. jobs.</p><p>King thinks most of his members understand the focus on future investment.</p><p>&ldquo;Our members overwhelmingly supported the goal of bringing more jobs into our plants,&rdquo; King says. &nbsp;&ldquo;And our members understand overall that they can&rsquo;t be secure unless there&rsquo;s product and investment long-term in their facility.&rdquo;</p><p>UAW officials hope to get Chrysler workers to ratify the deal within the next two weeks.</p><p>GM UAW workers ratified their contract by a roughly 2-to-1 margin. Ford workers are <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111012/BUSINESS01/110120333/Michigan-Assembly-plant-rejects-proposed-Ford-UAW-contract?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CAuto%20news">still voting</a>. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 20:38:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4566 at http://michiganradio.org UAW and Chrysler reach tentative contract deal The latest on UAW contract negotiations http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-uaw-contract-negotiations <p>Union leaders at General Motors&#39; factories across the U.S. are endorsing a tentative contract with the automaker.&nbsp;</p><p>In an unprecedented press conference yesterday, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/bob-king">UAW President Bob King</a> discussed <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/details-uaws-new-contract-gm-emerge">details of the 4-year-contract</a>. The rank-and-file will vote in the coming days. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/general-motors">General Motors</a> is the first automaker to reach a deal with the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/uaw">UAW</a>. And, &nbsp;these negotiations are the first since the federal government stepped in to help GM and Chrysler through bankruptcy in 2009.</p><p>We caught up with Tracy Samilton, Michigan Radio&#39;s auto reporter, to talk about the tentative contract and what it means for GM, the UAW, and the state&#39;s economy. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:30:46 +0000 Christina Shockley 4239 at http://michiganradio.org The latest on UAW contract negotiations UAW President Bob King says country is "not broke" http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-president-bob-king-says-country-not-broke <p>UAW President spoke at the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit today. King addressed the nation&#39;s economy and current contract talks with Detroit automakers.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek was there.</p><p>From Cwiek&#39;s report:</p><blockquote><p>UAW President Bob King says the erosion of the American middle class threatens democracy.</p><p>King addressed a largely business-friendly crowd at the Detroit Economic Club. He says the current tax system squeezes workers the most and heightens economic inequality.<br /><br /> King says reforming that system and investing in education should be the country&rsquo;s top priorities rather than cutting spending.</p><p>&quot;We&rsquo;re not broke. So many people seem to say&hellip;commentators and others&hellip;that we are broke. But we&rsquo;re not broke. We just need to figure out how to have a fairer system and use our resources better.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110829/BUSINESS01/110829040/UAW-President-Bob-King-knocks-Tea-Party-says-spending-cuts-not-solution">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that King criticized the Tea Party for pushing big spending cuts. King says the economy is suffering from a lack of jobs, not over-spending.</p><p>From the Free Press:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think the lion&#39;s share of the problem is out of control government spending,&rdquo; King said today at a Detroit Economic Club luncheon in Detroit. &ldquo;I think our basic problem is ... that we have an extremely unfair tax system in America right now.&rdquo;</p><p>In the 1950s, King said, corporate taxes accounted for 27% of the U.S. budget. By 2010, that percentage decreased to less than 10%.</p></blockquote><p>The UAW is in the middle of contract negotiations with Detroit automakers.</p><p>Sarah Cwiek reported that King &quot;held up what he calls the &#39;problem-solving culture&#39; that now exists between the UAW and automakers as a model for the larger economy.</p><p>Contract talks are expected to wrap up in September, but King told the crowd that &quot;nobody knows when we will complete.&quot;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110829/BUSINESS01/110829040/UAW-President-Bob-King-knocks-Tea-Party-says-spending-cuts-not-solution">Detroit Free Press </a>reports that &quot;King&rsquo;s cautious comments come two weeks after UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles said negotiations with Ford are ahead of schedule and reports last week that an early deal with General Motors is possible.&quot;</p><p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 20:40:08 +0000 Sarah Cwiek & Mark Brush 3950 at http://michiganradio.org UAW: Ford talks ahead of schedule, strike vote set http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-ford-talks-ahead-schedule-strike-vote-set <p>The United Auto Workers&#39; lead negotiator with Ford Motor Co. says talks with the Dearborn-based automaker are ahead of schedule and says the union is asking its locals to hold routine strike authorization votes by Sept. 2.</p><p>Jimmy Settles tells the Detroit Free Press the votes are &quot;nothing unusual&quot; and are a normal part of every contract cycle with Ford.</p><p>Settles and UAW President Bob King announced the decision to hold a strike authorization vote Tuesday at a UAW meeting in Chicago. The union started negotiations with Ford late last month to replace a four-year contract that expires Sept. 14.</p><p>Contracts also are up at General Motors Co. and Chrysler, of which Fiat is the majority owner. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:02:25 +0000 The Associated Press 3788 at http://michiganradio.org UAW: Ford talks ahead of schedule, strike vote set UAW President: Relationship with Detroit automakers has improved http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-president-relationship-detroit-automakers-has-improved <p>United Auto Workers President Bob King says the relationship between the union and Detroit car companies has dramatically improved.&nbsp; That could help the two sides reach an agreement more quickly in ongoing contract talks.&nbsp; And King hopes it will help him sell the value of his union to foreign auto companies in the U.S.</p><p>The UAW is a third the size if was in 1979 mostly due to the downsizing of the Detroit Three.&nbsp; Future hiring by Detroit car companies will likely be modest.&nbsp; So the UAW wants to unionize foreign auto companies in the U.S.&nbsp;</p><p>Union President Bob King says most of the companies have agreed to meet with his group.&nbsp; He says the union needs to overcome strong anti-union sentiment, and convince the companies that the new UAW wants to help them be profitable.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Probably the biggest question in their mind is, is this for real, is this a passing fancy with the UAW or is this for real?&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Prolonged and contentious contract talks could throw a monkey wrench in the unions&rsquo; plans to try to unionize a foreign automaker.&nbsp; But King and Detroit automakers say they&rsquo;re negotiating in a spirit of cooperation. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 10:39:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 3606 at http://michiganradio.org UAW President: Relationship with Detroit automakers has improved UAW chief to push for bigger profit-sharing checks http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-chief-push-bigger-profit-sharing-checks <p>DETROIT (AP) - The head of the United Auto Workers union says if his members agree to profit-sharing instead of pay raises from Detroit&#39;s automakers, the companies will have to write bigger checks than they do now.</p><p>UAW workers at General Motors got $4,300 profit-sharing checks this year, while Ford paid out $5,000 and Chrysler paid $750.</p><p>President Bob King has told The Associated Press that profit-sharing or other flexible methods of compensation will be discussed when the union formally begins contract talks with the Big Three next week.</p><p>Yet King, who has preached cooperation with the companies over confrontation, said that while he wants workers to be fairly compensated, he also wants deals that keep down the companies&#39; fixed costs so they are competitive with foreign-based automakers. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:40:15 +0000 The Associated Press 3395 at http://michiganradio.org UAW chief to push for bigger profit-sharing checks Rise in UAW membership http://michiganradio.org/post/rise-uaw-membership <p>The <a href="http://www.uaw.org/">United Auto Workers union</a> is gaining members again after years of declines, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>In a filing with the U.S. Department of Labor, the union said Thursday that it had 376,612 members in 2010, up 6 percent from 355,191 in 2009. That&#39;s the first time since 2004 that the union has gained members.</p><p>UAW President Bob King said the growth was due to more hiring in the auto industry as it recovered from the recession. The union also has had some success organizing workers outside the auto industry, such as graduate students and casino dealers.</p></blockquote><p>The peak of membership was in 1979 with 1.5 million union members. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 10:48:59 +0000 Zoe Clark 1879 at http://michiganradio.org Rise in UAW membership UAW president rips governor, says policies are attack on middle class http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-president-rips-governor-says-policies-are-attack-middle-class <p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/01/134159817/the-long-term-effect-of-wisconsins-union-battles?ps=cprs">fight over workers&rsquo; rights in Wisconsin and Ohio</a> has become familiar fodder for news stories in recent days. But labor leaders in this state say Republicans in Michigan are just as hostile to unions.</p><p><a href="http://www.uaw.org/">UAW </a>President Bob King says you need look no further than <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-defends-budget-and-tax-plans">Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s budget proposal</a> to see an attack on workers, seniors and the poor.</p><p>King says Snyder&rsquo;s proposal to eliminate an income tax credit for the working poor, to cut the child care subsidy for low-income families, and to tax pensions are key examples.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This governor has talked nicely, but these actions suggest he&rsquo;s same agenda with every other Republican across this country,&quot; King said at a press conference today.</p></blockquote><p>King says Snyder has also made some anti-union moves.</p><p>He says the Snyder administration is undermining bargaining rights for home health and day care workers. And Snyder supports legislation that would allow emergency financial managers to set aside union contracts, and suspend collective bargaining in troubled cities and school districts. Fri, 04 Mar 2011 01:30:11 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1504 at http://michiganradio.org UAW president rips governor, says policies are attack on middle class