Stateside: UAW President Bob King addresses right-to-work

Dec 11, 2012

Protestors swarm the Capitol as right-to-work rapidly moves through the Legislature.

Among the chanting men and women is UAW President Bob King.

Today he spoke with Cyndy about the problems he sees in right-to-work.

"Right-to-work is trying to undermine unions' ability to serve their members. It isn't good for companies. It's a huge mistake," said King.

He addressed various percentages of union participation.

"We have workplaces with 100%, some at 98%. Overwhelmingly, UAW members join because they're fair people. Workers democratically vote to have a union in their workplace. They don't have to be members. Under the law of the U.S., any worker can say they don't want to be a member," said King.

Labor and unions have long been a source of strength for Democrats, but King also insisted that they represent other groups.

"Labor has been one part of an important component of helping those who support working families. I think these folks have awakened a sleeping giant," said King.

King stressed the importance of all union members taking political action.

"We're saying to our political coalition partners, we have to be more effective politically. The American people want a government that pulls people together. It's going to look like a lot more union members realizing they have to get involved politically," he said.

King expressed his concern for Governor Snyder's reasoning.

"I am energized by the amount of people in Lansing today. I am also angry that this governor is dancing the tune of the Koch brothers. It's a real disappointment," said King.