Bob King


Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board that it's an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure.... Read More »


UAW membership rises for 4th straight year as industry rebounds

1:13 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
The UAW said its membership rolls expanded by 2.3 percent to 391,415 last year, aided by rising production at the Detroit 3. The tally marked the fourth straight year of increases.... Read More »


Corker, King trade barbs in aftermath of VW vote

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
A war of words continues in the aftermath of the UAW's failure last month to organize workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.... Read More »



King: UAW appeal in VW vote targets outsiders

5:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
UAW President Bob King said on Monday that the union's appeal of a failed organizing effort at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga will focus on the actions of outside parties, not the German automaker.... Read More »



4 key VW decisions shaped vote's course

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2014
From Washington to Wolfsburg, the UAW's failed organizing drive at VW made for exciting political theater. But on the grounds of the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, it was about as friendly as it gets.... Read More »



UAW regroups after stinging VW setback

12:34 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2014
The UAW could be forced to reconsider its efforts to organize workers at foreign-owned factories in the U.S., labor experts say, as the union vowed to keep fighting after losing a closely watched vote at VV's Tennessee plant.... Read More »


UAW vote at VW plant nears finish line

5:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga had just a few hours left on Friday to cast their ballots in a vote that could decide whether the once-powerful UAW will gain a foothold in the foreign-owned auto industry that has sprung up in the American South.... Read More »


Union foes tie VW vote to Detroit's woes

8:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Union opponents are warning employees that voting for the UAW this week at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga would bring the kind of economic malaise that crippled Detroit. Balloting ends Friday for about 1,550 workers at the plant where Volkswagen managers pledged to stay neutral before the vote.... Read More »


UAW vote at VW plant has high stakes for industry, labor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
The UAW hopes a victory at VW's plant in Tennessee this week will finally give it a foothold for expansion in the South's foreign-owned auto industry after three decades of struggles to organize their workers. A loss, however, would be devastating for the union, given that VW has all but invited the UAW into the Chattanooga plant to help create a German-style labor council.... Read More »


VW workers to vote on union representation at U.S. plant

Feb. 3, 2014 19:10 CET
Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers union said workers at VW's U.S. plant will hold an election next week to determine if the union could represent workers there.... Read More »


VW workers to vote on UAW representation at Tennessee plant

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
The UAW and Volkswagen Group of America said hourly workers at the VW assembly plant in Tennessee will hold an election Feb. 12-14 to determine if the union could represent workers there.... Read More »



The end of the Jobs Bank, a symbol of excess

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Perhaps nothing did more to damage the reputation of the UAW -- and the U.S. automakers that employed its members -- than the Jobs Bank, a program that paid excess workers to do nothing all day.... Read More »



UAW's King clings to hope for VW victory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Bob King admits he was overly optimistic early in his four-year term as UAW president when he predicted the union would be able to organize at least one of the foreign-owned auto plants in the southern United States quickly.... Read More »



UAW members will 'overwhelmingly' back dues hike, King says

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2014
UAW President Bob King today said he believes workers will “overwhelmingly” support increasing dues for the first time since 1967 to shore up the union's strike fund and help it win better contracts.... Read More »


UAW expects to be in VW's Tennessee plant by June, report says

Jan. 14, 2014 10:13 CET
United Auto Workers President Bob King is convinced the union will be represented in Volkswagen's U.S. plant in Chattanooga by June, he told a German newspaper.... Read More »


2013 LISTS OF 10

Game changers in 2013

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
These men and women shook up the industry in the past year.... Read More »



Goose meets gander in UAW's proposed dues boost

7:43 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2013
So the UAW wants to raise dues? The fact is that longtime UAW-represented autoworkers at the Detroit 3 have not had a wage increase since 2003. That's 10 years with two more years to run on the current contracts.... Read More »


UAW nominates Williams to succeed retiring president King

6:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2013
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Williams, a former welder and longtime union organizer who was instrumental in Barack Obama's 2008 victory in the Iowa caucuses when Obama was an Illinois senator, officially emerged Thursday as the front-runner to succeed retiring President Bob King.... Read More »


UAW's heir apparent likely to avoid confrontational tactics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2013
Dennis Williams, expected to become the next leader of the UAW, is apt to carry on the less confrontational policies of current president Bob King, union and industry officials said.... Read More »


UAW's Williams front-runner to lead union, report says

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2013
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Williams, who was instrumental in then-Sen. Barack Obama's 2008 Iowa caucuses win, is the best bet to replace outgoing president Bob King, according to a report.... Read More »


Fiat union to meet U.S. counterpart to push for Chrysler merger

Oct. 16, 2013 12:19 CET
Fiat labor bosses will meet United Auto Workers union officials next week in Detroit in a bid to bridge an impasse over Fiat's efforts to merge with Chrysler.... Read More »


UAW chief King to speak at World Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
UAW President Bob King, who negotiated innovative labor contracts that helped keep the Detroit 3 competitive during the industry recession, will speak in January at the 2014 Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »


UAW pushes VW to voluntarily recognize union

9:13 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2013
The UAW would like Volkswagen AG to voluntarily recognize the union as the best choice to represent the German automaker's workers at its Tennessee plant, the union's president said on Thursday.... Read More »


An ultimatum for VW Chattanooga?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
When workers try to unionize, they often hear that their factory will lose business if they do. At Volkswagen AG's only U.S. assembly plant in Tennesse, they are hearing exactly the opposite.... Read More »



UAW's King: Germany has 'a great system'

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2013
UAW President Bob King took over the autoworkers' union three years ago with a vision for a less combative relationship with employers. King, 66, now seems close to a breakthrough on both fronts. His union is in talks with Volkswagen AG about how to set up a German-style works council at the Chattanooga assembly plant that has built the Passat sedan since it started production in 2011.... Read More »


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