DETROIT -- Now that the Detroit 3 and their suppliers seem to be on the road to recovery, the UAW wants payback for some of the benefits it says were sacrificed by its members to keep the companies afloat.
Leading the charge is UAW President Bob King. The 64-year-old King, who took the union's reins in June, will be a keynote speaker at the 2011 Automotive News World Congress.
King began his term as president by calling for UAW members to picket Toyota dealerships across the country in at attempt to get Toyota to recognize and bargain with the union at its U.S. factories.
Before being elected president, King had headed the UAW's Ford and supplier departments since 2006. At the Ford department, he played a major role in negotiating the 2007 national contract and the 2009 modifications to the agreement.
King, who earlier was in charge of the union's organizing efforts, came out of the skilled trades at Ford. He also is a lawyer and was first elected a UAW vice president in 1998.
The congress will be Jan.11 through 13, 2011, during media week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.