To the Editor:
I take issue with many of the comments UAW President Bob King made in a Dec. 27 story regarding the "union's organizing targets" ("UAW has allies in transplant drive").
I have been a Honda dealer for 25 years, have been on the national dealer advisory board three times and have visited at least five American Honda manufacturing facilities. In each of those visits, I have found it remarkable how valued the associates feel and how much input they have in their work.
Honda has been "morally and socially" responsible with its associates since 1979. If that had not been the case, in my opinion, the associates would have sought out the UAW -- not the other way around.
As for workers wanting to be part of this new "winning team" that King speaks of, wasn't the shedding of UAW contracts with General Motors and Chrysler one of the foundations of the automakers' bankruptcy and restructuring?
My suspicion is that the increased targeting by the UAW is much more about gaining dues than fixing "worker struggles." The '60s are gone, and the UAW's numbers speak for themselves: 400,000 active members and nearly 900,000 retirees.