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.
In the historic 2011 talks, King negotiated deals that kept base wages stable for high-seniority workers, augmented by bonuses, while getting a pay increase for new hires.
The 67-year-old labor leader took office for a four-year term in 2010. He will speak at the congress on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 15.
While president, King also has led an ambitious strategy to organize foreign-owned U.S. auto factories, including Volks-wagen's Chattanooga plant, and has sought to cooperate with union leaders beyond national boundaries.
King has forged close ties with many auto industry leaders. General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said recently that his relationship with the UAW president is "a blueprint for how 21st-century industrial relations have to be."
King, an electrician with a law degree, rose through the UAW ranks in more than four decades at the union.
Dinner keynote speakers at the congress are Akerson and Mark Fields, COO of Ford Motor Co.
IBM and PwC are the exclusive lead sponsors.