United Auto Workers President Bob King told a union gathering Monday that if workers at foreign automakers' plants in the United States don't become unionized, then wages of suppliers and new auto workers won't rise.
King told 1,500 UAW members and retirees at a four-day political convention here that the union must make progress in organizing foreign auto plants. He said the shrinking Detroit-based union is in a "downward slide."
"The honest truth is you never win justice unless you have the power to demand to get that justice," King said. "We will never win full wages and benefits — equal pay — for our sisters and brothers in the second tier, or the entry level in the Big Three, or in the parts supplier sector if we leave over half the auto industry unorganized."