United Auto Workers' President Bob King pitched his vision for a 21st century UAW in a wide-ranging speech that defended unions, called for ways to end poverty and income disparity, and included determination for a more pragmatic, socially responsible approach to working with companies.

The UAW's top leader derided the old, adversarial ways of the past, pledging that this year's contract talks will be characterized by a spirit of collaboration and the acknowledgement that each side is crucial to the companies' long-term survival. King, speaking in Traverse City Wednesday, said the union has made some progress in its effort to organize non-represented workers at transplant factories and is having confidential conversations with those companies.

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Fact Or Fantasy? UAW Touts They Are The Way To End Poverty And Income Disparity

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