UAW’s Bob King counting on help from allies in transplant drive

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 27, 2010

In January 2011, UAW President Bob King will launch the union's organizing drive of Asian and German automakers. Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson recently said that he was keen on hearing from King on how his Rainbow PUSH coalition can help the cause. The organization has thousands of members and supporters in 50 major U.S. markets.

NAACP's Detroit chapter has also expressed its willingness to help. Small unions like the Farm Labor Organizing Committee for migrant farm workers will turn out volunteers to distribute leaflets, make phone calls or demonstrate if King asks, said Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Toledo, Ohio-based union.

In 2010, Velasquez enlisted King's help in 2010 to pressure R.J. Reynolds & Co. to recognize the right of 20,000 tobacco workers to be represented by the farm workers' union.

King said the best way to rebuild the American middle class is to rebuild the union movement and the best way to do that is for progressive groups to work together.

He adds that the right thing to do “morally and socially” is to back other group’s movements to attain justice and fairness, but that it's also the most “pragmatic thing in the world.” [via autonews - sub. required]

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