UAW Head Bob King Uses Ford CEO's $50 Million Payday to Rally Union for Talks Ford Motor's (F) recent decision to award its star CEO, Alan Mulally, more than $50 million in compensation for last year's record $6.6 billion profit caused more than a few eyebrows to be raised around Detroit.

Among those reacting unhappily to the pay package were members of the United Auto Workers. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker sought and received millions of dollars in contract modifications from unionized workers in 2009 to help the company weather the financial crisis.

Now, with Ford once again profitable, the UAW wants back some of what it gave up, and it's showcasing Mulally's paycheck as proof the automaker can afford to do it. The union will begin negotiating a new four-year pact with Ford, as well as General Motors (GM) and Chrysler Group later this year.

Speaking Tuesday, at a three-day delegates' meeting in the Motor City, UAW President Bob King (pictured) said Ford, which has in recent years only hired temporary workers at entry-level wages, should make them full-time employees, the Detroit Free Press reported.

"When Alan Mulally can make over $50 million in a bonus, temporary workers have a right to a decent job and benefits," King said.

Next Goal: Organizing Foreign-Owned Factories


In addition to concessions granted two years ago, Ford's unionized workforce, along with those of GM and Chrysler, agreed to a two-tiered wage scale that pays entry-level workers about half the rate paid to more senior workers. Ford has hired about 2,100 workers as temporary employees at an entry level wage of about $14 an hour, according to the Free Press.

King, 64, said he isn't opposed to entry-level wage jobs because it may help build the union's ranks. But he's also eager to get the best deal he can for his membership, and remains committed to increasing union representation within the overall auto industry.

The UAW president has his sights set on organizing American factories run by foreign-based automakers, including Japan's Toyota Motor (TM) and Germany's Daimler, parent of Mercedes-Benz. King says he expects to organize at least one non-union automaker this year.

He also urged UAW delegates Tuesday to be realistic as it sets a bargaining strategy for all of the industries where it represents workers.

Union members have to honest with themselves, King said. "If we don't have a plan to build the power to win these goals, then they become irrelevant."

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mdmichel8888

ceo's get a 50 million dollar bonus and thats alright .......working people make a good wage and benefits and people complain about it

March 24 2011 at 4:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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My Name

Now is the time to think aout people WHO ARE NOT WORKING! A raise for UAW workers already employed will only steal money from those UAW members that are unemployed. Let's think of everyone for once instead of just yourself!

March 24 2011 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
okitori

Just look at what the Union Leaders did to Detroit!!! Enough said! Our tax dollars did not go to Ford--are the exorbitant pay off's disgraceful while the union workers are not getting a bigger benefit? YES--but do they have a job? and hopefully it will not be sent overseas unless the greedy Union Bosses (who are looking for more power to use union dues as they see fit) are stopped. Most union members have no idea who these union bosses are aligned with--

March 24 2011 at 4:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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richard

Uhion boss? What exactly is a "union boss"? Have you been watching too much Fox "news" or something? I worked in a union shop, and if the "union boss" was the man or woman negotiating good wages and benefits for me, than I was glad to pay one hour per month of my wages to the union!

March 24 2011 at 8:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GEORGE

Unions did not ruin Detroit Americans did. Buying foreign countries low wage vehicles and other things ruined Detroit. What you are seeing is Americas new begining or end.

March 24 2011 at 10:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mdmichel8888

BUY AMERICAN

March 24 2011 at 1:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mdmichel8888

lets see if the ceo would have only taken half that 50 million, that would have left 50 million to split up between the 50,000 hourly workers.....sounds like a plan!!!!!

March 24 2011 at 1:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
richard

Third World Veasy. I`ll bet your kids thank you for supporting Asia.

March 24 2011 at 12:48 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
richard

veasy, sleasy, which one is it, you get a job yet? Have you moved to Korea, and got your dream job yet?

March 24 2011 at 12:44 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
parthenon1

The UAW in particular but all unions today are no longer real Americans. The difference between a rich man and a poor man is ambition, drive and courage. the poor man sits on his couch and bitches about the rich CEO's while the man wanting to be rich is out there still working and planning to get rich.

March 23 2011 at 9:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
parthenon1

If the UAW is true to past form they will pick one of the 3 to strike. If the car companies are smart for once instead of trying to gain market share from the one struck they will lock out at the two other companies. This will limit the strike benefits the struck workers can get donated from those still working.

Stop the union greed now and maybe we can get hold of the whole benefit costs program.

March 23 2011 at 9:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
inasctg56

How many workers out there who have worked harder, longer, and for less would ever get any concessions returned to them when ceo's are given millions in bonuses without a union? None.

March 23 2011 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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richard

What`s wrong with 28 bucks an hour? Buy American!

March 23 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
inasctg56

There isn't a person out there who if they gave concessions to their employer because they were hurting wouldn't want some of it returned when the company is doing better and ceo's are given millions in bonuses. And if you say no you're lieing or just stupid.

March 23 2011 at 3:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply