TO THE EDITOR:
As a UAW member, I have watched for years as we have lost benefits and traditional employees have been reduced only to bring in lower-paid workers with the blessing of UAW International executives.
I see the distance between UAW members and union leadership. Members are kept in the dark and never know the contract losses because the small print is kept secret until it’s too late.
This brand of representation started when President Bob King felt it was in the best interest of the membership to work hand in hand with the company to maximize profits.
The UAW and the company did so, and the company laughed at King and us all the way to the bank.
End result: We the members continued to go without a pay raise, a stretch that eventually reached more than 10 years. Yet the company and UAW International executives prospered.
The membership continued to be pushed to the back of the line and neglected by international leaders who to this day run the union as a business. Why? Because the UAW has business interests within the company’s stock and if the company profits, so do union leaders.
Greed has overcome both sides, and now that an alleged criminal conspiracy has come to light, the record speaks for itself.
JUAN GONZALES, Flint, Mich.