End of the line for Gettelfinger, what's next for unions?

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 16, 2010 at 2:18 AM

As the Associated Press reported, outgoing UAW President Ron Gettelfinger, who rose through the union ranks at Local 862 in Louisville, is ending his eight year run as president.

United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger says the union will continue to fight for federal card-check legislation that would make it easier for workers to organize.

In his last speech after eight years as president, Gettelfinger also urged members to back union-friendly candidates in the November election.

Forbes' Joann Muller was there:

With approximately 335,000 members today, the UAW, he said, is "leaner, yes, but stronger, wiser and more determined as well."

Gettelfinger spoke in Detroit at a convention of delegates who will elect a new president on Wednesday. His likely successor, nominated by the union leadership, is Robert King, who handles the UAW's negotiations with Ford Motor and has been a leader of its organizing efforts at other companies over the years.

Labor has its work cut out, with pro-business groups saying the American people are against the union organizing methods being pushed by labor unions.

The Workforce Fairness Institute's Katie Packer writes, that recent primaries are "an unmistakable warning to big labors supporters:"

In Arkansas, in an unprecedented campaign by Big Labor costing more than 10 million dollars, union bosses tried to knock off an incumbent Senator both in a primary and runoff election for opposing their chief legislative priority. They failed once in the primary and failed again in the runoff.

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