Ex-UAW president calls for global co-operation

Globalization the only option for North American unions: King
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/16/2014

Key players in the labour movement are calling for new strategies against governments and global corporations. Bob King, however, thinks unions just need a bigger playing field.

In his recent farewell address, the retiring United Auto Workers (UAW) president called on the union to become a global player in order to compete with international corporations.

"The UAW cannot simply be a national union and fight global corporations," King told delegates at the union’s 36th Constitutional Convention on June 2. "Our global solidarity with unions around the world is critical to building power."