King, left, and Hoffa, right, marched together in Detroit. More cooperation coming?
Teamsters union General President Jim Hoffa joined newly elected United Auto Workers (UAW) President Bob King yesterday in a march down to Detroit’s banking district to “tell big banks and corporations that the assault on the middle class must end now.”
Representatives from the AFL-CIO, NAACP and Interfaith Worker Justice joined them.
The “Good Jobs Now!” march and rally brought advocates from workers’ rights and social justice groups together to call for a reinvestment in the middle class and a commitment to creating good jobs.
“It’s time to stop the war on the American worker,” Hoffa said. “It’s time to put America back to work. It’s time for us to say – enough is enough.”
The march came just after King took over the leadership of the beleaguered United Auto Workers union. Because of the bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors, as well as the cutbacks at Ford Motor Company and their unionized suppliers, the UAW is facing union membership levels at lows not seen since the epic organizing fights that started of the 1930s and continued through the 1950s. (more…)