United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger says there are difficult times ahead as the union fights to preserve a middle class lifestyle won over the past 70 years. He says some people in management and some industry analysts don't think the UAW is up to the fight.
He railed against what he called the Bush administration's failed policies as he challenged his union to do battle against corporations that declare bankruptcy and export jobs.
Gettelfinger says company executives making bad decisions share responsibility for the problems facing U.S. automakers and suppliers.
Gettelfinger spoke to hundreds of delegates at the UAW's 34th convention in Las Vegas.