The president of the United Auto Workers says business leaders should reject hard-line conservatism in favor of moderate policies that encourage closer ties between employers and organized labor.
In a speech Wednesday at the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual policy conference on Mackinac Island, Bob King said his union has learned the hard way that cooperation with auto industry management is better than confrontation.
He says President Barack Obama deserves credit for supporting federal assistance to U.S. automakers despite its unpopularity, and the president's courage has been rewarded as the industry has bounced back.
King says right-wing policies of deep tax cuts, less spending on infrastructure and attacking collective bargaining rights was bad for business. He urges business leaders to embrace unions and work with them to make good products.