UAW's new president gives inaugural address - FOX 35 News Orlando

UAW's new president gives inaugural address

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) - Dennis Williams won the vote by a landslide, and the newly-elected UAW President gave his first speech to a roaring crowd.

"America rise up! Join a union! Get in the fight!" Williams said Thursday. "Our country has been handcuffed by extremists that are more interested in self and political gain than the needs of American people."

Williams, now the 11th president of the UAW, the man who considers himself a friend to the president, has close ties to the White House and he's vowing to fight.

"No more concessions - we are tired of it. Enough's enough!" he said.

The UAW is struggling to regain its footing. The union's influence has weakened and right to work legislation dealt a financial blow.

Williams was formerly the UAW's treasury secretary. He plans to take on The Big Three seeking higher wages and corporate responsibility.

"I want to work closely with the companies as long as it doesn't hurt our members. I want them to succeed like all of you want them to succeed. But, I also want to tell them, 'I do not like confrontation, but I am not afraid of confrontation,'" he said.

And neither is his army.
  • Maurielle LueMaurielle LueMore>>

  • Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park strike deal to open up gateway

    Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park strike deal to open up gateway

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:42:31 GMT
    A farmer's market that some called a roadblock was a message to some that Detroit residents are not welcome in Grosse Pointe Park. Now the two cities are entering into a partnership.
    A farmer's market that some called a roadblock was a message to some that Detroit residents are not welcome in Grosse Pointe Park. Now the two cities are entering into a partnership.
  • Detroit residents say new LED street lights not bright enough

    Detroit residents say new LED street lights not bright enough

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:04:50 GMT
    Although Detroit residents are grateful for new street lights, they are concerned with the lack of coverage the new bulbs provide.
    Although Detroit residents are grateful for new street lights, they are concerned with the lack of coverage the new bulbs provide.
  • I-94 at Warren reopens after buckling pavement

    I-94 at Warren reopens after buckling pavement

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-08-15 11:21:58 GMT
    Big backups greeted commuters on I-94 Thursday when MDOT shut down the highway to work on a section of the road that buckled. As of Friday morning, though, that stretch of road has been reopened.
    Big backups greeted commuters on I-94 Thursday when MDOT shut down the highway to work on a section of the road that buckled. As of Friday morning, though, that stretch of road has been reopened.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices