Tuesday, August 9, 2022

SiriusXM’s ‘Auto Trends’ Talks UAW Scandals, Black Leadership Influence and More with Automotive News’ Michael Martinez

Michael Martinez
Michael Martinez is a reporter for Automotive News. (Photo Credit AN)

*Michael Martinez, an Automotive News reporter, joins Auto Trends with Jeffcars.com to talk about what could easily be a made for Tv movie drama on how the United Auto Workers (UAW) found themselves mired in scandal after scandal over the past decade. Seemingly, the 90-year-old influential organization didn’t begin to turnaround, until its first African American leaders took the helm. The skilled reporter shares what the current leaders did and what role, if any, they played in avoiding a government takeover.

During the insightful, but telling radio conversation, Martinez also elaborates about the role unions, in general, have played throughout the years in creating a middle-class society.

Moreover, he vividly details what actions finally led up to UAW members and retirees having a voice in selecting their next leaders, as opposed to them being appointed internally. In a not so surprising move, after tabulating the results of a historic vote, on Thursday, December 2, it was declared that UAW members and retirees will now have a direct hand in selecting their international leaders. At the time of our radio conversation, the ballots had not been tabulated.

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Rory Gamble
Rory Gamble, who is now retired, became the first Black president of the UAW in 2019. (Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company)

Furthermore, during the course of the conversation, the reporter touches upon how the market and media are reacting to the current trajectory of Ford Motor Company under its CEO Jim Farley, an industry insider, as compared to his predecessor, Jim Hackett, who was an outsider.

This program will air from Saturday, December 4 thru Thursday, December 9. To tune in to Auto Trends with JeffCars.com via SiriusXM or one of our FM radio affiliates, click here.

About Auto Trends with JeffCars.com:
Jeff Fortson is the host and executive producer of Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only multicultural syndicated automotive program airing throughout the U.S. and Canada. The 30-minute weekly show, which is in its sixth season, airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials. The program consists of in-depth one-on-one conversations with many of today’s industry pioneers and influencers, ranging from the ‘Hidden Figure’ and Black female who responsible for using a mathematical formula to check the accuracy of the GPS (Global Positioning Sensor) to auto analysts to car designers to the trailblazer of LGBT auto advertising.

For upcoming shows, car reviews, car-buying tips, recall updates and a car-payment calculator, visit JeffCars.com, his car-buying educational guide. Follow him on twitter@JeffCars.




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