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UAW may not be neutral on bridge

Detroit's Ambassador Bridge
Detroit's Ambassador Bridge

DETROIT (WKZO) -- The United Auto Workers union may not be as neutral as indicated when it comes to a new international bridge crossing in Detroit.

According to the Detroit Free Press, a June letter from UAW President Bob King to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood endorses the New International Trade Crossing.  That letter says, in part, "This important project will create many thousands of well-paid construction jobs and additional spin-off jobs during construction."

Over the weekend, King insisted that the UAW will remain neutral on the issue of the bridge.  The comments came after speculation that billionaire Matty Moroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge, was proposing an investment to back the collective bargaining proposal in exchange for the UAW's backing of the bridge initiative on the ballot.