By Jeff Gilbert

VIDEO: WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert interviews Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

TRAVERSE CITY — (WWJ) One day after the primary election, Governor Snyder told a major auto industry conference that a spirit of cooperation has helped turn the auto industry around.

“I believe the automotive industry is coming home,” said Snyder to start the third day of the Management Briefing Seminars. “Hopefully, we’re creating an enviornment where you’re seeing the best place to be is where many of you started. That’s right here in Michigan.”

Snyder will face Democrat Mark Schauer in the fall. Schauer is expected to use Michigan’s passage of right-to-work legislation as a main campaign rallying point. Snyder, however says, he feels he can make his case to some union members.

“I’m not pro our anti-union,” he said. “I’m pro worker, in terms of making sure we’re creating great, well-paying jobs. If they want to join a union, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s their decision also.”

The Governor has not yet met with new UAW President Dennis Williams. But he thinks they can work together on important issues.

“I would hope so,” said Snyder. “I believe that with anyone. I would hope they have a strong interest in seeing Michigan do well.”

Snyder says his top priority for the auto industry is attracting new talent. He admits some potential employees may be concerned because the industry was laying off workers five years ago. But, Snyder says he believes things have changed a lot in the past five years.

“The automotive industry had a lot of efficiency issues they had to deal with, a lot of problems. They’ve resolved those. If you look at the productivity in the auto industry, its fabulous today. That’s why it’s a good career now.”

Snyder says there are currently 70 thousand open positions in Michigan, many of which are not filled because the companies can’t find skilled workers.

“Here’s an opportunity to be there with the comeback of the auto industry. There’s a good run of 20, 30, 40 years of outstanding effort and well paying jobs.”

Connect with Jeff Gilbert
Twitter: @jefferygilbert


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best Cooking Classes In DetroitLearn how to whip up some wonderful dishes while having fun!
5 Bucket List Items To Cross Off In DetroitThe “must-do” items for anyone making a trip to Detroit.
Best Spots For A Quick Lunch In Downtown DetroitThese places will get you in and out.

Watch & Listen LIVE