Former Kennedy adviser to run political shop for auto union

"We are thrilled to have Mary Beth join the UAW leadership team especially in light of the difficult challenges ahead for our union," King said in a statement. 
"As we navigate the tough political environment in this era of attacks on American working families and the middle class, and head into national contract talks for the domestic automakers, I'm confident that she will help us elect officeholders who are allies in the battle to save the American middle class," King said. "And most importantly, she will help us move forward in achieving global social justice, rebuilding the U.S. middle class and building a global middle class. She is a renowned authority on women and politics and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the union's political operations."