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Issue no. 711
Didn't want to hear the workers say "NO!"
Sep 22, 2003
Despite the fact that more than a thousand State of Michigan workers demonstrated at the state office building in the very heart of Detroit, the bourgeois media showed a distinct lack of interest. Only one radio station showed up – no television stations or newspapers were there to broadcast the workers' pledge not to accept any concessions. Why not? Maybe Granholm leaned on them. Maybe the UAW, which is in the middle of pushing through one of the worst concession contracts in UAW history, used its influence to enforce the blackout. Wouldn't want other workers to see the example of saying "NO!"
But so what? Workers have the means to get the word out themselves. We have tons of friends, relatives and neighbors. Workers from any big workplace have links all over the city – links that can spread the word much faster than any bosses' newspaper when we use them.
State workers are saying NO to concessions. The word – and the idea – should be spreading.