The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

UAW Referendum on One Member, One Vote

Aug 30, 2021

The federal government spent more than five years investigating corruption among some leaders of the UAW. The government used this investigation as a way to impose controls over the union. There will be a federal monitor inside the union for at least the next 6 years.

As part of the consent decree, the government also mandated that the UAW conduct a referendum for its members to vote on whether to change its constitution regarding how its top officers are elected. UAW members will vote on whether to keep the delegate process that the UAW has always used since it was organized, or to change to a “one member, one vote” process.

The following letter concerning the referendum was circulated by Gary Walkowicz, a long-time militant inside the UAW. Walkowicz was elected many times by his co-workers as a union representative, organized campaigns against concessions and ran 3 times for International UAW President, opposing the top leadership. Walkowicz has retired from Ford, but is still active in the union.