The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

A Further Thought ...

Aug 30, 2021

During the federal government’s investigation of corruption in the UAW, the federal district attorney running the case claimed that they were working on behalf of the union members, trying to give them more control over the union. The feds mandated that the UAW conduct a referendum where the UAW members will vote whether to change to a “one member, one vote” process for electing the top union leadership. The district attorney promoted “one member, one vote” as a more “democratic” way for the union to function.

But in this referendum vote, UAW members will not be able to vote on the details of how “one member, one vote” would actually work. The federal monitor imposed by the government would have the right to dictate these details later. And the consent decree also dictates that the federal monitor has the right to decide whether or not any union member can even run for top union office.

Where the hell is the democracy in that? Is this democracy for UAW members, or a dictatorship imposed by the federal government?

Gary Walkowicz

August 28, 2021