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

Direct from the UAW Picket Line

Oct 2, 2023

UAW workers on the picket lines have things to say!

“This strike is the only way I can get a pay raise any time soon.”—a temporary worker in Toledo making $15.71 with on-again/off-again scheduling.

“Fifteen years ago, we made them a loan, just like the government did. They repaid the government right away. But not us. Now it’s our time.”—Stellantis striker.

“We can’t even afford to buy the cars we produce while the CEOs take everything they can get away with.”

“Our jobs are set by somebody looking at a spreadsheet on the computer, somebody who has never once even tried to do this work.”

“Let’s see the CEOs come and bend over these jobs 10 hours a day, six days a week, and see how they like it. They couldn’t do it.”

“There’s very little return on these type of jobs at $16.76.”

“We just want to not have to struggle so much.”—a striker at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant.