The Spark

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

Overloaded jobs should be the focus!

Sep 8, 2003

As we approach the UAW contract expiration date, there are a lot of articles in the newspapers talking about how jobs have been lost over the years. The focus has been placed on cheaper labor in other countries, or on work going to non-union plants in the U.S.

But what HASN'T been talked about is the speed-up that has taken place over the years, in all the plants. Overloaded jobs are not even discussed. If the International union were really serious about job security, they would have to put that issue on the table, front and center!

Not one dime, not one job, not one benefit!

That should be the rallying cry of all UAW workers when it comes to this current contract. For now – all we know are just the rumors floating around – but we all know that the companies are all situating themselves to say that they can't afford to go on as they have in the past.

We agree. We think that all the CEOs should take drastic pay and perk cuts. We think that all the big shareholders can forgo their dividends for awhile and live on the interest on their millions.

Reports from Ford Rouge, Detroit, MI.