The Spark

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

Workers' protests made a difference

Jul 18, 2005

Some SEIU union workers at Cadillac Place in Detroit recently won a group grievance related to parking costs. These workers went from free parking at the old Labor Building to the high prices at the Cass Lot about a block away. They won a financial settlement only because they pushed.

Of course, no boss or politician ever says, "You did the right thing – organizing and sticking together made us give you something." But the fact is that anytime workers stand together, refusing to accept an attack, something is gained.