The Spark

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

Throwing away those who built the union

Jun 26, 2006

At the UAW convention, delegate Gary Walkowicz of Ford Local 600 presented the only resolution proposed from the floor. He proposed to bring out of committee, for full discussion, a resolution passed by four locals, for retirees to have the right to vote on any contract that would diminish the terms of their retirement.

The union structure, aware this might happen, opposed it so strongly that in advance, they prepared a two-page full-color statement urging delegates not to consider such a thing. Their statement also carefully misrepresented the actual resolution.

What does this show but that the union leaders already have in mind further cuts against retirees? The welfare of those who built up the union is in the works, to be concessioned away piece by piece in the leadership’s pursuit of peaceful cooperation with the corporations.

If not, they would have no problem with a resolution such as Walkowicz championed.

It’s no surprise that corporations use up workers and then wish to do nothing but throw them away without proper compensation. The UAW, under the influence of its “partnership” and its concessions policy, finds itself adopting the identical point of view.