The Spark

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

Detroit bus drivers
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Jun 3, 2007

850 City of Detroit bus drivers didn’t show up for work on Wednesday May 23 to protest a lack of security on the buses. That shut down bus service for the entire day. Many businesses and government offices barely limped along.

Detroit police stopped providing protection on the buses two years ago. Since then, attacks on drivers and passengers have skyrocketed. Two bus drivers were attacked and beaten in just the two days before the walkout.

Detroit’s City Council had dragged their feet for months on a proposal to pay 12 million dollars for Wayne County sheriff deputies to ride the buses, and voted it down on May 9 in a squabble with the county over money. Within 24 hours of the drivers’ walkout, the Council met again – and this time voted FOR the proposal.

Officials and bosses always say they can’t come up with the money to solve a problem workers confront; but they CAN, and quickly – if they’re forced.

If the bus drivers could successfully fight on that issue, they can do it on all the problems they face. And so could other workers.