Oct 8, 2007
One worker at the Ford Rouge Truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, said in response to this UAW GM contract: “They have always tried to divide us. White against Black. Men against women. Old against young. Now they are doing it with two tier.”
He is right. When you agree to let companies like GM bring in workers and pay them half of your wages, with no pension, and with measly health care benefits – you can be sure these lower paid workers aren’t going to be so keen on defending your health care, or your wages, next time around.
That’s what workers at Delphi found out. In 2003, top UAW leaders told Delphi workers that this kind of low two-tier deal would eventually help new workers to catch up.
Now we see what a lie that was. This year’s UAW Delphi contract brings the higher paid workers DOWN. And the next one would go further.
Solidarity doesn’t mean a thing if it isn’t solidarity of all workers, no exceptions.