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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

GM Contract—A Monument to Worthless Promises

Oct 8, 2007

The UAW claims the new contract “protects UAW jobs.”

But at what wages?

In fact, this contract has exactly the same language as the last nine auto contracts. And under those nine GM, Ford and Chrysler contracts 547,000 jobs were lost. Only 178,000 were protected.

The only thing guaranteed in this contract is the loss of 11 plants–eight by closure, three by sale or closure.

The contract also claims to have a “moratorium on outsourcing.” But in fact, the real promise to keep jobs is to keep those paying half as much money–more than 20,000 of them.