The Spark

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

Chrysler:
A NO vote from the past

Oct 22, 2007

We reprint here part of an article from SPARK newspaper, Issue No. 218, October 11, 1982:

"For the first time since the big strikes after World War II, a majority of autoworkers in one company have voted down a proposed contract. Chrysler workers voted NO in the face of everything the UAW leadership and Chrysler could pull out of their bags of tricks. The workers were told all sorts of lies: that the contract wasn't a concession; that this was the best contract they could get; that Chrysler can't afford any more; that the contract is only for a year ... the lies and tricks went on and on."

Twenty-five years later – and it's still the same old song and dance.

In October 1982, as we wrote at the time, "The Chrysler workers refused to fall for these tricks...."