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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

UAW Activist Charged with “Impeding Traffic”—What a Bunch of Bull!

Feb 4, 2008

Wendy Thompson, retired president of UAW Local 235, was arrested on January 2 in front of an American Axle plant in Three Rivers, Michigan. She was distributing a newsletter for American Axle workers. The newsletter contained statements by several workers who oppose making concessions to the company when their contract expires on February 24.

The cops charged Thompson with “impeding traffic.” Her real crime was simply publicly opposing concessions.

Veteran activists are familiar with cops who use phony excuses like this one–as soon as a company calls. But when companies call the cops over a piece of paper, it’s a sign that there is wider opposition in the plants.