The Spark

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

Saving the companies, losing the jobs

Oct 20, 2008

What does the United Auto Workers’ union president have to say about GM buying Chrysler? Ron Gettelfinger on a radio interview said he understood what would happen. “That would mean the elimination of additional jobs.”

But what does Mr. Gettelfinger want to DO about it? “We’ve done a lot of things to help all of these companies survive. That’s one issue I’m ready to debate with anybody.”

Help the companies survive?

The UAW leadership’s “helping the companies survive” has been a disaster for the membership. In 1979, there were about 720,000 jobs at GM, Ford, and Chrysler. In l980, the union officially shifted into “help the companies survive” mode. In 2007, there were about 180,000 jobs left, at GM, Ford, and Chrysler – and they’re still cutting!

How about helping the workers survive? Only the workers’ own organization and struggle can assure that!