The Spark

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

American Axle:
Give an Inch, They Take a Hundred Miles

Feb 9, 2009

American Axle bosses in Detroit have just announced they want MORE concessions from their Detroit workforce. These latest threats come less than a year after American Axle workers in Detroit, Three Rivers, Michigan, and a couple of plants in New York, voted, most of them reluctantly, to accept a concessions contract that gutted wages, pensions, and health care.

At the time the workers were told that this was the best that could be expected if they were to keep their jobs. And workers at the Three Rivers plant took even bigger wage cuts over the threat of their plant closing.

Now the American Axle bosses are using the lower wages of the workers at the Three Rivers, Michigan plant, to threaten workers at the Detroit plant.

What’s next if they get away with this latest attack? Demand that the Three Rivers workers give up more in order to compete with the Detroit workforce?!

This vicious cycle of concessions will not stop until workers refuse to give up any more.