Mar 9, 2009
Top UAW leaders gave up many concessions and brought them to workers at Ford for a vote in early March.
On the days just before and during the votes, International staff people flooded the plants, cornering workers, attacking those who opposed the deal, etc.
Nonetheless, there was a great deal of opposition to and resentment about this deal.
As of Saturday March 7, the vote was still “too close to call” according to the Detroit News. Whatever happens, workers already have signaled how fed up they are. Loud and clear.
And, whatever happens, this is sure: there will be future demands for more concessions. Facing a general economic depression, the bosses will use the threat of unemployment as a battering ram to bust workers down to the wages and standard of living of the last depression.
Workers will need to increase not only their no votes, but also the scale of their mobilization. But those who voted NO this time can be proud – they gave themselves something to build on.