The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

American Axle Takes the Money and Runs

May 4, 2009

American Axle announced it is closing its largest plant in Detroit, Michigan and cutting more than 500 jobs permanently.

In 2001, the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit gave American Axle 18.5 million dollars in tax breaks. Of course, the politicians claimed this would save jobs!

In 2004, workers at American Axle gave up big concessions followed by more concessions in 2006 and 2008. This too, was supposed to save jobs – so the union leadership claimed.

Now they have closed American Axle. They told 500 workers, “Too bad, you don’t have a job!”

The politicians and the union leadership have been claiming forever that tax breaks and concessions save jobs. When? Never! They lie!