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

UAW Workers Can Claw Back Losses

Nov 9, 2009

After Ford workers’ powerful NO vote, Ford executives rushed to minimize the damage. Mark Fields, president for the Americas, stated that the UAW agreement would have had “a relatively small economic benefit” compared to previous concessions shoved down workers’ throats last March.

If Ford didn’t really need these concessions then why did they demand them? Only because they could, in their greed. And wasn’t it the same for all the previous concessions?

“We’re tired of the lies,” said the workers. Their vote demonstrates a unity they can bank on to start to recover lost ground. Ford owes them break time it took in March, and their lost bonuses and cost of living. Ford owes its workers for 10-hour days with no overtime pay. And it owes its workers a jobs bank.

Now it’s time to collect!