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

Ford Workers Set the “Pattern” by Shouting NO!

Nov 9, 2009

In October, when the UAW International union leadership urged Ford workers to accept yet more concessions, President Ron Gettelfinger said, “We agree to enter into discussions in keeping with the principle of pattern bargaining...” so Ford could remain “competitive” with its GM and Chrysler rivals.

In other words, “pattern bargaining” has come to mean pulling every worker down to the lowest paid level.

But Ford workers, by saying NO! started a new pattern, pushing back up again. It’s up to GM and Chrysler workers to follow!