The Spark

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

Words Are Cheap

May 31, 2010

Workers with long memories know what Bob King’s promises are worth. At the beginning of the Detroit Newspaper strike of 1995-1997, King spoke of solidarity and brought UAW workers to reinforce the lines.

But when the strikers and other workers massed in numbers large enough not only to stop the newspaper trucks but to push back the Sterling Heights police as well, King & Co. pulled the plug on mass picketing.

A strike that might have been won in a few weeks decayed into a two-year battle of attrition, with the companies holding most of the cards.