Aug 16, 2010
The “new,” “radically different” UAW, under the “new” leadership of Bob King, is acting just like the same old UAW, fronting for the companies.
The local membership at a GM stamping plant in Indianapolis voted not to reopen their contract to allow concessions. The local shop committee, respecting the membership, refused to reopen.
International leaders worked out a big concessions deal with the company anyway – despite clear language in the UAW Constitution preventing them from doing it. They said they found “a loophole”!
Gangsters stop at nothing!
Workers in Indianapolis know all about gangster tactics – they have been subjected to threats, bribes and other less polite tactics.
Today, as we write, Indianapolis workers are in a meeting – hopefully, they are giving these goons for the company the welcome they deserve.
And then the Indianapolis workers vote.
We don’t know the result. But what’s happened so far in Indianapolis is important for every GM worker, every auto worker. GM is trying to cut wages at ALL the stamping plants – by first cutting Indianapolis, which is isolated, then using those much lower wages to force every other plant to give in. After stamping, comes the rest of GM’s empire.
It’s time to throw concessions back in the bosses’ face. Time to throw so-called union leaders who front for the bosses out with the garbage!