The Spark

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

Indianapolis Workers Called the Man’s Bluff

Sep 13, 2010

Claiming he had gotten numerous phone calls from workers who said they wanted to vote on proposed concessions, J.D. Norman announced a meeting where every worker could come hear the “truth” about his offer. Norman, a former stock broker, wants to buy a GM plant whose workers are represented by UAW Local 23 – but only if the workers give up half their wages and many benefits. He rented the Indianapolis Colts stadium and provided food, with great fanfare, for his meeting.

Top UAW officials supported his effort, claiming that previous “No” votes had been taken by only a small minority of the workers. But only a very, very, very small minority – just 75 people counting spouses and children – even showed up at the stadium!