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

Just Say No!

Apr 4, 2011

Union officials for 14,000 L.A. city workers agreed to three year contracts that will cut current workers’ pay, as well as health care benefits for retirees. The union leaders had the gall to say that “collective bargaining does work.”

And these attacks are just for starters. No doubt buried in the agreement are even more ugly takeaways and concessions for city workers that they aren’t talking about.

Sure, city officials promise that this agreement averts lay offs. But that is just another big fat lie. There is no guaranteed protection against future lay offs or job cuts of all kinds.

City officials say they will try to use this agreement as a new pattern to force other unions to accept similar cuts and concessions.

Union leaders may go along with this. But city workers don’t have to. All they have to do is: Just Say No!