The Spark

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

Ford Workers’ Statement

Sep 5, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, some workers in the Dearborn Truck Plant, on B Crew, circulated a statement to send to the top UAW International leadership. It took off like wildfire, with hundreds of workers signing it just at one shift change. And workers in other plants are circulating it, too. The statement reads:

“It is time for the Ford workers to get what we deserve and what we are owed for all our hard work. After many years of concessions, it is time to get back what we have lost. Alan Mulally has got his. It is time to get ours.

We want you to demand from Ford Motor Company that:

1. We have to get back all the concessions that we have lost.

2. We have to get yearly raises and cost-of-living.

3. The ‘Equity of Sacrifice’ grievance must be settled before the national contract is settled.”

And when International union leaders ignore them, workers will have a decision to make.