The Spark

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

Chrysler and GM:
Arbitration or a Bad Contract
– NOT the Only Choice!

Sep 5, 2011

UAW President Bob King gave yet another speech to business leaders. He said he did not want to raise fixed costs for automakers. That tells you right there what kind of contract he will bring in.

But top UAW leaders already are telling GM and Chrysler workers they have no choice – if they vote down the contract, it will be sent to arbitration. And the result will be worse.

They say we can’t strike, so there’s nothing we can do.

Well, we’re the ones who do the work, aren’t we? We’re the ones their production depends on, aren’t we?

Yes, we have a choice. We can vote down the contract – and let the company know by our actions that we aren’t going along with a rotten contract brought back to us – from negotiations or from the arbitrator.

We don’t have to roll over and play dead.