The Spark

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

Auto Contract Sell-Job Starts to Unravel Already

Oct 17, 2011

As a major selling point to get the 2011 contract passed, General Motors made various product commitments, and promises of retaining and bringing in new jobs at plants all over the country

But GM has already torn up one of those promises. It announced that at its Detroit Hamtramck plant it had “delayed” – by at least a year or two – the opening of two additional shifts. 2,500 promised jobs – disappeared!

Guess this is what GM’s spokesperson Cathy Clegg meant when she told reporters that promises in the contract did not apply if the situation changed.

What changed – just eight days after the contract was approved?