The Spark

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

A Chrysler Worker Speaks Out “You Know It is a Bad Contract…”

Nov 14, 2011

A skilled trades worker at Chrysler who objected to the UAW International’s decision to declare the contract had passed despite skilled trades workers rejecting it, had this to say in a leaflet workers circulated: “I’ve seen two International Reps, our current Local President, and a number of local officials try to strong arm this contract.

“Now, I don’t think asking for a fair agreement makes us overpaid, under worked, or greedy. We are not getting International rep pay, or routinely logging 7 days a week, 12 hours a day paychecks to make ends meet. I just think we need a raise in base pay for everyone, real COLA in our hourly rate, and Skilled Trades workers need protection from Sergio’s (Chrysler CEO Marchionne) plan to cut our numbers…”