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

Detroit Emergency:
Give Them an Inch, They Take a Mile

Apr 2, 2012

Starting March 20, City of Detroit workers, with little or no advance notice, were summoned to vote on a new set of concessions which the city had patched together with union leaders seven weeks earlier. During the seven weeks, workers had been subjected to arm-twisting, scapegoating, and fear-mongering, especially by the media.

No sooner were the workers bludgeoned into voting “Yes,” than Michigan Governor Snyder, sent down an edict: it’s not enough.

Snyder proposed to set up an “advisory board” that would have powers to overrule and rewrite any public workers’ contract because of the city’s “financial emergency.”

The only real and genuine financial emergency is the one that workers have to deal with at the end of every month. And our emergency can’t be solved with concessions!

The mirror that we face every morning should have engraved on it in big letters: DON’T VOTE YES. IT ONLY ENCOURAGES THEM.

Once a bully gets a nickel they always come back for a dollar. We can’t stop their greed until we stop giving.