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

Sound on Mound!

Mar 4, 2013

Determined workers from Chrysler’s Warren Stamping plant organized a spirited protest outside their Mound Road factory on February 28.

Despite icy winds and freezing temperatures, a few dozen Warren Stamping workers along with workers from three other Chrysler factories–Sterling Heights Stamping, Jefferson Assembly, and Warren Truck–expressed their opposition to new work schedules. Many other Chrysler workers blasted their horns in loud shows of support as they drove by.

The “Awful [Alternate] Work Schedules” (AWS) will have a harsh impact on workers’ family lives and health.

Top UAW leaders and the Chrysler Corporation teamed up to implement the AWS which will mean a workday stretched to 10½ hours, four days a week, without any overtime pay. With this schedule, the company gets maximum production for minimum overtime cost.

While the hated schedules still will start in March, workers’ morale was lifted by a chance to make an irreverent and public show of opposition.