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

Gary Walkowicz

Sep 1, 2014

Candidate for Representative in U.S. Congress District 12, Michigan

Gary Walkowicz has worked for 40 years at Ford, elected by his fellow workers to various positions in the local union. He is known as someone who always stood up against auto company demands to push workers backwards, and he helped organize opposition to contracts demanding concessions from the workers, including the one in 2009 that was voted down.

He was nominated for president of the UAW International at the 2010 and 2014 UAW Conventions, running against the top officials who had pushed concessions on auto workers.

Gary explained his goal: “I didn’t have any illusions I would win at the Convention, but running was a way to give a voice to the UAW membership, to the thousands of workers who do not agree to go on paying the cost for the bosses’ crisis.”

It’s exactly the same situation in the U.S. elections, where normally the working class has no voice. Gary’s candidacy will let the working class have a voice. It will allow workers to appear politically and to show that they want to see a working class policy and a working class fight.