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

Why Must a Man Walk 21 Miles to Work?

Feb 16, 2015

The story of James Robertson, the worker from Detroit who walks 21 miles each day to get to and from his factory job in Rochester Hills, made news around the country. He rightfully won sympathy of people who could understand his plight and collected more than $350,000 in his honor.

His boss called Robertson his “model” employee and says he sets his attendance standard by Robertson.

Few in the media asked why this man, who has worked there for at least 10 years never missing a day of work, is making only $10.55 an hour! And even fewer in the media asked why the Detroit area has no public transit system!

Robertson may be a model employee, but his employer is a model of plain old capitalist greed.