The Spark

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

Excerpt from Gary Walkowicz’s statement to UAW Bargaining convention

Mar 30, 2015

....If we are going to gain back what we have lost, then, first of all, we must put an end to 2-tier.

It’s not about “bridging the gap.” It’s not about moving a few people into first tier pay. It’s not about giving people first tier pay, but no pension. It’s about getting rid of 2-tier now. Two-tier has weakened our union. There was a reason why those before us in the UAW insisted on “equal pay for equal work.” We must demand: Bring everyone up to first tier now!

We see what 2-tier means for legacy workers. Since we accepted 2-tier, legacy workers have not had a raise. We have lost COLA, bonuses, holidays, overtime after 8 hours. Retiree health care is no longer guaranteed. It is dependent on an under-funded VEBA. Retirees are paying more and more out of pocket. As long as we are divided between first tier and second tier, the corporations will use that division to hold everyone down. The best way for legacy workers to gain back what we have lost is to end 2-tier. We can fight together for what we need....