The Spark

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

Ugliness Loses and a Worker Wins!

Jun 10, 2019

At the Fiat-Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Michigan, employing 7000 workers, a woman worker employed by a janitorial subcontractor found a noose hanging in an area she was cleaning. That’s a threat! That’s terrorism! The worker took a picture and put it up, to warn everyone.

Instead of finding the actual criminal who hung the noose her bosses fired her for taking the picture! For issuing a public warning! For preserving evidence!

The fired worker, a mother of four facing eviction, stood up for herself. She got her story in the news and filed every possible legal complaint.

For what little it is worth, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) issued a statement that they have zero tolerance for hanging nooses at work. FCA, as the wealthy corporation employing the smaller janitorial company, always had the power to insist that this worker – who blew the whistle on racism – get her job back and fast.

But FCA had a problem doing the right thing. That is, until they were reminded strongly enough by workers at the plant and by the glaring spotlight shined on them when this story went national.

On Monday, June 3, the woman who spoke up and warned others – finally got her job back! She deserves a warm welcome for showing the importance of standing up for what is right.