Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Support Striking UAW Members!!!


After years of concessions and job cuts, GM, despite it’s enormous profits (and don’t be fooled – they are enormous) still wants to extract more wealth from the sweat and tears of its workers. IT IS TIME TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! No more concessions to multi-billon dollar multi-national corporations. Stop this race to the bottom. Defend the hard won gains of manufacturing workers in the United States and around the world. Its corporate mis-management that is the ultimate source of U.S. automakers woes, so why do the workers always pay the price, while the bosses are offered golden parachutes. Its time the bosses got a lead boot in the ass instead!

As a proud member myself of UAW Local 1980 – the National Writers Union, I call on all working people to aid and assist in whatever ways possible our brothers and sisters at GM.

Here is audio of UAW president Ron Gettelfinger, explaining the reasons for the strike at a Press conference on Monday (the original audio and a transcript can be found on the UAW website - http://www.uaw.org/…
http://www.archive.org/details/RonGettelfingerUAWStrikePressConference

For More info check out the UAW website…
http://www.uaw.org/

I interviewed Gregg Shotwell of Soldiers of Solidarity (SOS) earlier today, to get his take on the strike. Gregg is an auto worker, a member of UAW Local 1753, and one of the founders of Soldiers of Solidarity, an activist group in the UAW which opposes the union leaderships lack of militancy and concessionary bargaining. The interview started with Gregg providing a little background on SOS (this was a phone interview - please excuse the poor quality audio)…
http://www.archive.org/details/GreggShotwellUAWStrike

You can read more about Shotwell’s critique of the UAW leadership at…
http://www.soldiersofsolidarity.com/

Another great website by a UAW activist…
http://futureoftheunion.com/

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