Communist Newspaper: UAW Workers Don't Believe The Big 2.8's Poverty Pleas

Frank Williams
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The People's Weekly World is "partisan to the working class, racially and nationally oppressed peoples, women, youth, seniors, international solidarity, Marxism and socialism" and "enjoy[s] a special relationship with the Communist Party USA, founded in 1919, and publish[s] its news and views." Right, so, the paper says "many thousands" of UAW workers don't believe the numbers being touted by the automakers to justify labor concessions. Citing GM's plan to invest $6m into Daewoo and Ford spending over a billion dollars on a plant in Eastern Europe, they're certain the companies are much better off financially than they let on. They're particularly suspicious of GM, claiming "during contract negotiations it is likely it will hide more than half its profits." Admitting they don't know what's going on in the negotiations, they feel "the union can be expected to raise both the issue of concealed corporate profits and the issue of nonlabor costs of making vehicles." So now you know.

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  • Jabdalmalik Jabdalmalik on Aug 12, 2007

    The best healthcare plan in the current system is having a metric fuckton of cash. That level of service will never be available to everyone, and no one is pretending otherwise.

  • Carlos.negros Carlos.negros on Aug 12, 2007

    Mikey said: "OK! Im Canadian we have universal Health care.Its like socialism in general. It don’t work! I don’t believe in discussing religion or politics.So thats the begining and the end of my input to this post." Mikey, are you a hit and run debater?

  • Taxman100 Taxman100 on Aug 13, 2007

    Hate to say it, but the older I get and the longer I work in "Corporate America" as a white collar professional, the more sympathy I have for the union guys. I've worked in accounting at a number of corporations, and I see the kind of stock options (repriced if the stock goes down), perks, reimbursements, etc. that upper management gives themselves. It has been that way at ever large company I've worked for. They take away pensions, bonuses, fringe benefits etc. for the white collar and blue collar guys, but they get huge perks for themselves. The real issue is Corporate America has absolutely no allegience to anything than to Upper Management and Wall Street - everybody else (workers, customers, communities where they exist, nations, etc.) comes in a very distant last place. Most places I've worked would fire all their employees in a heartbeat if they could make more by employing Communist Chinese - let the next generation worry about confronting a wealthy, militarily aggressive Chinese. That is the reality, but striking will win them nothing but unemployment.

  • Sherman Lin Sherman Lin on Aug 13, 2007

    taxman100: "Hate to say it, but the older I get and the longer I work in “Corporate America” as a white collar professional, the more sympathy I have for the union guys" How and when did it become fashionable to have no sympathy or even disdain for a union guy?