Solidarity? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Solidarity!

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
solidarity we don t need no stinkin solidarity

Soldiers of Solidarity isn't the only organization opposed to the new UAW/GM contract. A writer for the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) was "assaulted and physically threatened" by UAW officials while distributing anti-contract leaflets outside union halls hosting ratification meetings. Socialist Equality Party (SEP) member Larry Porter was confronted by a man who identified himself as a chairman of the union who tried to stomp stop him. Later, "a man wearing a shirt bearing the UAW International emblem… told him if he did not leave immediately there would be 'trouble'." At a second meeting the same official threatened "to kick this guy's ass." The SEP sent a letter to Ron Gettelfinger, reminding him "were corporations to threaten members of the UAW engaged in organizing drives, your organization would certainly take legal action against those who sought to deprive the union of its democratic right to distribute leaflets on public property." The WSWS is warning GM workers to beware of "physical violence against workers opposed to… passage of a contract that gives [the UAW] control over $60 billion-$70 billion in retiree health funds." Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that while some locals have ratified the contract, there's still quite a bit of dissent in the ranks. If the contract doesn't pass, all Hell will break lose.

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  • Virtual Insanity Virtual Insanity on Oct 04, 2007

    I miss Mcarthy-ism.

  • Oboylepr Oboylepr on Oct 04, 2007

    Nah! It's all a CAW conspiracy! GM keeps providing health benefits to a trillion people and Canada gets to keep it's health care advantage. If this VEBA flies successfully it's all over for the CAW!

  • Ryan Knuckles Ryan Knuckles on Oct 04, 2007

    Jenny McCarthy..ism? I do too. Singled Out taught me what I know about women.

  • Luther Luther on Oct 05, 2007

    "Yep they are, just like roaches." Actually, the dynamic of political government mirrors the AIDS virus. "Blue states are a fallacy. There aren’t any blue states, only blue counties." If you look at the voting map by county, the high density areas (cities) are blue and the rural areas are red. It makes sense...Go tell a farmer "Your Fired" and he will look at you like your crazy. Tell a city person they are fired and they fly off in an emotional frenzy. Survival pressure is greater in the city than rural so people tend to want to vote themselves other people's property when they live in cities. The US electoral college system was set-up to keep city folks from enslaving rural folks. The Founders learned from Rome.