Monday, September 24, 2007

Workers of The World Unite

in baby steps at least.
The idea of a National Strike is really really cool and appealing to me. is it poor form to pick up a sign if you're just a civilian?
from the U.A.W. press release:
“We’re shocked and disappointed that General Motors has failed to recognize and appreciate what our membership has contributed during the past four years,” said U.A.W. President Ron Gettelfinger. “Since 2003, our members have made extraordinary efforts every time the company came to us with a problem: the corporate restructuring, the attrition plan, the Delphi bankruptcy, the 2005 health care agreement. In every case, our members went the extra mile to find reasonable solutions.”

“Throughout this time period,” said Gettelfinger, “it has been the dedication of U.A.W. members that has helped G.M. set new standards for safety, quality and productivity in their manufacturing facilities. And in this current round of bargaining, we did everything possible to negotiate a new contract, including an unprecedented agreement to stay at the bargaining table nine days past the expiration of the previous agreement.”

“This is our reward,” said U.A.W. Vice President Cal Rapson, director of the union’s G.M. Department. “A complete failure by G.M. to address the reasonable needs and concerns of our members. Instead, in 2007 company executives continued to award themselves bonuses while demanding that our members accept a reduced standard of living.”

“The company’s disregard for our members has forced our bargaining committee to take this course of action,” said Rapson. “Unless U.A.W. members hear otherwise between now and the deadline, we will be on a national strike against G.M.

i really think a goal in my life is to join a union (though I don't think I'd be good at the work)

No matter, good luck all. They may have the plant but you have the power! (union strike folk song-mp3)
(and at least they'll be making some money during this all- $200 a week for their 4 hour shift on the line)

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