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Auto Workers Chase Out UAW Executives

From the irony proof Communists at the World Socialist Website:


Indianapolis auto workers drive UAW executives out of meeting

By Andre Damon
17 August 2010

Workers at a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis, Indiana chased United Auto Workers executives out of a union meeting Sunday, after the UAW demanded workers accept a contract that would cut their wages in half.

As soon as three UAW International representatives took the podium, they were met with boos and shouts of opposition from many of the 631 workers currently employed at the plant. The officials, attempting to speak at the only informational meeting on the proposed contract changes, were forced out within minutes of taking the floor.

The incident once again exposes the immense class divide between workers and union officials, who are working actively with the auto companies to drive down wages and eliminate benefits.

The national UAW are ‘the bosses’ now that they effectively own General Motors.

A vote on the changes was originally scheduled for Monday, but was cancelled by the UAW after Sunday’s informational meeting made it clear that opposition was nearly unanimous. The new contract would, among other concessions, cut wages from an average of $29 an hour to $15.50.

General Motors, the UAW, and the state government have been working to sell the plant to JD Norman Industries, which was demanding the nearly 50 percent wage cuts as a condition for the sale. GM and the UAW are now denouncing workers for opposing the destruction of their living standards.

Isn’t irony ironic?

Workers at Local 23 voted 384-22 in May to reject reopening a previous contract, which had guaranteed that wages would remain intact in the event of a sale. GM first announced its intention to sell the plant in 2007, threatening to close it if it did not find a buyer.

The workers would rather not have work than have their wages cut.

Despite overwhelming opposition by the rank-and-file, UAW executives secretly continued negotiations with JD Norman, which they outlined in a document sent to workers last week.

The meeting Sunday, a video of which was posted on YouTube gives a glimpse of the immense hostility felt by auto workers to the UAW. (See above.)

“Within five minutes of its start, a loud chorus of autoworkers shouted ‘no,’” reported the Indianapolis Star. “They could be easily heard on the sidewalk outside the union hall. Three UAW officials soon rushed out of the union hall and departed in a Chevrolet Suburban with Michigan license plates.”

UAW Region 3 Director Maurice Davison, clearly shaken up by the event and expressing the general contempt of officials for the membership, told the Indiana Star Press that the incident was a “mob scene.”

Oh, our sides.

“No means no and that’s it. We said no. We said no again. We don’t want a contract. Close it,” auto worker Todd New told WTHR, a local television station. “They get their regular pay,” he said, referring to the union officials, “Why do they want to cut ours?”

“No matter how many jobs we will have at this facility, they will be poverty level and many families will have to take advantage of government programs,” added auto worker Carly Burkhart Kirchner.

Auto worker Nick Ellis told local news station WISHTV, “You just can’t live on $15.50 an hour.”

Sections of the Local 23 leadership, including bargaining chairman Gregory Clark, expressed opposition to the closure. “We pay the International to represent us, not commit fraud and work against us,” said Clark.

These expressions of opposition, however, are intended to divert the immense opposition among workers into non-threatening channels, while keeping the rank-and-file trapped within the UAW. The fact of the matter is that the actions of the UAW in Indianapolis once again demonstrate that this is a company union that works actively to increase the exploitation of the working class.

The UAW has worked closely with the Obama administration in pushing through a Wall Street-organized restructuring of the auto industry, premised on a drastic lowering in the wages of auto workers

In other words, the UAW will directly collaborate with the auto companies to impose poverty wages onto workers to boost the profits of the auto companies.

Yes, the Obama administration hates ‘the workers.’ They are cahooting with the Wall Street fatcats to destroy them.

The explosion at the UAW meeting in Indianapolis is the latest in a series of events exposing the anger that is building up among auto workers. In January, workers at the New United Motor Manufacturing (NUMMI) plant in Freemont, California clashed sharply with UAW executives after the UAW refused to do anything to prevent the plant from being shut down.

That is to say, in California ‘the workers’ attacked the UAW for not doing anything to keep a plant from closing. And in Indianapolis they are attacking them for trying to keep the plant from being shut down.

As usual there is no pleasing some ‘workers.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Auto Workers Chase Out UAW Executives”

  1. wardmama4

    Haven’ t we said at various times – they eat their own? I love it, the very layabouts who are existing on the uber contracts that these Union Thug Leaders are securing by pandering to the DNC – and now, they are turning on them. Have they not thought about the consequences (i.e. lower Union numbers and crappy contracts) at all? Or like so many on the Left – We are the ones we have been looking/waiting for – We will do it better.

    Orwell was right – Some pigs are just more equal than other pigs.

    If things are getting this bad (see B Frank for the stand-up routine of the week – ‘Obama has not blamed Republicans enough‘) then by November 2nd (is it) the DNC/Left (yes I know I was redundant) should be certifiable in their sheer lunacy and it will be on full display.

  2. proreason

    It’s still a mystery to me what it is about “auto work” that merits high pay.

    They don’t design the cars. They don’t design the assembly lines. The don’t design the robots. I can see where the people who maintain the assembly lines and the robots would need to be highly skilled. I respect mechanics who repair cars, particularly the ones who have to figure out what is wrong and work on many different makes.

    But working on an assembly line? Bolting the card doors onto the frame? Making sure the doors open and close correctly? Those people don’t even need to know how to read.

    I just don’t get it. Seems to me that those jobs should be barely above minimum wage. Maybe I don’t understand what they really do or the great danger involved or something.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I’ve been saying it for years. “Paying some moron $45/hour to put lug nuts on Chevrolets and calling it “skilled labor”. The whole intent of Henry Ford and the assembly line, and why he was so thrilled by it was because he WOULDN’T have to have highly skilled labor. Thus, pay could be lower and he could produce his cars for less, making them affordable and able to sell more of them.

      He was a hard core socialist. And, he was also an entrepreneur. Kind of an interesting mix…but…he had no desire to make people free. He firmly believed that the masses, left to their own devices would end up as drunken fools killing each other.

      In any case he was correct that assembly line work didn’t require any special ability other than to learn a task and do it repeatedly all day. How would that warrant high wages?

    • wardmama4

      Pro your remarks remind me of a comment made decades ago by an Exec (PhD) at Seagram’s – I could not stand for 8 hours doing the same repetitive action over and over again, day after day – it is simply mind numbing work. Certainly not skilled labor at all.

      And I have a relative who was just laid off – for the umpteenth time since barely graduating (semi-literate) from high school whose mother can’t figure out why he is struggling. Followed his father into the Union – but the enviro-wackos forced that business to shut down (here) and so on for every job (Union) he has held since then – they have failed or been driven out of the area. And he has no education, no skills to offer – Just a pathetic allegiance to the Union even though he’s never been able to rack up enough years at one place to get all those juicy bennies (and with 3 ex wives – he needs ‘em).

      I happen to like his Mom, she is a very nice person – so I don’t get into her face that it’s his fault for where he is – blind allegiance to anything is stupid. Most especially when it fails you again and again.

  3. Liberals Demise

    Notice that the ‘Suits and Ties’ never take a cut in pay………..EVER!
    Fat azzes who swill $10.00 drinks at lunch and absolutely do nothing to EARN their pay.

    Rodeo time for the UAW suits!

  4. tranquil.night

    Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-MI, “Not Your Father’s UAW

    Indeed, instead of being blamed for chasing investment away from industrial states, the UAW may become the place to turn to ensure a company’s success. That would be a welcome paradigm shift.

    In Dundee, Michigan, the UAW has negotiated just such a contract. The Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance is producing the new engine for the Fiat 500. To ensure maximum flexibility, the UAW contract has only one job classification. The objective of the plant – and of the new Chrysler — is to ensure that “anyone can do any job, anywhere, anytime.” The team concept is deployed on the floor of the new plant. The observer can’t tell which worker belongs to management and which worker is a member of the union. Every person hired in this factory has a college degree or technical certification.

    Partnership. Quality. Competitiveness. Flexibility. Teamwork. Innovation. Productivity. Continuous cost-savings. Respect.

    These are the words of the new UAW and the new auto industry – and the words of a hopeful future for advanced manufacturing jobs in America.

    Guess not every factory can be a winner.

    How’s that hopenchange workin’ out for ya?

  5. NoNeoCommies

    It never ceases to amaze me when people that train their dog to be hyper aggressive are surprised at being attacked by them.
    The UAW created this pack of ravenous curs and now they have a shortage of meat to placate them.

  6. Voice of Reason

    Hey gang!!!

    Long time……lurking a lot just not opining too much……but I had to just add a quick comment to this when I saw that the NUMMI plant in Fremont was closing…..

    I used to work right down the road from that plant. It was HUGE!! Employed thousands.

    Now it is a goner.

    Well done UAW and Cali politicos. I guess I can also thank the knobs that put those people in power term after term after term.

    I guess they get what they deserve but it is sad to think that many there could give a rats patoot about the UAW and now are out on their butts with the union lovers.

    What a shame.

    Good to see y’all!!

    Excellence as always Steve…..you remain head and shoulders above the crowd sir.

  7. Right of the People

    “Auto worker Nick Ellis told local news station WISHTV, “You just can’t live on $15.50 an hour.” …”

    That’s the whole problem when you probably have been living way above your means for years and now have to join the real world.

    When I lived in Ohio I had a number of auto workers for neighbors. They all bought new cars yearly since they got that employee discount bennie on top of their enormous salary. Most had at the very least a bass boat, quadrunner, snowmobile and usually a jet ski or two plus every appliance known to man in their homes, big screen TV’s back when they were thousands of dollars. I could go on and on.

    The majority of them were nearly if not completely illiterate and used to laugh at me because I made less than they did and I had a degree. The difference between us was my wife and I lived within our means and actually managed to save money while these fools spent every penny they “earned” for putting doors on vans.

    I know plenty of people would be happy as hell to get $15.50 an hour. Wardmama, you are so right, they are eating their young. Lets hope come November we can get some responsible adults in Washington to straighten this mess out.

    • jackal40

      “You just can’t live on $15.50 an hour.” WOW, I don’t think I ever made close to that even after 23 years in the Army. Now that I’ve almost finished my BS, I hope to be making that much in a few years.

      Guess I shouldn’t have let Detroit after graduating High School – thank God I did!

  8. Liberals Demise

    “I know plenty of people would be happy as hell to get $15.50 an hour.”
    I’d be one of those people you are talking about.

  9. RaginBull

    I dont understand were all this hate is coming from, just because some people dont make as much money they think it should be ok to have someone have theres cut in half, lose benefits and retirement they have literally worked 30 plus years in,If it was me on the other side I would be for them regardless, Im all for someone who has worked fought for and paid union dues to get where they are. I APPLAUD THEM.There will be plenty of the lower wage employees fighting the same battle soon, some states are already lowering the minimum wages as we speak. I think alot of people should read the history of the battle the UAW workers have been through to get where they are today, and if people were lucky enough to get a job under the UAW they are getting what former workers have fought and died for. Children went hungry and cold, people have had alot of terrible losses to have what is here now. People thing that auto workers have it easy , well they dont, its not easy work in alot of the plants, and to work there you have to jump through alot of hoops. The conditions in some of the plant alot of people couldnt handle, they would quit. So for people to say 15 dollars an hour is a good paying job , yes it is but not there,

    In this comment I would just like to know where all the good moral , be glad for your fellow people are, I know I am happy if someone is doing good, not jealous.So before you post an opinion read up on the history of the UAW before you judge us. I would not be mad at you if you were in the same situation.

    • jobeth

      “So before you post an opinion read up on the history of the UAW before you judge us.”

      With all respect, I believe it is you who need to read up on the UAW. I could tell you a few stories myself…but I’ll ask you to first look up the history of the union movement….who funded and backed it…and for what reason.

      Years and years ago…safety was a real reason for the men in a local area to fight for themselves. “Local” means nothing more now than an address. A “local” on the west coast will strike for problems on the east coast even though the issue is nothing to them.

      Unions have gotten so large and demanding they have killed the goose that laid their golden egg. Now there are no more eggs. Don’t cry now..its too late.

      I come from a family who have had members in UAW, UMW, Teamsters, AFSCME, AFL- CIO…ranging from Coal miners, steelworkers, auto workers, over the road truckers, law enforcement and health care….I know intimately of what I speak.

      As I said…take some time to read up on just who runs these unions…you may get your eyes opened wide.

      It’s not that we don’t wish you and yours well, but we don’t want to see you buckle under to communistic union thugs…(read up).

      I wish you well…I hope your children get an education first…a career via college or skilled trade school second…then….I hope they are able to find a job in a country who has shipped all their jobs oversees because the unions have priced American right out of the market…leaving our own people serving hamburgers.

      You really do need to do some self education..and I mean that with respect. You are like so many today, trusting the fox to guard your chickens.

      What you are seeing is not hate. Its frustration at watching evil people taking over a whole segement of America…lie to them….tell them they are victims…that the world (their employer and society) owes them.

      We are angry at watching the American gumption being lied out of our children. We are fed up with watching whole communities have the attitude that someone needs to ‘help” them before they get off their own duff to FIRST help themselves.

      I could go on but just know we are happy to see anyone get ahead…through hard work.

      Not that the individual union workers are all lazy..there are those. but we understand most work hard…but they have bought into a huge disabling lie.

      One that robs our people of the drive to do for themselves and robs them of pride of workmanship.

      One that teaches people to live beyond their education and means. That they don’t need to invest in an education. One that leaves them at the mercy of the chaos the union leaves behind when a company leaves the country.

      With honestly…ask yourself this…if your company closes up…as hard as you may work…as well as you live for the moment…could you manage? What are your skill sets? Or are you sunk with out a life jacket?

      Thats what you are seeing here…anger at this situation, not hate…except for those who have created this mess.

      Or of those who have already accepted the “entitlement’ lie. They become parasites on society. They become the ones who get on TV demanding some of that “Obama cash”.

      Or who sit on their roof tops waiting for someone to save them from Katrina when they sat with their six packs the day before while planning their hurricane party.

    • proreason

      Hey ragin, have you ever heard the story about killing the golden goose?

    • Liberals Demise

      This isn’t about the workers. It’s about the do nuttin’ suits that make 4 times the working slob and ask the slob to take a pay cut while they sip their swill at lunch and bend the rank and file over the bargain table. They (suits) ain’t takin’ no cut. Never crossed their minds.

      I was in a union in ’78 & ’79 (aerospace workers) and again from ’04 to ’07 (boilermakers,engineers and operators). You can keep ‘em. Lock, stock and (pistol) barrel!!

  10. “The workers would rather not have work than have their wages cut. ”

    If they get two of years unemployment checks based on their current salary, it is probably more than the salary they are being offered. So unemployment is a better deal. First rule of employers … if you are going to cut someone’s salary or threaten to close the place, don’t offer them a wage that is less than they will get from unemployment checks.

  11. has the uaw sold their multi-million dollar golf resort in michigan yet???

    didn’t think so.


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