[Marxism] Chrysler: Bad news gives way to worse.
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Tue Nov 17 04:19:05 MST 2009
REPORT: Senator John McCain doesn't believe Chrysler will make it
Chrysler stays in the news.
The form of the working class movement has shifted.
UAW membership has sunk below 400,000.
There are roughly 540,000 UAW retired workers.
Jefferson Assembly - where Jeep is produced, has a workforce of 1500 and
30,000 retired workers connected to this one local union. 30,000! These
30,000 are not connected to production.
Local Union meeting require a quorum to hold official business. Most local
unions meeting do not have a quorum, which is generally 50 people. Retiree
meeting generally bring out 125 - 200 members. The impact of this shift
will be felt at the Constitutional Convention next year.
Chrysler workers face a change in health care moving over to VEBA in
January. Word has leaked out that Chrysler can only fund VEBA 60% of its
commitment. Cuts are underway before the program is implemented. Chrysler collapse
throws its retired workers pension into crisis and into the hands of
government. The historic form of class struggle, wherein the workers were bonded
to their employer is being superceded by a new form of struggle outside
the employer-employer relations.
Here is the real class struggle as external collision between - not within,
The social struggle in America is shifting to the dispossessed
proletarians. An era of social revolution has opened, unlike anything we have
experienced. Battle lines are slowly coming into focus. This dispossessed
proletariat is not a lumpen proletariat. Here is the meaning of society moves in
class antagonism. Antagonism displaces - supercedes, contradiction.
What have taken place over the past 20 years is the fundamental shattering
and restructuring of the industrial proletariat that took shape on the
basis of Fordism. The social consequence of the revolution in the material
power of productive forces are being felt society wide. To emancipate itself
this growing dispossessed proletariat has to toss all of society up in the
Here is the social revolution Marx outlined.
Let us march on til victory is won!
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