[Marxism] The Greatest Defeat Since …. » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Feb 25 09:40:03 MST 2014

One inconvenient fact that most Leftists have preferred not to discuss 
is that, unlike in 1936 when union activists faced spies, gun thugs 
injunctions and police, and got the union only by occupying the Chevy 
plant in Flint, Michigan for six weeks, VW wanted the union and its 
collateral “works councils” [not to be confused with a workers’ 
council], an arrangement that had stabilized and made their unionized, 
higher-paid workers in Germany more productive. (With exquisite irony, 
VW officials in Germany have threatened to build no more VW plants in 
the States unless the workers vote to admit the union.)  No surprise, 
since UAW officials “consistently maintain that the union’s combative 
past is behind it and now say the cooperative ‘works council model is in 
line with the UAW’s successful partnerships with the domestic automakers 
and its vision of the 21st century union.’ Those partnerships led the 
UAW to become an early adopter of the two-tier wage model, at the Big 
Three in 2007, and to give up pensions for new hires in that contract” 
(Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Feb. 11, 2014).

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/25/the-greatest-defeat-since/

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