Instead of conveying a determination to put a stop to the slaughter
of working class Americans in the auto industry, the President of the UAW resigned
himself and the over 600,000 workers he represents to a position of economic
servitude and corporate boot-licking.
Gettelfinger, head of the United Auto Workers, told his rank and file
yesterday that the shrinking union faces the toughest challenges in its history
and that members must adjust to the economic realities of the beleaguered
U.S. auto industry and embrace innovative solutions.
The message, delivered in a wide-ranging speech at the opening of the union's
four-day convention in Las Vegas, avoided bashing of General Motors
Corp. and Ford Motor Co., which plan to close or downsize two dozen plants
and cut 60,000 union jobs in the next few years as they try to regain
their financial footing and turn a profit.
Instead, Gettelfinger recognized the plight of the two largest U.S.
automakers in an increasingly competitive climate where their market
share, with DaimlerChrysler AG included, has dropped 16 points, to 58 percent,
over the past decade. The credit ratings for GM and Ford have been reduced
to "junk" status.
"Like it or not, these challenges aren't the kind that can be
ridden out," said Gettelfinger, who is expected to win a second
four-year term as the UAW's president Wednesday. "They demand
new and farsighted solutions and we must be an integral part of developing
And he'll be the first to start by bending over. What a sell-out and a loser.
“When the UAW built
a golf course we knew right then and there that organizing had entered
the twenty-first century,” said a greenskeeper [on condition of anonymity].
Ron Gettelfinger was not available for comment but sources close to the corporation’s
beloved say Ronnie has been planning this feat since his days as a summer
ranch hand. The work gave him saddle sores but long hot days on horse
back instilled in him an appreciation for desk jobs.
It was at the Rollover Ranch that Ron met the man who would influence him
for the rest of his life, Steve “Bob” Miller, a turnaround specialist
with a stunning pirouette and a graceful side saddle style that charmed the
shit out of a lot of bulls.
The two men were both studying accounting and working summers on the ranch
when they rubbed their match heads together. Sparks flew and the rest is fodder
for the long barrel. So it comes as no surprise that years later the two should
meet again — this time riding herd on the rank and file.
In a way, rank and file autoworkers are just like our poor soldiers, out in
the front-lines laying their lives down for these bastards and getting nothing
in return but an early retirement/grave.
It's not going to stop until Americans Just
say NO! to corporate wars and economic slavery.
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