Monthly Archives: September 2011

Waiting and waiting and waiting

I have been following the GM contract, because most folks think that Chrysler will get something similar. I hope it’s not worse. Our distinguished CEO Sergio has been acting like a little brat publicly, sending a nasty, patronizing letter to … Continue reading

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A break from our regularly scheduled programming…

I went to a hip hop show tonight, to see Black Star. Mos Def and Talib Kweli. They made one perfect album together in 1997, and that was it. One of the best things about hip hop in the 90s … Continue reading

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Conversations with the first tier

I have had the most extraordinary weekend of conversations. I was lucky enough to be in a gathering of labor folks, mostly UAW (though a few others, I didn’t forget y’all), who were all top-tier workers. Many of them had … Continue reading

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A factory rat’s take on the race to the bottom

“They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn But without our brain and muscle, not a single wheel can turn We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn That the union makes us … Continue reading

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Drawing strength from the well of history

Our contract expires in two days. We don’t know what to expect, but most of the buzz is not happy. The newspapers report a big signing bonus coming. We know what this means: A big fat bribe, and not much … Continue reading

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A working-class hero is something to be

Labor Day this year was a mixed bag. The parade was small, but dense. I actually missed most of it, because we were about 40 minutes late. That didn’t used to be long enough to guarantee missing it. I also … Continue reading

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Wait just a goddamned minute here: Echoes of Willie Lynch

There has been a lot of tension in the plant lately. The high corporate seniority people are pissed about being on the line with us lowly stepchildren. The second-tier people are pissed because these folks are acting shitty. Everyone is … Continue reading

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