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Growing workers’ rebellion against the UAW

The formation of the rank-and-file committee has struck a deep chord among workers in the US and internationally who have experienced similar betrayals at the hands of the pro-company and pro-government unions.

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World Socialist Website

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There is a growing rebellion by rank-and-file workers in the US against the United Auto Workers union. In recent weeks, workers at the GM stamping plant in Indianapolis overwhelming voted down a 50 percent wage cut pushed by the UAW. Workers at the Lake Orion GM plant in suburban Detroit have expressed angry opposition to an agreement by the UAW to halve their wages without even allowing a ratification vote.

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Workers in Indianapolis formed the GM Stamping Rank-and-File Committee and have called on workers to follow their example by building committees of action independently of and in opposition to the UAW to organize a fight to defend jobs and overturn the two-tier wage structure imposed last year by the UAW and the Obama administration.

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Dead Miners and Ethically Dead Senators

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  • Here's the perfect cure for lawmakers' job grievances: Become coal miners for a while.
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  • Corporations scoff at workers' rights--even the right to come home from work alive
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  • In West Virginia, coal miner's slaughter
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Jim Hightower, Other Words

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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Some members of Congress complain that they have a really tough job. Also, they say their hard work is not appreciated by the public and that they're really not paid enough.

Well, not to worry, Congresspeople, for I have the perfect cure for your job grievances: Become coal miners for a while.
Talk about hard work, bad conditions, poor pay, and unappreciative bosses! Then there's that irritating thing about being killed on the job.

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Corporations scoff at workers' rights--even the right to come home from work alive, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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  • OSHA, the agency scorned by labor haters, has been meek and weak
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  • In West Virginia, coal miner's slaughter
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In West Virginia, coal miner's slaughter, Michael Winship, Salon

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  • Upper Big Branch's owners bought themselves virtual impunity with campaign contributions. The result was tragedy
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  • David Roberts of the environmental magazine Grist described Massey's president and CEO Don Blankenship as "the scariest polluter in the U.S. ...The guy is evil and I don't use that word lightly."
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  • The responsible capitalists: Will anyone fill their shoes?
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Corporate America's Favorite Jurists Return

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  • The squeeze on workers
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  • Signing away your rights
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The Progress Report, Think Progress

Few cases define the Roberts Court like the recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC. With a wave of their hands, the Court's five conservatives opened the floodgates to allow billions of corporate dollars to spill into American democracy.

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As a result, outside interest groups -- most of which are aligned with conservatives -- have already spent five times as much on this midterm election cycle as they did in 2006. And Citizens United is only the tip of the Court's corporate iceberg. The justices have consistently favored employers over workers and polluters over the environment -- and it has gone out of its way to slam the doors of justice shut on ordinary Americans. With the Court's new term beginning this week, the justices have a few opportunities to correct past errors. Sadly, the Roberts majority is far more likely to find new ways to declare corporate America to be above the law.

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The squeeze on workers: In its first full term together, the Roberts majority handed down its infamous Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire decision, which cut off access to equal pay for equal work for many women. Moreover, when Congress swiftly overturned this egregious decision, the conservative justices responded -- not with the humility Chief Justice Roberts promised in his confirmation hearing -- but with an equally indefensible decision limiting the rights of older workers.

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Companies stash cash, but won't hire

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  • The development presents something of a chicken-and-egg situation — corporations keep saving, waiting for the economy to perk up, but the economy is unlikely to perk up if corporations keep saving.
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  • Pushing working people down
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  • The jobs emergency
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Graham Bowley, New York Times | NY

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While many households and small businesses are being turned away by bank loan officers, large corporations are borrowing vast sums of money for virtually nothing — simply because they can.

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Companies such as Microsoft are raising billions of dollars by issuing bonds at ultra-low interest rates, but few are spending the money on new factories, equipment or jobs. Instead, they are stockpiling the cash.

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The development presents something of a chicken-and-egg situation — corporations keep saving, waiting for the economy to perk up, but the economy is unlikely to perk up if corporations keep saving.

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Pushing working people down, James Clay Fuller, Things We're Not Supposed to Say

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  • Those who are benefiting from the rotten economy are the wealthiest 20 percent of the American people, who hold upward of 85 percent of the country's wealth.
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  • Tell Mott's: get the scabs out of your applesauce!
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The jobs emergency, Robert Reich

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  • Twelve thousand new jobs in July -- when 125,000 are needed monthly just to keep up with population growth, when more than 15 million Americans are out of work, and when more than a half-million more state and local jobs are on the chopping block.
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  • Predictably, Washington's latest rescue effort falls woefully short
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  • U.S. Experiencing Worst Episode of Prolonged Unemployment Since Great Depression
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  • An aid package to the states to prevent layoffs was funded by cutting the federal food stamp program.
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