The point is that nothing in the Obama-GM tragedy was necessary or unavoidable. The political struggles not undertaken and the laws not passed created the circumstances that drove UAW capitulation to the Obama bankruptcy as their least awful option. Knee-jerk apologists for the status quo are wrong to dismiss talk of what might have been. […]
GM played by the capitalist system’s rules. First, it always aimed to profit by driving its employees as hard as possible and paying them as little as it could. Second, GM secured the US market for its cars and trucks by blocking the development of high-quality mass transportation here. […]
Under capitalism’s rules, the decent wages and working conditions won by the UAW provoked GM to strike back by moving production where wages and benefits were lower. […]
Workers who struggle successfully for decent wages and working conditions always find that the system strikes back. That’s how capitalism works, how capitalists profit. Republicans and Democrats alike proudly serve that system. And the lesson for GM and other workers is. . . . . ?
Rick Wolff on GM
June 5, 2009 by Nick Krafft