This not only puts in question liberal or social-democratic hopes concerning the democratic or left capacities of auto-industy unionism, but also left or Marxist assumptions that 'the most advanced industry produces the most-radical workers/unions'. Or the most-internationalist, as in the Kim Moody argument concerning international social movement unionism newleftreview.org/.../kim-moody-towards-an-international-soc....
Now read on...
State of the UAW: Company Union or Vanguard?
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“State of the UAW: Company Union or Vanguard of Social & Economic Justice?”
Since 1980, the UAW leadership in Detroit adopted a “common cause ideology” embracing corporate competitiveness draped in the rhetoric of cooperation and teamwork. It was a lesson in creative destruction of one of the most powerful and socially progressive labor unions in the 20th century. The UAW membership fell from 1.5 million in 1979 to 380,719 at the end of 2011. GM's hourly workforce fell from 441,000 in 1980 to 50,000 today. The UAW bureaucracy ballooned while the membership deflated.
This is an account of the transformation of the UAW from a membership-driven organization to a capital-driven organization. The UAW’s partnership with management facilitated the industry’s downsizing. The UAW is at a historic crossroads—which path is in its future?
Dr. Thomas Adams
Retired Autoworker, PhD History, MSU University,
A discussion of the book he is writing based on the PhD dissertation entitled, “UAW Incorporated: The Triumph of Capital” and his 30-year experience working at Buick manufacturing in Flint.
Retired Autoworker, Recently published book: Autoworkers Under the Gun
Mr. Shotwell shares the experiences as a worker at GM and Delphi, union activist, and his writing.
GM autoworker, Team Leader Flint Truck and Bus
Mr. Shingledecker discusses life as a “GM Gypsy” and what it's like to work in an auto plant today.
Where>UM-Flint Kiva: directions + parking @ maps.umflint.edu
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