Editorial: Autoworkers Deserve Better than UAW

Black Local and National News

by BA 22 Views

By Rosetta Miller-Perry There was once a time when the union movement was a noble and honorable one. A. Phillip Randolph’s Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters did many great things while helping Black railroad workers get better wages and equitable treatment. There was also union support of the Civil Rights Movement, and the basic tenet of union creation, getting fair treatment and salaries for labor, remains a just one. Unfortunately, corruption has seeped into too many of the nation’s biggest unions, most notably the United Auto Workers (UAW). In a contest between them and the Teamsters, one would be hard pressed to determine which was or is worse. Ford recently announced plans to bring new auto jobs to this state. However what was not made clear in the announcement was how much their arrival is linked to the presence of the UAW and whether it will be necessary to take the UAW along with the jobs. If that’s the case, the Tribune urges Ford to do everything possible to keep the UAW’s hands off the deal and also keep them out of the state. Let’s be clear that the Tribune does not oppose honest, clean unions that work tirelessly on...