Motown blues or Detroit green?
As the government works with the management of GM and Chrysler to help them become competitive auto companies, many of the company’s workers are demanding a drastically different approach. Paul Jay sits down in Detroit with Frank Hammer, who has helped organized the Auto Worker Caravan, an organization of active and retired auto workers that is lobbying Washington to change their question. Instead of asking what would make the companies competitive, Hammer believes the question the Obama administration should be asking is what would best serve the transportation and economic needs of the American people?
Barack Obama announced earlier this month that he will not accept the restructuring plans put forward by the management of GM and Chrysler, giving them two and one months respectively to make another, more drastic proposal if they wish to receive the billions of dollars in government loans they are applying for. The White House report targets both the management and the union for criticism, yet the media has focused on the need for workers to make concessions in order to allow for the development of a viable auto industry, with little attention paid to the vision being put forward by management. Senior Editor Paul Jay visited Detroit, Michigan to find out how workers are responding to this situation.