Reality Asserts Itself - Frank Hammer

Why Autoworkers Care About Climate Change – Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt4

October 11, 2013

In the final segment of this Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Frank Hammer says all workers should face up to the dangers of climate change and insist that we move toward a green economy

Young Autoworkers Ask Older Workers, “What Happened”- Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt3

October 8, 2013

In this episode of Reality Asserts Itself Frank Hammer discusses the pressures on Detroit auto workers’ wages that came from the American and global south.

Why I Became a Working Class Organizer – Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

October 7, 2013

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, retired UAW Local President Frank Hammer tells the story of his radicalization in the movement against the Vietnam War and turning his back on a professional career to take up working class activism

The Fight Against UAW Leadership and GM – Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

October 7, 2013

In this episode Frank Hammer tells Paul Jay about being inspired by the national liberation movements and the struggle against concessions as a response to the outsourcing of jobs In part two of an interview with Paul Jay of the Real News Network, labor activist Frank Hammer discussed the inspiration he took from the liberation movements of the 60’s and 70’s. “The movement in the '60s was very much affected by the example of the Cuban Revolution, which was 1959,” said Hammer. “I mean, I remember young people that I was with that made trips to Cuba that went there to cut sugar, cut sugarcane, and came back with, you know, a very…with a great zeal about the socialist revolution that was going on in Cuba.” “I think the context for somebody like myself at that time was defined by liberation movements in Africa for independence and for anti-colonialist struggles. There was a very inspiring struggle going on in the Middle East with the Palestinian liberation movement.” Jay also asked Hammer about the struggles against the United Auto Workership leadership. “It was already in the early '80s that the UAW leadership said, oh, we have to reopen our agreements and we have to begin to make concessions,” said Hammer. Hammer explained the logic of the concessions: “ 'If we continue to exploit Third World labor at cheaper rates, we can benefit the U.S. workers by giving them more.' ” “I think that the leadership was so influenced by the way the employers looked at the…