Retired auto workers have their say
Frank Hammer: UAW leadership came to identify more with the companies than with workers and communities
June 22 – Retired autoworkers in Detroit speak to TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay in this series of videos about the automobile crisis. The retirees discuss the concessions made by the UAW that have deepened the economic crisis for the retired and active autoworker; the need and capability in Detroit to produce mass transportation and green energy from the old plants; and the negative image of the unionized autoworker in the media.
Fourth in a series of discussions with a group of retired autoworkers in Detroit
Third in a series of discussions with a group of retired autoworkers in Detroit
Second in a series of discussions with a group of retired autoworkers in Detroit
June 19 – TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay talks to retired autoworkers from Detroit about the effects of the automobile crisis on their pension and health benefits. Paul Wolfarth, an autoworker who retired in 2008, says that he has already lost his vision benefits with the new bankruptcy agreement between the UAW and the automobile companies. "The new workers, my biggest fear is the new workers coming in are going to be paid $14 an hour and they’re not not going to support the retirees," Wolfarth says. "The active workers do the voting; we have no voice."