'The Injustice in This Society Is Overwhelming' [View all]
US union chief promises direct action By Joseph Szczesny (AFP) – 2 days ago
FLINT, Michigan — Just as in the sit-down strike of the 1930s, the United Auto Workers is preparing to join other unions and activists in more non-violent protests against what UAW president Bob King described on Friday as a framework of right-wing policies that have hurt the middle class.
King told a crowd of more than 500 at the 75th anniversary of the union's first contract with General Motors that more direct action similar to the Flint sit-down strike of 1937 is needed today to challenge corporate power and prevailing economic wisdom that demands wage cuts for working Americans and smaller tax bills for the wealthy.
The union faces many of the same challenges it faced back in the 1930s, King said.
"The injustice we're seeing in this society is overwhelming," added King, who said he believed the time has come to use direct action just as in the 1930. ...................(more)