The looming battle to preserve the middle class way of life


The UAW IEB, GM and Delphi are in meetings to try
working out a concessionary agreement that they
hope the membership will accept. The membership
has been demorilized and left with little or no hope
of earning a decent living in the future.

Indeed, our own UAW IEB will not even offer the
membership hope, just concessionary contract offers
filled with deciet and half truths that hide the truths
of the TRUE contract that must be voted upon.

And, with this decietful contract offer comes the no
strike clause. When the membership learns what they
voted for down the road, it's to late to do anything
about it.

As we can see from the latest buyout, buydown, sellout,
or whatever type of an offer that it really is, there is a
rush to get it done. Why the rush? Management is never in a
rush to get things done on the floor or honor their contract
commitments that have been made to us.

We have to honor our forced down the throats contracts
and management isn't forced to honor their contract commitments.
What is wrong with this picture? Well, guess what!! Could it
be that our UAW IEB is in bed with management? Would you
call for a strike on your bed partner when YOU are being
treated as royality and getting what YOU want?

In a little over a year GM's commitment??? to the Delphi
workers ends. We will be facing a new contract as an idenity
yet to be determined if we buy into this madness. Who will
own us then? It won't be GM or Delphi. One thing is for sure,
we WILL go through this retched nithtmare over and over again
if we don't stand and fight now.

History is showing us what is about to happen. We can stop
this RAPE right now. If we choose to ignore history, then we
are doomed to relive it. This looming battle will determine our
standard of life. Middle class or poor. These are the only two
options that we have to chose from.

GM can afford to throw all kinds of money at THEIR problem.
It's cheaper than the legacy costs that they want no part
of. Delphi is going to sell off their SO CALLED problems and
the thieves will fill their pockets. We will have new owners
and now be broken into smaller pieces.

History tells us that this will continue to happen until the
doors are locked and even the now poor workers will have lost
their jobs. Don't just take my word for it. The history of the
destruction of the middle class of workers is recent history
and can be easily obtained.

There is hope to be found in in the crisis that we are facing.
Concessions will lead us to doom. NO MORE CONCESSIONS.
We have seen that concessions lead to more concessions. We
are strong and have the power to STRIKE to keep what we have.

The almighty three (GM, Delphi and our UAW IEB) have already
agreed to take away our strength. They will sell us off to
different people and split our membership. When we become
weak, they will crush us. Don't allow them to divide and
conquer this membership. LIES, HALF TRUTHS AND DECIET
ARE THEIR GAME.

I would remind you that most of this membership ARE GM
employees. If we are to abide by the contract, GM is responsible
for us until September of 2007. Delphi filed for bankruptcy. WE
ARE GM EMPLOYEES. GM can offer buyouts or whatever, and get                     people into retirement. Well, guess what? Retired people can't vote.

I'm just appalled on what our UAW IEB is allowing to happen. We
are being sold out. Can you feel it? Does it make you mad? I can
only hope that you are as mad as I am. Now, it's time to go back
and check on the contract. It's your resposnibility to find out the
truth. The almighty three has DECIEVED this membership long enough.
DEMAND that the UAW IEB honor the contract. They wrote it, why
won't they honor it?

They will sacrafice this membership for their own greed and corrupt
ways. ARE YOU MAD? HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH? CAN YOU SEE THE
LIES AND DECIET THAT HAVE BEEN FED TO YOU TO MAKE YOU FEEL
POWERLESS AND HELPLESS? You are not powerless and helpless. But,
if the almighty three have their way, you soon will be.

No more will I accept the LIES and DECIET from the almighty three.
It's Miller time and GOD help anyone who is on his payroll. The day
of reckoning is at hand. The soldiers stand ready for the battle. WE
ARE MAD AND WE WILL WIN. WE ARE THE WORKERS, THE MIGHTY,
MIGHTY WORKERS. LISTEN TO WHAT WE SAY OR THERE'LL BE HELL
TO PAY.

       In Solidarity
       John Goschka
       Local 699 Retiree