UAW president hails “labor-management” partnership following sellout of Volvo strike

Considerably less than a 7 days after United Automobile Employees President Ray Curry conspired with Volvo Vehicles administration to shut down the 5-7 days strike in Virginia and ram by way of a agreement earlier turned down by employees, he wrote a characteristic column in the Detroit Information Tuesday titled “UAW will work with businesses for union users.”

The Detroit Information, a Republican Celebration-aligned newspaper and longtime mouthpiece of the automobile bosses, frequently publishes columns by the UAW president, Teamsters President James Hoffa and other Michigan union bureaucrats who have verified their well worth to significant enterprise.

Ray Curry in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2015. (AP Picture/Erik Schelzig, File)

In his July 20 op-ed, Curry dispenses with any recommendation that unions really should have an “adversarial” romantic relationship with the firms and touts the UAW’s lengthy-standing embrace of corporatism and labor-administration “partnership.”

“[B]eyond the conflict and headlines of members’ needs in the course of collective bargaining and in place of work concerns like grievances,” Curry declares, unions and businesses “must even now spouse to generate this nation’s financial motor.” The UAW president provides, “Good businesses who be successful realize that a pleased, successful workforce is vital to company results and company earnings.”

Nowhere in Curry’s column is there a one point out of the months-lengthy battle by almost 3,000 Volvo Vans employees in Dublin, Virginia, the most vital battle by UAW associates in yrs, if not decades. That is because the encounter demonstrated the irreconcilable conflict not only concerning Volvo staff and the Swedish-centered multinational big, but also in between the workers and the UAW.

As director of the UAW’s Major Truck Section, Curry drew up the agreement proposals which Volvo staff regularly rejected. The UAW-backed specials confirmed “corporate success and corporate profit” by imposing sharp improves in out-of-pocket health care charges on personnel, preserving the hated two-tier wage system, and providing a meager 2 % once-a-year wage enhance for major-paid out personnel. Under the current fee of inflation, the latter would consequence in a 20 % cut in authentic wages about the six-year contract signed by Curry.

After staff decisively defeated the UAW’s pro-enterprise proposals in May perhaps, June and on July 9, the union colluded with administration to impose its “last, most effective and final” present. When Volvo threatened to reopen the manufacturing unit with strikebreakers, Curry purchased the regional union to maintain a revote on the last rejected agreement and to make it obvious to hanging employees that they would be sent back again to get the job done under the company’s phrases no make a difference what the outcome of the vote. On July 14, the UAW introduced that the deal had passed by 17 votes. Amid common fees by rank-and-file workers that the UAW had manipulated the totals, Curry cynically claimed the “democratic process performed out at Volvo Trucks” as he shut down the strike.

The deal that Curry and the UAW imposed will guarantee the additional impoverishment of Volvo workers. And although each the union and Volvo falsely claimed every single of the contracts was the “best they could do” and that substantial enhancement in wages and rewards were being unaffordable, just this week Volvo noted next quarter revenue of roughly $1.12 billion, bringing its overall 2021 earnings to $2.5 billion so significantly.