On eve of contract vote, veteran Volvo Trucks worker warns about UAW ballot-stuffing, calls for united fight against sellout deal

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      (WSWS) The opposition among striking Volvo Trucks workers in Virginia is continuing to grow against the tentative agreement the United Auto Workers union is seeking to push through in a rushed ratification vote on Friday. Nearly 3,000 workers have been on strike for a month to fight for substantial wage and benefit improvements and to overturn more than a decade of givebacks handed to the multinational company by the UAW.

      The UAW has refused workers’ demands for the release of the full contract and all the side letters of agreement signed by the UAW and Volvo that will dictate their wages and conditions over the next six years. They have also ignored workers’ demands for the postponement of the vote until workers have sufficient time to study the deal. Local, regional and International UAW officials are frightened of the hostility of workers, who have already rejected two UAW-backed agreements, that they have not even called any mass membership meetings to discuss the contract before the vote.

      Opposition at the New River Valley plant has been led by the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee (VWRFC), which issued a series of statements this week calling on workers to reject the latest deal and demanding that the UAW release the full contract, hold mass meetings to answer workers’ questions and give workers 10 days to study and discuss the deal before any vote. The VWRFC has also called for “rank-and-file supervision of the counting of ballots, to ensure that all votes are counted fairly.”

      The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a veteran Volvo Trucks worker with nearly three decades at the plant about the upcoming contract vote, the role of the UAW and the need to build and expand the network of rank-and-file committees to provide a genuine voice and leadership to the struggle of workers. To protect the worker from company and union retribution, he will be referred to as “Jimmy.”

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    • #433988
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      If a union boss (not rank and file) unilaterally endorses a candidate, I would not vote for him.

    • #434139
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      How is this even legal? By what authority can management think they can hide any conditions the employees must adhere to, or be subject to, before the employees vote for, or against the contract? In the real world, there are still laws against this kind of shit.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

      • #434150
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        I don’t recall all of the amendments to the National Labor Relations Act over the last 40 years, but I’m sure what the UAW is doing is “perfectly legal.”

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

        • #434153
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          Nothing specific to this particular subject.

          We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
          If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
          The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
          Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

          • #434156
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            It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

            You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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