The Baltimore GM plant in White Marsh used to make auto transmissions and batteries for electric cars. It employed around 400 union workers. GM has closed the plant, and only seven union employees remain. One object of the current strike is to save these jobs. Aside from worker solidarity, how are other unions involved? The assembly tracks in auto plants were made and installed by iron workers. Fire sprinklers were installed by sprinkler fitters. When plants close the consequences affect us all. When workers are on strike, auto workers, teachers, health care workers--they are striking for us, and they should get our support. Walk that picket line! On Saturday’s picket line, there was a steel worker, an electrical worker, and a public employee--they understand that a strike is not just about immediate demands--it is about working people demanding a better world.
photo by Bruce Wolf (IWW); the UAW picket in White Marsh continues daily from 6a-2p; see Calendar for details.