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News orcs are saying that striking GM workers make $250/day while on strike.

That is because they have a strike fund.

That is why they pay dues to a union.

So they can put money in a strike fund, and support each other in emergencies.

What the fuck is wrong with you.

@frickhaditcoming they are on FedBook but goddamn if it isn't the gnarliest walled garden. Can't copy text from there.

@teslas_moustache weird, no mention of GM taking away their healthcare and forcing the union to have to handle the expenses instead? weird, wonder why corporate own news orgs would leave that bit out :blobhyperthink: :blobhyperthink: :blobhyperthink:

@radicalrobit no, no, it's news O R C S. That was an on-purpose typo.

@teslas_moustache I've actually read from some union organizers that the $250 figure is false. They actually get about $50 a day. The rest of that stuff is valid though. It's their dues money that paid for it

@thatsmycheesemonster @teslas_moustache Either way, that's still $250/wk, which is pretty close to 40 hrs/wk at the current federal minimum wage.

Unions are good and fuck the capitalist lies used to shut them down and make them illegal.

@KitsuneAlicia @thatsmycheesemonster I guess I forgot because $250/day actually sounds reasonable to me. They build effin' cars for a living. Yes, they deserve $31.25/hour, as do the rest of us.

@teslas_moustache @thatsmycheesemonster Oh, for sure. The federal minimum wage is definitely too low for everyone as it is, and these intensive manufacturing jobs definitely deserve more too. I'm mainly just amazed that the union is able to achieve that much just on dues, which is awesome.

@KitsuneAlicia @thatsmycheesemonster I'm not sure how UAW works, but the unions are all different. Either way, they probably at least have a way for people to pay "assessments" into the strike fund separate from dues. Plus, dues for these kinds of "business unions" can be pretty high.

In IWW each branch (both GMBs and IUBs) have the option of maintaining their own strike fund. Each branch decides how to collect on the strike fund. Half of dues stays with the branch, half goes to GHQ. The half that stays with the branch can go into a general fund, or they can vote to allocate it however they see fit. When I was in a GMB, we collected money for the strike fund exclusively as "assessments" separate from dues. If a shop votes to strike, they can send a message to GHQ saying what kind of support they need, and GHQ votes on it.

@KitsuneAlicia @thatsmycheesemonster also, --and this doesn't take away from the fact that shit is fucked up, and we should all support the striking workers, and you should NEVER cross a picket line, nevertheless -- the rank and file membership, to my understanding, did not have a say in whether or not the union called a strike. Their elected officers decided, after negotiations with GM, and with very little if any input from membership, that they should just fucking do it. Which really fucking sucks tbh.

So anyway. Visit your UAW Local Hall, ask them what they need, and do your best to provide it. They need your help.

@teslas_moustache @KitsuneAlicia @thatsmycheesemonster I've been a member of a couple UAW locals and an organizer in one of them. In my locals there were just dues without any distinction as to categories. A portion of the dues goes to the local and a portion to the international, of the international's portions, some part of it goes to the strike fund. Building up the strike fund has been a priority in recent years in anticipation of a big strike pushing back against two-tier

@teslas_moustache I would be very interested in coverage by news orcs ("GROG PRICES! GOING DOWN", "MAN FLESH, BACK ON THE MENU? MORE AT ELEVEN!") tbh

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