Michigan GM worker answers attack by New York Times columnist

Original article, by Jerry White, via World Socialist Web Site:

On Tuesday, November 18, the New York Times published an article by one of its leading business columnists, Andrew Ross Sorkin, which places the blame for the downfall of General Motors on the supposedly “gold-plated” and “off-the-charts” wages and benefits of auto workers.

Not only are the workers expected to take cuts in pay at their work, they’re also expected to carry the brunt of the bailout of the bankster frauds, bosses and capitalist parasites. Trillions of dollars were suddenly available to save capitalism (a waste of time) while we’ve been told over and over that there was no money for expanding or maintaining the social safety net for the vast majority of US citizens. And who is Mr. Sorkin to be calling out the auto workers?

The son of a partner in a high-powered New York City law firm which specializes in mergers and acquisitions, by the time Sorkin was in his 20s he had become a rising star for the New York Times. He rose to the position of assistant editor of its business and finance news section, became a regular columnist and editor of the online financial news service he founded-Dealbook-which the Times hailed as “a dynamic new way for Wall Street power players to get the news they need to compete in today’s tough marketplace.”

These titles would earn him anywhere from $150,000 to $300,000, and a book deal about the Wall Street crisis is reportedly on the way.

Ah, a success according the the Street. Perhaps we’ll pay a bit more attention to Mr. Sorkin when he willingly accepts a pay cut to a level equivalent to that of a trained worker. Will that happen? We’re waiting.

And what of Kandy O’Neill? I’m sure Mr. Sorkin never expected to hear from her again. Needless to say, we live in the Youtube age. From Video: Kandy O’Neill speaks to the WSWS:

So, there you have it. I’m sure Mr. Sorkin will find any number of reasons to denigrate Ms O’Neill and other workers like her. Maybe he should look to the hallowed halls of the automakers’ corporate offices for the true perpetrators of the mess out of Detroit. And, maybe, he should take a good long look in a mirror and see what he’s actually contributing to society.

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  1. Things must be bad if the well to do Street analysts have to go after individual workers.

    • dkmich on November 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm

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