The Autoworker Net
Cooper and other autoworkers had long depended on a safety net of generous retirement benefits, paid vacations and health insurance plans to protect themselves during tough economic times. Unfortunately, those perks have begun dwindling as concessions cut wages.
Shawn Fain, the new UAW President, casts autoworkers’ struggle as one against billionaire power, as exemplified by John Elkann and his sprawling fortune.
The autoworker net is a network of UAW members and other workers dedicated to advocating for progressive working-class causes. Autoworkers receive salaries based on experience and training – for instance if an employee learns a welding skill that increases his/her employer’s value this could have a dramatic effect on his or her professional life and lead to pay raises for everyone involved.