Vol. 75/No. 15 April 18, 2011
Los Angeles workers reject
bosses’ ‘blood money’ trade-off
Three communist workers at an aerospace parts plant in the Los Angeles
area received bonuses totaling $100.14, which they immediately turned
over to the Capital Fund. The fund helps finance long-range plans to
build the communist movement.
“According to the company’s formula, two accidents this month reduced
the bonus, but ‘productivity’ made up for the deficit. How about that
trade-off!” writes Arlene Rubinstein, who sent in her check and those of
Ellie García and James Harris.
One-off payments of this kind from employers—safety and production
bonuses, contract-signing incentives, and the like—are recognized as
blood money by class-conscious workers. They are bribes to convince
workers to accept dangers on the job, speedup, and wage cuts instead of
standing up and fighting for our interests.
Workers who want to contribute blood-money bonuses can do so by writing
or calling distributors of the Militant listed on page 8.