The late UAW Local 72 President and Shop Chairman Rudy Kuzel (see Oct. 6 blog) was an extraordinarily gutsy and articulate working-class hero:
After Chrysler broke its pledges to maintain auto production in Kenosha: "Chrysler’s credibility is like a Wisconsin winter–way below zero."
When Chrysler gave its execs bonuses equal to 100% of their salaries:
"Chrysler made their money the old-fashioned way–they took it from the workers."
Introducing pro-Sandinista Nicaraguan unionistsin 1988: "[AFL-CIO President] Lane Kirkland has been a stooge for Reagan’s policy in Central and South America…The president of the US and the president of the AFL-CIO [Lane Kirkland]are both so afraid of our guests that they didn’t want them in the country. In both cases, the cause of that fear is senility."
After a pair of Racine corporations moved jobs to China, just months after the massacre at Tiananmen Square, Kuzel vividly recalled the image of a student standing up to a row of tanks: "We are with the students and the cause of freedom, and Western Printing and SC Johnson are the tanks."