A song for GM workers

(Illustration: Detroit Free Press)
(Illustration: Detroit Free Press)

 

This song, by the great Irish singer-songwriter Christy Moore, may have been written for the 14,000 GM workers who are losing their jobs even as the corporation posts $11 billion in profits for 2018.

Some unionized workers are getting bonus checks. Meanwhile, five factories are slated to close.

A week ago the automaker began laying off some 4,000 white-collar workers. Friends of mine lost their jobs. Others escaped, for now, even as family members were “involuntarily separated” from a company they had worked for nearly their entire adult lives. They’re not optimistic about their futures.

This song is for all of them.