Left: Delphi CEO Steve Miller was the focus of the ire of many protesters; all photos by historymike
A crowd number up to 1,000 people gathered outside Detroit's Cobo Convention Center Sunday to protest the concessions being demanded of Delphi workers as the company winds its way through bankruptcy court.
Protesters were forced to remain about 150 yards away from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) so as not to obstruct attendees of the event.
Left: The UAW-Ford training programs headquarters on Jefferson Avenue
There was a certain irony, though, in herding the protesters along Jefferson Avenue. One of the buildings outside of which protesters milled about was the UAW-Ford National Programs Center, where current and laid-off workers can get training.
Some of these protesters might one day need to take advantage of post-employment training programs as their jobs are eliminated or outsourced.
Left: The protesters marching up Jefferson Avenue toward the Renaissance Center
The turnout was an encouraging sign that the American labor movement is not dead, and yet one wonders how many workers will have to accept the type of severe concessions being demanded of Delphi workers before enough people will demand real change.
How many companies like IBM - with its announcement that it will begin de-funding its pension program in 2007 - will have to renege on pension plans before enough Americans lift their heads from the sand in which they seem to be collectively buried?