Detroit rapper mines UAW-GM labor dispute for latest video, 'On Strike'

Sven Gustafson
Detroit rapper mines UAW-GM labor dispute for latest video, 'On Strike'

Union autoworkers marching the picket lines as part of the UAW’s ongoing strike against General Motors have a new ally: a Detroit hip-hop personality who’s made a name for himself posting videos of himself rapping — often satirically — about current topics in the news. The video is set on the picket line, where the rapper joins striking autoworkers by hoisting their picket signs and mugging with them for the camera. While reports about the striker's complaints hasn't included the plant air conditioning mentioned in the video, other complaints – like the plight of so-called perma-temp workers – echoes what strikers say about the company's reliance on on long-term temporary employees who don’t qualify for full wages and benefits and don’t have a clear path to being hired on full-time.