UAW Strike Workers Make Music Video to Cover their Bills

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The UAW/GM strike is in its 5th week and the UAW workers are trying everything to make money to cover their wages. The UAW workers now have RSpriggie, the rap-parody alter-ego of Richard Spriggs, a 34-year-old forklift operator at GM’s Fort Wayne, Ind., assembly plant.

Mr. Spriggs has stepped forward with “Or We Strike,” a take on David Banner’s 2003 hip-hop hit “Like a Pimp.”

“Rap is all about what’s happening on what they call the streets or whatever,” Mr. Spriggs said. “But I do it about what’s happening on the factory floor.”

Mr. Earle, 64 years old, has taken on labor issues in his work, but he said today’s labor movement would benefit from younger musicians’ voices. The next thing up is for somebody nationally to take an interest,” he said. “I’m not the guy.”

Mr. Spriggs siad, “If Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie were singing at picket lines today, they would be rappers.”

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