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    :: Monday, January 09, 2006 ::

    Workers bring fight to auto show - By JASON ROBERSON, Detroit Free Press
    Enter Soldiers of Solidarity. Though becoming increasingly vocal lately, the group has been around in some form or another for years, always taking a combative stance against the UAW leadership.

    In recent years, Gregg Shotwell, the Soldiers of Solidarity leader and an hourly machine operator at Delphi's fuel injector plant in Coopersville, has rebuked the UAW leadership at national conventions and other key meetings

    Shotwell, a short and slender 55-year-old man with a knack for persuasive writing and delivering speeches, has held several weekend meetings discussing strike strategies in union halls and hotel conference rooms in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and New York.

    "People say, 'If you strike and GM goes bankrupt, aren't you biting the hand that feeds you?' " Shotwell said. "We're not biting the hand that feeds us. We're biting the hand that slapped us in the face, that defeated and robbed us.

    "First we're going to bite the hand and then we're going to go for the throat."
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