The Gilded Yachts vs. Grease-Stained Overalls: How Stellantis Autoworkers are Battling a Billionaire Elite

Imagine a face-off between glitzy yacht parties and hardworking Americans fighting for their livelihoods. This is the scene at Stellantis (formerly Chrysler), where striking autoworkers are up against the glitzy world of billionaire John Elkann.

Clash of the Classes

We’ve all been following the first-ever strike against the “Big Three” auto corporations—GM, Ford, and Stellantis. Autoworkers are demanding what any worker should: decent wages, benefits, and cost-of-living adjustments. But let’s go deeper. According to UAW President Shawn Fain, this strike isn’t just about dollars and cents; it’s a battle between the working class and the elite billionaire class. Stellantis alone raked in an eye-popping $12.1 billion in profits in the first half of this year and still won’t meet workers’ demands. Go figure.

The Shadow King: John Elkann

Behind this empire is John Elkann, a man who reeks of old money and unearned privilege. This guy isn’t just any billionaire; he’s the heir to Italy’s Agnelli dynasty, a family that would make the Lannisters look like church mice. He’s got yachts, he’s got a royal marriage, he’s got it all. Plus, Elkann sits comfortably atop a maze of holding companies that sound like something straight out of a TV drama like “Succession.”

Money Talks, Workers Walk

The dude is virtually a master puppeteer pulling the strings at Stellantis. While he’s busy socializing with the likes of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, autoworkers are literally fighting for their lives. His company Exor is Stellantis’s largest shareholder, wielding a 13.99% stake, which means he’s got a direct hotline to decision-making. His influence over Stellantis isn’t just theoretical; it’s calculated and real.

The Corporate Godfather

Elkann’s net worth? A cool $1.7 billion. He’s the real power player behind Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, who pulls in a tidy $24.8 million himself. While shareholders revolted against this insane pay package, guess who defended it? Elkann, of course, because of meritocracy or something.

What’s at Stake?

So, while Elkann jets off to art galas and probably sips champagne on his 70-foot Maserati yacht, Stellantis workers are literally striking for their livelihoods. They’re not asking for yachts; they’re asking for livable wages and basic rights. While he relishes his inherited fortune, autoworkers grind daily to put food on their tables.

The Bigger Picture

Remember, this isn’t just a fight for autoworkers; it’s a fight for all of us. It’s the struggle of everyday people going toe-to-toe with the sort of corporate greed and excess that’s become all too common. When the UAW talks about battling the billionaire class, they’re not mincing words. They’re talking about men like John Elkann and his ilk who are perfectly willing to see workers suffer while they hoard ever more wealth.

Let this strike serve as a rallying cry: the working class won’t be silenced. Not by billionaires in boardrooms or yacht-owning elites who think they can play puppeteer with people’s lives. So, stand with the Stellantis workers, and let’s keep this fight going. After all, it’s not just their battle; it’s ours.