By Arun Kumar, 2 December 2020
Over 3,000 workers at two Toyota Kirloskar Motor-owned car assembly plants in Bidadi are continuing a four-week-long strike in defiance of the state government’s back-to-work order.
By Peter Symonds, 2 December 2020
The strikes are part of far broader discontent, anger and unrest among auto workers internationally over job losses, deteriorating conditions and the health threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Faurecia Saline Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 2 December 2020
Autoworkers in Saline, like their brothers and sisters at Faurecia Gladstone in Indiana, join a national network of rank-and-file committees that is fighting for a complete shutdown of the auto industry with full compensation for workers.
“Are any of these trucks worth any of our brothers and sisters dying?”
By Shannon Jones, 1 December 2020
Management memos obtained by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter document 50 cases in the plant between November 6 and November 23. Eleven cases were reported November 20 alone, indicating the rate of infection is increasing.
“GM’s one of the biggest liars out there”
By James Tatsch, 1 December 2020
The coronavirus has been surging across Kansas and Missouri, with both states recording their highest totals over the proceeding days with no sign of abating.
By James Brewer, 28 November 2020
The worker who succumbed to the virus had been hired less than three weeks before he became sick and had told his coworkers that he had waited a long time to get the chance for a job at FCA.
By Lee Parsons, 28 November 2020
The film follows events from the time of the closure announcement in November, 2018 until the final day of production a year later.
By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 26 November 2020
Few, if any, workers will read the trite and clichéd Thanksgiving message from United Auto Workers President Rory Gamble, published Wednesday on the UAW's web site. But it is worth mentioning for its sheer hypocrisy.
Workers have the right to information and free speech!
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 24 November 2020
While it is telling workers to shut up and keep working, the UAW has pulled its own stewards from the plant floor, and Solidarity House is still working remotely.
By George Kirby, 24 November 2020
Stevie Brown, a temporary part-time worker at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, is the latest victim of the murderous policy of keeping the factories open even as they have become a major vector in the spread of the deadly disease.
As demands for work stoppage grow, UAW officials tell Sterling Heights Assembly workers: “Don’t read the WSWS”
By Shannon Jones, 23 November 2020
In the face of growing demands by Fiat Chrysler workers to halt production at the Sterling Height Assembly Plant to stop the spread of COVID-19, local United Auto Workers officials are lashing out at the World Socialist Web Site and rank-and-file workers who have turned to the WSWS to expose the deadly conditions at the suburban Detroit auto factory.
With COVID-19 spreading through auto plants, workers report death at FCA Warren Truck Assembly Plant
By George Kirby, 23 November 2020
The death, if confirmed, is the outcome of a massive outbreak in the plant, reported by several workers to the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter. According to one worker, eight teams with six to eight workers each have been sent home due to the virus since September 28.
By Ludwig Weller, 23 November 2020
For many decades, every corporate decision affecting the workforce made at Marienfelde and all other Mercedes factories has been discussed beforehand with the works councils, which then develop strategies for their implementation.
By Tim Rivers, 21 November 2020
A forklift driver injured in the blast was airlifted to a burn unit at a hospital in Indianapolis, 40 miles north.
Former UAW VP Joe Ashton gets wrist-slap prison term as workers confront rampant COVID-19 in auto plants
By Shannon Jones, 21 November 2020
Ashton, who pocketed $250,000 in kickbacks, is being sent to a country club prison with a seven-month delay for COVID-19 while workers are forced to confront the exploding pandemic every day in the factories.
“There has to be a complete shutdown, that is the only way to get things under control”
By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2020
Autoworkers are speaking out with increasing outrage over the efforts of the auto companies and the United Auto Workers union to continue production at all costs.
By Shibu Vavara and Arun Kumar, 20 November 2020
Behind the state government’s strikebreaking order is the broader aim of the ruling class to make India a cheap-labor alternative to China.
By Jerry White, 19 November 2020
Anger among workers is boiling over as corporations keep operating even though COVID-19 infections are spreading uncontrollably throughout factories and other workplaces.
Faurecia auto parts workers join calls for national shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives
By Tim Rivers, 18 November 2020
Workers at the Faurecia plant in Saline, Michigan, southwest of Detroit, contacted the World Socialist Web Site over the weekend to expose the way in which their company suppresses information about the spread of disease.
By Shannon Jones, 18 November 2020
Workers are daily reporting the spread of COVID-19 cases in auto plants, with an apparent major outbreak now reported at the Ford Avon Lake, Ohio facility.
By Jerry White, 18 November 2020
Biden held an online discussion Monday with top executives from GM, Microsoft and other corporations, along with the leaders of the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers and other unions.
End the coverup of the outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant! Stop nonessential production with full pay for workers to contain the pandemic!
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 18 November 2020
All non-essential production must stop to contain the current outbreak, which is on pace to be even worse than in the spring.
By Shannon Jones, 17 November 2020
US auto plants have become major vectors for the spread of COVID-19, yet auto executives, the UAW union and government officials at every level are determined to continue full production no matter what the cost to life.
By Aaron Murch, 16 November 2020
Ajin, a Korean parts manufacturer, was ordered to pay over a million dollars in fines and settlements after a 20-year-old contract worker was killed after safety procedures were blatantly ignored.
“If Whitmer were really concerned about COVID-19, she would never have allowed manufacturing to re-open”
By Tom Hall, 16 November 2020
Michigan’s governor announced new lockdowns exempting manufacturing, while new signs emerged of major outbreaks at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights assembly and stamping plants and other Detroit-area factories.
By Valery Tsekov, 14 November 2020
Forty-two year old worker David Spano died Tuesday after a massive manufacturing mold fell on him at Romeo RIM in suburban Detroit.
Corporate damage control: Detroit News parrots management, UAW lies about COVID safety conditions at US auto plants
By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2020
The piece is a shameless attempt at damage control as the real situation, which is being documented by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, is spiraling out of control.
Workers’ lives are worth more than corporate profits!
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 November 2020
At least one worker, Mark Bianchi, is already dead, a relative confirmed recently on Facebook, and the United Auto Workers union has pulled virtually all of its shop stewards from the floor, pointing to an outbreak potentially without precedent in the US industry.
“COVID-19 is out of control at the Tipton plant”
By Jerry White, 13 November 2020
Workers are reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 which is being covered up by FCA management and the United Auto Workers union.
By Marcus Day, 12 November 2020
Rank-and-file safety committees must be expanded and organized to prepare walkouts to shut down non-essential plants, warehouses and other workplaces.
Coronavirus spreading out of control at Sterling Stamping Plant: A case study of infections in the US auto industry
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 November 2020
There have been at least 26 infections in the plant since March, and infections are rising far faster in the plant than in the surrounding community.
By Carl Bronski, 11 November 2020
Unifor has functioned as nothing more than a cheap labour contractor, offering up current and future autoworkers to be ruthlessly exploited for the profit interests of the Detroit Three transnational auto giants.
By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2020
Local UAW leaders have expressed opposition to GM plans to expand production of its best selling Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks in Canada, seeking to stoke animosity toward Canadian autoworkers.
By Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 November 2020
We demand that the company and the IBEW union make public all information, including dates and locations of cases, on the spread of the coronavirus in the plant.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 November 2020
The list of infected workplaces, which state officials have concealed from the public, includes those owned by Amazon, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Tyson Foods, UPS and other giant corporations.
By Carl Bronski, 7 November 2020
Unifor President Jerry Dias touted GM’s commitment to restart assembly production in Oshawa, but avoided mentioning that the new jobs will be filled almost entirely by low-wage, second-tier workers with vastly inferior rights.
By Shibu Vavara and Sasi Kumar, 6 November 2020
The strikers are challenging the Canadian conglomerate’s super exploitation of a multi-tier workforce, with just 75 permanent workers alongside 350 contract workers and 200 trainees.
UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, corporatist body at the center of union corruption scandal, sold for $34 million
By Shannon Jones, 6 November 2020
The Center for Human Resources and other joint program centers, funded with millions of dollars in corporate cash, epitomized the role of the UAW as a corporatist appendage of the auto companies.
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 November 2020
The committee has independently confirmed two separate outbreaks on opposite sides of the plant, suggesting a larger outbreak may be underway.
“The WSWS has not only commented on the struggles of the working class it has been an active participant in them”
By Jerry White, 2 November 2020
In the vast archive of the WSWS, the working class will find the most critical lessons from the history of the global class struggle and an international socialist perspective needed to conduct its fight against world capitalism today.
By Shannon Jones, 30 October 2020
North American automakers built 4.1 million vehicles in the third quarter, the same number as last year.
“The plant is a powder keg”
By Shannon Jones, 23 October 2020
According to a leaked report, there have been about 60 COVID infections at the FCA Jefferson North plant and at least two workers have died since May.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2020
General Motors announced a major $2 billion investment plan to build electric vehicles at six US plants last week, stating that the investment will not include new jobs.
By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2020
After 26 years working for GM, Sergio Contreras was fired after he quarantined, challenging the efforts of the corporation to cover up COVID-19 outbreaks and continue production.
Canadian autoworkers’ union rams through job-cutting agreement with Fiat-Chrysler despite strong worker opposition
By Roger Jordan, 21 October 2020
Behind all the hype about jobs “saved,” Unifor is conspiring with the automakers and Canadian and Ontario governments to once again restructure the auto industry at workers’ expense.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands two-week shutdown to stop coronavirus spread
By Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 October 2020
In response to the emergence of a new cluster of coronavirus cases at the factory last week, the Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, founded in August to oppose the spread of the contagion, inhumane working conditions and the systematic victimization of whistleblowers, has issued the following statement.
By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2020
Management advises workers to protect their pets from COVID-19 as it junks safety measures.
By Tim Rivers, 16 October 2020
In spite of stonewalling by management, auto parts workers have been able to verify the infections of at least five individuals, including equipment drivers who move throughout the plant.
By Roger Jordan, 16 October 2020
The three-year deal accepts the shrinking of the workforce in Windsor and fails to secure jobs for 3,400 workers in Brampton beyond 2023.
By J. Cooper, 15 October 2020
Auto parts workers at the Flex-N-Gate subsidiary have consistently rejected the concessions made by the UAW Local 1216 leadership since negotiations began in late July.
Growing opposition among Canadian autoworkers to Unifor’s concessions-laden Detroit Three “pattern” contract
By our reporters, 14 October 2020
Unifor’s withholding of key contract information from Ford workers, including its acceptance of gruelling and wage-cutting Alternative Work Schedules, has triggered outrage among workers at the Detroit Three’s Canadian operations.
Restore the Eight Hour day!
By The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 13 October 2020
Autoworkers rank-and-file safety committees are teaming up across the country to restore the eight-hour work day, to oppose forced overtime, and to oppose the unchecked spread of COVID-19.
Outrage builds among autoworkers over 84-hour workweek for skilled trades workers at FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Plant
By Tom Hall, 13 October 2020
The news that Fiat Chrysler management is implementing 12-hour days and seven-day workweeks for skilled trades workers at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) has touched a nerve among autoworkers across the US and Canada.
Restore the eight-hour day! Stop the move to twelve-hour shifts for skilled trades workers at Michigan FCA plant!
By The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 October 2020
The following is a statement by the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee at the Fiat Chrysler plant in suburban Detroit.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 12 October 2020
Barely a day goes by without a new announcement of cutbacks and job cuts in the German auto industry.
Anger as UAW rams through 12-hour, 7-day schedule for FCA Sterling Heights Assembly skilled trades workers
By Shannon Jones, 10 October 2020
Skilled trades workers at the Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant are livid over the move by the UAW to force them into an inhuman work schedule without the formality of a vote.
By Roger Jordan, 10 October 2020
While Unifor has demanded that hundreds of millions of dollars be handed over to Ford so it can continue to fund lavish payouts to its wealthy shareholders, the union is also supporting the restructuring of the auto sector at the expense of workers.
By Shannon Jones, 7 October 2020
The workplace safety agency revised wording on its website to state that employers must only report a hospitalization if it occurs within 24 hours of exposure, a near impossibility that effectively abolishes any requirement that companies notify OSHA of severe cases.
By Carl Bronski, 3 October 2020
The union deliberately avoided mentioning the introduction of the Alternative Work Schedule and an expansion of temporary part-time labour, because it feared if autoworkers were apprised of these concessions they would have rebelled against its deal with Ford Canada.
Former UAW President Dennis Williams pleads guilty to embezzlement, facing slap-on-the-wrist sentence
By Shannon Jones, 2 October 2020
The charges Dennis Williams pled guilty to are mild considering the pervasive nature of the corruption and swindling that he oversaw during his long tenure as UAW secretary treasurer and later president.
By Anthony Torres, 1 October 2020
After receiving billions of euros from the public purse in the form of European Union bailouts, European corporations are drastically cutting jobs.
By Katy Kinner, 1 October 2020
Employees were able to evacuate safely but many now face uncertain employment.
By Ben McGrath, 29 September 2020
The Hyundai contract is part of a growing assault on auto workers by big business with the aid of the trade unions.
By Roger Jordan, 29 September 2020
Despite the extremely limited information provided in Unifor’s “highlights” brochure, many of the union’s key arguments in favour of the deal have proven to be self-serving and false.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 September 2020
IG Metall established its own private equity fund earlier this summer to finance the restructuring of Germany’s auto industry.
Autoworkers must demand full disclosure prior to any ratification vote!
By Carl Bronski, 25 September 2020
If Unifor get its way, the 6,300 Ford Canada workers will not be allowed to even lay eyes on a copy of the proposed contract before being herded onto the electronic voting page at this Sunday’s online ratification meeting.
By Marcus Day, 24 September 2020
The WSWS recently spoke with two workers from Lear’s Hammond, Indiana, plant who had tested positive for COVID-19.
After ordering Ford Canada workers to ignore strike deadline, Unifor announces job-cutting agreement
By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2020
The Unifor president refused to provide any details about the contract—signalling that the union has accepted further concessions and job cuts.
“As COVID spreads, autoworkers lives are in danger!”
By a Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly worker, 22 September 2020
A member of the FCA Jefferson North Assembly Rank and File Safety Committee describes management’s flouting of safety protocols at the factory.
With Canadian Detroit Three auto contracts set to expire, Unifor rushes to reach concessionary “pattern” settlement
By Carl Bronski, 21 September 2020
If Unifor does call a strike, its aim will be to allow workers to let off steam, while the union continues backroom talks with Ford.
By the Ford Kansas City Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 September 2020
Neither the UAW nor Ford has addressed any of the safety issues inside the Kansas City Assembly plant since production restarted in May.
By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2020
GM has provided further details of alleged UAW corruption in a lawsuit targeting former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton that is aimed at reviving its claims against rival carmaker Fiat Chrysler.
Unite US, Canadian, and Mexican workers against all concessions and job cuts!
A call to action to Canadian Detroit Three autoworkers: Oppose Unifor’s nationalist pro-company strategy!
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 18 September 2020
With their contracts set to expire next Monday, the urgent task before the 17,000 workers employed by the Detroit Three in Canada is to take the struggle into their own hands by building rank-and-file committees independent of the pro-company Unifor.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for plantwide shutdown to guarantee safety during pandemic
By Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 September 2020
The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement calling for equal treatment to protect against COVID-19.
“A general strike is a must to stop this back-to-work and back-to-school madness”
By our reporters, 14 September 2020
Like the herding of workers into the auto factories, the drive to reopen schools and colleges even as the pandemic continues to rage is entirely driven by profit interests.
By Marcus Day, 14 September 2020
Lear workers refused to work for several hours Friday night after learning of potential COVID-19 cases in the facility, halting production also at the nearby Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.
By Carl Bronski, 10 September 2020
While autoworkers are pressing for a fight against job cuts, speed-up, declining real wages and discriminatory two-tier wages, Unifor is maneuvering to impose further concessions.
No slave labor, prisoners must go!
By Tim Rivers, 8 September 2020
The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement denouncing the management threat to use convict labor at the plant 40 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana and is calling for the establishment of safe and humane working conditions.
By Jessica Goldstein, 8 September 2020
The joint venture is expected to produce savings in the billions of dollars for the two auto giants by facilitating massive job cuts and attacks on workers.
By Tim Rivers, 3 September 2020
Ford and other major corporations are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to advance major restructuring measures, shedding jobs and ratcheting up the exploitation of those who remain.
By Carl Bronski, 2 September 2020
Autoworkers are ready to wage a militant struggle in defence of jobs, wages, and working conditions, but they will need to break organizationally and politically from Unifor.
By Jessica Goldstein, 1 September 2020
Facing no opposition from the UAW, General Motors is bringing salaried workers onto the production assembly lines of its Wentzville Assembly Center in Missouri, putting more lives in danger for the sake of profits.
By the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 1 September 2020
The claims by auto companies that they are following extensive safety protocols and testing workers exposed to COVID-19 are lies that do not withstand scrutiny.
GM workers in Silao, Mexico, report eighth death from COVID-19, as corporation fires vulnerable workers
By Andrea Lobo, 31 August 2020
GM and the corporate-controlled Confederation of Mexican Workers have refused to provide workers with any information about COVID-19 cases in the plant.
By Miguel Andrade, 29 August 2020
Twenty-eight thousand jobs have been wiped out since 2013, when the unions began pushing for systematic contract suspensions and bailouts for automakers in Brazil.
By Shannon Jones, 28 August 2020
The indictment of Williams follows the conviction of former UAW President Gary Jones for stealing over $1 million from the union treasury for his own personal use.
“These same conditions exist all over the world”
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee defends immigrant workers at Indiana parts plant, opposes back-to-school drive
By Tim Rivers, 26 August 2020
Workers at the plant are refusing leadership positions on the shop floor and others are leaving the factory in response to forced overtime and the disregard of medical work restrictions.
Canadian autoworkers demand Unifor release tentative contracts with Detroit Three in full prior to ratification votes
By Carl Bronski, 26 August 2020
The petition, already signed by around 1,300 autoworkers, is a sign of mounting worker opposition to Unifor but its initiators promote the dangerous illusion that the union can be reformed.
By Jessica Goldstein and Marcus Day, 25 August 2020
The potential agreement would stop short of a full federal takeover of the UAW under the RICO Act, skirting the type of government trusteeship which the Teamsters union underwent following its prosecution in the late 1980s.
“They are killing people to save money”
By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2020
In order to cut costs and boost profits, management and the UAW are seeking to eliminate the limited and inadequate safety protocols put in place in May.
By Alice Summers, 22 August 2020
The deal adds a further year to the ticking time-bomb of mass firings, postponing the approximately 25,000 job losses from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021.
By Tom Hall, 20 August 2020
The prominent role of the United Auto Workers at the convention underscores the reliance of the Democratic Party on the gangster-ridden unions to suppress the resistance of the working class to wage and job cutting and the homicidal back-to-work campaign.
Rank-and-file safety committees at Fiat Chrysler and Ford support campaign to defend victimized parts worker
By the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 19 August 2020
Newly-formed committees at Fiat Chrysler, Ford and Faurecia plants issued statements supporting James Grady, who was set up by the IBEW union and management and fired in mid-May from the Faurecia Gladstone plant in Columbus, Indiana.
By Marcus Day, 17 August 2020
The judge made the ruling despite credible and explosive new allegations about the scale and scope of FCA's bribery of the United Auto Workers union.
Indiana Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands reinstatement of whistleblower at Faurecia Gladstone plant
By Tim Rivers, 17 August 2020
The newly-formed Faurecia Gladstone Rank and File Safety Committee is also demanding an immediate halt on the part of the company and the local union to all forms of intimidation and harassment.
Workers denounce cover-up and intimidation around COVID-19 infections at Fiat Chrysler Belvidere plant
By Kristina Betinis, 15 August 2020
Belvidere workers continue to speak out against management and UAW concealing information and shaming workers for stating concerns as Boone and Winnebago counties launch investigation into the spread of disease at the plant.
By Steve Filips, 15 August 2020
There were 32 new COVID-19 cases reported last week at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.
“Our lives don't matter to Ford”: Tragic COVID-19 death of young contract worker covered up by management and the UAW
By Shannon Jones, 14 August 2020
The death of a young worker at the Ford Van Dyke transmission plant from COVID-19 is the inevitable outcome of the brutal profit drive of the car companies, aided by the United Auto Workers.
By the Faurecia Gladstone Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 August 2020
Workers at the Faurecia Gladstone Plant in Columbus, Indiana, roughly 40 miles south of the state capital Indianapolis, have formed a rank-and-file committee in order to fight for safe and humane working conditions.
Unifor and Detroit Three open Canadian contract negotiations as more layoffs and plant closures loom
By Carl Bronski, 14 August 2020
The current concessions contracts, which were grudgingly ratified by workers in 2016, expire on September 21.