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 FCA Sterling Heights 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.
By the Ford Chicago Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 August 2020
Our coworkers are falling ill and even dying, but management and the union refuse to tell us the truth about how many have been exposed to or become infected with COVID-19.
“They have a multi-billion dollar corporation, and they work us to death”
By Tim Rivers, 11 August 2020
Auto parts workers at the Faurecia plant in Columbus, Indiana, have described forced overtime at their factory, the spread of COVID-19 and other grueling and dangerous conditions.
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 August 2020
The company's so-called "safety measures," implemented with the support of the UAW, have been completely ineffective at halting the spread of the virus.
Statement of the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 10 August 2020
Autoworkers are being deprived of the most basic information about the spread of infections in their workplaces.
“It’s a recipe for disaster”
By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2020
Opposition is growing among autoworkers and other workers to the back-to-school campaign, which is threatening the health of teachers, students and their families.
By Zac Thorton, 8 August 2020
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter has received comments from a number of workers at the Tennessee plant.
By Jessica Goldstein, 8 August 2020
Region 2-B Director Richard Rankin presided over major attacks on workers, including the closure of the Lordstown, Ohio GM plant in 2019.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 August 2020
The movement that involved thousands of workers and their families is under threat of being shutdown with an agreement that validates the destruction of 747 jobs.
By Shannon Jones, 7 August 2020
From top executives to low-level functionaries, the entire UAW stands exposed as a criminal conspiracy directed against autoworkers.
By Tom Hall, 5 August 2020
The new documents contain allegations of massive corruption on the part of the UAW, exceeding anything brought to light so far by the parallel criminal probe by the FBI.
“A lot of people really don’t think we should be working right now”
By James Tatsch, 5 August 2020
Last week saw the highest number of new recorded cases for the Kansas City metro area since the start of the pandemic.
“Most people here think the plant should be shut down”
By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 4 August 2020
Members of the new Ford Rouge Rank-and-File Safety Committee spoke to the WSWS to describe the lack of safety protections at Ford’s flagship F-150 factory, while management backed by the union is attempting to restore full production.
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 August 2020
As the pandemic ravages the workforce, management has pressed some office staff to work inside the plant.
Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic
By the Ford Dearborn Truck Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 August 2020
The committee has appealed to its 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and save lives.
“Workers must stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough’”
Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for emergency measures as COVID-19 surges in the plant
By Shannon Jones, 31 July 2020
As reports of COVID-19 cases at the Toledo Assembly Complex escalate, workers are demanding the closure of the facility for deep cleaning and disinfection.
Brook Park, Ohio autoworker describes conditions leading to rising COVID-19 infections at Ford Engine plant
By Katy Kinner, 31 July 2020
While Ford has told employees that they are following cleaning and safety protocols, rank-and-file workers have exposed the real dangers.
By Andrea Lobo, 30 July 2020
The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus, highlighting the horrific human cost of the rush to reopen the economy.
By Tim Rivers, 30 July 2020
Management at the Saline, Michigan plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.
By Kristina Betinis, 29 July 2020
Driven by investor demands, GM is bringing in laid-off and temporary workers to keep production moving while refusing to disclose the number of sick workers in the plant.
By Brent Dylan, 28 July 2020
After an initial report on an outbreak, workers describe the unsafe conditions and corporate double speak.
By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2020
As auto plants face staffing crises over COVID-19, the UAW chief tells workers considering early retirement, “Don’t do it.”
By Tomas Castanheira, 25 July 2020
Workers were outraged over the targeting for layoffs of those who were out because of work-related injuries and even coronavirus infections.
As the spread of COVID accelerates, Ford workers in Michigan and Kentucky denounce flouting of safety measures
By Tim Rivers, 25 July 2020
Ford workers in Michigan and Louisville, Kentucky describe the disregard of basic COVID-19 safety protections by management while the UAW works to suppress any opposition.
By K. Nesan, 25 July 2020
Daimler workers and millions of employees in companies associated with the automotive industry should regard these dismissals as the beginning of a broad campaign of unprecedented attacks.
By George Gallanis, 25 July 2020
The layoffs and dangers posed by the raging coronavirus pandemic require workers to form rank-and-file committees to fight for their lives and safety.
By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2020
Reports continue of spreading COVID-19 infections at US auto plants as Detroit automakers are making clear that they will not permit even temporary shutdowns for cleaning and quarantining.
By Jessica Goldstein, 20 July 2020
Toledo Jeep workers report that there are more than 60 cases at the assembly complex, but FCA and the UAW refuse to halt production
By K. Nesan, 18 July 2020
In an interview with the Stuttgarter Zeitung, Daimler personnel manager Wilfried Porth threatened to increase the number of jobs to be shed at the auto company.
As COVID-19 spreads at Toledo Jeep and other plants
By the FCA Jefferson North, Sterling Heights and Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 18 July 2020
The number of COVID-19 infections is rising all across the US, and emergency action has to be taken.
By Shannon Jones, 17 July 2020
Fiat Chrysler, with the aid of the United Auto Workers and the corporate media, continues to downplay the uncontrolled spread of the virus at the Toledo North Assembly Complex.
Rank-and-file safety committee demands immediate shut down
By Jerry White, 16 July 2020
With at least 40 confirmed cases in the plant, rank-and-file workers are demanding an immediate halt to production and universal testing.
By Jessica Goldstein, 16 July 2020
Harley-Davidson’s restructuring plan will lead to a further casualization of its global workforce and the lowering of their wages.
By Brent Dylan and Joseph Lorenz, 15 July 2020
One worker has died and 13 have been infected by COVID-19 at the DENSO thermal manufacturing plant in Battle Creek, Michigan that supplies parts for Toyota.
“We’re not going to compromise because this is our safety”
By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 July 2020
Meatpacking workers in Greeley, Colorado walked out Friday and autoworkers are setting up rank-and-file safety committees to protect themselves from the deadly virus.
“I hate going into that hell hole”
Ford workers in Louisville denounce unsafe conditions as opposition grows to COVID-19 spread in auto plants
By Tim Rivers, 13 July 2020
Ford Louisville Assembly workers denounced the blatant disregard of health and safety by both management and the United Auto Workers.
By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2020
Fiat Chrysler Toledo Assembly workers in Ohio have decided to launch a rank-and-file safety committee, after similar committees were set up last month at two FCA plants in the Detroit area.
Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage
By the Toledo Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 July 2020
After the outbreak of at least 31 COVID-19 cases at the plant, workers at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex have formed a rank-and-file safety committee.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 July 2020
BMW is using the coronavirus pandemic and relying on the trade unions to implement long-worked out plans to restructure and destroy jobs.
By Carl Bronski, 10 July 2020
Talking like a corporate executive, Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy said the cuts were “strictly a business decision.”
“A rank-and-file safety committee is exactly what we need”
By Jerry White, 9 July 2020
Anger is reaching a breaking point at Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Complex after reports that supervisors, union officials and workers have contracted the disease.
By Marianne Arens, 9 July 2020
W ith the help of the IG Metall union, management is passing on the costs of the coronavirus pandemic, e-mobility and digitalization to the workers.
By Alice Summers, 8 July 2020
As assaults on jobs and conditions mount across Spain, the unions are trying to suppress autoworkers’ opposition to the closure of Nissan’s Barcelona factory.
By Jessica Goldstein, 4 July 2020
As the UAW and auto corporations to play down the health crisis, workers’ anger is at breaking point as they demand the plants be shut down for their safety.