“They will keep doing this unless we stop production on our own”
By Tom Hall, 17 March 2020
Autoworkers continued to flood the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter with comments denouncing the decision by the companies and the UAW to maintain full production in the midst of a deadly pandemic.
By Carl Bronski, 17 March 2020
While workers are being forced by employers in the private and public sectors to labour under dangerous and unsafe working conditions, the Trudeau government is moving to provide the financial and corporate oligarchy unlimited financial assistance.
By Tom Hall, 16 March 2020
Ignoring the dangers facing autoworkers, the United Auto Workers union has set up a joint task force with the automakers to keep production and profits flowing.
“They don’t care if you die. All they want is output”
By Marcus Day, 16 March 2020
Autoworkers have flooded the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter with messages in recent days, calling for the shut down of factories and measures to stop the further spread of the coronavirus.
By Shannon Jones, 14 March 2020
Some 6,000 workers stopped production Thursday at FCA Windsor as autoworkers across North America take up the demand to halt production in the face of the global pandemic.
By Jessica Goldstein, 14 March 2020
Even prior to the outbreak, automakers had announced hundreds of thousands of layoffs and many plant closures.
By Andrea Lobo, 14 March 2020
The National Guard confronted 500 parts workers occupying the local labor court to demand the right to leave a pro-company union as a similar operation unfolded against teachers blocking a railway in Puebla.
the Socialist Equality Party, 14 March 2020
At plants across North America, support for a mass walkout is growing. Workers must act now to save their lives and the lives of their families by forming rank-and-file committees.
“It’s like the workers are second rate citizens”
By Jerry White, 13 March 2020
The decision by Fiat Chrysler, which has been backed by the United Auto Workers union, is imperiling the lives of workers.
By Zac Thorton, 13 March 2020
The vote is the latest in a string of defeated unionization votes by the UAW in Tennessee, including Volkswagen in Chattanooga and Nissan in Smyrna.
“They’ll sit in the office while you die”
By Shannon Jones, 12 March 2020
The rapidly emerging coronavirus crisis is exposing the criminal contempt on the part of both the United Auto Workers and the major car companies for health and safety.
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 March 2020
A key factor in the dizzying growth of Tesla’s profits is management’s blatant disregard for workers’ safety and health.
Former UAW President Gary Jones indicted as federal prosecutors raise prospect of government takeover
By Shannon Jones, 6 March 2020
In a press conference following the unsealing of the indictment of Jones, US Attorney Matthew Schneider indicated that the government was still considering a federal takeover of the United Auto Workers.
By Tom Hall, 4 March 2020
The plea deal means the noose tightens further around disgraced ex-UAW President Gary Jones, who finally resigned last November.
By Carl Bronski, 3 March 2020
The layoffs are the latest in a relentless series of cost-cutting moves by global auto companies operating in Canada.
By Shannon Jones, 2 March 2020
The last Chevrolet Impala came off the assembly line Thursday at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant as 800 workers face dislocation due to a planned 18-month retooling of the facility to build electric vehicles.
By Marcus Day, 26 February 2020
In a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, average sales dropped to a staggering 811 vehicles a day in the first week of February.
By George Gallanis, 24 February 2020
Last year’s sellout contract by the UAW has emboldened the company to continue their attacks on workers.
By Tom Hall, 22 February 2020
The new battery plant will employ only 1,100 workers making between $15 and $17 per hour—only a quarter of the number who once worked at the now-shuttered Lordstown Assembly Plant.
By Shannon Jones, 22 February 2020
Labor Notes and the Democratic Socialists of America are backing UAWD in order to promote the illusion that the UAW can be reformed through the direct election of union officials.
Michael Grimes, former top UAW administrative assistant, sentenced to 28 months for role in kickback scheme
By Tom Hall, 21 February 2020
Grimes and other UAW officials pocketed millions of dollar in kickbacks from vendors of union-branded merchandise in an operation run out the UAW-General Motors Center for Human Resources.
“What happened to the eight hour day?”
By George Kirby and Tim Rivers, 20 February 2020
Workers at the Lansing Delta Township plant are on “emergency status” through August, as the company tries to claw back the cost of last year’s strike on the backs of workers.
By Marcus Day, 18 February 2020
GM continues to shrink its footprint and attack autoworkers’ jobs globally, as it faces declining sales and ferocious competition to dominate emerging technologies.
By Tom Hall, 17 February 2020
The phrasing of Renault CEO Clotilde Delbos’ statement recalls the incendiary speech last month by Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, who pledged to slaughter “sacred cows” as the company pursued tens of thousands of layoffs.
By Tom Hall, 15 February 2020
The reality of American social life is very different than the fantasy of a “blue-collar boom” which Trump delivered during last week’s State of the Union address.
By Andrea Lobo, 14 February 2020
The effort by General Motors and the Confederation of Mexican Workers to certify their contract at the Silao complex is a warning to workers across Mexico about the anti-democratic content of the government’s supposed labor reforms.
By Marianne Arens, 13 February 2020
The small central European country, the world’s largest auto producer on a per-capita basis, is particularly vulnerable to automation and the world manufacturing slump.
By Jessica Goldstein, 12 February 2020
January’s figures show that the jobs bloodbath in the auto industry is continuing unabated after the United Auto Workers’ sabotage of the General Motors strike last fall.
By Marcus Day, 11 February 2020
Ford’s falling profits and management reshuffling herald an acceleration of the company’s years-long turnaround plan and attacks on workers globally.
Net draws closer around Dennis Williams and Gary Jones
By Shannon Jones, 8 February 2020
Pearson’s testimony brings the federal corruption probe one step closer to a racketeering lawsuit and the possible federal takeover of the union.
By George Kirby and Tim Rivers, 7 February 2020
Workers from General Motors Customer Care & Aftersales facilities and other factories in Michigan are angered by continuous forced overtime imposed in the aftermath of the 2019 UAW sellout contract.
By Tim Rivers, 7 February 2020
The move by BorgWarner is the latest step in the vast restructuring of the industry, as carmakers and supplies scramble to dominate the emerging electrical and autonomous vehicle markets.
By Jessica Goldstein, 5 February 2020
The shutdown of the auto industry in China due to the coronavirus outbreak is expected to have a major impact on the world economy, with no real timeline in sight for the resumption of production.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 February 2020
Chairman of the Volkswagen Group board, Herbert Diess, announced a “radical restructuring” and the “slaughter of sacred cows,” meaning that workers' jobs, wages and working conditions will be sacrificed on the altar of profit.
By Jacob Crosse, 3 February 2020
The buyout came shortly after a two-week shutdown, and after the plant’s third shift was laid off in May.
By George Gallanis, 3 February 2020
The job cuts come a week after Ford announced plans to temporarily lay off 270 workers at the Chicago stamping plant.
By Arun Kumar, 1 February 2020
Having isolated the strikers since August last year, the union has ordered the auto-parts workers to end their strike without winning any of their demands and abandoning 79 victimised colleagues.
By Margot Miller, 1 February 2020
The response of Unite to JLR’s announcement was to pledge to ensure redundancies are implemented smoothly.
By Shannon Jones, 1 February 2020
With a host of UAW and Democratic Party officials present, GM President Mark Reuss formally announced that his company would invest $2.2 billion to build an electric pickup truck at the site of the soon-to-be-idled Detroit-Hamtramck plant.
1 February 2020
“GM routinely negotiates similar deals with the UAW”
By Jerry White, 30 January 2020
Fiat Chrysler filed a motion to dismiss the GM lawsuit alleging it gained an unfair competitive advantage by bribing United Auto Workers officials.
By Andrea Lobo and Jerry White, 29 January 2020
The Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) is holding a vote next month to seek legal recognition under the Obrador government’s new labor reform laws, which promote so-called “independent” unions.
By Jacob Crosse, 28 January 2020
The decision to idle the plant for the third time in six months raises questions about the future of the facility, including the possibility of its closure
By Jessica Goldstein, 27 January 2020
The deal with the Michigan Strategic Fund board includes a modest reduction in the tax credit in exchange for the “flexibility” to cut more jobs.
By Tim Rivers, 27 January 2020
The move comes after lying assurances from union officials that the program, established in the new union contract, would not be implemented at the plant.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 January 2020
2020 began with a fiery speech by the CEO of the world’s largest auto company, Volkswagen, in which he announced a “radical restructuring of the group” and the “slaughter of sacred cows.”
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 January 2020
Norwood Jewell will spend 15 months in a cottage in a minimum security prison nicknamed “the University.”
By Marcus Day, 23 January 2020
The layoffs further discredit the UAW’s hollow promises of a “pathway” to full-time employment for temporary workers.
By Jessica Goldstein, 20 January 2020
The serious allegations of safety problems with Tesla’s vehicles and the suffering of the workers who build them are bound up with the subordination of the means of production to the capitalist system.
“What the automakers looked for was flexibility, and they maintained a lot of flexibility”
By Marcus Day, 20 January 2020
The presentations made clear that the United Auto Workers’ betrayal of the 40-day national strike by General Motors workers paved the way for massive concessions.
By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2020
The appointment of UAW Region 1D director Gerald Kariem to head the union’s Ford department elevates another long-time bureaucrat into the top leadership.
By Tom Hall, 13 January 2020
This move reveals the pattern for the future: a small trickle of temps hired in, with the rest strung out on a nearly unattainable “pathway” before being disposed of.
By Steve Filips, 11 January 2020
The announcement comes only months after the UAW’s betrayal of the Mack Truck strike last year.
By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2020
According to press reports Gamble and Settles may be linked to bribes paid by businessman Jason Gordon in exchange for the award of contracts for merchandise.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 10 January 2020
Amid the looming threat of war after the US killing of Iranian General Suleimani, the statement calls workers to fight against war and the environmental destruction that triggered Australia’s bushfires.
By Tom Hall, 8 January 2020
The sellout contracts imposed by the United Auto Workers on GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers has set the stage for new and more explosive struggles.
By Nick Beams, 3 January 2020
According to the head of Ghosn’s own Japanese legal team: “A very large organisation must have acted to pull this off.”
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 January 2020
The study found a staggering 85 percent increase in opioid deaths in counties which experienced a plant closure.
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 27 December 2019
The militant workers’ group Generating Movement at the General Motors assembly plant in Silao, Mexico, express their appreciation to workers in the United States for supporting their defense fund.
By Jerry White, 19 December 2019
The $47 billion deal will create the world’s fourth largest automaker by sales, trailing only Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor and the Renault-Nissan alliance.
By Carl Bronski, 18 December 2019
The Unifor union suppressed all opposition to the closure of the factory while stoking animosity toward Mexican autoworkers.
By Brunna Machado, 17 December 2019
The Ford plant closure follows a series of similar union-imposed defeats that have radically changed the Brazilian auto industry.
By Ed Hightower, 17 December 2019
UAW local 2069 still has not made so much as a single Facebook post acknowledging the announced layoffs.
By George Gallanis, 17 December 2019
The newly announced layoffs come after Deere cut 163 workers in October and revealed last month plans to lay off more workers through a “voluntary separation program.” Despite this, the United Auto Workers has idly stood by, giving Deere the greenlight to continue its layoffs unabated.
“We are all working people. We should be fighting together”
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters, 16 December 2019
Campaigners for the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter went to auto plants in Southeast Michigan this weekend to distribute material explaining the case of the victimized Mexican autoworkers known as the Silao Seven and appeal for support on their behalf.
Feds subpoena security camera footage and visitor logs in investigation of July fire at Detroit UAW headquarters
By Jessica Goldstein, 14 December 2019
The details of the subpoena were revealed just two weeks after US Attorney Matthew Schneider said government oversight of the UAW was a “definite possibility” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
By Tom Hall, 12 December 2019
Fiat Chrysler workers were in no mood to be strung out and isolated on the picket line, as GM workers were two months ago, forced to subsist on $275 per week in strike pay during the Christmas holidays.
Defend the Silao Seven!
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 11 December 2019
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges workers to support the GM workers at the Silao, Mexico factory, who were fired for supporting the 40-day strike by GM workers in the US.
By K. Nesan, 10 December 2019
With the help of the unions and their works council representative, the auto manufacturer wants to destroy 10,000 jobs by 2022.
“They are jamming this down our throats:” Fiat Chrysler workers denounce UAW for rushing vote on sellout contract
By Jerry White, 10 December 2019
Just days after dumping the thousand-page contract on its web site, the UAW is holding a series of snap votes which it plans to conclude by Wednesday.
“All you have given us is a slap in the face”
By Tim Rivers and K. Nahsir, 9 December 2019
The United Auto Workers is attempting to pull a fast one on autoworkers by moving to ram through the thousand-page contract less than a week before voting began.
GM sends termination notices to 48 TPT workers in Indiana less than two months after UAW signs concessions contract
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 December 2019
The contract makes clear that the so-called “pathway” to regular employment in the contract highlights touted by the UAW is a fraud.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 7 December 2019
The United Auto Workers is seeking to ram through a sellout contract at Fiat Chrysler which will lay the basis for the expanded use of temporary workers, further attacks on health care and integrate the union even more closely with corporate management.
By Tom Hall, 5 December 2019
The deal reached with FCA does not even include the fig leaf “pathway” for temporary workers to regular employment found in the GM and Ford contracts.
By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 December 2019
Union leaders are attempting to divert Motherson workers along reactionary Tamil nationalist lines.
By Jerry White, 4 December 2019
The concessions forced on GM and Ford workers were imposed by the United Auto Workers, which a lawsuit by GM describes as an organization that was “acquired” by Fiat Chrysler.
By Shannon Jones, 3 December 2019
In a rare interview with the Detroit News, US Attorney Matthew Schneider, who is leading the investigation into UAW corruption, said a federal takeover of the union “shouldn’t be taken off the table.”
By Carl Bronski, 3 December 2019
Unifor officials feigned shock over the arbitrator’s decision. But time and again the union has imposed concessions in exchange for “ironclad” job guarantees that quickly proved worthless.
By Jerry White, 2 December 2019
The UAW plans to get local officials to rubber stamp the deal on Wednesday and start ratification votes by the end of the week.
By K. Nesan, 30 November 2019
The announcement is part of a sweeping assault on jobs in the international auto industry.
By George Gallanis, 30 November 2019
The “voluntary separation program” was announced just prior to Deere’s posting of lower net income during its fourth quarterly earnings call.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 November 2019
The announcement of 9,500 job cuts by the German automaker Audi is part of a global offensive against the jobs and living standards of autoworkers all over the world.
By K. Nesan, 28 November 2019
Hardly a day passes without a large or small company announcing redundancies and savings measures in highly industrialize state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany.
UAW keeps FCA workers in the dark on contract talks, painting corruption exposures as “outside distractions”
By Marcus Day, 28 November 2019
In a letter to FCA workers Monday, UAW-FCA Vice President Cindy Estrada attempted to pretend as if the corruption scandal had no bearing on otherwise pristine negotiations.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 27 November 2019
The job cuts are part of a global offensive against autoworkers, which could cost at least 15 percent of the jobs of Germany’s 820,000 workers in the auto and parts industries.
Co-workers say Detroit Fiat Chrysler worker died after being told to pay $800 for ambulance ride to hospital
By Shannon Jones, 27 November 2019
The young autoworker suffering chest pains died after being forced to drive himself to the hospital because management said he would have to pay $828 for a ride in an EMS vehicle.
By Jerry White, 25 November 2019
The resignation of Pearson follows last week’s departure of union president Gary Jones and the explosive lawsuit by GM, which described the UAW as an “FCA-controlled enterprise.”
GM bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler fueling growing outrage among autoworkers over UAW corruption
By Tom Hall, 23 November 2019
The lawsuit is part of a ruthless struggle over market share in the auto industry, under conditions of an accelerating global downturn and an escalation of the attack on autoworkers.
By Eric London, 22 November 2019
The extraordinary lawsuit filed by General Motors peels back the curtain on the “purchase” of the United Auto Workers by Fiat Chrysler and the other automakers.
“We want back all the money that was taken from us”
By Shannon Jones, 22 November 2019
The explosive allegations contained in the pending General Motors lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler, detailing the company’s buying of the UAW leadership, have further enraged FCA workers facing a new contract battle
UAW President Gary Jones resigns as GM lawsuit charges that UAW is a “controlled enterprise” of Fiat Chrysler
By Jerry White, 21 November 2019
Jones’ resignation came after the UAW International Executive Board, in an act of damage control, took measures to remove and expel him.
By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2019
The United Auto Workers has been silent on the progress of negotiations with Fiat Chrysler amid indications the company will not agree to terms of the Ford and General Motors agreements.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 November 2019
The public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig has now brought charges against four VW managers, accused of paying excessive salaries and bonuses to five works council representatives.
By Jerry White, 18 November 2019
After barely navigating past the opposition of GM and Ford workers, the UAW is now colluding with Fiat Chrysler executives to maintain the company’s cost advantage over its industry rivals.
By Tom Hall, 16 November 2019
The vote, in which more workers voted “no” or abstained than voted in favor, is a declaration of no confidence in the UAW.
“We’re all in the same boat all over the world, fighting these greedy billionaires”
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 November 2019
Workers at Ford’s Romeo Engine plant were livid over the union sanctioning the shutdown of the factory
By Tom Hall, 15 November 2019
The measures amount to window dressing, implemented by the members of the same criminal bureaucracy.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 November 2019
Workers at Chicago Ford Assembly Plant in Chicago and Chicago Ford Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, Illinois complained of extreme variations of the temperature in the plants earlier this week as record low temperatures swept across the Midwestern US.
By Tom Hall, 14 November 2019
Although the UAW and corporate media are gloating over the prospect of getting the new Ford contract ratified, 42 percent of the workers have voted “No” and thousands more are boycotting the vote out of disgust with the UAW.
Ford Kentucky Truck workers speak out against contract: “The people on the floor don’t trust the UAW”
By Marcus Day and Tim Rivers, 12 November 2019
The UAW has scheduled the contract vote at the biggest Ford local at the very end, fearful that a large “no” vote would catalyze opposition.