The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

Mack Truck, copper strikes show potential to spread GM walkout to Ford, Fiat Chrysler

By Jerry White, 15 October 2019

The United Auto Workers’ isolation of the month-long strike by GM workers can be broken if workers take the conduct of the struggle into their own hands, call out Ford and Fiat Chrysler and unify with Mack Truck strikers, copper miners and other workers.

Halt the jobs massacre in the UK auto industry: For a joint struggle at Honda, Nissan, Ford and Vauxhall

By Richard Tyler, 15 October 2019

The trade unions have deliberately isolated and separated the workforce at the Honda production plant and at the logistics facility, rather than seeking to mobilise a joint struggle.

Mack Truck, copper miners, Chicago teachers, gig economy workers

Spreading strike wave shows potential for GM workers to expand struggle to Ford and Fiat-Chrysler

By Jerry White, 14 October 2019

If the month-long strike is to be won, autoworkers must take the fight into their own hands, end the isolation imposed by the UAW, and fight for an industry-wide shutdown.

“It’s like the UAW is management:” GM strikers speak out as union moves towards sellout

By Tom Hall, 14 October 2019

Reporting teams for the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter spoke to striking GM workers throughout Southeast Michigan over the weekend, as news emerged that the UAW is preparing to move towards a tentative agreement to shut down the four-week strike and enforce concessions.

As GM strike enters fifth week, Mack Truck-Volvo workers launch first strike in more than 35 years

By Nick Barrickman, 14 October 2019

The two American automotive strikes are part of an international movement of the working class against austerity, including 70,000 auto parts workers in Mexico and rolling strikes at GM’s South Korean plants.

Auto strike in peril: UAW, GM prepare to end strike and impose contract betrayal

By Tom Hall, 12 October 2019

Having isolated the strikers for four weeks, the UAW is moving to end the walkout on GM’s terms.

After secret meeting with CEO Mary Barra, UAW moving to shut down GM strike

By Jerry White, 11 October 2019

The meeting with Barra takes place as the UAW continues to isolate the strike by 48,000 GM workers and tries to wear down opposition to another pro-company deal.

Who is UAW Vice President Terry Dittes?

By Shannon Jones, 11 October 2019

There is nothing in the biography of Dittes that suggests that this longtime UAW bureaucrat is anything but a loyal hand raiser for the corrupt Solidarity House bureaucracy.

As UAW keeps Mack-Volvo workers on job past contract deadline, Daimler’s Freightliner Trucks cuts 900 jobs

By Steve Filips, 11 October 2019

A mass layoff of workers at Freightliner is part of a cascade of job losses aimed at bolstering profits across the transportation industry.

UAW promoting anti-Mexican nationalism to isolate and defeat GM strike

By Tom Hall, 10 October 2019

The UAW’s response to the stand taken by Mexican workers in defense of US strikers is to demand Mexican workers be fired, supposedly to “save” American jobs.

GM tightens screws on UAW with threat to close joint training center

By Shannon Jones and Jerry White, 10 October 2019

The threat to cut off the flow of cash through the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, is a message to union officials that they must quickly shut down the strike and impose Wall Street’s demands.

UAW keeps GM contract proposal secret from workers at company’s request

By Eric London, 9 October 2019

The UAW is keeping workers in the dark as the strike has forced furloughs or layoffs of at least 150,000 workers across the auto industry.

India: Motherson autoworkers strike at cross roads

By Arun Kumar, 9 October 2019

Motherson workers should break the isolation imposed upon them by All India Central Council of Trade Unions and fight for the broadest mobilization of workers in India and internationally behind their struggle.

Expand the strike to Ford and FCA!

The GM strike is a fight against the entire ruling class

By Eric London, 8 October 2019

The outcome of the strike will determine conditions of life for millions of workers across not just the auto industry, but all workplaces for years to come.

“We should all be out”

Growing call for industrywide strike to back GM workers

By Jerry White, 8 October 2019

Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant denounced the UAW for isolating GM workers and called for an all-out strike by GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers.

As strike enters fourth week, UAW says talks with GM have “taken turn for the worse”

By Jerry White, 7 October 2019

The hard line by GM proves that the UAW is leading the strike to defeat and makes clear that workers must respond by expanding the struggle to Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

“Capitalism is the core of the problem:” Striking GM workers call for global struggle against auto companies

By Tim Rivers and Tom Hall, 7 October 2019

GM workers on the picket discussed the need for an international strategy for the expansion of their strike with the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter this weekend.

GM strike in danger of union-enforced defeat as UAW announces ‘good progress’ on temps, health care

By Tom Hall, 5 October 2019

The United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors are making “good progress” towards an agreement, UAW Vice President for GM Terry Dittes said in a letter published Friday evening.

20,000 jobs and six plants threatened at German tire maker Continental

By Marianne Arens, 5 October 2019

The company’s executive announced what is alleged to be its biggest ever reorganisation—a frontal attack on workers.

Behind the GM strike: Wall Street wants temps for hi-tech vehicles and the UAW agrees

By Jerry White, 5 October 2019

Striking workers are resisting Wall Street’s demands for “more flexible manufacturing systems” to build electric and self-driving cars, including lower-paid temporary workers that the UAW has already agreed to.

GM shuts down Silao complex in Mexico as workers’ rebellion brews

By Andrea Lobo, 4 October 2019

The decision to close Silao was likely aimed at preempting a simmering rebellion by workers who are making appeals for a joint struggle with US strikers.

UAW orders workers to stay on job past contract expiration at Volvo-Mack trucks

By Steve Filips, 4 October 2019

The October 1 contract deadline passed, however workers at two Volvo-Mack Trucks facilities were told by the UAW to stay at their posts until further notice.

John Deere announces layoffs at plants in Illinois and Iowa

By George Gallanis, 4 October 2019

With the assistance of the UAW, Deere is using a slump in sales to attack workers and increase profits.

GM strike at the crossroads

UAW preparing sell-out contract as workers fight to expand the struggle

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 4 October 2019

The alternative to the conspiracy of GM and the UAW is for workers to form rank-and-file factory committees, extend the strike to Ford and Fiat Chrysler and mobilize the entire working class.

UAW prepares to sell out GM strike, as new corruption revelations emerge

By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019

The UAW and GM are putting the finishing touches on their plan to sell their concessions deal.

GM Mexico fires another Silao worker backing US strike and shuts down the plant

By Andrea Lobo, 2 October 2019

The firings as well as the shutdown at the GM Silao Complex further demonstrate the common fate of workers across the border and the international character of the working class.

General Motors presses demands as UAW leaves workers in the dark, isolates strike

By Shannon Jones, 2 October 2019

According to a statement, the UAW rejected a contract proposal from GM without indicating the content of management’s offer or revealing the terms of the union’s counterproposal.

“The CEOs and Wall Street are trying to take your wages and benefits… Don’t Give in. Stand your ground!”

Detroit college students support striking GM workers

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 October 2019

Students at Detroit’s Wayne State University discussed the fight of General Motors workers and the strategy needed for them to win their historic strike.

As Wall Street bankrolls GM, UAW tries to starve strikers into submission

By Jerry White, 2 October 2019

Although the strike has won popular support and hit the company’s bottom line, it cannot be won unless rank-and-file workers take the conduct of the struggle out of the hands of the UAW.

GM workers livid over $250 strike pay, as UAW uses economic pressure to break resistance to concessions

By Jerry White, 1 October 2019

While Wall Street is bankrolling GM for a long and bitter strike, the UAW has put 48,000 striking workers on starvation-level strike benefits.

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site

Eighty-two years since the victory of the Flint sit-down strike

By Jerry White, 1 October 2019

With 48,000 GM workers engaged in the longest nationwide auto strike in nearly a half century, it is valuable to study the heroic struggle by GM workers during the 1936-37 sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan.

A call to action:

Why students and youth should support striking GM workers

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE)–US, 1 October 2019

The IYSSE calls on students and youth throughout the US and the world to actively support the 48,000 striking General Motors workers and to bring them an international and socialist perspective.

“The UAW is allowing GM to take us back to before the sit-down strikes”

Striking GM workers on picket line discuss what is at stake in their battle

By our reporters, 30 September 2019

GM workers discussed their fight to overturn decades of UAW-backed concessions, end the exploitation of temporary workers, and support the victimized Mexican GM workers.

Wall Street gives GM and UAW time to wear down strikers and impose concessions

By Tom Hall, 30 September 2019

Investors are giving GM and the UAW the time they need to wear down strikers and enforce a defeat that would shape the future of global auto industry.

As US GM strike continues

Layoffs mount in Canadian auto industry

By Carl Bronski, 30 September 2019

Over 6,000 Canadian auto assembly and parts workers have been temporarily laid off as a result of the ongoing strike by 48,000 American UAW members against GM.

Tesla autoworkers in California support striking GM workers, denounce working conditions

By Evan Blake, 30 September 2019

The rise of Tesla is part of a global restructuring of the auto industry to prepare for the production of electronic vehicles, using fewer and more poorly paid workers.

US and Mexican autoworkers call for united struggle against GM and auto companies

By Tom Hall, 28 September 2019

More than 200 autoworkers and other sections of the working class discussed an international perspective to win the General Motors strike in a call-in meeting Thursday hosted by the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.

India: Police arrest hundreds of striking Motherson autoworkers at protest

By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 28 September 2019

The state government is seeking to break the month-long strike for decent wages and conditions.

GM restores health care to strikers in maneuver to smooth path for UAW sellout

By Tom Hall, 27 September 2019

Media commentators feared the cutoff of healthcare would backfire, with the Detroit Free Press likening it to “pouring gas on the fire,” and only harden workers’ resolve against both GM and the UAW.

“It would be wonderful if the strike expanded to the other auto plants”

Michigan auto parts worker speaks in support of GM strike

By our reporter, 27 September 2019

General Motors is seeking to replicate the highly exploitative conditions existing in the auto parts industry into its assembly plants, counting on the collaboration of the UAW.

UAW keeping workers in the dark as it works to shut down strike against GM

By Jerry White, 26 September 2019

The only explanation for the silence of the UAW is that it conspiring to impose another pro-company contract that workers will oppose.

South Korean autoworkers join global fight against GM

By Ben McGrath, 26 September 2019

Workers in South Korea, the United States, and around the world face the same fight against GM and other corporations.

In photo op at GM picket line, Sanders promotes nationalism, covers for Democrats and UAW

By Tom Hall, 26 September 2019

Bernie Sanders put in a brief media appearance on the picket line at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Wednesday morning.

South Korean autoworkers join global fight against GM

By Ben McGrath, 26 September 2019

Workers in South Korea, the United States, and around the world face the same fight against GM and other corporations.

“We’re all fighting for the same thing!” Striking US GM workers defend fired Mexican workers

By our reporters, 26 September 2019

Striking GM workers in Detroit and Flint denounced the firing of GM workers in Mexico for refusing to accept more work during the US strike.

GM fires another Mexican worker for aiding strike in the US

By Andrea Lobo, 26 September 2019

Autoworkers across the US sent statements of support to Mexican GM workers facing retribution for advocating a united fight against the global corporation.

Victimized Maruti Suzuki workers support striking GM workers

By our reporters, 26 September 2019

The following statement of support for striking General Motors workers in the US was sent by Jitender Dhankhar on behalf of the Provisional Committee of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union in northern India .

Germany: Opel workers support GM strike in the US

By our reporters, 26 September 2019

News of the strike by 46,000 GM workers in America was met with great interest at Opel’s main plant in Rüsselsheim.

More layoffs at parts plants as GM, UAW strategize how to defeat strike

By Tom Hall, 25 September 2019

The UAW is concerned above all with how to preserve its own institutional interests as it colludes in further job losses and plant closures.

Autoworkers need a socialist and internationalist strategy to fight GM and the auto companies

By Jerry White, 25 September 2019

If the auto companies and Wall Street insist that they cannot afford the most basic rights of workers, this is an argument not to accept more concessions, but to get rid of capitalism.

From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site

Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

By Tom Mackaman, 24 September 2019

Walter Reuther’s biography has much to teach workers about the transformation of the trade unions into reactionary adjuncts of the corporations and the government.

As walkout leads to layoffs across North America

Counting on UAW to sabotage strike, GM not budging on concession demands

By Jerry White, 24 September 2019

Officials from the United Auto Workers and GM are plotting how to beat back the resistance of striking workers and impose a new round of concessions that will shape the future of the global auto industry.