The 2019 US General Motors strike

“We’re all in the same boat all over the world, fighting these greedy billionaires”

Michigan Ford engine plant workers denounce UAW sellout, plant closure

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

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.

UAW officials try to bully workers for opposing Ford deal at Michigan meeting

By Tim Rivers, 8 November 2019

Several workers who attended a meeting Wednesday said United Auto Workers Local 600 officials ejected a veteran autoworker who raised questions about the UAW-backed deal.

The expanding UAW corruption scandal and the case for rank-and-file committees

By Tom Hall, 8 November 2019

The United Auto Workers is currently trying to ram through a concessions contract at Ford following the shutdown of the GM strike, even as its president faces imminent charges for stealing workers’ money.

Feds may have secretly recorded UAW President Gary Jones ordering cover-up of embezzlement of union funds

By Jerry White, 5 November 2019

Details in the indictment against Jones confidante Edward N. Robinson indicate that the FBI likely has undercover recordings of Jones ordering Robinson to destroy evidence and take the fall for him, according to the Detroit News.

Ford workers must reject deal patterned on UAW-GM sellout

By Jerry White, 1 November 2019

The UAW-Ford National Council is meeting today to rubber-stamp a deal that sanctions the slashing of jobs and creation of a largely disposable temporary workforce.

After announcing agreement with Ford, UAW seeking to force through sellout deal

By Marcus Day and Steve Filips, 31 October 2019

The UAW is looking to quickly overcome opposition among workers at Ford and impose its sellout “pattern” agreement reached with GM.

GM refuses to rehire victimized Mexican workers who supported US strike

By Andrea Lobo, 29 October 2019

GM is continuing its vendetta against nine courageous workers at the Silao plant fired for refusing GM’s demands that they increase production and undermine the US strike.

GM fires Flint workers over social media posts during strike

By Jerry White, 29 October 2019

Flint Assembly workers, including a 19-year veteran of GM, have been targeted in a campaign of retaliation aimed at silencing opposition to the corporations and the UAW.

“Temporary workers are human too”

Arlington GM temp worker with cancer speaks out on his firing four days before strike

By Evan Blake, 29 October 2019

Four days before the strike at General Motors began, the company fired Chad Bell, who had been working 17-hour shifts for months in order to pay for surgery to treat cancer and herniated disks.

After UAW sellout of strike, GM fires workers for social media posts

By Tom Hall, 28 October 2019

The shutdown of the strike has been followed by the victimization of workers who exercised their free speech rights by criticizing the company and the UAW on Facebook and other social media platforms.

Lessons of the GM autoworkers strike

By Marcus Day, 28 October 2019

If the UAW has succeeded in the short term in forcing the company’s demands through, it has done so at the expense of even further discrediting itself among workers.

“I really don’t believe it… It was so shady”

Workers question legitimacy of UAW’s claims on GM contract ratification

By Shannon Jones, 26 October 2019

Bitterness and anger are brewing after the UAW shut down the 40-day strike by 48,000 General Motors workers and announced the ratification of a concessions contract.

“The UAW officials can’t be trusted, they’re greedy just like the company”

GM workers denounce UAW moves to end strike on management’s terms

By Jerry White, 25 October 2019

Given the widespread hostility to the contract, workers expressed shock and disbelief at the large “yes” vote reported by the UAW at several locals.

UAW rams through sellout, shuts down strike at General Motors

By Tom Hall, 25 October 2019

The shutdown of the strike, the longest strike in the American auto industry in 50 years, exposes the UAW as an agent of corporate management, organically hostile to the interests of autoworkers.

Opposition to UAW-GM contract mounts at shuttered Lordstown, Ohio plant

By Samuel Davidson, 24 October 2019

Workers at the GM Lordstown Assembly Plant denounced the contract, which will result in the loss of their jobs and their forced relocation. Treatment of temporary workers was also a top concern.

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?

By Jerry White, 23 October 2019

The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company’s terms.

GM worker dies after being struck by vehicle near picket line at Spring Hill, Tennessee

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2019

Roy A. McCombs was crossing the road to the picket on the bridge that leads from Highway 31 to the plant’s south entrance when he was struck by a car.

Spring Hill, Tennessee workers reject deal, as UAW pushes GM sellout contract

By Jerry White, 22 October 2019

The vote by Spring Hill GM workers is a blow to the UAW, which is holding a quick succession of votes in hopes of shutting down the powerful five-week strike on management’s terms.

At Tennessee “informational meeting” UAW calls cops on workers campaigning against GM contract

By Tom Hall, 21 October 2019

The union is determined to run roughshod over the democratic rights of workers to force through their sellout deal with General Motors.

Opposition to GM deal grows as UAW rushes vote on sellout contract

By our reporters, 21 October 2019

The deal announced by the UAW last Thursday betrays all the demands GM workers struck for.

Sons of convicted UAW bribe taker Norwood Jewell were co-signers of GM sellout deal

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2019

UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is now headed to prison for taking illegal payouts from Fiat Chrysler.

What autoworkers need to know about the sellout UAW-GM contract

By Tom Hall, 19 October 2019

The contract creates the conditions for a vast expansion in the use of temporary employees, while the supposed “pathway” to regular employment is worthless.

“They sold us out again!”

Autoworkers denounce UAW-GM tentative agreement

By our reporters, 19 October 2019

The contract maintains the hated multi-tier wage and benefit system; creates the conditions for expanding the use of temporary workers; and sanctions the closure of four facilities.

No to the sellout contract! Take the GM strike out of the hands of the UAW!

By Tom Hall, 18 October 2019

The UAW is attempting to force through concessions that will set a new benchmark for exploitation for generations to come.

Autoworkers denounce UAW deal with GM

By a WSWS reporting team, 18 October 2019

Autoworkers on the General Motors picket lines, at Ford and Fiat Chrysler factories and on social media are denouncing the tentative agreement the United Auto Workers is trying to ram through.

UAW sanctions plant closings, expansion of temps in new GM deal

Workers must organize now to defeat the sellout

By Jerry White, 17 October 2019

As details of the UAW-GM tentative contract begin to leak out, it becomes increasingly clear that the UAW has betrayed everything for which workers have fought in the month-long strike.

UAW announces tentative agreement with GM, keeping strikers in the dark on contract terms

By Jerry White, 16 October 2019

A major factor in the UAW’s move to shut down the month-long walkout is the growing strike wave nationally, which threatens to break the union’s isolation of the GM workers.

As strike wave grows, UAW scrambles to shut down GM walkout and impose sellout contract

By Jerry White, 16 October 2019

With the walkouts by Mack-Volvo truck workers and copper miners in Arizona and Texas, and the announcement of an impending strike by 30,000 Chicago teachers and support staff, the UAW is anxious to shut down the GM strike as soon as possible.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“We all face the same thing:” GM strikers in Flint defend Mexican workers fired for making international appeal

By Sheila Brehm and George Kirby, 24 September 2019

The decline of Flint is the product of the policies pursued jointly by the UAW and General Motors.

GM fires Mexican workers for aiding US strikers and calling for cross-border fight against automaker

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 23 September 2019

The victimization exposes the weak underbelly of the transnational corporations, which fear that workers will defy the nationalist unions and unite internationally to defend jobs and living standards.

Elizabeth Warren promotes economic nationalism at Detroit GM workers’ picket line

By Shannon Jones, 23 September 2019

The UAW is desperately seeking to shut down the strike, which cuts across their corporatist relations with management and threatens to spark a wider movement in the working class.

Daimler-Benz workers in Germany support GM strikers

By Gregor Link and K. Nesan, 23 September 2019

German autoworkers in the city of Stuttgart support the strike of their American counterparts, against the auto companies and the union, as a model for their own upcoming struggles.

Jeff Pietrzyk, former aide to UAW vice president Joe Ashton, charged with criminal conspiracy

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 September 2019

Pietrzyk sat on the 2011 UAW-GM National Negotiating Committee, which pushed through a miserable sellout contract that maintained a pay freeze and the hated two-tier system.

The GM strike is in danger

By Marcus Day, 23 September 2019

While the weeklong strike by General Motors workers in the US has won the support of workers throughout the world, the UAW is working out a strategy to strangle it as quickly as possible.

Labor Notes, DSA line up with UAW bureaucrats against GM strikers

By Shannon Jones and Barry Grey, 23 September 2019

In the face of the UAW’s strategy of isolating and betraying the powerful strike by US General Motors workers, middle-class “left” groups like Labor Notes and the Democratic Socialists of America are working to keep strikers chained to the union apparatus.

Wall Street to General Motors: End strike and ram through cuts

By Tom Hall, 21 September 2019

Statements from credit agencies and the financial press demonstrate that striking GM workers are not simply confronting GM CEO Mary Barra and other executives, but the entire capitalist class.

“We will not submit, and we will not bow out.”

Hundreds of autoworkers discuss GM strike and global strategy in online meeting

By Marcus Day and Evan Blake, 21 September 2019

Over 300 workers from the US, Mexico, Canada and other countries participated in the second WSWS Autoworker Newsletter online forum, with many expressing their desire to expand the GM strike.

“Go on strike ‘til you get it right!”

Detroit rapper GmacCash supports striking autoworkers

By Kathleen Martin, 21 September 2019

The former autoworker spoke to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about life in the auto plants and why he supports the striking workers.

“Take control of the struggle!” Logistics workers at UPS and FedEx support GM strike, warn of union treachery

By George Marlowe, 21 September 2019

Workers at UPS, where the Teamsters union forced through a sellout last year, and at FedEx are closely watching the GM strike and support a unified struggle of the working class.

Autoworkers at GM, Fiat Chrysler and Ford react to UAW’s starvation strike pay

By Tom Hall, 20 September 2019

Yesterday’s article detailing how the union has used the strike fund as a slush fund for UAW officials elicited a strong response from autoworkers.

As GM tries to cut health benefits for workers on strike, Federal Reserve prepares more handouts to Wall Street

By Andre Damon, 19 September 2019

The federal government wants unlimited amounts of cash to be provided to the financial system in the event of a stock market downturn.

GM shuts off healthcare for striking autoworkers, begins to use scabs in attempt to break strike

By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 19 September 2019

Autoworkers are fighting not only General Motors executives, but also Wall Street and powerful global investors who demand further attacks on the working class to fuel the endless rise on the stock markets.

“The union is a company now”

Striking GM autoworkers call for expansion of strike to Ford and Fiat Chrysler, denounce UAW sabotage

By Tom Hall, 19 September 2019

Workers are determined to fight the auto companies but have no confidence in the United Auto Workers to carry out a struggle.

Australian workers and youth back striking US autoworkers

By our reporters, 19 September 2019

“I think there’s a common stream connecting workers all over the world. This is something we are all fighting for.”

The strike at General Motors: Class struggle vs. the reactionary politics of racial division

By Joseph Kishore, 18 September 2019

The strike by American autoworkers refutes all those who have proclaimed the end of the class struggle, supposedly replaced by conflicts centered on race, gender and sexual orientation.

Trump administration intervenes in bid to shut down GM strike

By Tom Hall, 18 September 2019

Autoworkers must be warned: the intervention by the Trump administration is not in their interests. All of their demands will be swept aside on the basis of lying promises about “saving” American jobs.

Striking GM workers arrested in Spring Hill, Tennessee for blocking scab truck

By Tom Hall, 18 September 2019

Police arrested at least five pickets as GM steps up its strikebreaking efforts against nearly 50,000 autoworkers participating in the third day of their national strike.

Video: Fiat Chrysler workers support GM strike, demand joint fight

By Jerry White, 18 September 2019

Fiat-Chrysler workers in Michigan declare their support for the strike and their desire for a joint struggle with GM workers.

Video: Striking GM workers in Flint, Michigan discuss key issues in their fight

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 18 September 2019

GM workers in Flint, the site of the 1936–37 sit-down strike, describe the significance of their battle against the giant corporation and decades of concessions accepted by the UAW.

“We will not accept an increase in production”

GM workers in Mexico hold assembly to discuss strike in the United States

By our reporters, 18 September 2019

A worker at the GM plant in Silao appealed to US workers: “Keep us informed and we'll inform people here to decide what we'll do. There are people supporting us and we just have to keep fighting. If more people support us, we'll move forward.”

BREAKING: Trump administration intervenes in bid to shut down GM strike

By Tom Hall, 17 September 2019

Autoworkers must be warned: the intervention by the Trump administration is not in their interests. All of their demands will be swept aside on the basis of lying promises about “saving American jobs."

GM hiring scabs to replace strikers at Missouri and Texas assembly plants

By Tom Hall, 17 September 2019

Autoworkers at the Wentzville, Missouri and Arlington, Texas assembly plants confirmed that GM is hiring strikebreakers to operate the plant during the strike.