“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.
3 August 2020
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.
“We are at our breaking point”
By Marcus Day, 3 July 2020
Anger is reaching a boiling point over the refusal of management and the UAW to release information about COVID-19 cases.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 July 2020
The works council is repeating word for word the arguments of company management and industry analysts calling for stepped up attacks on workers.
“The company is taking risks with the lives of 5,000 workers”
By Jerry White, 2 July 2020
Just days after Fiat Chrysler workers in Detroit halted production, GM workers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area are demanding the closure of Arlington Assembly.
“Chrysler was telling everybody that it was safe to come back to work, and it’s not.”
By Tim Rivers, 2 July 2020
Autoworkers at the FCA Trenton Engine Plant south of Detroit called on their co-workers to build rank-and-file safety committees to fight the spread of COVID-19 in factories and save lives.
By our correspondents, 2 July 2020
The strikes at two Detroit Fiat Chrysler plants in Jefferson North and Sterling Heights against intolerable health and safety conditions for production workers have met with a powerful response from workers in Germany.
As union works with companies to beat back wildcat strikes
By Tom Hall, 2 July 2020
There are signs of growing pressure within the state to shut down the investigation, with officials worried that this airing of the union’s dirty laundry could serve to further encourage rebellion.
1 July 2020
By the Jefferson North and Sterling Heights Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 1 July 2020
This joint statement was issued by the rank-and-file safety committees set up by Detroit-area Fiat Chrysler workers to fight for safe conditions during the pandemic.
“It’s up to workers to fight this virus”
By Jerry White, 30 June 2020
FCA’s threats come just days after workers at two Detroit area assembly plants halted production and set up rank-and-file safety committees.
By Allison Smith, 30 June 2020
The €6 billion corporate bailout for Fiat is to be financed by social austerity targeting working people in Italy and attacks on jobs and wages at Fiat Chrysler internationally.
By Marcus Day, 29 June 2020
Workers are forming new democratic organizations in order to protect their lives.
By Jerry White, 28 June 2020
On Saturday evening, workers at the Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, just north of Detroit, refused to work after learning that a material handler had tested positive for COVID-19.
Nurses, farmworkers, autoworkers strike for safe working conditions
By Jessica Goldstein, 27 June 2020
The mounting struggles by workers against the back-to-work drive highlight the immense power of the working class in the fight to halt the deadly pandemic and the corporate-government attack on jobs and living standards.
Expand autoworkers’ struggle to stop the coronavirus and save lives! Form rank-and-file safety committees!
By the Jefferson North Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 June 2020
Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit are taking a stand to defend our lives and the lives of our families.
Production stoppage continues Friday at Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North auto plant in Detroit over COVID-19
By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2020
Workers arriving Friday morning have continued a stoppage that began Thursday after reports of three cases of COVID-19 among workers in the factory.
By Zac Thorton, 26 June 2020
The company has filed a 60-day notice of mass layoffs as sales decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Carl Bronski, 25 June 2020
Just weeks before contract negotiations are set to begin for almost 20,000 Canadian Detroit Three autoworkers, the media is reporting that Ford may phase out production at its Oakville assembly plant in coming years.
“You risk your life when you go back to work”
By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 23 June 2020
Ford workers spoke to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about returning to work during the pandemic.
US-owned auto parts maker fires dozens of workers in Matamoros, Mexico for demanding truth about COVID-19 outbreak
By Andrea Lobo, 23 June 2020
Tridonex Cardone management has fired dozens of workers who demanded the truth about the spread of infection and death at the US company’s Mexican plants.
By Shannon Jones, 20 June 2020
All the major carmakers have expressed their determination to continue production without interruption even as COVID-19 cases surge in many areas of the US.
Death of two workers sparks wildcat strike by 3,200 workers at auto parts plant in Matamoros, Mexico
By Andrea Lobo, 20 June 2020
When news broke that Luciano Romero Contreras, a 48-year-old janitor at Plant 52, had died the previous day, workers downed tools and began discussions at the facility and on social media.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Peter Schwarz, 20 June 2020
Although German auto companies received a lion’s share of the government’s €130 billion stimulus package, and are collecting billions more via the short-time working scheme, the industry plans to axe more than 100,000 jobs.
By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 19 June 2020
If the UAW has suddenly "discovered" its opposition to discrimination, it is only in order to use race in order to divert workers' anger along harmless, officially sanctioned forms of protests.
By Tom Hall, 17 June 2020
Whatever the friction between the US Attorney’s office and the UAW, both share as their central aim the suppression of the rising tide of opposition among autoworkers.
By Shannon Jones, 16 June 2020
The protracted slump in sales makes further downsizing and restructuring in the auto industry virtually inevitable once the immediate inventory deficit is made up.
By Alejandro López, 15 June 2020
This points to the explosive conflict emerging between the working class and the pseudo-left and the unions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and an upsurge of class struggle.
By Andrea Lobo, 15 June 2020
Despite our sharp political differences with Susan Prieto, the World Socialist Web Site unequivocally opposes the arrest of the labor lawyer and demands her immediate release.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Ulrich Rippert, 13 June 2020
The current leadership dispute at VW ushers in a new phase of corporatist policy, aimed at preparing the company for global trade war at the expense of the workforce.
“They treat us like we are slaves”
By J. Cooper, 12 June 2020
Workers are facing intolerable conditions after the reopening of the auto parts plants.
“Make no mistake, the union supports ramping up production”
By Marcus Day and Jessica Goldstein, 12 June 2020
The UAW’s threats came the same day that Ford’s Chief Operating Officer, Jim Farley, announced that the company expects production to return to pre-pandemic levels by July 6.
As company becomes world’s most valuable automaker
By Jonathan Burleigh, 11 June 2020
Less than a month after Tesla strongarmed local government into allowing a premature restart of production, six factory workers have tested positive for the coronavirus.
By Norissa Santa Cruz, 11 June 2020
Defying the myth that COVID-19 primarily kills the elderly, young people who work in US-owned maquiladora factories in border towns such as Tijuana and Juarez are dying at alarming rates.
By Jacob Crosse, 10 June 2020
Working with United Steelworkers Local 1301, Bridgestone has continued production despite rising infections among workers and the surrounding community.
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 June 2020
Three new cases of coronavirus were confirmed among workers at General Motors’ assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri, in recent days.
“He is trying to be a dictator and he can’t be allowed to be one”
By Jessica Goldstein, 6 June 2020
The multi-ethnic, multi-racial protests against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have evoked widespread sympathy among autoworkers.
By Alejandro López, 6 June 2020
Thousands of Nissan workers, their families and sympathisers are striking, protesting and blocking roads to protest the automaker’s decision to shut down its Barcelona plant.
5 June 2020
By Steve Filips, 4 June 2020
Workers were outraged at the United Auto Workers union for concealing information about the spread of the deadly disease at the Kentucky Truck Plant.
“They are willing to trade lives for auto parts”
By Shannon Jones, 1 June 2020
Full production resumed Monday at many auto plants even as major companies seek to suppress information on the spread of COVID-19 in the plants.
“The system is suffocating the life out of the working class”
By our reporters, 1 June 2020
Autoworkers rejected efforts to brand the protesters as “violent” and said the real violence was being perpetrated by police and National Guard troops.
By Shannon Jones, 30 May 2020
Several B Crew workers at Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly in Detroit fell ill from unknown causes during work on Thursday.
By Shannon Jones, 29 May 2020
The almost daily exposure of new COVID-19 cases in auto plants has not slowed the rush to increase production by North American carmakers, who face enormous pressure from financial markets.
By Shannon Jones, 27 May 2020
A token grievance by a low-level UAW official at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant is being heavily played up by the media.
By Alex Lantier, 26 May 2020
Four plants in France, three in Spain and tens of thousands of jobs worldwide are targeted amid a savage restructuring of the global auto industry.
“This is not a game that I want to play with my life”: US autoworkers denounce premature return to work
By our reporters, 26 May 2020
In the last week alone, cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at several auto plants in Detroit, Chicago, Kentucky, New York and Indiana.
By Carl Bronski, 26 May 2020
The premature back-to-work drive in Canada’s auto industry is being spearheaded by hard-right Ontario Premier Doug Ford, in concert with the automakers, the financial oligarchy and the union Unifor.
“The company is covering up the situation to keep the plant from closing, while they are killing us”
By Andrea Lobo, 25 May 2020
A worker from a US-owned battery charger factory told the WSWS that management is forcing them to work despite a contagion outbreak at the facility.
By Shannon Jones, 23 May 2020
As more confirmed cases of COVID-19 are discovered at auto plants, the drive to restart production is being exposed as a reckless course of action that will inevitably lead to the needless deaths of workers.
By George Gallanis, 22 May 2020
In the absence of testing, it is likely that many more infected workers are in the auto plants, unaware that they are carriers.
“We need our jobs, but our lives and health are more important”
By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 21 May 2020
New infections have emerged at Ford plants in Dearborn, Michigan and Chicago and also at supplier plant, just days after the reopening of the North American auto industry.
By Margot Miller, 21 May 2020
The jobs cull in the UK began in April as firms in retail and hospitality collapsed into administration after the imposition of lockdown, accelerating an already existing trend towards recession.
By Shannon Jones, 20 May 2020
The Trump administration is spearheading a campaign to force a return to work, eliminating all pretense of combatting the spread of the coronavirus.
By Ulas Atesci, 20 May 2020
Unsafe and even deadly conditions during the pandemic are an international issue facing workers of every country.
By Jerry White, 19 May 2020
Tens of thousands of workers returned to factories across the US Monday in a major test of the Trump administration’s plans to restart the flow of corporate profits even as the death toll of the pandemic continues to rise.
By Marcus Day, 18 May 2020
Roughly 133,000 workers are expected to return to automotive assembly plants this week.
18 May 2020
“There will be a human cost from this. Everyone knows that.”
By Shannon Jones, 16 May 2020
As the Detroit-based auto companies prepare to restart their North American factories, opposition is growing among workers to a deadly return to work.
“I am not going to die for this company that only thinks about the millions they have in the bank”
By Marcus Day, 16 May 2020
New cases of the virus have already emerged at FCA’s Sterling Heights Assembly this week, even before the plants officially reopen Monday.
“We are not going back to unsafe conditions”
After FCA Sterling Heights Assembly workers contract COVID-19, anger mounts over premature return to work
By Shannon Jones, 15 May 2020
Anxiety over a premature return to work has been heightened after reports that several workers in the Detroit area have already been sent home with suspected COVID-19 infections.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 15 May 2020
The German auto industry is using the coronavirus crisis to implement its long-planned transition to electro-mobility and digitalisation. Its main partner is the company union, the IG Metall.