Autoworkers struggles

Fiat Chrysler to lay off 1,500 Windsor Assembly workers in June

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.

Workers left to scramble as GM closes Detroit Hamtramck plant for 18-month retooling

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.

China auto sales plummet as coronavirus threatens to trigger global downturn

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.

Third round of layoffs in two months at Chicago Stamping Plant

By George Gallanis, 24 February 2020

Last year’s sellout contract by the UAW has emboldened the company to continue their attacks on workers.

General Motors receives 75 percent local tax abatement for Lordstown battery plant

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.

UAW quashes effort to force direct election of union officers

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?”

GM workers in Lansing oppose forced overtime, UAW treachery

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.

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19 February 2020

GM announces exit from Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

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.

Renault announces “no taboos” cuts as planned layoffs in auto industry exceed 100,000

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.

Trump’s “Blue Collar Boom”: Myth vs Reality

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.

Workers at GM’s Silao, Mexico plant charge union with stuffing ballots during recognition vote

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.

Changes in the car industry threaten Slovakian workers

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.

US jobs report: 11,000 US auto jobs lost in January

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.

Ford shakes up management, prepares for more cuts after 99 percent profit decline

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

Former UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson signs plea deal

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.

GM workers denounce forced overtime imposed with UAW collusion

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.

BorgWarner buys Delphi as mergers in global auto industry slash thousands of jobs

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.

Coronavirus outbreak disrupts global auto industry as carmakers shut down production in China

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.

Volkswagen works council agrees to destruction of 20,000 jobs in Germany

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.

FCA offers buyouts to 3,900 workers at Belvidere Assembly, raising danger of plant’s closure

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.

Ford planning further layoffs at Chicago Stamping Plant

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.

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3 February 2020

India: Maoist union betrays 140-day Motherson auto parts workers’ strike

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.

Jaguar Land Rover announces 500 job cuts at Halewood in northwest England

By Margot Miller, 1 February 2020

The response of Unite to JLR’s announcement was to pledge to ensure redundancies are implemented smoothly.

As GM Detroit-Hamtramck shutdown looms, media touts promise of investments

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

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31 January 2020

“GM routinely negotiates similar deals with the UAW”

Fiat Chrysler seeks to dismiss GM lawsuit charging it “acquired” 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.

Opposition builds to pro-company union at GM’s Silao, Mexico complex

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.

FCA announces temporary shutdown of Belvidere Assembly plant near Chicago

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

28 January 2020

28 January 2020

Despite thousands of job cuts, General Motors will receive $2.28 billion in Michigan tax credits

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.

With UAW collusion, Ford implements video surveillance of workers at Dearborn Truck Plant

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.

Volkswagen boss Diess commits management to mass layoffs

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.”

Norwood Jewell begins 15-month sentence in minimum-security prison for role in UAW bribery scheme

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 January 2020

Norwood Jewell will spend 15 months in a cottage in a minimum security prison nicknamed “the University.”

Ford planning temporary layoffs at Chicago Stamping Plant

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.

23 January 2020

Tesla under investigation by US government for defect that caused over 100 crashes

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”

Detroit Three automakers see gains in 2019 UAW contracts, industry think tank gloats

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.

New UAW Ford director part of union’s narrow inner circle

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.

GM layoff of 240 temps exposes UAW’s bogus “pathway” to full-time positions

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.

Mack Trucks to lay off 305 workers at Allentown, Pennsylvania factory

By Steve Filips, 11 January 2020

The announcement comes only months after the UAW’s betrayal of the Mack Truck strike last year.

Corruption investigation targets newly installed UAW president Rory Gamble

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.

GM workers in Mexico thank Australian workers for support

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.

Lessons of the US autoworkers’ struggle of 2019

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.

7 January 2020

Many unanswered questions in Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan

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.”

New study shows link between auto plant closures and opioid deaths in working class America

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 January 2020

The study found a staggering 85 percent increase in opioid deaths in counties which experienced a plant closure.

31 December 2019

GM workers in Mexico thank US workers for donating to their defense fund

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.

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23 December 2019

Fiat Chrysler merger with PSA signals new attacks on autoworkers’ jobs and conditions

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.

GM Oshawa auto assembly ends production, eliminating 5,000 jobs

By Carl Bronski, 18 December 2019

The Unifor union suppressed all opposition to the closure of the factory while stoking animosity toward Mexican autoworkers.

São Paulo Ford plant closure exposes Brazilian union as agent of capitalist “restructuring”

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.

Volvo Trucks to lay off 700 at New River Valley plant

By Ed Hightower, 17 December 2019

UAW local 2069 still has not made so much as a single Facebook post acknowledging the announced layoffs.

John Deere to lay off 57 workers at Davenport, Iowa, assembly plant

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”

Detroit autoworkers voice support for victimized Mexican GM workers

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.

Mass abstention as UAW forces through Fiat Chrysler contract

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!

Fired Mexican GM workers issue open letter to American workers

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.

Germany: IG Metall union announces further attacks on Daimler workers

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”

Fiat Chrysler autoworkers denounce UAW sellout at informational meetings

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.

Vote “no” on the FCA contract! Form rank and file committees to oppose UAW sellout!

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.

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5 December 2019

UAW sanctions “perma-temps” in Fiat-Chrysler tentative agreement

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.

Maoist union leaders isolate striking Motherson autoworkers in India

By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 December 2019

Union leaders are attempting to divert Motherson workers along reactionary Tamil nationalist lines.

Fiat Chrysler workers face off against the UAW, an “FCA-controlled enterprise”

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.

On eve of FCA contract votes, US Attorney says federal takeover of UAW still possible

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.”

Canada: Labour board greenlights closure of Nemak’s Windsor auto casting plant

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.

Anger mounts among FCA workers as UAW prepares to ram through sellout deal

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.

Mercedes-Benz to cut more than 10,000 jobs

By K. Nesan, 30 November 2019

The announcement is part of a sweeping assault on jobs in the international auto industry.

John Deere demands further job cuts through “voluntary separation program”

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.

A socialist response to the global jobs massacre in the auto industry

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.

German autoworkers protest as unions sanction wave of jobs cuts

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.

Automaker Audi slashes 9,500 jobs in Germany

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.

UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson resigns after embezzlement charges

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.

GM lawsuit: UAW engaged in criminal conspiracy with FCA to cut labor costs

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”

Fiat Chrysler workers react as further corruption allegations rock UAW in midst of contract talks

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.

UAW continues blackout on Fiat Chrysler negotiations as media talks of possible strike

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.

Germany: Volkswagen pays works council members millions

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.

Fiat Chrysler workers face battle as FCA and UAW seek to maintain lowest labor costs

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.

United Auto Workers declares sellout Ford contract ratified amidst widespread opposition

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”

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

Acting UAW chief unveils bogus “anti-corruption” reforms

By Tom Hall, 15 November 2019

The measures amount to window dressing, implemented by the members of the same criminal bureaucracy.

Ford workers complain of extreme temperatures in Chicago plants amid record-setting freeze

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.

Ford workers describe UAW’s intimidation tactics to pass Ford contract

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.

From the archive of the WSWS

What is the UAW?

By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2019

The article, first published in 2015, details the corporatist degeneration of the UAW and its transformation into a bribed tool of management.

Chicago Ford workers denounce UAW contract: “They want to monitor you every minute, every second”

By Marcus Day, 11 November 2019

Anger is growing since workers have learned that the deal would allow Ford to deploy the high-tech surveillance methods increasingly perfected by Amazon.

Amidst growing opposition

UAW-Ford contract gives green light for video monitoring of workers

By Shannon Jones, 9 November 2019

The contract gives management the right to carry out video recording and motion tracking to drive up productivity and discipline workers.

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.