As UAW stonewalls about contract talks
By George Kirby and Tim Rivers, 17 June 2019
Faurecia workers face near-poverty level wages that force many workers to work two full-time jobs, for a total of at least 80 hours a week, just to make ends meet.
By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2019
The union has been further discredited by revelations that top negotiators took huge payoffs from Fiat Chrysler to obtain favorable contract terms.
By Will Morrow, 15 June 2019
Both companies have stated that the deal was blocked at the final hour by the French government of President Emmanuel Macron.
By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2019
Workers at the plant were given no notice. They were sent home Thursday after receiving a letter saying they will lose their jobs in phases by September 25, 2020.
A call to action
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 4 June 2019
With a little more than three months before the mid-September contract expiration at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, autoworkers are heading into a battle that has great significance for the whole working class.
By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 1 June 2019
The “20/32” election campaign was deliberately orchestrated to channel workers’ collective anger into the safe and acceptable channels of electoral politics.
Ignoring workers overwhelming strike vote
By Tim Rivers, 1 June 2019
Without offering any explanation, the union announced it had decided, without consulting the membership, to grant the company a three-week extension.
“All the companies should go on strike together”
By Tim Rivers, 31 May 2019
Workers at the factory near Detroit voted 97 percent earlier this month to authorize strike action at the plant, which produces door panels, consoles, instrument panels and other plastic parts.
By Tim Rivers, 30 May 2019
There is a growing anger among Ford workers in the US and around the world after the automaker’s announcement that it will cut the jobs of 7,000 salaried workers.
By Tom Hall, 28 May 2019
While Chrysler has denied that the merger would lead to plant closures, the economic advantages of the merger can be realized only through mass layoffs.
By Tom Hall, 27 May 2019
The proposed deal with the French automaker will be used to eliminate “redundancies,” particularly in FCA’s unprofitable European operations.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 27 May 2019
Dietmar Gaisenkersting, European election candidate of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, spoke to Ford workers about the need for a socialist program to coordinate an international fight back.
By Eric London, 25 May 2019
Hundreds of taxi drivers blocked the international border crossing and several major thoroughfares in response to government efforts to decommission cabs.
UAW continues to isolate workers
By Shannon Jones, 25 May 2019
Three days of talks this week produced no agreement as management refused to seriously address workers’ concerns over understaffing while continuing operations with strikebreakers.
“This is a horrible feeling”
By our reporters, 22 May 2019
Hundreds of white-collar workers at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan received notice Tuesday that their jobs were being eliminated.
Ford escalates jobs massacre
By Jerry White, 22 May 2019
The global integration of capitalist production has created the practical and technological means to unite workers in an internationally coordinated campaign to defend jobs and living standards.
By Jerry White, 21 May 2019
In a scene played out just a few months ago at General Motors, hundreds of white-collar workers at Ford will be thrown out of their jobs this week as Ford cuts 10 percent of its salaried global workforce.
By Michael Walters, Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 18 May 2019
Workers at the plant are worried that Fiat Chrysler will eliminate another shift later this year, with hundreds or thousands more jobs cut.
With contract deadline approaching, Michigan auto parts workers vote by 97 percent to strike global parts maker
By James McDonald, 17 May 2019
Michigan auto parts workers, angry over deplorable conditions and years of UAW-backed concessions, face a contract expiration date of May 31.
By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2019
The moves, which will retain at most a few hundred jobs out of the thousands that are being permanently eliminated, are being denounced by workers.
“The UAW sold us down the river”
By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 7 May 2019
On Monday, the auto giant announced more layoffs in addition to the shift it has already eliminated.
As contract deadline approaches
By James McDonald, 6 May 2019
In advance of their May contract expiration workers at the Faurecia auto parts plant in Saline, Michigan, spoke out on brutal working conditions and harsh treatment by management.
By Clara Weiss, 2 May 2019
In mid-April, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska declared that the Russian auto company GAZ might declare bankruptcy, wiping out hundreds of thousands of manufacturing and related jobs.
By Shannon Jones, 1 May 2019
GM managed yet another quarter of huge profits amid mounting signs of a global economic slowdown by continuing its ruthless cost cutting.
By Ben McGrath, 30 April 2019
South Korea’s labor unions have worked to ensure workers remain isolated as wages and benefits are slashed throughout the industry.
By Shannon Jones, 24 April 2019
After expressing concerns over the rebelliousness of factory workers, Automotive News suggested that the United Auto Workers call an impotent partial strike if negotiations hit an impasse.
“We’re all in this together. That is how I see it.”
By a WSWS reporting team, 20 April 2019
A WSWS Autoworker Newsletter campaign team spoke to workers Thursday at the Warren Stamping plant outside of Detroit about the importance of the defense of whistleblowers Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
By Andrea Lobo, 17 April 2019
This is the fifth and concluding part of a series of articles on the wave of strikes carried out by maquiladora workers in the Mexican border town of Matamoros. The lessons of this struggle are essential for not only Mexican workers, but for workers internationally.
“The jailing of Assange is an attack on the entire working class”
By Jerry White, 16 April 2019
Workers in the United States have reacted with outrage over the jailing of Julian Assange and the efforts of the Trump administration to illegally seize the WikiLeaks founder and subject him to detention, possible torture and even death.
New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
By Andrea Lobo, 11 April 2019
The US and European ruling classes are promoting self-proclaimed “independent” unions in Mexico partnered, financed and in some instances created by the American AFL-CIO labor federation.
By Jerry White, 10 April 2019
The conviction on bribery charges of Jewell sheds light on the close connections between the UAW and the Democratic politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of an entire city.
By Clara Weiss, 8 April 2019
The Inter-Regional Trade Union Workers’ Alliance (MPRA) has blocked opposition to the US-based auto giant’s plans to close three factories and exit the passenger car market.
At Detroit panel discussion
By Shannon Jones, 4 April 2019
Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib spoke at a panel discussion Saturday at Wayne State University in Detroit, touting the Green New Deal while rejecting any fight to defend the jobs of GM workers facing layoff.
“If the UAW was bought, we should get it all back”
By Jerry White, 3 April 2019
Norwood Jewell is the highest UAW official to be convicted thus far in the case, involving Fiat Chrysler paying union officials to sign pro-company labor agreements.
3 April 2019
By Jerry White, 2 April 2019
Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is expected to plead guilty today for taking tens of thousands in bribes in exchange for imposing a pro-company deal on 37,000 Fiat Chrysler workers in 2015.
As Mexican president calls Mussolini a “great leader”
By Andrea Lobo, 2 April 2019
The Mexican ruling class and its imperialist patrons in the US and Europe are responding to the largest strike in North America in the last three decades by turning sharply toward authoritarian forms of rule and militarized counterrevolution.
By Marianne Arens, 1 April 2019
The axing of 5,000 jobs is part of a global cost-cutting program by Ford intended to save up to $14 billion.
By Paul Mitchell, 1 April 2019
To defeat this immense assault, car workers in Swindon and every factory must break from the trade unions and create new, independent, fighting organisations to take up the struggle that the unions abandoned long ago.
Swindon Honda workers speak out
By our reporters, 1 April 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to some of those attending last Saturday’s demonstration in Swindon, England, against the threatened closure of Honda’s car plant.
30 March 2019
By Steve James, 30 March 2019
Today’s demonstration shows workers are ready to fight and there is widespread support for such a struggle in the car industry in the rest of the UK and internationally.
By Shannon Jones, 30 March 2019
The global assault on auto jobs is continuing with the announcement by Fiat Chrysler that it is eliminating a full shift, 1,500 jobs, at its plant in Windsor, Ontario.
29 March 2019
By Jerry White, 29 March 2019
Workers discussed the New Zealand massacre and upcoming meetings on how to fight fascism, featuring Christoph Vandreier, deputy national secretary of the German Socialist Equality Party.
By Marianne Arens, 27 March 2019
The latest measure will cut over one-third of the workforce at two factories in the state of Hesse.
By Tom Hall, 25 March 2019
With a widening corruption scandal engulfing the United Auto Workers union, workers are demanding new organizations to take forward the struggle against plant closures.
By Marianne Arens, 23 March 2019
The mass lay-offs are a component of Ford’s global onslaught on jobs known as the Fitness Programme, which aims to eliminate 25,000 jobs around the world.
By Carl Bronski, 22 March 2019
Unifor will suspend its Save Oshawa GM publicity campaign on the basis of nothing more than the possibility of a slight adjustment in the plant’s closing schedule.
22 March 2019
By Jerry White, 22 March 2019
Throughout months of supposed negotiations and the campaign to sell the concessions contract to workers, Jewell and other UAW negotiators were on the payroll of Fiat Chrysler.
By Jerry White, 19 March 2019
Norwood Jewell is the highest United Auto Workers official to be indicted to date in the corruption scandal engulfing the entire organization.
“Think of how many lives and families were ruined”
By Marcus Day, 19 March 2019
The announcement of charges against former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell has provoked widespread disgust and anger among workers.
By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2019
Nearly 10,000 public sector employees went on strike in Hungary last Thursday, protesting poverty wages and government policy.
By Shannon Jones, 19 March 2019
In an exchange of tweets between Trump, General Motors and UAW officials over the weekend, the billionaire president called for reopening the UAW contract to “save” the Lordstown plant.
Victimized Indian autoworker and leader of fight to free framed-up workers speaks to WSWS:
Jailing the Maruti Suzuki workers for life “is meant to encourage the capitalists to further enslave the working class”
By our reporters, 18 March 2019
Jitender Dhankhar—a victimized Maruti Suzuki worker and leader of the fight to free the 13 of his former co-workers at the Manesar car assembly plant who have been jailed for life on frame-up charges—has provided the following interview to the World Socialist Web Site.
VW, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Kia
By Jerry White, 15 March 2019
Recently announced cuts by VW are part of an ongoing jobs bloodbath in the global auto industry, aimed at satisfying the rapacious appetite of the financial oligarchy.
By Gary Alvernia, 15 March 2019
A slowing Chinese economy and lower car sales, compounded by US trade war measures, has resulted in domestic and foreign auto manufacturers closing factories and laying off workers.
By Tim Rivers, 15 March 2019
WSWS reporters traveled to the Mahoning Valley to interview GM workers and local residents in the aftermath of the shutdown of the General Motors Lordstown plant last week.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 14 March 2019
The slashing of up to 7,000 jobs by the world’s second largest automaker is part of an escalating assault on jobs throughout global auto industry.
By Shannon Jones, 14 March 2019
The supposed fight proclaimed by UAW leaders to “save jobs” is based on lowering the automakers' production costs in the US by imposing new give-backs on workers.
By Miguel Andrade, 14 March 2019
The devastating plant closure has laid bare the abysmal economic situation in Brazil and offered yet another opportunity for the unions to spread nationalist poison.
By Jerry White, 13 March 2019
150,000 workers at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler face a contract battle against the auto companies and the UAW this summer.
For joint action of US, Canadian and Mexican workers
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 12 March 2019
Terrified that wildcat strikes will spread throughout factories in Mexico and into the United States and Canada, the US and other foreign-based corporations and the local ruling elites are responding with mass firings, plant closings and other reprisals.
By Jerry White, 7 March 2019
The closing of the iconic factory, the site of a series of wildcat strikes and other militant struggles in the early 1970s, is the tragic outcome of a half century of betrayals by the United Auto Workers union.
By David North, 7 March 2019
In the wake of the iconic plant’s final day of production Tuesday the WSWS is posting an interview with a GM Lordstown worker published February 12, 1973 in the Bulletin, the weekly organ of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party.
Amid national strike wave
Mexican ruling class responds to Matamoros: Militarization and alignment with Trump’s attacks on immigrants
By Alex González, 6 March 2019
The AMLO administration has prevented immigrants from reaching the border and is forcefully detaining them, creating the framework for escalating attacks on the entire working class.
By Tim Rivers and Shannon Jones, 5 March 2019
Tuesday, March 5, is the last day of production at the GM Lordstown plant, long an economic mainstay of northeast Ohio and the scene of militant struggles in the early 1970s.
5 March 2019
“The union abandoned us and allowed for management to blacklist us”
By our reporters, 2 March 2019
Mexican auto parts and other “maquiladora” corporations are firing workers in retaliation for launching a wave of wildcat strikes that brought the Mexican border town of Matamoros to a standstill.
By Will Morrow, 2 March 2019
Leading NPA member Philip Poutou, a Ford employee and union official at Blanquefort, is seeking to prevent any fight by workers against the closure.
By Andrea Lobo, 28 February 2019
As the strike movement builds, the trade unions are scrambling to co-opt, isolate and shut down each rank-and-file struggle.
By Jerry White, 27 February 2019
After concealing news about the strike in Mexico for six weeks, the Detroit Free Press acknowledged that it has forced Ford to halt production due to a lack of steering wheels.
By Marcus Day, 27 February 2019
The company and its UAW partners have sought to downplay the layoffs, instead trumpeting promises of new investments in Detroit.
By our reporters, 27 February 2019
US and Canadian workers must defend their Mexican class allies from threats by thugs.
By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2019
The surprise announcement that production will continue, at least temporarily, is bound up with plans by GM and the United Auto Workers to push through deep concessions in contract talks this summer.
By Andrea Lobo, 22 February 2019
The World Socialist Web Site has received new reports of assaults against workers in Mexico who are voicing opposition to the right-wing offensive of the government and companies against social and democratic rights.
By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2019
The only realistic way for Honda workers to fight back is through the adoption of their own independent strategy.
By our reporters, 19 February 2019
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter interviewed a GM autoworker in Silao, Mexico, about conditions at the plant, the struggle by workers in Matamoros, rank-and-file committees and a joint struggle of autoworkers across North America and beyond.
By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 15 February 2019
The betrayal of GM workers came as Brazil’s largest union federation, the CUT, sought an accommodation with the fascistic President Jair Bolsonaro’s government.
By Shannon Jones, 14 February 2019
An op-ed piece in the Detroit Free Press by United Auto Workers President Gary Jones makes it clear that the union plans to use the threat to jobs to blackmail workers into accepting a new round of concessions in the 2019 contracts.
12 February 2019
“It is necessary to base our struggle not on one company or on one nation, but by mobilizing the workers of the world”
12 February 2019
Jitender Dhankar, a member of the provisional committee of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) in India, sent a message of solidarity to the workers and young people who participated in the February 9 demonstration against the factory closures and mass layoffs by General Motors.
“We have to stand up and learn how to be strong on our own”
By our reporters, 12 February 2019
Autoworkers explained why they attended the demonstration and the strategic demands raised by the march, including the fight for rank-and-file committees and the unity of US, Canadian and Mexican workers.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 February 2019
Autoworkers and supporters from throughout the Midwest attended a demonstration and meeting Saturday organized by the WSWS Autoworkers Newsletter and the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank and File Committees.
By Jerry White, 11 February 2019
With General Motors threatening to shut five factories in the US and Canada, it is valuable for autoworkers to study the heroic 1936-37 sit down strike against GM’s operations in Flint, Michigan.
9 February 2019
“I wish you good luck and never give up. You need to be organised and stand up to the oppressing regime in order to succeed.”
Social costs mount
By Steve Filips, 9 February 2019
In recent months there have been a spate of plant closings throughout Upstate New York, including the Rochester and Buffalo areas.
“People are tired of not being able to pay their bills while the rich eat filet mignon”
As global jobs massacre continues, workers around the world voice support for fight against plant closures
By our reporter, 9 February 2019
Workers and students are continuing to write in to the World Socialist Web Site expressing strong support for the demonstration Saturday at General Motors headquarters in Detroit.
By our reporters, 9 February 2019
The WSWS received these messages of support for the February 9 demonstration from bus drivers, auto workers, and a tram mechanic.
By our reporter, 8 February 2019
The World Socialist Web Site has received many statements of support from autoworkers across North America for the February 9 demonstration against the planned closure of five plants by GM and the elimination of 14,000 jobs.
By Leslie Murtagh, 8 February 2019
Kia’s new advertisement campaign uses a struggling working-class Georgia town as a backdrop for the promotion of its pricey vehicles.
The reality of capitalism: GM makes $11.8 billion in profits while closing plants, eliminating 14,000 jobs
By Jerry White, 7 February 2019
The huge profits, side-by-side with the destruction of entire communities, expose the real character of the capitalist system and why the working class must abolish it.
By Samuel Davidson, 7 February 2019
The impending closure of General Motors Lordstown assembly plant will be another blow to communities in the northeast region of Ohio that have been devastated by more than three decades of steel mill and factory closings.
By our reporters, 7 February 2019
“We consider the actions taken by the steering committee as a blow not only for the defense of the fundamental rights of the US auto workers but also on behalf of the international working class as a whole.”
As Unifor escalates racist anti-Mexico campaign
By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2019
Unifor’s near-total silence about the courageous struggle of the Matamoras workers is of a piece with their reactionary campaign attacking Mexican workers for GM’s job massacre.
By Andrea Lobo and Eric London, 6 February 2019
“I support the call for a general strike in Canada, the US and Mexico. We must be united. There are no borders. We stand firm here.”
Jobs bloodbath at Ford and GM
By our reporters, 5 February 2019
As General Motors started firing 4,250 engineers, technicians, managers and other white-collar workers, it was reported that Ford will eliminate the second shift at its Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant by April 1, wiping out more than 1,000 hourly jobs.
Reject the anti-Mexican campaign of the UAW and Unifor
By Jerry White, 5 February 2019
In opposition to the nationalism of the UAW and Unifor, the February 9 demonstration in Detroit against GM plant closures will call for the unity of US, Canadian and Mexican workers to fight for their common interests against their common enemies—the transnational auto companies.
By Markus Salzmann, 4 February 2019
The one-week strike by 12,000 workers at the Hungarian Audi plant in Györ had a massive impact on production in several factories in Europe and shook the auto industry.