By The WSWS Editorial Board, 16 September 2019
The strike by 46,000 GM auto workers marks a major escalation of class struggle in the United States and internationally.
Updated 5:35 PM EDT
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 15 September 2019
The UAW announced a nationwide strike at General Motors at a press conference Sunday in downtown Detroit. The strike will officially begin at midnight tonight.
“They’re stealing from us, who have nothing!”
By our reporters, 14 September 2019
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter encountered widespread opposition among workers to the UAW-company conspiracy in the course of campaigns at auto plants on Saturday.
UAW President Jones, former President Williams identified as co-conspirators in corruption scandal one day before contracts expire
By Tom Hall, 14 September 2019
With only hours to go before the expiration of the auto contract, the current and former presidents of the UAW have been exposed as gangsters and the “union” as a criminal syndicate.
By Shannon Jones, 14 September 2019
As the contract deadline for 158,000 autoworkers nears its expiration this weekend, workers at the Detroit automakers say they are ready to walk out to win back decades of concessions.
14 September 2019
On eve of contract expiration: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement
By Tom Hall, 13 September 2019
The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against Jones.
BREAKING: UAW President Gary Jones, former President Williams are unnamed co-conspirators in latest corruption charges, Detroit News reports
By Tom Hall, 13 September 2019
The Detroit News reported Friday that Jones and Williams are “UAW Official A” and “UAW Official B” in Thursday’s criminal complaint against UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson.
13 September 2019
13 September 2019
By Marcus Day, 13 September 2019
Over 300 autoworkers attended an online meeting hosted by the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter Thursday to discuss a strategy for the 2019 contract struggle.
As union prepares sell-out of their struggle
By Carl Bronski, 13 September 2019
A court ruling is expected as soon as Friday on an order demanding the taking down of picket lines at the parts plant where workers walked out last week in defence of jobs.
By Tom Hall, 12 September 2019
The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against UAW President Gary Jones.
UAW threatens workers with starvation strike pay as contract deadline at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler looms
By Tom Hall, 12 September 2019
While workers are preparing for strike action, the UAW, which forced through concessions for years in exchange for company bribes, is doing everything it can to sabotage a struggle.
“It would be great for workers from different countries to band together”
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 September 2019
GM workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which is threatened with closure, said they were ready to walk out and expressed support for striking GM workers in South Korea.
By Kevin Reed, 11 September 2019
Six years after the bankruptcy of Detroit, the ruling class is once again pilfering the public treasury.
September 12 online meeting
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 11 September 2019
On September 12 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter is hosting an online meeting to discuss the strategy and perspective needed to organize opposition to the corporations and the UAW. To participate, visit wsws.org/autocall.
By James Cogan, 10 September 2019
The issues over which the Korean workers are striking are ones that their American co-workers will readily identify with.
10 September 2019
By Andrea Lobo, 10 September 2019
GM is trying to switch production to Silao to continue its massive extraction of profits in the event of a strike in the US, but Mexican autoworkers are expressing strong opposition to being further super-exploited, and much less being used as scab labor.
By Jerry White, 10 September 2019
Organizations and publications in and around the UAW apparatus have responded to the expanding corruption scandal by trying to buttress its political stranglehold over autoworkers.
Countdown to contract fight: In final week before contract expires, autoworkers gear up for struggle against companies and UAW
By Tom Hall, 9 September 2019
A ferment is taking hold among autoworkers, who are determined to win back everything that has been taken from them.
“We all know they are lying!”
By Tom Hall, 7 September 2019
A letter sent to local union officials makes clear that the UAW will conceal the new contract until after the eleventh hour has already passed.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2019
With just less than a week before the expiration of contracts at Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler, the UAW is terrified that opposition among autoworkers will erupt outside of its control.
Fearing rebellion of autoworkers against UAW, Trump holds White House meeting with General Motors CEO
By Jerry White, 6 September 2019
The meeting with GM chief executive Mary Barra is a measure of the fear in ruling circles over autoworkers sparking a broader movement against decades of declining living standards.
By Carl Bronski, 6 September 2019
Unifor President Jerry Dias is again ramping up his anti-Mexican demagogy in an effort to divert the struggle by workers at parts maker Nemak who have blockaded the plant in an effort to defend their jobs.
By Tom Eley, 6 September 2019
Some 550 warehouse workers walked off the job Wednesday to demand better wages and working conditions.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 6 September 2019
The entire “negotiation” process between the UAW and the auto companies is illegitimate, tainted by corruption and criminality.
Ten days before contract expiration, top aide to UAW GM negotiators pleads guilty to taking $2 million in kickbacks
By Jerry White, 5 September 2019
The plea deal comes as GM CEO Mary Barra is set to meet with President Trump to discuss the upcoming contract battle by autoworkers.
By Carl Bronski, 4 September 2019
The Unifor bureaucrats are terrified that the impending struggle of US Detroit Three workers could trigger a unified cross-border offensive by autoworkers.
“It’s our time”: US autoworkers denounce UAW corruption, vow to fight as contract deadline approaches
By our reporter, 3 September 2019
The exposure of widespread corruption in the United Auto Workers leadership has only hardened the resolve of US autoworkers to make gains in the upcoming contract fight.
By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 2 September 2019
About 500 permanent workers from Motherson Automotive Technologies & Engineering remain on strike to demand recognition of their newly-formed trade union.
Autoworkers conclude near-unanimous strike votes as corruption scandal targets charity run by UAW president
By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2019
Strike votes over the past week have registered autoworkers’ determination to fight, with near unanimous votes in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky, from 94 to 99 percent to authorize a strike.
By Jerry White, 30 August 2019
Anger among autoworkers is reaching a boiling point against the corporations and the UAW, which is a bribed tool of corporate management.
By Jerry White, 29 August 2019
The raids occur on the eve of a contract battle by autoworkers who are equally hostile to the auto companies and the bribed UAW.
“The cost of living is constantly going up while the chance to live is going down”
By Jerry White, 28 August 2019
Near-unanimous support for strike action has been registered at factory after factory while the auto companies, in partnership with the UAW, are preparing to further slash jobs and labor costs.
By Andrea Lobo, 28 August 2019
Honda said it was discontinuing car production in Argentina, “in the face of abrupt changes occurring to automobile industries around the world.”
“We need to be paid back”
Autoworkers vote to strike, denounce UAW treachery ahead of contract deadline with GM, Ford and Chrysler
By our reporters, 27 August 2019
Nearly unanimous votes for strike authorization express the determination of autoworkers to reverse decades of concessions.
“There’s a lot of people who are ready to get rid of them”
By Marcus Day, 26 August 2019
The expansion of the corruption scandal to UAW officials for GM has brought to the surface the simmering anger of workers over decades of union-enforced concessions.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 26 August 2019
The action is part of a radical savings and cutback program, with which Opel’s parent company, French automaker Groupe PSA (Peugeot, Citroen), is responding to the global crisis in the auto industry.
By our reporters, 24 August 2019
The balloting is taking place under conditions in which the union has been widely discredited by its role in forcing through decades of sellout contracts and an expanding corruption scandal.
By Roger Jordan and Carl Bronski, 24 August 2019
Unifor is spearheading a massive union drive to keep the big business, pro-austerity, pro-war Trudeau Liberal government in power.
“We are ready to stay out as long as it takes”
By Jerry White, 23 August 2019
In front of the factory gates Thursday, Fiat Chrysler workers explained what the most critical issues they want addressed in new labor agreements.
“It’s ludicrous the way they treat the temps”
By Debra Watson, 22 August 2019
Workers at the Big Three in the US begin voting today to authorize strike action if no agreement is reached on deal when their contracts expire next month.
By Tom Hall, 21 August 2019
The September 14 contract deadline is fast approaching for more than 150,000 hourly workers at Ford, GM and Chrysler operations in the US.
By Jerry White, 21 August 2019
A lifelong UAW functionary on the payroll of the union’s International staff for 28 years, Ashton epitomizes the social layer at the head of the so-called “American labor movement.”
By Jerry White, 20 August 2019
Ashton would be the highest-ranking UAW officer implicated in the corruption scandal that has already led to the conviction of UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell and three other top UAW officials on the 2015 UAW-Chrysler Bargaining Committee.
Detroit to serve as a cheap labor platform
By Kevin Reed, 20 August 2019
The investment of $4.5 billion by FCA in automotive manufacturing in Detroit is part of a global strategy predicated on further dramatic reductions in labor costs.
By Andre Damon, 19 August 2019
CEOs in the United States make in one day what most workers make in a year, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 August 2019
The Ashok Leyland strike is part of series of militant struggles developing among autoworkers globally amid a major crisis in automobile industry in India and internationally.
By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019
Amid slumps in sales due to escalating trade tensions and low corn and soybean harvests, Deere is intent on cutting production costs.
By Shannon Jones, 17 August 2019
Less than one month remains before the expiration of contracts covering 155,000 US auto workers, and there is growing rank-and-file outrage over rampant union corruption.
By Tom Hall, 16 August 2019
Michael Grimes took nearly $2 million in kickbacks for himself and fellow bureaucrats, according to federal investigators.
By Tom Hall, 15 August 2019
The discussions at the Management Briefing Seminar exposed the financial pressures on the auto industry that are driving demands for ever greater attacks on workers.
One month before the expiration of auto contracts
By Jerry White, 15 August 2019
While the transnational corporations have made record profits since the 2008 financial crash, autoworkers have suffered a decade of falling real wages. They are determined to win substantial gains.
By Shannon Jones, 14 August 2019
Workers contrasted the lenient treatment handed out to Norwood Jewell with the brutal conditions they face every day in the factories compounded by the ever-present threat of layoffs.
“You work so hard and you can barely make ends meet”
By Jerry White, 9 August 2019
Fiat Chrysler is expanding operations in Detroit, exploiting the sharp fall in wages and huge tax cuts.
“We are in a war with social injustice that cannot be reversed without an uprising”
By Marcus Day, 9 August 2019
An autoworker at a supplier factory for GM’s Oshawa Assembly Plant in Canada, which is set to close later this year, spoke to the WSWS about last week’s wildcat strikes.
By Jerry White, 7 August 2019
Global automakers are destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs as sales fall and a brutal competition unfolds to dominate the market for electric vehicles and other new technologies.
By Carl Bronski, 7 August 2019
The short strike was organized by rank-and-file workers independently of the pro-company Unifor union, which spent the day telling workers to get back to work.
By Shannon Jones, 6 August 2019
The former head of the union’s Fiat Chrysler department was sentenced to 15 months in a minimum-security prison for his role in the illegal bribery scheme.
“GM has made all of these profits and we’re getting shafted”
By our reporters, 2 August 2019
The closure of the facility, which once employed upwards of 4,000, is the latest economic blow to workers in the Detroit area, once the center of global auto manufacturing.
“Paid for by Fiat Chrysler:” Prosecutors outline UAW corruption for Norwood Jewell sentencing hearing
By Tom Hall, 1 August 2019
Jewell will be the highest ranking UAW official sentenced in the ongoing federal corruption probe of the UAW and FCA and one of eight union or company officials to have been convicted.
By Kranti Kumara and Keith Jones, 31 July 2019
The sole “crime” of the 13 jailed auto workers was to challenge the poverty-wages and repressive sweatshop conditions at Maruti Suzuki.
UAW, Ford enforce punitive attendance policies at Chicago Assembly Plant ahead of September contract expiration
By Jessica Goldstein, 31 July 2019
The UAW is now playing a critical role in disciplining workers at the behest of Ford in advance of the September expiration of the national auto contract agreement.
By Shannon Jones, 30 July 2019
Continuing sales declines, led by China and India, are leading to massive job losses and attacks on autoworkers as transnational companies seek to maintain high levels of return.
By Tim Rivers, 29 July 2019
Workers at the Saginaw Metal Casting Operations, the site of the fire, have been saddled with a “competitive operating agreement” aimed at undermining working conditions in order to cut costs and drive up GM profits.
By Jerry White, 26 July 2019
The Japan-based automaker says it will cut 6,400 jobs in Japan, the US, Mexico, Britain, Spain, India and Indonesia by the end of March 2020.
More layoffs threatened for January
By Carl Bronski, 25 July 2019
Unifor has rushed to defend Ford’s layoffs as a “business decision.”
By Shannon Jones, 24 July 2019
For years Ford covered up a transmission defect in its Fiesta and Focus models that can cause sudden acceleration or stalling.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 July 2019
US autoworkers are furious over the refusal of the UAW to carry out any fight against oppressive conditions in the factories during the July heat wave.
By Marianne Arens, 23 July 2019
Shortly before the plants closed for the summer holiday, news emerged that 1,100 jobs will be cut in Rüsselsheim, Eisenach and Kaiserslautern.
By Clara Weiss, 22 July 2019
The MPRA has played a critical role in making sure that workers at the Vsevolozhsk plant were forced to sign “voluntary” severance agreements” dictated by Ford.
By Carl Bronski, 22 July 2019
The federal Conservative and Ontario Liberal governments handed $13.7 billion over to the auto bosses at General Motors and Chrysler, while extorting massive wage and benefit concessions from autoworkers.
“International solidarity would give so much power back to the working class”
By Jessica Goldstein, 19 July 2019
An autoworker at Ford Chicago Assembly Plant raises demands and supports the Autoworker Newsletter’s call for an international strategy to fight the global attack on autoworkers.
By Jerry White, 17 July 2019
The mouthpiece of the banks said younger workers who have never experienced mass layoffs are the “big wild card” in this year’s contract fight.
By Jerry White, 16 July 2019
The conflict is not between the auto companies and their servants in the UAW, but between rank-and-file workers, on the one side, and the corporate-UAW alliance, on the other.
By Jacob Crosse and Marcus Day, 16 July 2019
Laid-off workers have reported that they were given as little as two weeks to decide on transfers hundreds of miles away.
By Shannon Jones, 16 July 2019
The UAW once against blocked WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters from covering the opening of contract talks with Ford at its World Headquarters building in Dearborn, Michigan.
“We want to get back everything we gave up”
By Jerry White, 15 July 2019
With the formal negotiations starting today autoworkers want to recoup years of UAW-backed wage and benefit concessions and substantially improve their wages and working conditions.
By Marcus Day, 12 July 2019
Hot, humid weather blanketed much of the central United States on Wednesday, creating miserable and often dangerous work for tens of thousands of workers at auto factories and other plants.
By Jerry White, 11 July 2019
The UAW is terrified of the growing anger and opposition of autoworkers, who have a voice in the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.
As industry analyst calls UAW-automaker negotiations “Kabuki theatre”
By Jerry White, 9 July 2019
With negotiations set to begin on July 15, workers are determined to overturn decades of givebacks accepted by the United Auto Workers.
8 July 2019
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 6 July 2019
The ruling class's major goal is to transform India into a premier center of global auto manufacturing by imposing brutal working conditions.
By George Kirby, 5 July 2019
While Ford and the UAW have downplayed the finding, claiming the amounts are small, the CDC says there is no safe level of the bacteria.
By Jerry White, 4 July 2019
The corporate media is lauding the former Chrysler CEO for gutting the wages and jobs of autoworkers in the UAW-backed federal bailout of 1979-1980.
By Jerry White, 4 July 2019
The fight to unite autoworkers in the US with their class brothers and sisters in Mexico, China and other countries has opened up an important debate over strategy as workers head into the contract battle this September.
2 July 2019
By Will Morrow, 28 June 2019
A global restructuring is underway, with all the automakers relying on the trade unions to seek to suppress the seething and growing opposition of autoworkers.
By Shannon Jones, 28 June 2019
While UAW officials claim the agreement passed by a wide margin, many workers told the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter they had deep reservations about the deal, which failed to address critical issues related to wages and working conditions.
“This contract is crap!”
By Tim Rivers, 27 June 2019
Auto parts workers are livid over the way the UAW has rushed through a contract vote without giving workers time to study and discuss the four-year agreement.
Countdown to contract fight
By Jerry White, 26 June 2019
GM wants to "hire more temporary workers who are paid less and aren’t on the same health care plan," reports Automotive News.
Vote “No” on UAW sellout agreement!
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 25 June 2019
The following statement is being distributed to auto parts workers in Saline, Michigan who will be voting Thursday on a contract that maintains poverty wages and sweatshop conditions.
By a WSWS reporting team, 24 June 2019
The UAW shut down the strike at the critical auto parts supplier only nine hours after it began.
After Bridgend strike vote in opposition to plant closure
By Robert Stevens, 22 June 2019
In a vote last week, over 80 percent of Unite trade union members at the Bridgend plant voted to oppose closure.
By Shannon Jones, 22 June 2019
The walkout had the potential to quickly shut down auto assembly operations nationwide at Detroit automakers and at Tesla.
As contract talks set to begin
By Jerry White, 21 June 2019
The industry publication Automotive News says the automaker will demand the hiring of more low paid temps and cuts to existing health care benefits.
Less than three months to Big Three auto contract expiration
By Marcus Day and Tim Rivers, 21 June 2019
The United Auto Workers shut down a powerful strike by auto parts workers in Saline, Michigan just hours after it began Friday morning claiming it had a contract settlement, but revealing no details.
By Jerry White, 17 June 2019
Workers in Chattanooga were correct to reject, for the second time, “representation” by the United Auto Workers, a corrupt agent of corporate management.