Autoworkers struggles

US autoworkers shut down General Motors

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

Faced with massive opposition among workers, UAW calls national strike at GM

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!”

Autoworkers react to UAW betrayal of GM, Ford, Chrysler contract fight

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.

US autoworkers want all out strike as contract deadline approaches at GM, Ford and Chrysler

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.

015 UAW threatens rank and file committees

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.

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Hundreds of autoworkers discuss contract fight with GM, Ford and Chrysler in online meeting

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

Unifor President Jerry Dias addresses Nemak workers in Windsor

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.

BREAKING: Vance Pearson, top lieutenant to UAW president Gary Jones, arrested for embezzlement

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”

GM Detroit-Hamtramck workers determined to fight as auto contract deadline approaches

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.

How Detroit Democrats handed Fiat-Chrysler $400 million for a new assembly plant

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

On the eve of the contract battle at GM, Ford, and Chrysler: A fighting strategy for autoworkers

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.

As contract deadline looms in US, 8,000 GM autoworkers strike in South Korea

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.

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GM fires and harasses Mexican workers to speed up production

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.

UAW apologists try to cover up corruption scandal

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!”

Workers furious as UAW stonewalls contract discussion with GM, Ford, and Chrysler

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.

UAW to autoworkers: We won’t tell you anything, but don’t read the World Socialist Web Site

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.

Court orders end to “unlawful” Windsor, Ontario auto parts strike

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.

Allentown, Pennsylvania Advance Auto Parts distribution workers on strike

By Tom Eley, 6 September 2019

Some 550 warehouse workers walked off the job Wednesday to demand better wages and working conditions.

Autoworkers must form rank-and-file committees to counter UAW conspiracy

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.

Unifor tries to keep Canadian autoworkers in the dark about US contract battle

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.

India: Motherson autoworkers strike indefinitely in Tamil Nadu

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.

Day after FBI raids of UAW, autoworkers cast near unanimous vote to 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.

FBI raid of UAW president exposes union as criminal syndicate

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”

Autoworkers vote overwhelmingly for strike at Ford, GM, and Chrysler plants

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.

Transnational Honda shuts down production in Argentina

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”

GM Wentzville workers speak out against UAW corruption

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.

German automaker Opel to cut workers’ hours and pay

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.

Strike votes continue as autoworkers gear up for contract fight against GM, Ford, and Chrysler

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.

Unifor convention gives centre-stage to Trudeau, Freeland and the Liberal re-election campaign

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”

Workers at GM, Ford, and Chrysler ready to strike in contract fight

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”

GM autoworker speaks out on UAW corruption, upcoming contract fight

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.

Autoworkers determined to fight as UAW contract deadline approaches

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.

Joe Ashton, UAW VP named in corruption scandal, had long history of selling out auto workers

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.”

UAW corruption scandal: Former union VP Joe Ashton reportedly took $550,000 in illegal kickbacks

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

Behind Fiat Chrysler’s $4.5 billion investment in the Motor City

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.

Mass layoffs for workers; millions for GM, Ford and Chrysler CEOs

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.

Ashok Leyland autoworkers in India strike to demand higher bonuses

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.

US farm equipment manufacturer John Deere calls for “organizational efficiency,” threatening jobs

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.

“That was our money!” Autoworkers livid over UAW corruption scandal

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.

UAW official indicted for taking millions in bribes as scandal spreads to GM

By Tom Hall, 16 August 2019

Michael Grimes took nearly $2 million in kickbacks for himself and fellow bureaucrats, according to federal investigators.

Trade war, falling sales take center stage at Michigan auto industry conference

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

US autoworkers on collision course with the companies

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.

Autoworkers react to slap-on-the wrist sentencing of former UAW VP

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”

Hundreds of Detroit workers line up to apply for new Fiat Chrysler jobs

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”

Oshawa autoworker speaks on wildcat strikes, Unifor treachery

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.

Layoffs in global auto industry hit Mexico, India, China and the US

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.

Canadian auto parts workers stage wildcat strike as Oshawa GM plant closure looms

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.

Judge lets bribe-taking UAW bureaucrat Norwood Jewell off with a slap on the wrist

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”

Autoworkers speak out as GM Warren Transmission plant closes after 78 years of operation

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.

Indian protest marks seven years of legal vendetta against jailed Maruti Suzuki workers

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.

Layoffs mount as slump in world auto industry deepens

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.

Fire forces evacuation at Saginaw, Michigan General Motors plant

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.

12,500 job cuts at Nissan as global restructuring of auto industry continues

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.

Ford in Canada announces 200 layoffs at Oakville assembly plant

More layoffs threatened for January

By Carl Bronski, 25 July 2019

Unifor has rushed to defend Ford’s layoffs as a “business decision.”

Defective transmissions on Ford vehicles tied to numerous injuries and accidents

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.

Autoworkers speak out against UAW's disregard of safety during scorching heat

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.

German automaker Opel to cut a further 1,100 jobs

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.

Russian Ford workers betrayed by union, left with meager compensation and without jobs

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.

Ontario government writes off 2009 auto bailout loan to Chrysler

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”

Chicago Ford worker discusses issues in 2019 contract fight

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.

Wall Street Journal warns job threats might not prevent rebellion by 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.

As auto talks begin, UAW and companies conspire to enforce new wave of concessions on workers

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.

Laid-off FCA Belvidere autoworkers, abandoned by UAW, told to uproot

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.

UAW bars WSWS from opening of UAW-Ford talks

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”

Autoworkers determined to fight as contract talks open

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.

Roasting on the line: Autoworkers warn of unsafe conditions at US plants as summer heat hits

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.

UAW attempts to block WSWS Autoworker Newsletter from covering contract talks

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”

Autoworkers demand substantial improvement in wages and conditions on eve of contract talks

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.

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Tamil Nadu government bans strikes in auto component industries

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.

Deadly Legionella bacteria found at Ford Dearborn Truck plant

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.

Lee Iacocca, who spearheaded the attack on autoworkers, dead at 94

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.

Why autoworkers need an international strategy

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.

060 Legionella found at Ford Rouge

2 July 2019

Ford announces 12,000 layoffs, five plant closures across Europe

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.

UAW rams through sellout deal at Saline, Michigan Faurecia factory

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!”

Faurecia workers denounce UAW sellout agreement

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

Auto execs, UAW have a game plan: What will autoworkers do?

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!

Build rank-and-file committees to unite Faurecia and all autoworkers in a national strike

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.

Faurecia and Ford workers denounce UAW sabotage of auto parts strike

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

Ford workers in Wales must adopt an international strategy

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.

Saline, Michigan Faurecia workers outraged after UAW shuts down their strike

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

GM throws down gauntlet to autoworkers

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

UAW sabotages strike by Faurecia auto parts workers in Michigan

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.

On eve of auto contract talks, VW workers in Tennessee reject UAW again

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.