Workers Issues in the US

“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.

Wisconsin Democrats double down on Foxconn con job

By Jacob Crosse, 9 December 2019

Despite campaigning in 2018 against the largest state subsidy in US history, Governor Tony Evers has bent over backwards to accommodate the multibillion dollar company at the expense of the working class.

Worker injured in New Orleans hotel collapse deported by ICE

By Aaron Murch, 9 December 2019

Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma had been called a “crucial witness” to the mismanagement that caused the collapse which killed three workers in October.

100 Northern Virginia transit strike

9 December 2019

New York transit union offers massive concessions to block strike

By Alan Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 9 December 2019

The tentative agreement agreed by the union seeks to stifle any movement by New York’s subway and bus workers against the demands of the Democratic Party for major cuts.

United Teachers Los Angeles and National Nurses Union back Democratic candidate

Union sellouts endorse the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

By Dan Conway and Matt Rigel, 7 December 2019

The United Teachers Los Angeles and the National Nurses Union have both endorsed Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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.

Harvard University retaliates against striking graduate students

By Kate Randall, 7 December 2019

Several academic departments have informed graduate student teaching staff that they are responsible for reporting whether they are working, and that those who are striking should not expect to be paid.

Northern Virginia transit worker strike spreads as 600 Fairfax Connector workers join 130 Metrobus workers on strike against Transdev

By Harvey Simpkins, 7 December 2019

The ATU is seeking to limit the Fairfax Connector strike as much as possible, stating that the strike is over “unfair labor practices” and “bad faith bargaining” committed by the Company. It has offered no official demands.

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.

999 MTA cuts deal to avoid strike

7 December 2019

020 GM layoffs

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.

Harvard University graduate student union begins strike over pay, conditions

By Kate Randall, 4 December 2019

The HGSU-UAW has made only token appeals to other sections of workers at Harvard to support the grad student workers’ strike and has offered substantial concessions to the university on virtually all issues.

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.”

Harvard University grad students set to strike over pay, grievance procedures, healthcare

By Kate Randall, 3 December 2019

Harvard officials’ hard line in relation to collective bargaining on grad students’ pay is in line with a recent NLRB proposal that would curb the establishment of graduate student unions at private universities.

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.

Explosions at Texas petrochemical plant force over 40,000 to evacuate their homes

By Jacob Crosse, 30 November 2019

The Port Neches plant, owned by the Houston-based Texas Petroleum Chemical Group, has been out of compliance for years and fined multiple times by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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.

Brookings Institution study finds a staggering 44 percent of US workers earn low wages

By Jessica Goldstein, 29 November 2019

The study’s finding that 44 percent of the US workforce earn low wages paints a devastating picture of the realities of capitalism and working class life in the world’s wealthiest country.

Some production resumes as US copper miners’ strike drags on

By Samuel Davidson, 29 November 2019

The USW, which leads the nine different unions that represent workers in the mines, has downplayed the company’s efforts to break the strike.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union endorses ex-Hoffa lieutenant for union president

By Steve Filips and Tom Hall, 28 November 2019

TDU’s 180-degree turn behind the thuggish Sean O’Brien exposes the critical role it plays in propping up the authority the Teamsters bureaucracy.

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.

Job actions by New York City transit workers

By Alan Whyte, 27 November 2019

The union organized the slowdown because it fears it will be unable to impose the demands of the Democratic Party-run transit agency without provoking a rebellion by workers.

Democratic Party calls on Washington Metro Transit Authority to intervene against striking transit workers

By Nick Barrickman, 26 November 2019

A letter by three local congresspeople to Metro executives called on the transit authority to reopen the closed routes and to “take a more proactive role” in the dispute between Transdev and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689.

Union reaches deal with University of Chicago, creating two-tier system for nurses

By Benjamin Mateus, 26 November 2019

Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center will vote tomorrow on the new contract, which will drive a chasm between higher-paid veteran nurses and all new hires.

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.

“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.

More than 15,000 Indiana teachers walk off job against low wages and attacks on public education

By George Marlowe, 20 November 2019

Indiana teachers confront conditions no less horrendous than their counterparts throughout the United States and internationally.

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.

US Steel job cuts continue as it lays off workers in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 19 November 2019

The recently announced layoffs are further proof that trade war measures are ultimately aimed against the working class around the world.

Protests as Trump labor board moves to restrict grad student unions

By Michael Walters, 19 November 2019

The Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board proposed a rule that would deny the right of graduate students to organize.

Strike looms at Canadian National Railway

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 November 2019

Some 3,000 conductors, trainspersons and yard workers were poised to strike Tuesday as contract talks between the Teamsters and Canadian National Railway reached an impasse over the weekend.

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.

Strike against Asarco copper enters second month

By Samuel Davidson, 16 November 2019

The strike by 2,000 copper miners in Arizona and Texas against massive concessions demands has entered its second month, while the United Steelworkers seeks to isolate and betray the strike.

“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.

Record low numbers participate in 24-hour stunt strike at University of California schools and health system

By Evelyn Rios, 15 November 2019

The dismal participation in the strike—with only 2 percent of the 25,000 workers taking part—is not a reflection of any lack of desire to fight, but of a vote of no confidence in the union.

Little Rock, Arkansas teachers stage one-day strike

By Nancy Hanover, 15 November 2019

In their first strike in 32 years, teachers in Little Rock, Arkansas, walked out to oppose privatization.

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.

Union-backed Chicago Sun-Times attacks Chicago teachers

By Michael Walters and George Gallanis, 14 November 2019

The Sun-Times, co-owned by the Chicago Federation of Labor, published several articles smearing and attacking Chicago teachers for fighting for improved schools and wages.

100 UC strike

14 November 2019

University of California union attempts to wear down workers with a sixth 24-hour strike

By Evelyn Rios, 13 November 2019

The real concern of the union is the amount of dues revenue that will be lost if UC continues to employ outsourced labor.

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.

As contract vote approaches, DSA defends sellout by Chicago Teachers Union

By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 12 November 2019

DSA is seeking to block political discussion and opposition to the Chicago Teachers Union contract that meets none of the teachers’ central demands.

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.

Dominican health workers strike, Chilean copper miners protest subcontracting

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 November 2019

Healthcare workers in the Domincan Republic held a one day strike November 7 to press wage demands while Chilean copper miners are set to strike against the abuse of subcontract workers.

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.

The expanding UAW corruption scandal and the case for rank-and-file committees

By Tom Hall, 8 November 2019

The United Auto Workers is currently trying to ram through a concessions contract at Ford following the shutdown of the GM strike, even as its president faces imminent charges for stealing workers’ money.

Former UAW-GM VP Joe Ashton charged in corruption scheme

By Marcus Day, 7 November 2019

Ashton, the highest-ranking UAW official charged in the corruption investigation, is accused of overseeing a multi-million dollar kickback scheme through GM’s Center for Human Resources.

Vote “no” on the tentative teachers' contract! Form rank-and-file committees to defend public education in Chicago!

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 November 2019

With voting set to begin on the tentative agreement, teachers and other educators in Chicago are approaching a critical juncture in the fight to defend public education.

How Ford and the UAW plan to cut autoworkers’ health care

By Esther Galen, 6 November 2019

The joint Company-Union Committee overseeing health care will make drastic changes to help Ford cut costs.

UAW pushes through concessions for 3,600 workers at Mack-Volvo Truck

By Samuel Davidson, 6 November 2019

The United Auto Workers forced through a concessions contract for 3,600 workers at Volvo-Mack Truck plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida after calling off a 12-day strike a week earlier.

“Teachers, autoworkers, everybody in this country, should go on strike”

New York City bus and subway workers speak out against concession demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2019

The Metropolitan Transit Authority wants to introduce part-timers, outsource work to cheap-labor contractors and reduce overtime pay as it funnels more money to the Wall Street banks and wealthy bondholders.

Feds may have secretly recorded UAW President Gary Jones ordering cover-up of embezzlement of union funds

By Jerry White, 5 November 2019

Details in the indictment against Jones confidante Edward N. Robinson indicate that the FBI likely has undercover recordings of Jones ordering Robinson to destroy evidence and take the fall for him, according to the Detroit News.

Chicago teachers denounce union’s sellout agreement as Bernie Sanders, Democrats claim “victory”

By George Marlowe, 5 November 2019

Despite the official celebration, the CTU’s tentative agreement for a five-year contract entirely accepts the terms set by Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Ontario elementary teachers return big majority for strike authorization

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 November 2019

Some 83,000 members of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario have given a 98 percent strike authorization vote as talks continue with the provincial government.

045 Asarco news update

4 November 2019

United Steelworkers, Asarco announce negotiations to resume, as union prepares sell-out contract

By Jessica Goldstein, 4 November 2019

The announcement of Asarco’s decision to issue backpay for a total of $10 million in bonuses denied to workers is part of a strategy to bait workers into accepting a concessions contract.

UAW sanctions plant closing, expansion of temps in deal with Ford

By Shannon Jones, 2 November 2019

The tentative agreement announced with Ford will further advance the restructuring of the auto industry into a low wage sector employing large numbers of contingent workers.

Breaking: UAW President Gary Jones takes paid leave as feds move closer to indictment

By Tom Hall, 2 November 2019

The rise and fall of Gary Jones demonstrates the United Auto Workers is a criminal syndicate that is no less hostile to the interest of autoworkers than the auto companies themselves.

Corruption scandal moves in on UAW President Gary Jones

By Joseph Kishore, 2 November 2019

The latest allegations, involving the embezzlement of $1.5 million in dues money, follow the shutdown of the GM strike as the UAW attempts to ram through a pro-company agreement with Ford.

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s budget: Increased policing and austerity on behalf of the financial aristocracy

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 November 2019

Lightfoot’s first budget, containing large increases to the police department and higher fees affecting workers, is a continuation of the Democratic Party’s right-wing assault on the working class.

Ford workers must reject deal patterned on UAW-GM sellout

By Jerry White, 1 November 2019

The UAW-Ford National Council is meeting today to rubber-stamp a deal that sanctions the slashing of jobs and creation of a largely disposable temporary workforce.

Chicago Teachers Union attempting to ram through tentative agreement over widespread opposition

By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2019

The tentative agreement announced by the CTU Wednesday night betrays all the aspirations of the 24,000 teachers who have been on strike for ten days.

Oppose the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike!

CTU moves to shut down strike without giving teachers right to vote on sellout contract

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 31 October 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union has announced it is shutting down the 11-day strike and sending teachers back to work tomorrow without giving them the right to vote on a new contract.

After announcing agreement with Ford, UAW seeking to force through sellout deal

By Marcus Day and Steve Filips, 31 October 2019

The UAW is looking to quickly overcome opposition among workers at Ford and impose its sellout “pattern” agreement reached with GM.

Ford Canada announces more job cuts as GM prepares final shutdown in Oshawa

By Carl Bronski, 31 October 2019

The announcement is part of an ongoing $11 billion global restructuring program initiated by Ford last year.

GM execs gloat over new UAW contract in call with Wall Street investors

By Jerry White, 30 October 2019

In a conference call, GM CEO Mary Barra said the agreement would allow the company to slash manufacturing costs and expand the use of low-paid temps.

Chicago Teachers Union preparing the betrayal of teachers' strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 October 2019

The CTU is laying the groundwork for the betrayal of the ten-day strike of 25,000 public school teachers, the city's second-longest in over two decades.

New York City transit workers and the fight for social equality

By Allen Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 30 October 2019

Working without a contract since May, transit workers are facing unprecedented attacks on working conditions being demanded by Wall Street.

GM refuses to rehire victimized Mexican workers who supported US strike

By Andrea Lobo, 29 October 2019

GM is continuing its vendetta against nine courageous workers at the Silao plant fired for refusing GM’s demands that they increase production and undermine the US strike.

GM fires Flint workers over social media posts during strike

By Jerry White, 29 October 2019

Flint Assembly workers, including a 19-year veteran of GM, have been targeted in a campaign of retaliation aimed at silencing opposition to the corporations and the UAW.

“Temporary workers are human too”

Arlington GM temp worker with cancer speaks out on his firing four days before strike

By Evan Blake, 29 October 2019

Four days before the strike at General Motors began, the company fired Chad Bell, who had been working 17-hour shifts for months in order to pay for surgery to treat cancer and herniated disks.

Democrats, union leaders intensify pressure on striking Chicago teachers to accept austerity contract

By Kristina Betinis, 29 October 2019

In a rush to end the strike, CTU leaders offered to settle for additional school funding amounting to a fraction of a percent of the school district’s budget.

Teamsters warn of possible strike at CN Rail

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 October 2019

Conductors and other railroad personnel gave a 99 percent strike mandate after months of negotiations have not resulted in an agreement.

After UAW sellout of strike, GM fires workers for social media posts

By Tom Hall, 28 October 2019

The shutdown of the strike has been followed by the victimization of workers who exercised their free speech rights by criticizing the company and the UAW on Facebook and other social media platforms.

Washington DC: Private metro contract workers launch first transit strike in over 40 years

By Nick Barrickman, 28 October 2019

The strike against the assault on wages and living standards must be expanded to public sector workers and beyond against the efforts to exploit the population.

“I really don’t believe it… It was so shady”

Workers question legitimacy of UAW’s claims on GM contract ratification

By Shannon Jones, 26 October 2019

Bitterness and anger are brewing after the UAW shut down the 40-day strike by 48,000 General Motors workers and announced the ratification of a concessions contract.

Chicago Teachers Union and Democratic Party conspire to end Chicago teachers strike

By George Gallanis and George Marlowe, 26 October 2019

The powerful strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers is in danger of being isolated and betrayed by the Chicago Teachers Union.

The way forward in the Chicago teachers strike

The defense of public education and the fight for socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2019

The strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers and support staff, now in its second week, is at a crossroads.

“The UAW officials can’t be trusted, they’re greedy just like the company”

GM workers denounce UAW moves to end strike on management’s terms

By Jerry White, 25 October 2019

Given the widespread hostility to the contract, workers expressed shock and disbelief at the large “yes” vote reported by the UAW at several locals.

UAW rams through sellout, shuts down strike at General Motors

By Tom Hall, 25 October 2019

The shutdown of the strike, the longest strike in the American auto industry in 50 years, exposes the UAW as an agent of corporate management, organically hostile to the interests of autoworkers.

Walkout enters seventh day

Striking Chicago teachers confront Democratic Party machine and union’s effort to isolate their struggle

By Kristina Betinis, 25 October 2019

City officials are demanding new cuts while the Chicago Teachers Union seeks to isolate the teachers’ struggle and prevent the active mobilization of mass support among workers and youth.

As Asarco copper workers continue their fight, unions isolate their struggle

By Jessica Goldstein, 25 October 2019

The unions are attempting to put maximum pressure on workers by providing totally inadequate strike pay and other support, forcing many to seek public assistance.

Opposition to UAW-GM contract mounts at shuttered Lordstown, Ohio plant

By Samuel Davidson, 24 October 2019

Workers at the GM Lordstown Assembly Plant denounced the contract, which will result in the loss of their jobs and their forced relocation. Treatment of temporary workers was also a top concern.

WeWork CEO walks away with $1.7 billion as mass layoffs planned at failing office rental company

By Harvey Simpkins, 24 October 2019

While Adam Neumann receives an outrageous “golden parachute,” a jobs massacre is expected at the company which currently operates offices in 29 countries around the world.

Who is counting the ballots for the UAW-GM contract?

By Jerry White, 23 October 2019

The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company’s terms.

GM worker dies after being struck by vehicle near picket line at Spring Hill, Tennessee

By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2019

Roy A. McCombs was crossing the road to the picket on the bridge that leads from Highway 31 to the plant’s south entrance when he was struck by a car.

Teachers’ union calls on Elizabeth Warren in bid to strangle strike against Chicago’s Democratic machine

By Barry Grey, 23 October 2019

At Tuesday’s rally, AFT President Weingarten began by holding up the sellout of this year’s Los Angeles teachers’ strike as a victory and model for the Chicago teachers.

Striking Chicago educators speak on their demands

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 October 2019

Keyatta, a teacher’s assistant at Laura Ward Elementary said, “We need more support! Smaller class sizes, more nurses, more support staff, so no one person is trying to teach 35 kids, all at different learning levels."

Spring Hill, Tennessee workers reject deal, as UAW pushes GM sellout contract

By Jerry White, 22 October 2019

The vote by Spring Hill GM workers is a blow to the UAW, which is holding a quick succession of votes in hopes of shutting down the powerful five-week strike on management’s terms.

Lightfoot administration ratchets up pressure on Chicago teachers to end the walkout

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 October 2019

Claiming there is “no more money,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools CEO Janice Jackson issued a letter calling on the CTU to end the strike and return teachers to the classroom while talks continue.

United Steelworkers prepare betrayal of Asarco strike

By Jessica Goldstein, 22 October 2019

The United Steelworkers is colluding along with other unions and the company to wear down the resolve of the workers on strike against Asarco through isolation and poverty.

Buenos Aires metro workers strike over asbestos in trains

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 October 2019

Workers are set to carry out a series of strikes and protests over the refusal of management to take any serious steps toward the removal of asbestos from trains.