Amidst talk of US auto industry consolidation UAW pushes economic nationalism ahead of 2019 contracts
By Shannon Jones, 19 November 2018
The United Auto Workers has responded to the threat to jobs by aligning itself ever more closely with the Trump administration's America First nationalism and protectionism.
By Marcus Day, 17 November 2018
Workers are increasingly angry over the information blackout being carried out by both the company and the union.
Rank-and file organisations needed to organise fight-back
By Steve James, 17 November 2018
French-based transnational Michelin’s decision to close its Dundee tyre manufacturing plant poses workers with the challenge of creating new organisations of struggle.
“It’s honestly scary going to work because you’re not safe any more”
By Keisha Gibbs and Marcus Day, 14 November 2018
The erosion of health and safety conditions throughout the auto industry has been imposed with the willing assistance of the UAW.
“Someone is getting paid millions to provoke racism and hatred”
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 13 November 2018
Autoworkers in the Detroit area contacted by the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke forcefully against the attempts by the Trump administration to whip up anti-immigrant hysteria.
By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2018
After being fired, Ami Reveal, a veteran GM worker, went to the union, desperate for help. She told the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, "What I got from the union was ‘do your job or else.’”
By Arun Kumar, 10 November 2018
Opposing all attempts to broaden the struggle, the Stalinists convened an “all party” meeting, where they touted the leaders of opposition parties and their affiliated unions as the strikers’ allies.
By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2018
Federal prosecutors are pointing to the systematic and pervasive character of the corruption revealed in the bribery scandal that has rocked the UAW leadership.
“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”
By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 3 November 2018
Allison Transmission workers in Indianapolis, Indiana are complaining about the outsourcing of jobs, speed-up and lack of representation by the United Auto Workers.
By Jerry White, 1 November 2018
The United Auto Workers union has played a critical role in suppressing workers’ wages and intensifying their exploitation in the factories.
By Jacob Crosse, 1 November 2018
FCA workers in Windsor, Canada, and factories in Illinois and Indiana are on temporary layoff due to falling sales.
To cheers from big business
By Keith Jones, 31 October 2018
In an applause-punctuated address to the Ontario Economic Summit, Ontario Premier Doug Ford made clear his government is bracing for mass working class opposition.
“This union is taking food out of my kid’s mouth”
By Marcus Day, 29 October 2018
Workers at Lear have described a regime of harassment and intimidation carried out jointly by management and the UAW.
By Shannon Jones, 29 October 2018
The 1,885-square-foot residence features granite countertops, cherry cabinets with a “chocolate glaze finish,” three and one half baths and a patio overlooking Black Lake.
The UAW is “letting the company get away with anything”
By our reporter, 26 October 2018
An interview posted by the WSWS with a veteran worker at Ford Woodhaven Stamping where a young autoworker died last year has gained wide readership.
By Alexander Fangmann, 26 October 2018
The death adds to the growing toll exacted by dangerous working conditions related to the drive by Ford, abetted by the UAW, to increase production and profits.
By Arun Kumar, 25 October 2018
Stalinist union leaders have sought to isolate the strikers, fearing that their struggle could become the focal point for a broader movement of the working class.
One year since the death of Jacoby Hennings
“Temporary part-timers are treated like slaves”
By Jerry White, 24 October 2018
A veteran worker describes the oppressive conditions at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping plant, which contributed to the tragic death of young autoworker Jacoby Hennings.
By Keith Jones, 23 October 2018
There is incontrovertible evidence the Maruti Suzuki workers have been jailed for life as the result of a crude frame-up, but the judge callously refused to hear any of it.
By Marcus Day, 23 October 2018
Details continue to emerge of the sellout deal the UAW attempted to push through at an October 14 ratification vote.
Still no investigation into death of young autoworker
By Jerry White, 20 October 2018
A year after the tragic loss of this young Ford worker, family, friends and co-workers continue to demand the truth about his sudden and untimely death.
By Shannon Jones, 19 October 2018
Temporary layoffs affecting more than 3,000 employees have hit Fiat Chrysler workers at two Kokomo, Indiana transmission plants.
By Marcus Day, 18 October 2018
Following the overwhelming “no” vote Sunday, UAW officials have sought to placate workers’ anger and denounced the WSWS’s widely-shared article as “lies.”
By Moses Rajkumar and Nanda Kumar, 17 October 2018
The unions have refused to mobilise workers to defend strikers at Yamaha, Enfield and MSA, and instead are making futile appeals to the courts and state government.
“We voted to go on strike, then they presented us with a BS contract”
By Marcus Day, 16 October 2018
The vote is a further demonstration of workers’ determination to fight back against decades of declining wages, benefits, and working conditions.
By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 11 October 2018
Strikes and protests have broken out in Tamil Nadu companies that employ the majority of India’s 7.6 million auto manufacturing workers.
By Marcus Day, 9 October 2018
Under increasing pressure from Wall Street, Ford announced further restructuring efforts last week, including the planned elimination of thousands of salaried positions.
By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2018
Workers at FCA’s transmission operations tell of mood of anger and frustration over the refusal of the UAW to provide any information, let alone lead a fight, over unresolved health and safety issues.
4 October 2018
“The union is not for all of us”
By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 29 September 2018
Workers at the global transmission company report that the UAW is withholding information regarding their contract.
By Margot Miller, 27 September 2018
The UK car industry faces massive disruption if the government fails to agree unfettered access to the EU single market, with the loss of tens of thousands of jobs threatened.
By Jerry White, 21 September 2018
As autoworkers in Kokomo, Indiana and elsewhere come into struggle, the biggest obstacle they face is the corporatist and anti-working class United Auto Workers.
“Collectively we are powerful beyond measure”
By Jerry White, 20 September 2018
Two months after their unanimous strike vote, workers at FCA’s Indiana transmission plants are opposing the stalling tactics of the UAW.
By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2018
Both management and the UAW have maintained complete silence on the serious injury suffered last week by Eric Parsons at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana.
By David Rodriguez, 14 September 2018
Detroit Manufacturing Systems, which opened to great fanfare in 2012, is typical of the low wage sweatshops that predominate in the auto parts industry.
By Marcus Day, 13 September 2018
The plant where a Fiat Chrysler worker was severely injured last week was cited for several serious safety violations last year by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
By Shannon Jones, 11 September 2018
The auto worker suffered severe, crippling injuries and faces a long and difficult recovery.
By Shannon Jones, 8 September 2018
The injury of a worker this week at the Fiat Chrysler Kokomo Casting Plant underscores the seriousness of workers’ concerns over health and safety conditions.
By Shannon Jones, 7 September 2018
The downgrading of Ford credit to near junk status is a shot across the bow by Wall Street to pressure management to intensify its attacks on workers.
By Keisha Gibbs, 6 September 2018
A young worker at the giant BMW sport utility vehicle plant described oppressive conditions, including the widespread use of contract workers and the general neglect of safety.
By Shannon Jones, 28 August 2018
In bribing officials of the United Auto Workers, the former Fiat Chrysler labor negotiator has insisted that he was carrying out management directives.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 August 2018
A sentencing memorandum directly links Fiat Chrysler payouts to the UAW to the effort to “obtain benefits, concessions and advantages in the negotiations and administration of collective bargaining agreements.”
On eve of strike deadline for 9,000 VW workers
By Alex González, 18 August 2018
To guarantee their demands for high wages and fully funded social services, autoworkers and farmers are each other’s most natural allies.
By Marcus Day, 17 August 2018
The latest revelation of bribery in the UAW corruption scandal follows Monday’s statement by lawyers for an indicted Chrysler executive that the conspiracy “started long before” 2009.
By Shannon Jones, 15 August 2018
In a sentencing memorandum, the lawyer for Alphons Iacobelli asserted that the bribery of UAW officials dates back “many years” earlier than has so far been charged by federal prosecutors, and involves many more officials.
“We need joint strike action, nationwide!”
By Tim Rivers, 13 August 2018
Autoworkers expressed their support for the widespread opposition among UPS workers to the sellout contracts agreed to last Thursday by a national meeting of Teamsters officials.
By Carl Bronski, 8 August 2018
An examination of the strike at Lordstown in 1972 sheds further light on how the union has acted, alongside management, to suppress the strivings of workers for decent jobs and conditions.
By Samuel Davidson, 6 August 2018
The UAW and GM are collaborating to close one or more of the company’s five remaining car assembly plants and throw thousands of more workers on to the unemployment lines as car sales continue to fall.
By Tim Rivers, 6 August 2018
In a career spanning two decades, Estrada, hailed in 2014 as the first Latina woman to join the union’s elite executive committee, has demonstrated that she is a typical bureaucratic hack.
“The UAW cannot be trusted”
By Shannon Jones, 4 August 2018
The UAW local is seeking to prevent a struggle over accumulated grievances and deteriorating conditions.
By Jessica Goldstein, 2 August 2018
The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter spoke with autoworkers in Chicago and Kokomo, Indiana about the corruption scandal which has wracked the United Auto Workers.
By Toby Reese, 31 July 2018
The company continues to show a net loss despite massive outside investments as it attempts to work out assembly line problems amid reports of serious workplace safety violations.
Mobilize the working class behind Indiana autoworkers
By the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 30 July 2018
If autoworkers are to prevent another sellout by the UAW, they must take control of the struggle into their own hands by electing rank-and-file strike committee.
“US autoworkers have to accept a culture of poverty”
By Marcus Day, 28 July 2018
Marchionne, the Italian-born executive who collaborated with the trade unions in brutally attacking the jobs, wages, and working conditions of autoworkers throughout the world, died Wednesday.
By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2018
The revelation that the just-retired UAW president authorized the illegal use of money from company-funded joint training centers demonstrates that the organization is engaged in a criminal conspiracy against auto workers.
By Shannon Jones, 25 July 2018
Nancy Johnson pleaded guilty to charges related to the illegal payout of more than $1.5 million by Fiat Chrysler aimed at securing favorable contract terms from the United Auto Workers.
By Marcus Day, 24 July 2018
Autoworkers are increasingly seeking to fight back against the deterioration of working conditions, in particular the atrocious treatment of temporary part-time (TPT) workers.
By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2018
Workers have expressed a determination to fight deteriorating working conditions, including management’s attempt to force temporary part-time workers to perform overtime.
By Alex González, 21 July 2018
About 50 workers were fired in retaliation for a strike action that took place in April against the company’s “protection union” contract.
IG Metall accepts mass redundancies and plant closures
By Marianne Arens, 18 July 2018
The IG Metall union has long since abandoned the factory in Leipzig.
17 July 2018
By Shannon Jones, 14 July 2018
After pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegally diverted UAW-Chrysler training funds Monica Morgan faces just 18 months in jail, a $25,000 fine and one year supervised release.
“Like you, I want justice for Jacoby!”
10 July 2018
Fiat Chrysler workers in Ohio and Indiana sent messages to the family of Jacoby Hennings, who held a memorial picnic Sunday for the young autoworker who died last year.
“I demand a full and open investigation”
By our reporters, 10 July 2018
Niles and supporters attended a memorial picnic Sunday for the young autoworker who died at the Ford Woodhaven Stamping plant on October 20, 2017.
“Coby was loved by so many people”
By Jerry White, 9 July 2018
Hundreds of family members, friends and co-workers attended a memorial picnic in suburban Detroit Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of the young autoworker who died at the Woodhaven Stamping plant last October.
“This is a day to honor Coby”
By Jerry White, 5 July 2018
Family and friends are holding a memorial picnic on July 8 in the Detroit suburb of Eastpointe to honor the young Ford worker who died on October 20, 2017.
“They want us divided. Workers need to unite everywhere”
By Shannon Jones, 3 July 2018
The UAW is denouncing GM’s decision to build its new Chevrolet Blazer SUV in Mexico in order to divert attention from the union’s complicity in the wiping out of 1,500 jobs at the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant.
“The rank and file was absolutely not involved in these contract discussions”
By our reporters, 25 June 2018
The Teamsters are seeking to impose historic givebacks on UPS workers, who voted by 93 percent to authorize a strike against the giant corporation.
“If people on the shop floor had more power, things would be a whole lot better”
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 June 2018
The elimination of some 1,500 jobs at the Lordstown plant will have a devastating impact in the Youngstown-Warren region, which already struggles with high levels of poverty.
By Barry Mason, 21 June 2018
Instead of a campaign to mobilise its 22,000 members employed by Rolls-Royce to fight the cuts, Unite will facilitate whatever restructuring the company demands.
16 June 2018
“They’re getting more money and we’re losing workers”
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 June 2018
Autoworkers at the GM Lordstown assembly plant expressed their disgust at both the company and the UAW as next Friday’s shutdown of the second shift looms.
“Everything they took from us needs to be returned, plus the money they stole”
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 June 2018
Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit spoke to the WSWS about the naming of the UAW as a “co-conspirator” in the corruption scandal.
As corruption scandal engulfs union, top execs get pay raise
By Jerry White, 14 June 2018
The four-day constitutional convention, which wraps up in Detroit today, was a showcase for the corruption of the UAW and its contempt for rank-and-file autoworkers.
Lordstown GM worker speaks out against pending layoffs
By Samuel Davidson, 13 June 2018
Some 1,500 Auto workers are set to be laid off June 22 at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
By Shannon Jones, 12 June 2018
Outgoing union president Dennis Williams repeated the absurd claim that the bribing of UAW negotiators by Fiat Chrysler executives had no impact on the outcome of the 2015 labor agreements.
By Shannon Jones, 9 June 2018
The UAW 37th Constitutional Convention is being held against a backdrop of rising worker militancy under conditions where the union is more discredited than ever.
“We need to unite workers everywhere”
Rank-and-file Lake Orion workers organize opposition to GM-UAW deal to hire low wage subcontract labor
By Shannon Jones, 2 June 2018
Anger is simmering in the plant following the revelation that the UAW signed a secret memorandum, without a vote by workers, to replace veteran workers with low-wage subcontractors.
By Marcus Day, 1 June 2018
Fueling outrage is the company’s brazen display of corporate greed, showering investors with hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends and stock buybacks.
By Shannon Jones, 29 May 2018
The extreme economic nationalism promoted by the UAW, the United Steelworkers and other unions dovetails with the fascistic “America First” nationalism of Trump and the far-right.
By Jerry White, 28 May 2018
Another former Fiat Chrysler executive pleads guilty in the corruption scandal engulfing the United Auto Workers union.
By Samuel Davidson, 26 May 2018
Lordstown workers are seething over a deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers to layoff the second shift at the plant while hiring subcontractors at lower pay and benefits.
By Keisha Gibbs, 23 May 2018
The carmaker is implementing a new manufacturing system to cut costs by an estimated 20 percent, or around $1.22 billion this year.
By Shannon Jones, 22 May 2018
Autoworkers deplored lack of safety training and the UAW’s collusion in management’s drive for more profits.
By Anthony Torres, 22 May 2018
Using the Socialist Party’s labor law and Macron’s labor decrees, automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroën plans to sack hundreds of workers and boost working times.
By Jessica Goldstein, 21 May 2018
Family, friends and coworkers paid tribute to Steven Wade, a 60-year-old welder who died last week from injuries he suffered at Caterpillar’s South Milwaukee plant on May 10.
By Shannon Jones, 17 May 2018
A 60-year-old Caterpillar worker died Monday of injuries he suffered at Caterpillar’s global mining equipment facility, which has been targeted by the company’s cost-reduction effort.
By Tim Rivers, 16 May 2018
In recent years the company has been cited for more than half a dozen safety violations, including several incidents where workers suffered serious burns.
By Ben McGrath, 16 May 2018
The KMWU isolated workers and forced through the approval of an agreement enabling a pro-business restructuring by the auto corporation.
15 May 2018
By our reporters, 14 May 2018
Workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant described hazardous conditions and indifference from the company and UAW towards their safety concerns.
By Shannon Jones, 12 May 2018
The continuing erosion of safety and work conditions in US auto plants underscores the fact that joint union-management safety programs protect no one except the corporate stockholders.
“We are not robots, we are people!”
By Shannon Jones, 11 May 2018
The injury of Lynn Hagood is the latest in a series of fatal and near fatal incidents at auto factories in recent years, highlighting the hazardous conditions creating by incessant cost-cutting.
By Jerry White, 10 May 2018
The injured worker, identified by co-workers as Lynn Hagood, had her legs crushed by heavy machinery after falling into a pit on the trim and final assembly line.
“This is the deadliest plant I’ve ever worked in”
By Jerry White, 9 May 2018
Ford workers at the Flat Rock plant rebelled when management tried to restart production after a horrific accident in the early hours of May 4.
By Tom Hall, 9 May 2018
Last week’s firestorm at the Meridian Magnesium plant in Eaton Rapids exposes the dangerous conditions faced by auto parts workers.
By Alex González, 9 May 2018
About 600 workers went on strike to demand the right to form their own union.
Form rank-and-file factory committee to enforce worker safety
By Shannon Jones, 8 May 2018
Details are being withheld by management and the UAW over the injury of a production worker early Friday at the plant that sparked a walkout by second-shift workers.
By Tim Rivers, 7 May 2018
When a female worker’s legs were crushed in machinery early Friday morning, the second shift of nearly 1,500 workers at the Ford Flat Rock assembly south of Detroit refused a call by the company to return to work for an extended shift and instead walked out.
With complicity of UAW, Honeywell announces plans to eliminate healthcare coverage for 4,700 US retirees
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 May 2018
The announcement comes shortly after Honeywell announced substantial growth of $10.39 billion in revenue for its first quarter of 2018, up from $9.49 billion in the same period in 2017.