Nationalism and the union bureaucracy
Northern Virginia transit union officials announce tentative deal with private bus contractor to end bus drivers’ strike
By Nick Barrickman, 16 January 2020
The Amalgamated Transit Union's information blackout and its rush to force a vote are clear indications that the agreed-upon deal is a sellout.
By Tom Hall, 8 January 2020
The sellout contracts imposed by the United Auto Workers on GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers has set the stage for new and more explosive struggles.
Saskatchewan oil refinery lockout:
By Carl Bronski, 3 January 2020
The court ruling criminalizes all but token “information picketing” by locked-out workers at the Cooperative Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan.
By Brunna Machado, 17 December 2019
The Ford plant closure follows a series of similar union-imposed defeats that have radically changed the Brazilian auto industry.
By Andrea Lobo, 17 December 2019
Following massacres of workers and peasants and amid the continued hunting down of protest leaders and indigenous people, the COB’s decision is a criminal betrayal of the working class.
By Keith Jones, 14 December 2019
The true character of the NDP’s “opposition” to the Liberals and the Conservatives—the Canadian ruling class’ traditional parties of national government—was laid bare in two recent parliamentary votes.
By Tom Hall, 12 December 2019
Fiat Chrysler workers were in no mood to be strung out and isolated on the picket line, as GM workers were two months ago, forced to subsist on $275 per week in strike pay during the Christmas holidays.
AFL-CIO, Mexican government seek to chain renewed struggles across Matamoros to “independent” trade unions
By Andrea Lobo, 12 December 2019
After the historic wildcat strikes earlier this year, the channeling of a resurgence of struggles behind the trade union bureaucracy poses immense dangers to the working class.
Defend the Silao Seven!
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 11 December 2019
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges workers to support the GM workers at the Silao, Mexico factory, who were fired for supporting the 40-day strike by GM workers in the US.
United Teachers Los Angeles and National Nurses Union back Democratic candidate
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.
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.
By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 December 2019
Union leaders are attempting to divert Motherson workers along reactionary Tamil nationalist lines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Roger Jordan, 30 October 2019
Fightback has lavishly praised the sellout agreement that CUPE is seeking to impose on 55,000 Ontario school support staff, after scuttling a threatened strike.
By Keith Jones, 24 October 2019
The social-democratic politicians and their union allies intend to prop up the pro-austerity, pro-war Liberals under the guise of providing Canadians with “progressive” government.
Workers must organize now to defeat the sellout
By Jerry White, 17 October 2019
As details of the UAW-GM tentative contract begin to leak out, it becomes increasingly clear that the UAW has betrayed everything for which workers have fought in the month-long strike.
By Kristina Betinis, 17 October 2019
Teachers must make an independent initiative to expand their struggle against the Democratic Party and its program of austerity and corporate-backed “school reform.”
By Jerry White, 16 October 2019
A major factor in the UAW’s move to shut down the month-long walkout is the growing strike wave nationally, which threatens to break the union’s isolation of the GM workers.
By Jerry White, 16 October 2019
With the walkouts by Mack-Volvo truck workers and copper miners in Arizona and Texas, and the announcement of an impending strike by 30,000 Chicago teachers and support staff, the UAW is anxious to shut down the GM strike as soon as possible.
Chicago teachers expected to strike Thursday, as union pledges to limit it to a “short-term” walkout
By Kristina Betinis, 16 October 2019
Despite having dropped some of the union's demands and announced “a path to a settlement” with Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s school board, CTU leaders have said it is unlikely they can avert a strike.
By Tom Hall, 10 October 2019
The UAW’s response to the stand taken by Mexican workers in defense of US strikers is to demand Mexican workers be fired, supposedly to “save” American jobs.
By Shannon Jones and Jerry White, 10 October 2019
The threat to cut off the flow of cash through the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, is a message to union officials that they must quickly shut down the strike and impose Wall Street’s demands.
By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019
The UAW and GM are putting the finishing touches on their plan to sell their concessions deal.
By Shannon Jones, 2 October 2019
According to a statement, the UAW rejected a contract proposal from GM without indicating the content of management’s offer or revealing the terms of the union’s counterproposal.
By Jerry White, 2 October 2019
Although the strike has won popular support and hit the company’s bottom line, it cannot be won unless rank-and-file workers take the conduct of the struggle out of the hands of the UAW.
By Jerry White, 26 September 2019
The only explanation for the silence of the UAW is that it conspiring to impose another pro-company contract that workers will oppose.
By Tom Hall, 25 September 2019
The UAW is concerned above all with how to preserve its own institutional interests as it colludes in further job losses and plant closures.
By Jerry White, 25 September 2019
If the auto companies and Wall Street insist that they cannot afford the most basic rights of workers, this is an argument not to accept more concessions, but to get rid of capitalism.
The UAW’s $760 million strike fund: A bonanza for Solidarity House executives but only $250 per week for striking GM workers
By Eric London, 19 September 2019
The UAW’s refusal to provide adequate financial support for the strike exposes the unbridgeable conflict of interests between the union management and the rank and file.
By Joseph Kishore, 18 September 2019
The strike by American autoworkers refutes all those who have proclaimed the end of the class struggle, supposedly replaced by conflicts centered on race, gender and sexual orientation.
By Tom Hall, 18 September 2019
Autoworkers must be warned: the intervention by the Trump administration is not in their interests. All of their demands will be swept aside on the basis of lying promises about “saving” American jobs.
By Tom Hall, 18 September 2019
Police arrested at least five pickets as GM steps up its strikebreaking efforts against nearly 50,000 autoworkers participating in the third day of their national strike.
By Jerry White, 18 September 2019
Fiat-Chrysler workers in Michigan declare their support for the strike and their desire for a joint struggle with GM workers.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 18 September 2019
GM workers in Flint, the site of the 1936–37 sit-down strike, describe the significance of their battle against the giant corporation and decades of concessions accepted by the UAW.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 16 September 2019
Nearly 50,000 autoworkers have struck the biggest of the US-based automakers in the most significant strike by US industrial workers in decades.
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.
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.
By Richard Tyler, 12 September 2019
Corbyn might believe that the support of the trade unions can be spun as a pro-worker endorsement, but millions know better.
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.
“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 Will Morrow, 7 September 2019
The gathering discussed how the unions will suppress the opposition in the working class to the Macron administration’s historic assault.
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.
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 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 Samuel Davidson and Ed Hightower, 28 August 2019
The strikebreaking action by the CWA has given the telecom giant a free hand to impose sweeping concession demands on workers.
By Richard Tyler and Robert Stevens, 28 August 2019
Behind the scenes, the union and management had been meeting in a desperate bid to avert a strike and agree to a negotiated settlement.
By Ed Hightower, 27 August 2019
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) bargaining unit for the Southeastern US intends to send striking AT&T workers back to work tomorrow morning, according to exclusive footage taken today by a WSWS correspondent.
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.
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.”
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 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.
By Laurent Lafrance, 27 June 2019
Having isolated the ABI workers and promoted the lie that Quebec’s right-wing premier would come to their aid, the union is now turning to Québec Solidaire to give it a “left” cover.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 12 June 2019
Hück’s trajectory exposes the true character of the Social Democratic Party and its trade union allies.
By Jerry White, 18 May 2019
Fueled by declining real wages, new strikes by teachers, health care workers and other sections of the working class are erupting.
By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2019
Sanders presents Chinese workers, the largest single contingent of the international working class, as the enemy of American workers.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 April 2019
The union protests yesterday were called to promote the election of a yet another Labor government that will implement the demands of big business.
By Jerry White, 10 April 2019
The conviction on bribery charges of Jewell sheds light on the close connections between the UAW and the Democratic politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of an entire city.
By Hayden Johns, 2 April 2019
The fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant, who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, advocates the anti-immigrant, nationalist policies of the trade unions.
By Carl Bronski, 22 March 2019
Unifor will suspend its Save Oshawa GM publicity campaign on the basis of nothing more than the possibility of a slight adjustment in the plant’s closing schedule.
By Jerry White, 22 March 2019
Throughout months of supposed negotiations and the campaign to sell the concessions contract to workers, Jewell and other UAW negotiators were on the payroll of Fiat Chrysler.
By Jerry White, 19 March 2019
Norwood Jewell is the highest United Auto Workers official to be indicted to date in the corruption scandal engulfing the entire organization.
“Think of how many lives and families were ruined”
By Marcus Day, 19 March 2019
The announcement of charges against former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell has provoked widespread disgust and anger among workers.
By Shannon Jones, 14 March 2019
The supposed fight proclaimed by UAW leaders to “save jobs” is based on lowering the automakers' production costs in the US by imposing new give-backs on workers.
By Jerry White, 13 March 2019
150,000 workers at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler face a contract battle against the auto companies and the UAW this summer.
By Nancy Hanover, 12 March 2019
Amid increasing strikes and struggles in defense of public education across the US and the world, the teachers’ unions are launching a new initiative to stifle the class struggle and corral teachers behind the capitalist political parties.
By Alexander Fangmann, 20 February 2019
Despite hailing it as yet another “victory,” the union agreed to a deal that leaves conditions and teacher compensation at charter schools well below traditional public schools.
By Eddie Haywood, 14 February 2019
Tens of thousands of workers participated in the walkout, bringing economic activity to a near standstill across the country.
By Shannon Jones, 14 February 2019
An op-ed piece in the Detroit Free Press by United Auto Workers President Gary Jones makes it clear that the union plans to use the threat to jobs to blackmail workers into accepting a new round of concessions in the 2019 contracts.
The reality of capitalism: GM makes $11.8 billion in profits while closing plants, eliminating 14,000 jobs
By Jerry White, 7 February 2019
The huge profits, side-by-side with the destruction of entire communities, expose the real character of the capitalist system and why the working class must abolish it.
By Alan Whyte, 7 February 2019
Hill personified the transformed role of the unions, in both the public and private sectors, as junior partners of big business and the government in imposing attacks on jobs and living standards.
As Unifor escalates racist anti-Mexico campaign
By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2019
Unifor’s near-total silence about the courageous struggle of the Matamoras workers is of a piece with their reactionary campaign attacking Mexican workers for GM’s job massacre.
By Shannon Jones, 2 February 2019
As anger mounts over the GM’s plans to cut 15,000 jobs in the US and Canada, the United Auto Workers and Unifor are ramping up their anti-Mexican campaign to split autoworkers along national lines and block united action to fight the layoffs.
By Jerry White, 18 January 2019
The five-day strike by Los Angeles teachers has thrust educators into a direct conflict with the Democratic Party, which has used the city and the state as a test case for school privatization.
Following Oshawa GM sitdown protest, autoworkers fed poison of Canadian nationalism at Windsor rally
By Shannon Jones, 12 January 2019
Autoworkers attending a rally called by Unifor in Windsor, Ontario who were looking for a way to fight GM plant closures were instead hit with a strong dose of Canadian nationalism by union officials.
UAW lawsuit against GM pits temporary part-time workers against laid-off Lordstown workers over jobs
By Shannon Jones, 5 January 2019
In an effort to divert anger over its refusal to fight impending GM plant closures, the UAW has filed a lawsuit to force the dismissal of hundreds of temporary part-time workers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
By Carl Bronski, 22 December 2018
For decades, Unifor and the UAW have pitted workers against each other, helping the automakers to whip-saw jobs, wages, pensions and benefits back and forth across borders in a never-ending race to the bottom.
By Jerry White, 20 December 2018
Congresswoman-elect Tlaib and the other speakers accepted GM's destruction of jobs as an accomplished fact.
Union isolates Cambria hotel workers in Chicago as British Columbia and Los Angeles hotel employees protest
By Michael Walters, 15 December 2018
Hotel workers have been on strike for three months at the Cambria Hotel in Chicago under conditions where the UNITE HERE union has systemically shut down hotel strikes nationally.
By Carlos Hernández and Paul Mitchell, 14 December 2018
Union leaders made clear they called off the strike because of the political and social crisis that threatens the rule of the minority Socialist Party government.
Form rank-and-file committees
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 28 November 2018
The UAW, defying the will of its membership, is forcing a vote on virtually the same rotten deal Lear workers overwhelmingly rejected in October.
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.
By Ajanta Silva, 7 November 2018
These are the same people who deliberately sold a rotten pay offer and were the subject of members’ outrage when the real details of the deal came to light.
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.
By Laurent Lafrance, 15 October 2018
After decades of suppressing working class opposition to Liberal and PQ-led austerity governments, the unions are now offering their services to François Legault and his right-wing populist CAQ government.
Vote “yes” on resolution to force out Royal College of Nursing leadership! Build rank-and-file committees!
By NHS FightBack, 28 September 2018
The resolution gives voice to the growing rebellion among nurses and health workers against the RCN executive’s collusion with the Conservative government.
By Mike Head, 14 September 2018
The transformation of the unions into corporate operations cannot be explained by corruption and it is not unique to Australia.
By Jerry White, 3 September 2018
This year, Labor Day takes place amid a resurgence of class struggle in the US, bringing workers into direct conflict with the corporatist and anti-working class trade unions.
By Samuel Davidson, 31 August 2018
With US Steel and Arcelor demanding deep givebacks, the United Steelworkers union has made it clear it is opposed to any strike.
By Félix Gauthier, 24 August 2018
The entire history of the PQ shows it to be a faithful and ruthless defender of the interests of the Quebec bourgeoisie.
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 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.