Workers Issues in the US
Buenos Aires metro workers strike over asbestos in trains
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.
As UAW-company talks restart
By Nick Barrickman, 21 October 2019
Mack-Volvo workers face a conspiracy between the company and the United Auto Workers trade union, which is seeking to isolate them under conditions of growing class struggle.
By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2019
UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is now headed to prison for taking illegal payouts from Fiat Chrysler.
Form rank-and-file strike committees to expand the struggle!
By Kristina Betinis, 21 October 2019
The success of this struggle depends on a clear understanding of what teachers are up against—who are their friends and who are their enemies.
By Tom Hall, 19 October 2019
The contract creates the conditions for a vast expansion in the use of temporary employees, while the supposed “pathway” to regular employment is worthless.
“They sold us out again!”
By our reporters, 19 October 2019
The contract maintains the hated multi-tier wage and benefit system; creates the conditions for expanding the use of temporary workers; and sanctions the closure of four facilities.
As Chicago teachers strike completes second day, union and Democratic Party working together to shut it down
By George Gallanis, 19 October 2019
What is happening behind the scenes is not a genuine fight between the Lightfoot administration and the CTU and SEIU, but a discussion of tactics and plans to best ram through another sellout contract.
By Steve Filips, 19 October 2019
The strike by over 3,500 Mack-Volvo workers at production facilities in Pennsylvania and Maryland will force the layoff of 3,000 employees at the New River Valley Volvo Truck Assembly factory in Dublin, Virginia.
By Kristina Betinis, 18 October 2019
The Chicago Teachers Union is working closely with Democratic Party politicians who control the city to shut down the strike as quickly as possible and impose an agreement that conforms to the city’s demands.
By Tom Hall, 18 October 2019
The UAW is attempting to force through concessions that will set a new benchmark for exploitation for generations to come.
By William Frost, 18 October 2019
Educators in Park County, Colorado have walked out to demand living wages.
By a WSWS reporting team, 18 October 2019
Autoworkers on the General Motors picket lines, at Ford and Fiat Chrysler factories and on social media are denouncing the tentative agreement the United Auto Workers is trying to ram through.
By Jessica Goldstein, 18 October 2019
Mineworkers at Asarco have immense support from their brothers and sisters in the working class who are willing to fight with them, but the United Steelworkers, Teamsters and other unions are determined to keep them isolated.
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 Tom Hall, 17 October 2019
As at General Motors, a key goal of Mack Truck management is to maintain labor flexibility.
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 Jerry White, 15 October 2019
The United Auto Workers’ isolation of the month-long strike by GM workers can be broken if workers take the conduct of the struggle into their own hands, call out Ford and Fiat Chrysler and unify with Mack Truck strikers, copper miners and other workers.
By Samuel Davidson and Jessica Goldstein, 15 October 2019
The strike by Asarco copper miners in the US is part of a growing movement that includes miners and key sections of transport, service and industrial workers across the globe.
Chilean railway workers walk out; strike vote by Vancouver BC transit workers
15 October 2019
Workers at Ferroarriles del Pacífico struck eight cities in Chile over wages while 3,200 transit workers in Vancouver have voted to authorize strike action after months of futile negotiations.
Mack Truck, copper miners, Chicago teachers, gig economy workers
By Jerry White, 14 October 2019
If the month-long strike is to be won, autoworkers must take the fight into their own hands, end the isolation imposed by the UAW, and fight for an industry-wide shutdown.
By Kristina Betinis, 14 October 2019
CTU leaders announced on Saturday a proposal that will allow the district to “phase in” resources in a school system that has been denied the basics for decades.
By Tom Hall, 12 October 2019
Having isolated the strikers for four weeks, the UAW is moving to end the walkout on GM’s terms.
By Jerry White, 11 October 2019
The meeting with Barra takes place as the UAW continues to isolate the strike by 48,000 GM workers and tries to wear down opposition to another pro-company deal.
By Shannon Jones, 11 October 2019
There is nothing in the biography of Dittes that suggests that this longtime UAW bureaucrat is anything but a loyal hand raiser for the corrupt Solidarity House bureaucracy.
As UAW keeps Mack-Volvo workers on job past contract deadline, Daimler’s Freightliner Trucks cuts 900 jobs
By Steve Filips, 11 October 2019
A mass layoff of workers at Freightliner is part of a cascade of job losses aimed at bolstering profits across the transportation industry.
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 Eric London, 9 October 2019
The UAW is keeping workers in the dark as the strike has forced furloughs or layoffs of at least 150,000 workers across the auto industry.
By Kayla Costa, 9 October 2019
The development is a result of a recent group formed by workers at a delivery center in Sacramento, California, who submitted a petition of 78 signatures demanding the rehiring, full back pay, and paid time off for all part-time workers.
By Jessica Goldstein, 9 October 2019
The CDC investigation highlights the international character of the risk of silicosis, a deadly and incurable occupational lung disease, among stone fabrication workers.
Expand the strike to Ford and FCA!
By Eric London, 8 October 2019
The outcome of the strike will determine conditions of life for millions of workers across not just the auto industry, but all workplaces for years to come.
“We should all be out”
By Jerry White, 8 October 2019
Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant denounced the UAW for isolating GM workers and called for an all-out strike by GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers.
By Jacob Crosse, 8 October 2019
Beginning January 1, 2021, affected employees will no longer be allowed to make contributions to nor accrue additional benefits to their pension plan.
Public employees union blocks strike by 55,000 Ontario education workers
8 October 2019
A deal reached just before a midnight Sunday strike deadline by the Canadian Union of Public Employees ended the threat of a walkout by school support workers across the province that could have cancelled classes for up to 2 million students.
By Brian Brown, 7 October 2019
While the meatpacking industry has historically been a dirty and dangerous occupation, taking workers lives and limbs, a dangerous job will become a lot worse with the Trump administration pushing further de-regulation.
By Steve Filips, 4 October 2019
The October 1 contract deadline passed, however workers at two Volvo-Mack Trucks facilities were told by the UAW to stay at their posts until further notice.
By Kristina Betinis, 4 October 2019
Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants teachers to accept wage increases that barely rise above the inflation rate along with higher healthcare costs and more cuts to school services.
By Renae Cassimeda, 4 October 2019
Taking to the picket lines for the first time in 40 years, 1,200 public service workers are on strike at facilities throughout Santa Clara County, California.
By George Gallanis, 4 October 2019
With the assistance of the UAW, Deere is using a slump in sales to attack workers and increase profits.
GM strike at the crossroads
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 4 October 2019
The alternative to the conspiracy of GM and the UAW is for workers to form rank-and-file factory committees, extend the strike to Ford and Fiat Chrysler and mobilize the entire working class.
By Marcus Day, 3 October 2019
The UAW and GM are putting the finishing touches on their plan to sell their concessions deal.
By Eddie Haywood, 3 October 2019
Bezos, net worth $115 billion, makes enough money in 2 to 6 hours to more than cover the cost of an entire year of benefits for all of the workers facing cuts.
By our reporters, 3 October 2019
Hundreds have been thrown out of work following the collapse of manufacturer Wrightbus last month.
By Andrea Lobo, 2 October 2019
The firings as well as the shutdown at the GM Silao Complex further demonstrate the common fate of workers across the border and the international character of the working class.
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.
GM workers livid over $250 strike pay, as UAW uses economic pressure to break resistance to concessions
By Jerry White, 1 October 2019
While Wall Street is bankrolling GM for a long and bitter strike, the UAW has put 48,000 striking workers on starvation-level strike benefits.
A call to action:
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE)–US, 1 October 2019
The IYSSE calls on students and youth throughout the US and the world to actively support the 48,000 striking General Motors workers and to bring them an international and socialist perspective.
BC municipal workers authorize strike
1 October 2019
The threatened strike by municipal workers in Coldstream, British Columbia comes as 1,000 hotel workers are continuing their strike in Vancouver and 3,000 BC forestry workers remain on strike against Western Forest Products.
By Tom Hall, 28 September 2019
More than 200 autoworkers and other sections of the working class discussed an international perspective to win the General Motors strike in a call-in meeting Thursday hosted by the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.
By Kristina Betinis, 28 September 2019
The 94 percent authorization vote is a powerful expression of opposition to the conditions imposed by decades of Democratic mayoral administrations.
By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2019
The nurses returned to work on Wednesday without any resolution of their grievances.
By Tom Hall, 27 September 2019
Media commentators feared the cutoff of healthcare would backfire, with the Detroit Free Press likening it to “pouring gas on the fire,” and only harden workers’ resolve against both GM and the UAW.
“It would be wonderful if the strike expanded to the other auto plants”
By our reporter, 27 September 2019
General Motors is seeking to replicate the highly exploitative conditions existing in the auto parts industry into its assembly plants, counting on the collaboration of the UAW.
By Kevin Martinez, 27 September 2019
The strike planned for October 15 has been called off after a tentative agreement was reached without any input from Kaiser Permanente’s 85,000 workers.
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 Gustav Kemper, 26 September 2019
The IG Metall trade unions supports the strategy of Siemens management to hive off the company’s energy division as a separate business and launch it on the stock market. This will lead to thousands of jobs being destroyed and working conditions being “renegotiated.”
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.
As walkout leads to layoffs across North America
By Jerry White, 24 September 2019
Officials from the United Auto Workers and GM are plotting how to beat back the resistance of striking workers and impose a new round of concessions that will shape the future of the global auto industry.
“We all face the same thing:” GM strikers in Flint defend Mexican workers fired for making international appeal
By Sheila Brehm and George Kirby, 24 September 2019
The decline of Flint is the product of the policies pursued jointly by the UAW and General Motors.
Argentine teachers set for national strike; Vancouver B.C. hotel workers walk out
24 September 2019
Argentine teachers have set a September 25 date for a nationwide strike to press wage demands while 1,000 hospitality workers in Vancouver, British Columbia have launched an indefinite strike
By Tom Hall, 21 September 2019
Statements from credit agencies and the financial press demonstrate that striking GM workers are not simply confronting GM CEO Mary Barra and other executives, but the entire capitalist class.
“We will not submit, and we will not bow out.”
By Marcus Day and Evan Blake, 21 September 2019
Over 300 workers from the US, Mexico, Canada and other countries participated in the second WSWS Autoworker Newsletter online forum, with many expressing their desire to expand the GM strike.
“Go on strike ‘til you get it right!”
By Kathleen Martin, 21 September 2019
The former autoworker spoke to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about life in the auto plants and why he supports the striking workers.
“Take control of the struggle!” Logistics workers at UPS and FedEx support GM strike, warn of union treachery
By George Marlowe, 21 September 2019
Workers at UPS, where the Teamsters union forced through a sellout last year, and at FedEx are closely watching the GM strike and support a unified struggle of the working class.
By Benjamin Mateus, 21 September 2019
More than 2,200 nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center who conducted a one-day strike face a five-day lockout as temporary nurses were hired to fill in.
By Alex Johnson, 20 September 2019
One in four nurses is assaulted on the job on any given day as the healthcare crisis creates a toxic workplace environment.
By Mike Ingram, 20 September 2019
A year after a series of explosions left one city and two towns in Massachusetts burning, the impact is still being felt by residents.
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 Jerry White and Tom Hall, 19 September 2019
Autoworkers are fighting not only General Motors executives, but also Wall Street and powerful global investors who demand further attacks on the working class to fuel the endless rise on the stock markets.
“The union is a company now”
Striking GM autoworkers call for expansion of strike to Ford and Fiat Chrysler, denounce UAW sabotage
By Tom Hall, 19 September 2019
Workers are determined to fight the auto companies but have no confidence in the United Auto Workers to carry out a struggle.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 September 2019
The walkout would be the largest strike in the US since 1997 and follow close on the heels of the strike by 46,000 GM autoworkers which began at midnight Sunday.
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 Dmitri Church and Harvey Simpkins, 17 September 2019
The overwhelming votes changed the BSO musicians’ struggle from a summer lockout into a full-scale strike.
By Dan Conway, 17 September 2019
Teachers in southern Alaska will begin strike activity Tuesday, joining the mass upsurge of teachers in the US and around the globe who have, over the past two years, come out in force to fight for decent pay and benefits and better conditions for students.
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.
By The WSWS Editorial Board, 16 September 2019
The strike by 46,000 GM auto workers marks a major escalation of class struggle in the United States and internationally.
Updated 5:35 PM EDT
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 15 September 2019
The UAW announced a nationwide strike at General Motors at a press conference Sunday in downtown Detroit. The strike will officially begin at midnight tonight.
“They’re stealing from us, who have nothing!”
By our reporters, 14 September 2019
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter encountered widespread opposition among workers to the UAW-company conspiracy in the course of campaigns at auto plants on Saturday.
UAW President Jones, former President Williams identified as co-conspirators in corruption scandal one day before contracts expire
By Tom Hall, 14 September 2019
With only hours to go before the expiration of the auto contract, the current and former presidents of the UAW have been exposed as gangsters and the “union” as a criminal syndicate.
By Shannon Jones, 14 September 2019
As the contract deadline for 158,000 autoworkers nears its expiration this weekend, workers at the Detroit automakers say they are ready to walk out to win back decades of concessions.
By Kathleen Martin, 14 September 2019
The fire department immediately shut down the Stone Warehouse shop after the accident for multiple safety violations.
By Andrew Timon, 14 September 2019
After five train derailments so far this year—and an astounding 43 from 2014 to 2018—along with mass delays and commuter outrage over fare hikes, the MBTA is in crisis mode.
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.
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.
By Tom Hall, 12 September 2019
The arrest, the 10th so far in the FBI corruption probe, greatly increases the possibility of criminal indictments against UAW President Gary Jones.
UAW threatens workers with starvation strike pay as contract deadline at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler looms
By Tom Hall, 12 September 2019
While workers are preparing for strike action, the UAW, which forced through concessions for years in exchange for company bribes, is doing everything it can to sabotage a struggle.
“It would be great for workers from different countries to band together”
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 September 2019
GM workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which is threatened with closure, said they were ready to walk out and expressed support for striking GM workers in South Korea.
By Kevin Reed, 11 September 2019
Six years after the bankruptcy of Detroit, the ruling class is once again pilfering the public treasury.
By Jerry White, 11 September 2019
Just days before 158,000 US autoworkers face a contract deadline, GM workers in Korea and Mexico have entered the battle, underscoring the need to unify autoworkers across national borders.
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.