Auto Workers Issues

Unifor and Detroit Three use job threats to beat back demands of Canadian autoworkers

By Carl Bronski, 26 July 2016

With labour agreements covering 23,500 Canadian autoworkers expiring on September 19, Unifor and the Big Three are preparing to exchange proposals for a new four-year deal.

US government investigates allegations Fiat-Chrysler falsified sales figures

By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2016

The auto company confirmed that it is under investigation by both the SEC and the FBI for an alleged scheme to pad its monthly sales totals.

Oversaw 1979 Chrysler concessions

Former UAW official Marc Stepp dies

By Shannon Jones, 7 July 2016

The sweeping concessions Stepp and other union officials imposed on Chrysler workers were a milestone in the corporatist degeneration of the UAW and the American labor movement as a whole.

Volkswagen: 700 workers lose their jobs in Germany

By Dietmar Henning, 5 July 2016

The VW board is using the company’s current crisis to make long-planned cuts in its workforce, relying heavily on the IG Metall trade union and its related works councils.

UAW exposes secret 2014 deal with Volkswagen to recognize union

By Shannon Jones, 28 June 2016

Behind the backs of workers who had voted to reject UAW affiliation, the union tops conspired with management to unilaterally impose the UAW on a recalcitrant workforce.

Canadian autoworkers face fight against threatened plant closings

By Carl Bronski, 22 June 2016

As in the US, the Detroit automakers and the Canadian unions are using the threat of plant closings to ram through concessionary contracts.

Canada: Unifor prepares to cede further concessions to Detroit Three automakers

By Carl Bronski, 15 June 2016

Faced with company threats to further slash auto production in Canada, Unifor is signaling its readiness to impose concession-filled contracts to fatten shareholder profits.

Two UAW officials injured in shooting near Ford Chicago Assembly Plant

By Marcus Day, 7 June 2016

Two United Auto Workers officials were shot in a dispute Friday night following the announcement of the union’s local election results.

UAW endorses Clinton, “Wall Street’s presidential darling”

By Jerry White, 27 May 2016

The UAW’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton underscores the immense chasm between the corporatist organization and the workers it claims to represent.

Socialist Equality Party candidates campaign at Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck plant

By WSWS reporting team, 27 May 2016

Many autoworkers expressed anger that the United Auto Workers is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for US president.

Hedge fund buy-in heralds massive assault on Volkswagen workers

By Dietmar Henning, 14 May 2016

The British hedge fund TCI is planning to slash jobs, cut wages and impose speedup.

Volkswagen board pockets €63 million in 2015

By Dietmar Henning, 10 May 2016

Despite the exhaust emissions scandal and record losses, the nine members of the VW Executive Board were paid €10 million more in 2015 than the previous year.

Another expanded recall of airbags prone to deadly explosions

By Shannon Jones, 7 May 2016

The recall will still leave millions of vehicles with a potentially deadly airbag defect on the road.

General Motors posts record first-quarter profits

By Shannon Jones, 22 April 2016

The profit figures underscore the value of the 2015 GM-UAW contract to the giant automaker and its wealthiest investors, including the United Auto Workers bureaucracy.

Ford announces new small-vehicle plant in Mexico

By Marc Wells, 22 April 2016

Ford Motor Co. unveiled its plan to invest $1.6 billion to build a new small-vehicle plant in Mexico which will employ 2,800 workers.

Ex-car czar Steven Rattner touts Obama’s “pro-worker” record

By Shannon Jones, 15 April 2016

Investment banker and New York Times columnist Rattner, former head of Obama’s Auto Task force, cynically portrays Obama as a tireless advocate of the working man.

Anger mounts over hidden contract terms

Ford workers denounce UAW-backed poverty wages at Michigan stamping plant

By Tim Rivers, 14 April 2016

The UAW agreed to a “competitive wage structure” that will reduce wages to as low as $9 an hour at the Woodhaven Hot Metal Forming plant, just south of Detroit.

“I am certain the UAW knew about this. They sell us out all the time.”

Facing layoffs, Detroit area Fiat Chrysler workers denounce UAW

By Shannon Jones, 12 April 2016

A WSWS reporting team spoke to workers Monday at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) where 1,300 workers are set to be laid off July 5.

Nexteer Automotive workers report arbitrary firings, harassment

By Shannon Jones, 11 April 2016

Three months after the United Auto Workers rammed through a sellout deal, workers are being victimized and are discovering contract concessions not previously disclosed by the UAW.

Video: Detroit autoworkers speak on Fiat Chrysler layoffs

By Zac Corrigan and Shannon Jones, 9 April 2016

In this video, autoworkers react to the recent layoff of over 1,400 Fiat Chrysler workers in suburban Detroit.

Fiat Chrysler layoffs hit workers in suburban Detroit

By Jerry White, 8 April 2016

The announcement that Fiat Chrysler is cutting 1,420 jobs at its Sterling Heights assembly plant foreshadows a new wave of downsizing in the auto industry.

“When the UAW folks play golf with the Fiat folks, what do you expect?”

Fiat Chrysler workers react to Sterling Heights Assembly job cuts

By Shannon Jones, 8 April 2016

Workers who spoke to the World Socialist Web Site at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant said the 2015 contract betrayal by the United Auto Workers helped set the stage for the latest layoffs

Fiat Chrysler axing 1,400 jobs at Sterling Heights, Michigan plant

By Shannon Jones, 7 April 2016

The company is permanently eliminating one shift at the passenger car plant in suburban Detroit due to slumping sales.

Mexican Nissan workers in two-day strike

By Shannon Jones, 5 April 2016

The walkout by more than 5,000 workers brought production to a halt at the Nissan plant in the industrial City of the Valley of Cuernavaca.

GM found not liable in bellwether case over ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 4 April 2016

The case was chosen by GM because evidence of corporate malfeasance appeared weakest.

“They got away with murder for profit”

Michigan will not sanction GM attorneys involved in cover-up of ignition defect

By Shannon Jones, 29 March 2016

To date, no top GM official has been held to account for the decade-long cover-up of an ignition defect responsible for at least 124 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Indian auto workers fight to defend wages and conditions

By Arun Kumar, 26 March 2016

Workers at major car makers including Maruti Suzuki, Honda Motors and Tata, as well as auto-related companies, have been involved in plant occupations, strikes, rallies and marches.

St. Louis autoworkers bar UAW vice president from their Facebook page

By Jerry White, 23 March 2016

GM workers in Wentzville, Missouri blocked Cindy Estrada from their page in order to prevent her from spying for the UAW International and the company.

India: Tata workers end strike after being isolated by the unions

By Arun Kumar, 23 March 2016

The trade unions, mainly those led by Stalinists, played a key role in pushing Tata auto workers to end the strike.

UAW seeks to ram through contract at Volvo

By Shelly Connor, 21 March 2016

The UAW reportedly reached a last-minute agreement with Volvo, but refused to provide workers with the full contract, following a pattern it has employed many times before.

UAW discussing lower pay rate at Lear in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 19 March 2016

The UAW is seeking a deal that will expand its dues income by creating a lower-paid tier of workers at the US-based automobile seat maker.

UAW pushes local deals past opposition at GM Lordstown plant

By Jerry White, 18 March 2016

Union officials made it clear that they would force workers to vote again and again until they approved a local contract.

Slumping car sales lead to extended layoff of Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights workers

By Shannon Jones, 15 March 2016

Last week Fiat Chrysler announced that what had originally been scheduled as a six-week layoff would be extended for another three weeks.

Detroit autoworkers discuss Trump, US election campaign

By our reporters, 4 March 2016

One day before Trump’s rally in Warren, Michigan, Fiat Chrysler workers at the truck assembly plant in the suburban Detroit city spoke about the rise of the extreme right candidate.

Autoworkers support challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

By Shannon Jones, 1 March 2016

An internal UAW Local 600 hearing on the challenge to the ratification vote by a Ford skilled trade worker is set for Thursday.

Michigan autoworker files challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

By Eric London, 26 February 2016

A worker at Ford’s Dearborn Truck plant is continuing to pursue his allegations of fraud during the 2015 contract ratification vote in the face of stonewalling by the United Auto Workers.

India: Tata Nano auto workers strike over suspensions

By Arun Kumar and Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2016

The Nano workers’ strike is a sign of the growing social unrest created by the deteriorating living and working conditions of workers throughout India.

Downsizing begins as Fiat Chrysler seeks merger partner

By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2016

The plans by CEO Sergio Marchionne to eliminate small car production as part of a potential merger call into question the future of thousands of jobs at the company’s US operations.

In Detroit visit, Sanders promotes the UAW and economic nationalism

By Jerry White, 17 February 2016

Just months after the UAW rammed pro-company deals past the opposition of rank-and-file autoworkers, the self-described “democratic socialist” praised the discredited organization.

In wake of VW scandal European Parliament relaxes emissions regulations

By Jan Peters and Dietmar Henning, 16 February 2016

Last autumn, it was revealed that Volkswagen manipulated the emissions readings in 11 million diesel vehicles and hundreds of thousands of petrol models.

UAW President Dennis Williams denounces role of “outside groups” in 2015 auto contract negotiations

By Shannon Jones, 13 February 2016

The remarks expressed the concern of the UAW leadership over growing signs of militancy and social anger in the working class in Michigan and throughout the country.

More recalls of Takata exploding airbags

By Shannon Jones, 6 February 2016

Recalls have proceeded in a piecemeal fashion since 2008, when Honda first publicly reported the deadly defect.

“GM will do anything for profits and stockholders”

US autoworkers speak on record profits

By our reporter, 4 February 2016

Workers said the record profits being recorded by the Detroit automakers were paid for by the blood and sweat of workers.

GM skilled trades worker killed at Defiance, Ohio factory

By Shannon Jones, 4 February 2016

50-year-old Terry Bodenbender, father of two, was working on an overhead crane when he plunged to his death Tuesday afternoon.

Autoworkers speak on Flint water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 22 January 2016

Workers expressed their solidarity with the people of Flint who are suffering from lead poisoning due to the criminal actions of state, local and federal authorities.

US auto companies announce big payout to stockholders

By Shannon Jones, 15 January 2016

The huge sums now being handed out to investors expose the lies by the UAW that there was no more money on the table in the 2015 auto contract negotiations.

Autoworkers support Detroit teachers’ fight

By our reporters, 14 January 2016

Autoworkers have spoken out in defense of Detroit teachers who have launched a series of sickouts in defense of public education.

Worker killed in Ohio Honda plant

By David Brown, 8 January 2016

The contract worker died as Honda draws large profits and continues to recall defective airbags responsible for nine deaths.

Freightliner announces nearly 1,000 layoffs at North Carolina plant

By Jerry White, 6 January 2016

The layoff announcement follows similar job cuts and UAW-sanctioned attacks on workers at Volvo, Navistar and other truck manufacturers in the US.

UAW local publishes blacklist of workers who opt out of dues payment

By Eric London, 5 January 2016

The anti-democratic move by Local 412 in suburban Detroit is aimed at victimizing workers who criticize the UAW’s collusion with corporate management.

2016 will be a year of escalating class struggle

By Jerry White, 4 January 2016

Class conflict will become an ever-more dominant feature of life in 2016 as the ruling classes in the US and around the world demand that workers pay for the global economic crisis.

Worker crushed to death after wall collapses at Chicago Ford plant

By Marcus Day, 4 January 2016

One worker was killed and another critically injured Saturday after a concrete wall collapsed at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, the company’s oldest continually operating factory.

Analyst says US auto contracts will not increase labor costs

By Shannon Jones, 31 December 2015

Despite claims by the UAW that the agreements were among the richest in history, the overall labor costs at the Detroit automakers will remain essentially unchanged.

Dictatorship conditions at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant: Part Two

With UAW complicity, Ford fires workers for voicing opposition

By Eric London, 30 December 2015

A local UAW official confirmed that at least a dozen workers have been fired from the Kansas City plant for comments posted on Facebook, and the union has done nothing.

Dictatorship conditions at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant: Part One

Autoworker crushed to death in conveyer belt catastrophe

By Eric London, 29 December 2015

The deceased worker leaves behind a wife and small children. Meanwhile, Ford keeps hush, the UAW blames workers and the government said it will not investigate the workplace tragedy.

Walter Reuther and the rise and fall of the UAW

By Tom Mackaman, 23 December 2015

Walter Reuther’s biography has much to teach workers about the transformation of the trade unions into reactionary adjuncts of the corporations and the government.

Nexteer workers denounce UAW after ratification of sellout deal

By our reporters, 22 December 2015

Just days after the UAW pushed through a new five-year agreement, workers at the former GM steering complex spoke out against the union-management conspiracy to push through the deal.

After the Big Three contracts

Auto companies cheat retirees while posting record sales

By Eric London, 21 December 2015

As auto sales hit new records, an autoworker at GM’s Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Indiana explained how workers are being cheated of their signing bonuses.

“They want this contract shoved down our throats”

UAW claims ratification of Nexteer sellout as lies exposed

By Shannon Jones, 19 December 2015

Broad sections of Nexteer workers remain opposed to the latest sellout in the face of UAW-company threats, lies and intimidation.

Widespread opposition as voting begins on second UAW-Nexteer deal

By Jerry White, 18 December 2015

Auto parts workers at the former GM complex in Saginaw, Michigan expressed their opposition to the UAW-backed sellout when they came to vote on Thursday.

Low-wage America

Detroit auto parts worker endures homelessness, surrenders custody of children

By our reporter, 17 December 2015

Dwayne Cole and Siretha Lattimore made the wrenching decision to hand their children over to state custody after being homeless for a year, despite Dwayne’s full-time job at an auto parts factory.

Vote “No” on UAW-Nexteer sellout deal!

Build factory committees to mobilize all autoworkers in a common struggle

By Jerry White, 17 December 2015

The new deal is not a “contract” in any real sense but a slave’s charter, with the UAW imposing management’s demands for poverty wages and a dictatorship on the shop floor.

Nexteer workers challenge UAW officials at contract information meetings

By Jerry White, 16 December 2015

Workers grilled UAW officials with angry questions Tuesday, amidst widespread opposition to a second sellout deal at the former GM steering complex in Saginaw, Michigan.

Volvo truck plant lays off 734 workers ahead of contract deadline

By Ed Hightower, 16 December 2015

The layoffs are a familiar tactic designed to wear down workers so they will accept a sellout contract.

After the contract at Fiat Chrysler: UAW and company cheat workers of pay

By Eric London, 16 December 2015

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with workers at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in Ohio who said anger is widespread over the impact of the new contract.

“Everyone’s eyes are opening up now that they are reading the contract”

Nexteer workers express anger and opposition to new contract deal

By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2015

The United Auto Workers is holding so-called information meetings, starting today, with Saginaw, Michigan workers voting on the second deal Thursday and Friday.

UAW official pushing Nexteer sellout lashes out at Autoworker Newsletter

By Jerry White, 15 December 2015

Facing a rebellion over efforts to push through another rotten contract, a UAW International executive took to Facebook to denounce autoworkers and the WSWS.

Letter from Indiana autoworker to Nexteer workers: Contract is a bad deal for skilled trades

By our reporter, 14 December 2015

An Indiana autoworker who read sections of the Nexteer contract has a warning for Nexteer skilled trades.

Ten facts autoworkers need to know about the Nexteer tentative agreement

By Eric London, 14 December 2015

If accepted, the UAW-Nexteer contract will guarantee four-and-a-half years of poverty wages, dictatorial plant conditions and record profits for the company.

As details of new tentative agreement emerge

Workers oppose UAW-Nexteer divide-and-conquer tactics

By Eric London, 12 December 2015

The UAW is working with Nexteer to trick workers into voting for a sellout deal that will ensure high corporate profits at the workers’ expense.

Opel Bochum: Few new jobs a year after plant closure

By Dietmar Henning, 12 December 2015

2,500 former Opel workers will soon face unemployment.

Nexteer victimizes dozens of workers as UAW prepares new sellout

By Eric London, 11 December 2015

Nexteer management has fired up to 30 workers at its Saginaw, Michigan complex in a move to break the resistance of the rank and file to a new UAW-backed concessions deal.

Celebrating the sellout: UAW sends negotiators on paid vacation at exclusive Miami resort

By Eric London, 11 December 2015

The day after ramming through the sellout contract at Ford, the UAW sent out an internal memo to the UAW-Ford negotiators announcing a celebratory trip to South Beach on the workers’ dime.

“If you don’t put a stop to it now, it will never stop”

Kohler strike in fourth week

By Shannon Jones, 11 December 2015

Contract talks are in progress as the UAW continues isolation of the strike.

“If we as workers were to stand up, what kind of a statement would that make worldwide?”

Nexteer workers’ anger grows as UAW prepares to ram through new sellout deal

By Eric London, 10 December 2015

Workers at Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Michigan denounced the UAW for calling off a 20-hour strike without telling workers anything about the alleged new tentative agreement.

Video: Nexteer workers speak on the picket line

By our reporters, 10 December 2015

The WSWS spoke to strikers in Saginaw before the UAW called off the 20-hour strike, ordering them back to work without a chance to vote on a new deal.

“Your resolve to stand up… is something to be admired”

Ford workers call for joint struggle with Nexteer workers

By our reporters, 10 December 2015

As Saginaw, Michigan auto parts workers face the combined forces of Nexteer and the UAW, workers at Ford pledged their support and called for a common fight.

After less than 24 hours, UAW shuts down Nexteer strike

By Jerry White, 9 December 2015

With consummate contempt for workers, the UAW ordered Nexteer strikers to return to their jobs less than a day after the walkout began and before they could see the new agreement.

Nexteer autoworkers on strike denounce UAW-Nexteer contract

By Thomas Gaist, 9 December 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to workers prior to an announcement late on Tuesday that the UAW was calling off the strike.

Over 3,300 auto parts workers strike in Saginaw, Michigan

The way forward for Nexteer workers

By Jerry White, 8 December 2015

The striking Nexteer workers deserve and need the support of all autoworkers and every section of the working class in the US and internationally.

After the “no” vote at Nexteer: A message from a Ford worker

By Eric London, 8 December 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke to a Ford worker in Louisville, Kentucky on the struggle at Nexteer and the lessons of the contract fight at the Big Three auto companies.

Massive “no” vote by Nexteer workers rejects UAW sellout

By our reporting team, 7 December 2015

An overwhelming 97 percent of workers at the former GM complex in Saginaw, Michigan defeated the deal, which maintains poverty level wages.

Nexteer workers denounce UAW-company alliance following overwhelming “no” vote

By Eric London, 7 December 2015

Sunday’s 97.5 percent “no” vote is an overwhelming repudiation of the United Auto Workers and another sign of the deep anger and opposition in the working class as a whole.

Vote “no” on UAW-Nexteer sellout

Build a rank-and-file factory committee to fight the auto companies!

By Shannon Jones, 5 December 2015

The Autoworker Newsletter urges Nexteer workers to move immediately to build a rank-and-file factory committee as the true representative voice of workers in opposition to both management and their UAW stooges.

Resistance grows as UAW seeks to ram through Nexteer sellout

By Jerry White, 4 December 2015

There is widespread opposition to the UAW’s effort to impose yet another concessions contract on 3,400 auto parts workers at the Nexteer complex in Saginaw, Michigan.

Behind the UAW-IG Metall transnational partnership

By Shannon Jones, 3 December 2015

The pact between the United Auto Workers and the German labor federation is an alliance of corrupt bureaucratic apparatuses for the suppression of the working class.

UAW reaches sellout deal with Nexteer Automotive

By Jerry White, 2 December 2015

The UAW reached an agreement with Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Michigan, two days after sanctioning the closure of the Mitsubishi plant in Illinois, wiping out 1,250 jobs.

“This is a great agreement for our company”

Ford execs, Wall Street investors gloat over new UAW contract

By Jerry White, 1 December 2015

Ford boss Mark Field told investors the new agreement with the United Auto Workers would cost the automaker less than 1.5 percent more per year, below the current rate of inflation.

Report: UAW auto contracts no threat to Big Three profits

By Shannon Jones, 30 November 2015

The business press is gloating over the fact that the new contracts imposed on autoworkers by the UAW are tailored to the needs of the auto bosses.

Unifor prepares Canadian autoworkers for more concessions after UAW sellout deals

By Carl Bronski, 30 November 2015

Declarations that “job security” is the top priority of Unifor officials is coded language intended to convey that the union will attempt to push through more wage and benefit cuts.

UAW moves to wrap up concessions contracts for Nexteer workers, component drivers

By Shannon Jones, 28 November 2015

After pushing through sellout agreements at the Big Three, the UAW is planning similar contracts for parts companies.

“All our local union officials are ignoring us and hiding from us”

UAW, media silent on allegations of fraud in Ford contract vote

By Shannon Jones, 26 November 2015

It is nearly one week since the conclusion of the vote at Ford, and there has been no reaction by the corporate media or the United Auto Workers to widespread claims of vote rigging.

VW workers to bear the cost of emissions scandal

By Dietmar Henning, 26 November 2015

The VW group works council and the IG Metall union are working behind the scenes to pass the costs onto the workforce through job losses and wage cuts.

“It seems it was going to pass regardless.”

Accusations mount of UAW vote-rigging in Ford contract ratification

By Shannon Jones, 24 November 2015

Attention in particular is focused on UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan where a huge “yes” vote allegedly provided the margin for ratification by a razor-thin 51 percent.

The UAW’s illegitimate vote at Ford

Form rank-and-file factory committee to carry forward the fight!

By Jerry White, 24 November 2015

The resort to fraud by the UAW has taught thousands of workers that the United Auto Workers is nothing but a corporate syndicate of cheap labor contractors.

Lessons of the autoworkers’ battle

By Jerry White, 23 November 2015

The resort to gangster-like methods has further discredited the UAW and taught workers that the only way they can defend their interests is by casting off the dead weight of this corporate-labor syndicate.