Auto Workers Issues

Growing suspicion among workers after UAW claims Deere contract was ratified

By Eric London and George Gallanis, 6 October 2015

The United Auto Workers is giving workers every reason to be suspicious of its announcement that its six-year contract, covering 11,000 John Deere workers, was ratified.

UAW president denounces “outside groups” for defeat of Fiat Chrysler deal

By Jerry White, 6 October 2015

The UAW is blaming the stunning defeat of its sellout contract on outside agitators, in an unstated reference to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter .

UAW claims John Deere contract ratified despite widespread opposition

By our reporter, 5 October 2015

The United Auto Workers colluded with management to quickly ram through a sellout contract covering more than 11,000 John Deere workers.

“Workers are going to need to stand up against this”

Deere workers denounce sellout contract

By our reporters, 5 October 2015

Supporters of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke with John Deere workers in Illinois and Iowa before and after the contract vote Sunday.

UAW to meet with Fiat Chrysler executives in bid to push through new sellout deal

By Jerry White, 5 October 2015

Cosmetic changes, including an increase in the signing bonus, are being floated as the UAW and Fiat Chrysler plot to force through a new contract against mass opposition.

After landslide “no” vote on Fiat Chrysler contract, UAW declares no better deal possible

By Joseph Kishore, 3 October 2015

Both the UAW and Fiat Chrysler are scrambling to find some way to push through a pro-company deal in the face of overwhelming opposition from autoworkers.

UAW tells John Deere workers nothing in run-up to vote on Sunday

By George Gallanis and Eric London, 3 October 2015

The WSWS urges John Deere workers to reject what can only be a rotten sellout and join forces with autoworkers in a joint struggle against the corporations and the UAW.

Workers have the right to know what’s in the contract

Reject UAW effort to ram through sellout deal!

For a unified fight of Deere, Fiat Chrysler and all autoworkers!

3 October 2015

If the UAW can blackmail 11,000 Deere workers into accepting this, the Solidarity House leadership thinks it will bolster its efforts to beat back the resistance of Fiat Chrysler, Ford and GM workers.

The significance of the “no” vote at Fiat Chrysler

By Joseph Kishore, 2 October 2015

The vote is the beginning of a counteroffensive by autoworkers against attacks that have spanned decades, from the first Chrysler concessions contract in 1979 to the government-backed bankruptcy and restructuring of the auto industry in 2009.

After the “no” vote: The way forward for autoworkers

2 October 2015

With the Chrysler “no” vote, autoworkers have seized the initiative. The question now is: What next?

UAW working with Ford to ensure minimal impact of possible strike in Kansas City

By Eric London, 2 October 2015

The UAW is helping the company move production to Michigan so any strike in Kansas City would have no impact on corporate profits.

After workers defeat Fiat Chrysler deal, UAW and auto bosses plot counter-attack

By Jerry White, 1 October 2015

The United Auto Workers has called union officials to Detroit today following the landslide defeat of its efforts to ram a pro-company deal past 40,000 Fiat Chrysler workers.

“Workers are beginning to see through the lies”

Autoworkers hail “no” vote at Fiat Chrysler

By our reporters, 1 October 2015

As the FCA-UAW agreement went down in flames, autoworkers throughout the country spoke to the WSWS about the significance of the vote and the way forward.

Company announces agreement on six-year contract

Deere workers face fight against UAW and farm equipment giant

By George Gallanis, 1 October 2015

The UAW will hold a vote on Sunday, giving workers as little time as possible to study the deal, with no details will released to the public.

Two more plants overwhelmingly reject UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal, ensuring its defeat

By Joseph Kishore, 30 September 2015

With a rejection of the deal now a near certainty, the UAW and the auto companies are working behind the scenes to plan the next stage in their conspiracy against autoworkers.

As opposition to UAW sellout grows, union hack denounces WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

By Eric London, 30 September 2015

In the face of the emerging militancy of the working class, the UAW and its supporters have a message of their own to autoworkers: sit down, shut up, and do as we say.

Thirty years since the Canadian split from the UAW: Lessons for today

By Carl Bronski, 30 September 2015

The claims that there was a “Canadian” road to defend autoworkers from the globally organized auto companies have been proven disastrous.

Fiat Chrysler workers challenge UAW vote count at Warren Truck

By Shannon Jones, 30 September 2015

Workers at the suburban Detroit factory expressed suspicion that the UAW rigged the vote to overcome widespread opposition to the sellout agreement.

Fiat Chrysler workers challenge UAW vote count at Warren Truck

By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2015

Workers at the suburban Detroit factory expressed suspicion that the UAW rigged the vote to overcome widespread opposition to the sellout agreement.

A revealing clash between Toledo Jeep workers and UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell

By Jerry White, 29 September 2015

Jewell, the chief architect of the Fiat-Chrysler sellout deal, was confronted by angry Jeep workers Sunday.

Hyundai autoworkers in South Korea strike for better wages

By Ben McGrath, 29 September 2015

Auto manufacturers like Hyundai and GM Korea are demanding wage cuts and speedups as well as the casualization of the workforce.

German government and EU Commission complicit in Volkswagen scandal

By Peter Schwarz, 29 September 2015

The leadership of the Volkswagen group, the German government and the EU Commission knew about the manipulation of emissions readings in diesel vehicles for years.

UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal expands network of anti-worker joint programs

By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2015

The labor-management programs provide lucrative payoffs to hundreds of UAW officials.

Fiat Chrysler workers sending UAW-backed deal to defeat

By Jerry White, 28 September 2015

Autoworkers at most of the automakers’ US plants have already voted “no” on the sellout agreement, which will attack jobs, wages and health benefits.

UAW’s Norwood Jewell denounces autoworkers at Toledo meeting

By Thomas Gaist, 28 September 2015

Toledo autoworkers denounced the agreement between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler, with the UAW vice president alternating between pleading for support and lambasting workers.

“Conditions are verging on an explosion”

Bowling Green, Kentucky autoworker speaks out

By Naomi Spencer, 28 September 2015

An autoworker with two decades of experience spoke to the WSWS about worsening conditions in the GM facility where the Corvette is manufactured.

Autoworkers in major plants vote overwhelmingly against UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Eric London, 26 September 2015

Thousands of workers across the US are rejecting the sellout agreement as opposition to the UAW-FCA alliance deepens.

The political issues in the Volkswagen scandal

By Peter Schwarz, 26 September 2015

The systematic fraud at VW is an expression of the irrationality of the economic and social system in which the corporation operates.

Fiat Chrysler workers reject UAW contract at Michigan and Indiana plants

By Jerry White, 25 September 2015

The initial votes at major factories reveal the deep hostility of workers to the sellout agreement, which will attack wages, jobs and health benefits.

Tipton, Indiana Fiat Chrysler worker: Company punished workers for getting injured on the job

By Eric London, 25 September 2015

Workers at the Tipton Fiat Chrysler plant complained that there was no UAW representative at the plant when a worker was written up after getting injured.

Caterpillar announces plans to lay off 10,000 workers

By George Gallanis, 25 September 2015

Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, has announced plans to close plants and slash thousands of jobs.

Volkswagen prepares to carry out restructuring at workers’ expense

By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2015

In the wake of the VW emissions scandal, demands are being raised to fundamentally restructure the company to make it more profitable.

Autoworkers defy UAW bid to ram through Fiat Chrysler contract

By Jerry White, 24 September 2015

Workers from Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant marched on the UAW headquarters in Detroit as opposition to the sellout contract by rank-and-file workers grows.

Healthcare cuts planned as part of UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Jerry White, 24 September 2015

Far more is involved in the agreement between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler than is being openly stated by the union and the company.

Auto news update

Mopar workers in Michigan vote to reject UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal as anger grows

By Eric London, 24 September 2015

A UAW informational meeting held in Kokomo, Indiana Thursday morning erupted in shouting as workers voiced hostility to the UAW’s efforts to ram the sellout contract through.

The UAW-company productivity plan: A recipe for speedup and injuries

By Eric London, 24 September 2015

Autoworkers across the country, from Kansas City to Louisville and Ohio, are reporting that the auto companies are already speeding up production.

The Volkswagen emissions scandal

By Peter Schwarz, 23 September 2015

The unscrupulousness and criminality employed by automakers in the struggle for global market share reflect the inherent contradictions of the capitalist system.

Voting begins as UAW seeks to push through deal with Fiat Chrysler

By Joseph Kishore, 23 September 2015

The UAW is seeking to give workers as little time as possible to study and discuss the contract before they have to vote on it.

Third tier created for Mopar workers, axle operators in UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Joseph Kishore, 23 September 2015

The creation of a lower pay scale for Mopar and axle workers is buried on pages 255-57 of the full contract and not included in the self-serving “highlights” released by the UAW.

Video: Fiat Chrysler workers speak out against UAW sellout contract

By James Brewer and Jerry White, 23 September 2015

Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck workers explained why they rejected the proposed contract that the UAW is seeking to push through.

Autoworkers denounce UAW efforts to force through deal with Fiat Chrysler

Many warn of ballot rigging to ensure “yes” vote

By Eric London, 22 September 2015

In the face of widespread opposition to the agreement, the UAW is seeking to hold votes as rapidly as possible, giving workers no time to study the contract and organize opposition.

The political issues in the autoworkers’ struggle

By Jerry White, 22 September 2015

The fight to win the most elemental rights of workers, including a significant improvement in living standards and an end to the two-tier wage system, pits autoworkers in a struggle against the entire economic and political system.

The UAW and the Democratic Party

By Tom Mackaman, 22 September 2015

For all of the US labor movement’s militancy, self-sacrifice and social power, its Achilles heel has been its failure to free itself from the political domination of capitalist parties and politicians.

Autoworker outrage erupts over UAW-Fiat Chrysler sellout deal

Campaign for “no” vote grows

By our reporter, 21 September 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter is leading a campaign for a “no” vote and for workers to form rank-and-file committees, independent of the UAW, to organize opposition.

“The UAW is corporate now. They’re the police of the company.”

Autoworkers across the US outraged over UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Eric London, 21 September 2015

As details emerge of the agreement made last week by Fiat Chrysler and the UAW, workers say the fact the union would agree to the deal is an insult to their intelligence.

Anger erupts at UAW meeting in Sterling Heights, Michigan

By Shannon Jones, 21 September 2015

Norwood Jewell, the UAW vice president in charge of Fiat Chrysler, attended the meeting to help ram through the agreement reached between the UAW and FCA last week.

Reject UAW sellout! Build rank-and-file committees to fight the union-company conspiracy against autoworkers!

By Jerry White, 21 September 2015

The UAW is pushing a deal that will establish permanently lower wages, shift the costs of health care onto workers, encourage back-breaking speedups and set the stage for a new round of layoffs and plant closings.

UAW “highlights” of Fiat Chrysler deal expose corporate-union conspiracy against autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 19 September 2015

Autoworkers should reject the sellout agreement—which will escalate the attack on jobs and living standards—with the contempt that it deserves.

GM ignition defect settlement: A wrist-slap for corporate criminals

By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2015

The settlement announced Thursday in the GM ignition recall scandal is a travesty that allows the company to get off virtually scot-free for the criminal cover-up of a deadly safety defect.

New update in the contract fight

Fiat Chrysler autoworkers demand time to study contract before vote

By Joseph Kishore, 18 September 2015

Autoworkers spoke to the WSWS about the deep opposition to the tentative agreement in plants throughout the country, and warned against the UAW’s schemes to push the deal through.

Kokomo Transmission workers denounce UAW-Fiat Chrysler sellout

By Jerry White, 18 September 2015

Workers at Chrysler’s Kokomo Transmission Plant in Indiana expressed their anger, as details of the agreement signed by the UAW became known.

The UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal: A conspiracy against autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 17 September 2015

Both parties to the talks—Chrysler Fiat and the UAW—are businesses that derive their income from the exploitation of the workers.

“They are using smoke and mirrors to fool the people”

Auto workers denounce UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2015

After being kept in the dark for weeks, autoworkers expressed outrage over the refusal of the UAW to call a strike or reveal the content of the settlement.

Fiat Chrysler, UAW tentative contract: A corporatist conspiracy against US autoworkers

By Shannon Jones, 16 September 2015

The stage-managed contract talks are a façade behind which two business entities seek to work out the terms for their mutual enrichment at the workers’ expense.

UAW used threats to stop walkout at Detroit Fiat Chrysler plant

By Jerry White, 16 September 2015

Late shift workers at the Warren Truck Plant described the strikebreaking role of the UAW as the contract expired at midnight on Monday.

How Wall Street took over the auto industry

By Gabriel Black, 16 September 2015

The US auto industry has increasingly become dominated by financial capital, leading to the destruction of jobs, wages, and benefits.

As contract deadline passes

Autoworkers denounce UAW sabotage of wages fight

By Eric London, 15 September 2015

Autoworkers around the US have spoken out against the UAW operation to stifle workers’ demands to recoup decades of lost income.

Why the UAW picked Fiat Chrysler

By Jerry White, 15 September 2015

Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne and UAW President Dennis Williams are both seeking a deal on the two-tier system, which will permanently lower the top pay of autoworkers.

Contracts to expire at midnight for 141,000 US autoworkers

By Jerry White, 14 September 2015

The UAW is once again collaborating with the Obama administration and the auto bosses to impose an unprecedented attack on autoworkers and the whole working class.

As the Big Three contracts expire

The way forward for US autoworkers

By Jerry White and Eric London, 14 September 2015

To prevent yet another contract betrayal and reverse past concessions, the SEP calls on autoworkers to form new fighting organizations--democratically elected rank-and-file committees that are completely independent of the UAW.

On eve of Big Three contract expiration

Louisville workers and youth support the fight of autoworkers

By Zac Corrigan, 12 September 2015

In this video, workers and youth from Louisville, Kentucky send messages of support to autoworkers as they struggle to defend their wages and benefits against the auto giants.

Behind the UAW news blackout

What is taking place in the US auto contract negotiations?

By Eric London, 12 September 2015

Autoworkers want to know what is going on behind closed doors in the talks between the union and the companies.

What is the UAW?

By Shannon Jones, 11 September 2015

The UAW is basically a business entity run by wealthy parasites that have no accountability to the membership.

Who would benefit from the health care co-op proposed by the UAW?

By Jerry White, 10 September 2015

The new scheme would be modeled on the retiree health care trust fund or so-called VEBA run by the UAW.

UAW emails autoworkers: We won’t tell you anything

By Eric London, 9 September 2015

Autoworkers should organize rank-and-file committees, independent of the UAW, to demand the full disclosure of the contract negotiations.

Labor Day in America

Union sellouts promote Democratic wage-cutters

By Jerry White, 8 September 2015

Amid mounting working-class anger and disgust with both big-business parties, the unions are working to promote the lie that the Democrats speak for the working man.

Mass layoffs provoke strikes by Brazilian autoworkers

By Armando Cruz, 8 September 2015

So far this year, 38,700 jobs have been slashed in the Brazilian auto industry, which is dominated by multinational giants like GM, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.

Autoworkers speak out

Young autoworker earns too little to keep car on the road

By Jerry White, 7 September 2015

Once they pay for food, utilities and other critical bills, particularly if they are raising children, there is little left to make a payment on a new or even used vehicle.

Autoworkers speak out from Bedford, Indiana

By Eric London, 5 September 2015

Autoworkers in southern Indiana spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the bankruptcy of the trade unions, growing support for rank-and-file committees, and the need for a nationwide strike.

Fiat Chrysler to move Jeep Cherokee production out of Toledo

By Shannon Jones, 4 September 2015

The fate of thousands of jobs is being left up in the air with less than two weeks to the expiration of the national auto contract.

For a united struggle of US steel, auto and telecommunications workers!

By Jerry White, 3 September 2015

Amidst rising anger among workers throughout the United States, the unions are working to suppress opposition to the relentless assault on wages and benefits.

Outpouring of support for WSWS Autoworker Newsletter among US autoworkers

By Eric London, 3 September 2015

Hundreds of workers from the United States have signed-up to support the WSWS’s Autoworker Newsletter, which is having a major impact at auto plants across the country.

Autoworkers speak out

GM workers: “If we can’t gain when they’re making profits, we’ll never get anything”

By Jerry White, 2 September 2015

GM workers have overwhelmingly voted for strike action. The WSWS spoke to GM workers at the Arlington, Texas and Lordstown, Ohio plants.

Autoworkers speak out: Louisville, Kentucky Ford worker denounces UAW-company alliance

By Eric London, 1 September 2015

Nearly 10,000 autoworkers in Louisville, Kentucky produce trucks and SUVs for Ford Motor Company, which boasted near-record profits in the second quarter of this year.

US steelworkers union blocks fight against wage and benefit cuts

By Jerry White, 31 August 2015

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has ordered workers at ArcelorMittal and US Steel to stay on the job as the giant corporations prepare an all-out war against workers.

Allegheny Technologies lockout enters third week

By Evan Winters, 31 August 2015

While it continues to isolate the locked-out workers, the USW organized a publicity stunt involving trade union officials from South Africa, Canada, Sweden and other countries last week.

Eighty years after founding of UAW

Homeless American autoworker speaks out

By Zac Corrigan, 31 August 2015

Chris, a tier-two Fiat Chrysler worker, supports a family and lives in a motel across the street from his factory in Kokomo, Indiana.

UAW begins contract talks with farm machinery maker John Deere

By George Gallanis, 29 August 2015

The UAW opened negotiations this week for a new contract covering 11,200 workers at the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural machinery.

A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt: Part Three

Part Three

By Eric London, 29 August 2015

The following is an on-the-spot report on social conditions in working-class areas hit hard by deindustrialization in the US state of Indiana.

A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt: Part Two

Part Two

By Eric London, 28 August 2015

The following is an on-the-spot report on social conditions in working class areas hit hard by deindustrialization in the US state of Indiana.

A portrait of life in America’s Rust Belt

Part One

By Eric London, 27 August 2015

The following is an on-the-spot report on social conditions in working class areas hit hard by deindustrialization in the US state of Indiana.

Autoworkers speak out: GM worker in Wentzville, Missouri calls for international unity

By Eric London, 26 August 2015

Autoworkers are increasingly seeing the bankruptcy of the nationalist orientation of the UAW.

The corporate-union assault on autoworker health care

By Jerry White, 25 August 2015

The United Auto Workers is proposing to expand its retiree trust fund to include active hourly and salaried workers in order to slash health care costs for the auto giants.

Indiana autoworkers welcome WSWS campaign team

By Eric London and Zac Corrigan, 25 August 2015

World Socialist Web Site reporters visited the Fiat Chrysler transmission plant in Kokomo and the General Motors stamping center in Marion.

Strong support from Canadian Fiat Chrysler workers for an international struggle

By Jerry White, 24 August 2015

A campaign team distributed the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter to FCA workers in Brampton, Ontario.

WSWS campaigns for unity of US and Canadian autoworkers

By Jerry White, 22 August 2015

A World Socialist Web Site Autoworkers Newsletter reporting team spoke to workers at the General Motors plant in Ontario about the need for an international strategy for autoworkers to fight for jobs and wages.

US steelworkers, autoworkers demand wage hikes in new contracts

By Jerry White, 20 August 2015

Steelworkers are protesting against wage freezes and benefit cuts as autoworkers vote for strike action.

Autoworkers vote for strike as UAW continues silence on talks

By Shannon Jones, 18 August 2015

The overwhelming strike votes by Fiat Chrysler workers stand in sharp contrast to the continued stonewalling by UAW leaders on the content of negotiations.

Fiat-Chrysler workers overwhelmingly support strike action

By Marcus Day, 17 August 2015

Autoworkers told the WSWS that strike authorization votes this week passed by a landslide at Chrysler’s Jefferson North and Belvidere Assembly plants.

US contract deadlines in auto and steel

For a united offensive of autoworkers and steelworkers against the corporate-government assault

By Jerry White, 17 August 2015

The convergence of these contract expirations poses the potential and the necessity for a joint struggle against the corporate-government attack on the working class.

An international strategy for autoworkers

By Jerry White, 14 August 2015

Transnational corporations like Toyota, VW, GM, Nissan and Ford are driven to slash labor costs to satisfy the unrelenting appetite of global finance capital.

UAW officials pledge no push for big gains in contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2015

With US automakers recording massive profits UAW officials are striving to dampen expectations

US, Mexican and Canadian autoworkers face common fight

By David Brown and Jerry White, 12 August 2015

As talks for a new labor contract continue, the US-based automakers are threatening to shift more production to Mexico and other lower wage countries.

Volkswagen and IG Metall union plan massive job cuts

By Dietmar Henning, 10 August 2015

The world’s second largest automaker is preparing to destroy the jobs and living standards of thousands of workers in Germany and internationally.

Video: The battle facing US autoworkers

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2015

Auto workers face a gang-up of the bosses, the government and the unions, which are determined to make further cuts in the pursuit of ever higher profits for wealthy shareholders.

Fiat Chrysler reports sharp rise in second-quarter profits

By Nick Barrickman, 31 July 2015

The huge profits at the Big Three are the product of a relentless drive by the automakers, with the full backing of the United Auto Workers union, to slash labor costs.