Auto Workers Issues
By Jerry White, 15 December 2017
UAW officials told police that Jacoby Hennings, who allegedly took his life on October 20 after confronting union officials with a gun, appeared “under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”
By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2017
The ongoing federal corruption investigation and growing worker anger and militancy are fueling an apparent crisis in the top echelons of the United Auto Workers union.
“Ford and big companies don’t care if you live or not”
By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 December 2017
A coroner ruled that Ivan Bridgewater, 41, died of blunt force trauma under still unexplained circumstances.
By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 13 December 2017
The 41-year-old electrician was buried in his hometown of Seymour, Indiana Tuesday, while his family and Ford workers continue to be kept in the dark about the cause of this tragedy.
By Jerry White, 12 December 2017
A 41-year-old electrician at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant is the latest victim of the relentless drive for corporate profit in America.
By Jessica Goldstein, 11 December 2017
Ivan Bridgewater III was killed while working the third shift at the Louisville Kentucky plant and leaves behind a wife and young son.
By Jerry White, 7 December 2017
Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit threatened to walk out December 2 after company and UAW officials ignored their complaints about being sickened by fumes.
“Management tells the UAW what to do and they say, ‘Okay!’”
By Marcus Day, 5 December 2017
Ford Chicago Assembly workers denounced the grueling working conditions of TPTs which had led to the death of 21-year-old Coby Hennings six weeks ago at Woodhaven Stamping near Detroit.
“Part-time work in the auto plants is modern day slavery”
By Jerry White, 4 December 2017
Behind the still unexplained death of the young autoworker is the expansion of temporary part-time labor sanctioned by the UAW.
By Jerry White, 29 November 2017
Ford workers at the Woodhaven Stamping plant spoke on the alleged suicide of the 21-year-old part-time worker at the plant on October 20 that has provoked widespread sympathy among autoworkers.
“It’s like organized crime”
By Nick Rodriguez, 17 November 2017
The profits of auto parts makers are based on the super-exploitation of a layer of low-wage workers, many of whom pay dues to the United Auto Workers.
“We have to make sure Jacoby Hennings didn’t die in vain”
By Jerry White, 15 November 2017
The death of the 21-year-old Ford worker amid a rash of suicides in the industry is an indictment of the United Auto Workers union, which long ago abandoned the defense of workers’ interests.
Another decisive repudiation
By Shannon Jones, 11 November 2017
The vote against the UAW took place in an area that was once noted for worker militancy and the scene of pitched class battles.
By Warren Duzak, 10 November 2017
Tenneco officials told workers they had been exposed to hexavalent chromium and had likely carried the toxic waste home with them.
More revelations in UAW corruption scandal
By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2017
The reports of Marchionne’s meeting with prosecutors follow reports that the investigation of the illegal diversion of funds from training centers has expanded to Ford and General Motors.
“We are treated like garbage, like we are disposable”
By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2017
All workers confront stressful conditions at the factory, where the workday is 10 hours, and the UAW has long collaborated with the FCA bosses to cut wages and increase production.
By Eric London, 4 November 2017
Workers need workplace and neighborhood committees to advance their interests against the massive corporations that dictate the policies of the government and control the unions.
By Shannon Jones, 3 November 2017
In the wake of the indictment of United Auto Workers officials in relation to the theft of funds from the UAW-Chrysler training center, federal investigators are looking at joint programs funded by General Motors and Ford.
By Jerry White, 3 November 2017
According to a police report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, 21-year-old Jacoby Hennings spoke with UAW officials for more than an hour before pulling out a gun.
By David Walsh, 3 November 2017
Skeleton Crew takes place in the breakroom of a Detroit stamping plant threatened with closure “somewhere around year 2008.”
By Jerry White, 1 November 2017
The apparent suicide of the 21-year-old Ford worker has revealed the oppressive conditions facing temporary part-time employees in the auto industry.
By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2017
Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors all posted higher-than-expected earnings in the third quarter, boosted by savage cost-cutting facilitated by the collaboration of the unions.
By Jerry White, 31 October 2017
Hundreds of autoworkers have shared and commented on WSWS articles about the death of 21-year-old Jacoby Marquis Hennings.
By Jerry White, 30 October 2017
According to coworkers, Jacoby was a hard-working young man who wanted to be hired into a full-time position.
By Jerry White, 28 October 2017
The alleged suicide of Jacoby Hennings at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping plant has generated widespread sympathy along with anger over the cruel conditions facing young workers.
By Carl Bronski, 28 October 2017
The strike did not fail to achieve its goals due to a lack of readiness among GM workers to fight, but because it was sabotaged by Unifor with its pro-corporate and nationalist agenda.
By Jessica Goldstein, 26 October 2017
Melissa Stephens, a mother of four, was killed at a plant owned by Autoneum, which has repeatedly been fined for unsafe conditions.
By Shannon Jones, 25 October 2017
Low wages, overwork, unsure hours and the lack of job security are all part of the daily routine of part-time temporary workers in the auto industry.
By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2017
A young part-time temporary worker at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant who was facing disciplinary charges apparently took his own life Friday.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2017
The shutdowns are the end product of a decades-long restructuring of car manufacturing, spearheaded by Labor and the trade unions.
By Carl Bronski, 20 October 2017
The defeat of the CAMI strike attests to the failure of the nationalist strategy that Unifor and its predecessor, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union, have pursued since splitting from the United Auto Workers in 1985.
Unifor imposes new round of concessions
“We struck for a month and got nothing”
By Carl Bronski and Jerry White, 17 October 2017
Lacking any confidence that Unifor would oppose GM’s job threats, workers reluctantly accepted another concessionary contract.
No to Unifor-GM blackmail!
Statement of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 16 October 2017
CAMI workers have not stood out on the picket lines for a month to accept yet another concessionary contract from an auto giant that made $11 billion in profits last year.
Unifor announces deal to end CAMI strike
Statement of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 14 October 2017
Displaying the same contempt for rank-and-file workers it has since the CAMI strike began, Unifor announced it would release no details of the settlement until Monday’s ratification meeting where it expected to pass the deal.
Build rank-and-file committees! Unite Canadian, US and Mexican workers against job cuts!
By Carl Bronski and Jerry White, 13 October 2017
Workers must break through the conspiracy of silence enforced by union and management and demand all details of the Unifor-GM secret negotiations.
Canadian Fiat Chrysler worker: “Stay strong, workers, and demand answers to your questions”
By Shannon Jones, 12 October 2017
Canadian autoworkers expressed their solidarity with the striking CAMI workers and denounced last week’s physical assault on a WSWS reporter by a Unifor operative.
By Shannon Jones, 10 October 2017
Ford and GM workers in Canada expressed their support for striking CAMI workers and denounced the treacherous role of Unifor.
By Jerry White, 9 October 2017
The physical attack is aimed not only at silencing the WSWS but at gagging and intimidating rank-and-file workers.
By Jerry White, 7 October 2017
Unifor is using CAMI workers as pawns in their maneuvers with the Canadian and US governments over renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
By Carl Bronski, 5 October 2017
Dias does not explain how his supposed concern for the plight of Mexican workers squares with the union’s demand that GM lay off workers in Mexico before any workers at CAMI.
By Will Marshall, 5 October 2017
Having imposed waves of sackings and cuts to conditions, the trade unions are enforcing the “orderly closure” of the Australian car industry.
By Jerry White, 4 October 2017
The struggle to defend jobs and living standards demands politics: not the politics of Unifor—a close ally of the federal and Ontario Liberal governments—but socialist politics.
By Carl Bronski, 3 October 2017
To win secure and decent-paying jobs, workers will have to mount a global struggle to end the subordination of all socioeconomic life to capitalist profit.
By Jerry White and Carl Bronski, 2 October 2017
Far from advancing any strategy to win the two-week strike, Unifor officials promoted economic nationalism and illusions in Trudeau and Trump.
By Jerry White, 29 September 2017
The top leadership of the Canadian auto union met with GM executives in Detroit even as the strike by 2,800 CAMI workers continued.
“The contract should be null and void”
By Shannon Jones, 29 September 2017
Workers at Fiat Chrysler in Detroit reacted angrily to revelations that top UAW officials received illegal payouts from management to keep them “fat, dumb and happy.”
By Keith Jones, 27 September 2017
The union is maneuvering to shut the strike down and subordinating the struggle to Unifor’s alliance with the Trudeau Liberal government and its efforts to renegotiate NAFTA.
By Carl Bronski, 26 September 2017
While CAMI workers remained determined, officials from the Unifor union have presented GM Canada with an “olive branch” proposal to shut down the strike.
“We should be out on strike with them”
By Jerry White, 25 September 2017
Despite the sabotage by the auto unions on both sides of the border there is a widespread sentiment for a common struggle against the global carmakers.
By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2017
Unifor has focused on bolstering its partnership with the big-business Liberal government and promoting reactionary Canadian nationalism.
By Shannon Jones, 23 September 2017
The layoffs come amid mounting signs that the seven-year boom in auto sales is collapsing.
By Saman Gunadasa, 23 September 2017
“The (legal) doubt,” declares one of the appeals, “is not only overwhelming, but in fact, there is hardly any aspect on which the prosecution’s case is at all believable.”
GM Canada strike in danger
By Carl Bronski and Jerry White, 22 September 2017
Officials from the Unifor union said Wednesday that they have offered an “olive branch” to GM to end the strike.
“What these companies are doing is a new form of slavery”
By Jerry White and Carl Bronski, 21 September 2017
CAMI workers are fighting to defend their jobs and living standards, while Unifor seeks to tie workers to the Liberal government and Trump's anti-Mexican trade war policies.
By Shannon Jones, 21 September 2017
The latest revelations in the scandal involving funds diverted from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center further underscore the anti-worker character of the UAW.
By Jerry White, 20 September 2017
Autoworkers at the General Motors CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario are locked in a critical battle that raises fundamental questions for autoworkers in Canada and around the world.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 19 September 2017
To prevail in the struggle against GM, CAMI workers must fight to mobilize autoworkers across North America in a counter-offensive against all concessions and job cuts.
By Carl Bronski, 18 September 2017
The walkout is part of a growing wave of struggles by autoworkers around the world, including in the US, Korea, Serbia and Slovakia.
By Jessica Goldstein, 18 September 2017
After seven weeks of struggle, IAM Local 701 imposed a sellout deal on striking Chicago area mechanics.
By Carl Bronski, 15 September 2017
With contempt for workers, Unifor officials have called a “ratification/strike” meeting for Sunday without releasing any information about what workers are supposed to vote on.
“If the Internet shuts down, we wouldn’t know anything. The union isn’t going to tell us”
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2017
SEP campaign teams in the Detroit area collected scores of signatures last weekend for the petition opposing Google’s Internet censorship.
By Arun Kumar, 8 September 2017
State and central government authorities attract global corporations with sweatshop conditions like those at the Oragadam Renault Nissan plant outside of Chennai.
“We don’t know what kind of deal they’ve struck with the breakaway dealerships”
By Jessica Goldstein, 5 September 2017
Striking Chicago-area auto mechanics remain militant during their fifth week of struggle while the union tries to shut down the strike by making deals with independent dealerships.
“They are trying to block out the truth”
By Shannon Jones, 31 August 2017
Detroit autoworkers support the campaign by the Socialist Equality Party against the attempt by tech giant Google to manipulate its searches to restrict access to the World Socialist Web Site.
By Carl Bronski, 30 August 2017
Workers voted by 99.8 percent to walk out if a new labour agreement is not reached by September 17.
By Ross Mitchell, 30 August 2017
The Caterpillar plant in Gosselies was the biggest industrial site in Wallonia, Belgium’s southern, primarily French-speaking region.
By our reporters, 28 August 2017
Autoworkers in Michigan and Chicago reacted with disgust and anger to reports of widespread sexual abuse at Ford coming alongside indictments of UAW and Fiat Chrysler officials for corruption.
“Everyone high up in the UAW must have known what was going on”
By a WSWS reporting team, 25 August 2017
US autoworkers contacted by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter expressed disgust and anger over the results of a federal investigation into allegations of bribery of top United Auto Workers officials by Fiat Chrysler executives.
By Shannon Jones, 23 August 2017
In their commentaries on the union recognition vote, the International Socialist Organization and Jacobin magazine seek to cover up the anti-working class character of the UAW.
“If you don’t stand up, nothing happens”
By Jessica Goldstein and George Marlowe, 22 August 2017
Rank-and-file mechanics of in the Chicago area spoke out against poverty wages and unfair labor practices, as the union attempts to shut down the strike.
More charges in Fiat Chrysler corruption scandal
By Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2017
The multimillion-dollar bribery scheme exposes the UAW as a corrupt agent of corporate management, which has worked to impose massive concessions contracts at FCA, General Motors and Ford.
Company faces allegations of abuse by both management and UAW officials
By George Marlowe, 19 August 2017
For the second time in nearly 20 years, Ford Motor Company faces sexual harassment claims by female workers against supervisors and union officials.
By Ludwig Weller, 10 August 2017
Volkswagen not only offered its services to collaborate with the Brazilian military regime which ruled from 1964 to 1985, but was an independent actor in the repression.
By Jerry White, 7 August 2017
Workers have drawn conclusions about the UAW after decades in which it has focused all of its efforts on suppressing the class struggle and partnering with the auto companies to destroy jobs and living standards.
5 August 2017
The WSWS received a letter from a reader describing the social situation facing workers and the rural population in Serbia today.
By Jerry White, 3 August 2017
With the corruption scandal threatening to ensnare wider layers of the UAW bureaucracy, union president Dennis Williams is trying to contain the growing anger of autoworkers.
“This only verifies what so many of us thought was happening before and after our so-called contract negotiations”
By Jerry White, 31 July 2017
Workers at the Kokomo casting plant spoke out on the charges that company officials handed more than $1 million to the United Auto Workers’ top negotiator between 2009 and 2014.
“Every contract we wonder how we are going to get shafted”
By Shannon Jones, 29 July 2017
A federal indictment Wednesday charged that a former vice president at Fiat Chrysler funneled more than $1 million in bribes to a UAW vice president between 2009 and 2014.
By Markus Salzmann, 29 July 2017
The contract signed by the unions and backed by the Serbian government is designed to maintain the country as a cheap labour platform for transnational corporations like FCA.
By Jai Sharma, 28 July 2017
The workers are being subjected to a joint company-government vendetta for fighting slave labor conditions in an attack similar to that faced by Maruti Suzuki workers.
By Jerry White, 27 July 2017
A federal indictment filed in US District Court in Detroit Wednesday charges that a former vice president of Fiat Chrysler funneled more than a million dollars in bribes to United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield between 2009 and 2014.
By Jerry White, 26 July 2017
General Motors has announced plans to reduce production as US automakers prepare a new onslaught on jobs.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 July 2017
Neither the International Association of Machinists nor the United Steelworkers have made even a pretense of fighting the threatened layoffs.
By Verena Nees, 22 July 2017
The unions shut down the strike after it had inspired workers at other factories to engage in job action and won widespread sympathy within the Serb population.
By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2017
Tuesday marked five years since a management-provoked incident that authorities used as a pretext to railroad 13 Indian autoworkers to life in prison.
By Ulrich Rippert, 15 July 2017
Around 2,000 workers at Fiat-Chrysler’s Kragujevac plant in Serbia have been on strike for two weeks against starvation wages and terrible working conditions.
By Ben McGrath, 14 July 2017
While autoworkers are determined to improve their wages and conditions, the unions, which are tied to the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), have no intention of conducting a genuine struggle.
By Shannon Jones, 6 July 2017
A Wednesday morning explosion at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant has left three workers injured and one hospitalized.
By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2017
The ICFI’s worldwide campaign to free the Maruti Suzuki autoworkers rests on a long tradition of international workers’ action on behalf of the victims of capitalist “justice.”
By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2017
US automakers have experienced a six-month decline in sales for the first time since 2009, the year of the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies.
By Ulrich Rippert chairman of the SGP and SGP candidate in North Rhine Westphalia, 26 June 2017
The 8,000 striking Volkswagen workers in Slovakia deserve the support of VW and all autoworkers throughout Germany and the world.
By Shannon Jones, 24 June 2017
Autoworkers describe the impact of job cuts on struggling families and indict the United Auto Workers for facilitating layoffs.
By Dietmar Henning, 22 June 2017
The autoworkers are engaged in the first strike since VW began operations in the Eastern European country in 1991.
By Shannon Jones, 17 June 2017
All the US-based car companies face enormous pressure from Wall Street to drive up profits and cut costs.
After UAW claimed there was no money to end two-tier wages
By George Gallanis, 7 June 2017
The vast cash hoard of the farm machinery maker explodes the myth that it could not afford to improve the pay and benefits of its 11,200 hourly workers in 2015.
By Shannon Jones, 3 June 2017
General Motors announced 300 job cuts at its Warren, Michigan transmission plant amid continuing signs of a slowdown in US auto sales after a seven-year boom.
What we have said:
By Usman Khan, 3 June 2017
The WSWS has covered the struggle of the Maruti Suzuki workers over many years, explaining its international significance and providing a political perspective to fight the workers’ persecution by Indian authorities.
By Nick Rodriguez, 26 May 2017
Over 20 immigrant workers have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against their former employer, EZ Industrial Solutions, after being fired for participating in the protest on February 16.
By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 24 May 2017
The dual factory closures in the far western suburbs of Chicago take place in an area already hard hit by decades of deindustrialization.
By Jerry White, 23 May 2017
The management reshuffling at the number two US automaker, described in industry circles as a “coup,” underscores the complete domination of the banks and financial speculators.