Auto Workers Issues

GM Components Holding workers: The “third tier” in the GM-UAW contract

By Joseph Kishore, 31 October 2015

The parts workers at GMCH, who will receive even lower wages than second-tier workers elsewhere in GM, are intended to serve as a model for workers throughout the company.

Opposition mounts as GM vote begins

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2015

The snap vote organized by the United Auto Workers is an attempt to prevent workers from mobilizing opposition to the sellout agreement.

“They are crooks, every one of them are crooks.”

Michigan GM workers denounce UAW sellout deal

By Jerry White, 30 October 2015

Workers at GM’s massive Delta Township Assembly Plant near Lansing, Michigan are angered over the new agreement, which maintains the hated two-tier wage and benefit system.

Lordstown GM worker speaks on UAW-GM contract

By , 30 October 2015

A veteran GM worker detailed her opposition to the maintenance of the two-tier wage system.

Opposition to UAW-GM sellout mounts as details surface

By Jerry White, 29 October 2015

The UAW-GM contract, like the Fiat Chrysler deal before it, is aimed at creating a permanently lower wage and benefit scale in the auto industry.

“We are not fools, we will not be bought out”

Autoworkers react to GM-UAW contract details

By Shannon Jones, 29 October 2015

The UAW’s announcement of a sellout contract at GM that is based on the Fiat Chrysler deal has quickly provoked widespread anger and opposition.

Vote “no” on UAW-GM sellout contract!

Workers have the right to study the deal!

By , 29 October 2015

The United Auto Workers is seeking to give autoworkers as little as two days to study a new-four year deal announced Wednesday, modeled off the sell-out agreement pushed through at Fiat Chrysler.

UAW prepares snap vote as local union officials meet to rubber stamp GM sellout

By Shannon Jones, 28 October 2015

The UAW is moving to wrap up ratification of its sellout agreement with GM before workers can study the deal and mobilize opposition to it.

The tale of two tax returns: 1988 and 2010

Letter from a GM Lordstown worker

By , 28 October 2015

This letter to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter was sent by a third-generation autoworker at GM’s Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio.

Ford third-quarter profits double

By Jerry White, 27 October 2015

With the auto companies, the corporate media and the UAW warning workers not to make “unrealistic” demands, Ford and GM have raked in billions in profits in North America.

"The company has had record-breaking profits on the backs of hard working men and women."

GM workers react to contract agreement

By Shannon Jones, 27 October 2015

The new deal covering 53,000 GM workers is based on the sellout agreement forced through by the UAW at Fiat Chrysler.

UAW announces last-minute sellout agreement with GM

By Jerry White, 26 October 2015

The tentative agreement between the United Auto Workers and General Motors announced late Sunday night will be patterned on the sellout contract the UAW rammed through at Fiat Chrysler.

After the Fiat-Chrysler ratification: The way forward for autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 24 October 2015

For autoworkers and the working class as a whole, the critical task is to assimilate the political lessons of the contract fight at Fiat Chrysler in order to prepare the next stage of the struggle.

Ahead of contract agreement, GM to lay off 500 at Lake Orion assembly plant

By our reporter, 24 October 2015

The layoff announcement at GM is a warning to workers that the company and the UAW will use the threat of job cuts to pressure them to accept a rotten agreement.

Widespread anger and opposition in wake of ratification of Fiat Chrysler sellout

By Shannon Jones, 23 October 2015

The UAW followed the landslide “no” vote three weeks ago with a campaign that combined lies, threats, the fomenting of divisions between workers and economic blackmail.

GM posts record operating profits from cost-cutting, corporate restructuring

By Jerry White, 22 October 2015

The announcement of GM’s third-quarter profits comes as auto executives, the media and the UAW insist that autoworkers lower their expectations for new four-year labor agreements.

UAW claims early returns point to ratification of Fiat Chrysler sellout contract

By Shannon Jones, 22 October 2015

Voting wrapped up Wednesday on the new contract between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler amid widespread opposition and distrust in the integrity of the process.

John Deere workers in US demand recount, full release of contract

By George Gallanis, 22 October 2015

Three weeks since the UAW and the company announced the ratification of a new six-year labor contract agreement, John Deere workers remain angry and suspicious.

Fiat Chrysler workers vote as UAW and media push second sellout deal

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2015

Despite a coordinated campaign by the company, media and the UAW, there is widespread opposition to the contract among FCA workers throughout the country.

Letter from Ohio GM worker on UAW betrayal of Kmart struggle

By , 21 October 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter received the following letter from a worker at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly plant about the struggle of Kmart workers.

Tennessee GM autoworker expresses solidarity with Fiat Chrysler workers

By our reporter, 21 October 2015

An autoworker at GM's Spring Hill plant expressed solidarity with Fiat-Chrysler workers, opposed the UAW’s second sellout deal and described conditions in the Tennessee plant.

The significance of the Fiat Chrysler workers’ fight

By Jerry White, 20 October 2015

The new contract agreed to by the UAW is a deal between two business entities to restructure Fiat Chrysler’s global operations and divvy up the profits obtained through the intensified exploitation of the workers.

“The union uses scare tactics to threaten workers”

Fiat Chrysler workers denounce sell-out contract ahead of second vote

By our reporters, 20 October 2015

The basic aims of the second contract are the same as the first, including a permanent reduction in base pay and benefits by maintaining and expanding the two-tier system.

New details from FCA-UAW contract reveal plan to create casual labor workforce

By Eric London, 19 October 2015

As workers examine the details of the contract, they uncover secret provisions aimed at attacking living standards and working conditions.

Secret details emerging from UAW-FCA contract as opposition grows

By Eric London, 17 October 2015

Alongside its propaganda campaign, the UAW is making all locals vote on the same two days to ensure that the “no” campaign has little chance of building momentum.

Behind the UAW “health care co-op” scam

By E. Galen, 16 October 2015

The goal of the union and the auto companies is to destroy guaranteed benefits for active autoworkers, just as they have begun to do with retirees.

UAW propaganda videos: An exercise in psychological warfare

By Eric London, 16 October 2015

The UAW has put its New York City-based public relations firm BerlinRosen to work spinning a campaign of lies to push through the second agreement but a lot of autoworkers are not buying it.

The emissions scandal at Volkswagen widens

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 October 2015

Volkswagen is trying to use the crisis to organise a fundamental restructuring of the company, centred on a programme of extensive attacks on wages and social benefits.

“We’ll be ‘in-progression’ workers until we’re 65”

Fiat Chrysler workers in Detroit denounce second UAW sellout

By Jerry White, 15 October 2015

FCA workers at the Warren Stamping plant in suburban Detroit condemned the expanded use of temp workers and new wage tiers.

The way forward for autoworkers: An online interview with Jerry White

By , 15 October 2015

This Sunday, October 18, at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, the WSWS will host an interview with WSWS Autoworker Newsletter editor Jerry White.

UAW caught covering up plan to double temporary workers in new Fiat Chrysler agreement

By Eric London, 14 October 2015

The UAW has agreed to double the size of FCA’s temporary workforce, creating a large, permanent tier of low-wage, on-demand workers.

Autoworkers’ struggle at the crossroads

By Jerry White, 14 October 2015

To take forward the struggle, everything depends on the independent initiative of workers and their deepening understanding of the political challenges they face.

UAW hires public relations firm to sell Fiat Chrysler deal

By Eric London, 13 October 2015

The UAW and its new propaganda firm, BerlinRosen Public Affairs, are pouring out one lie after another to counter opposition from FCA workers.

GM-Opel workers in Germany support struggle of US autoworkers

By our reporters, 13 October 2015

WSWS reporters spoke to workers in front of the gates of the GM-Opel Rüsselsheim plant on Friday, and many declared their solidarity with their American brothers and sisters.

Australian dock, engineering workers express solidarity with US autoworkers

By our correspondents, 13 October 2015

Workers involved in bitter industrial disputes on the Australian waterfront and at engineering company UGL have spoken out in support of American autoworkers.

Vote “no” on second UAW-FCA sellout contract! Build rank-and-file action committees in every plant!

By , 13 October 2015

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges workers to download and distribute this statement to their fellow workers attending informational meetings this week before the October 20 and 21 ratification votes.

UAW begins campaign to beat back opposition to second sellout at Fiat Chrysler

By Jerry White, 12 October 2015

The UAW is beginning a series of information meetings, or more accurately “misinformation” meetings, this week as it tries to sell its repackaged proposal to FCA workers.

Volkswagen systematically cheated on emissions tests in Europe

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 October 2015

The integration of the trade unions into the company’s management played a significant role in the criminality at Volkswagen.

Australian Toyota workers support US auto workers’ struggle

By our correspondents, 12 October 2015

Autoworkers in Australia face the shutdown of the country's entire auto industry.

Growing demands from John Deere workers for recount on sell-out contract

By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 12 October 2015

The widespread demand for a recount or revote on the contract that reportedly passed by a razor-thin margin has been met with silence from the United Auto Workers.

UAW releases “highlighter” of new pro-company agreement with Fiat Chrysler

By Eric London, 10 October 2015

The new proposed agreement includes a multi-tiered wage scale, maintenance of the alternative work schedule, no cost of living adjustment and nothing for retirees.

Oppose the destruction of the car industry in Australia! Launch a struggle in defence of jobs!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 10 October 2015

The closure of the car plants is not inevitable, but it can only be fought on the basis of a new political perspective and new forms of organisation.

“The UAW is using smoke and mirrors to get this contract signed”

Fiat Chrysler workers denounce second sellout, demand united fight

By our reporters, 9 October 2015

FCA workers in Detroit responded to the aborting of their strike and the announcement by the UAW that they have a new deal.

Volkswagen uses emissions crisis to impose deep cuts

By Ulrich Rippert, 9 October 2015

The IG Metall trade union and works council are paying a key role in the planned restructuring of Volkswagen, which will entail major cuts and layoffs.

UAW announces last-minute agreement with Fiat Chrysler, canceling strike

By Joseph Kishore, 8 October 2015

The UAW will now marshal every possible tool at its disposal to push through the pro-company agreement as rapidly as possible, including lies, threats, redbaiting and intimidation.

French autoworkers support US workers’ rejection of Fiat-Chrysler contract

By our reporters, 8 October 2015

Autoworkers at the Peugeot-Citroën plant in the Paris suburb of Poissy expressed solidarity with Fiat Chrysler workers in the US and described the similar attacks they face in France.

A reply to redbaiting by the general counsel of the Detroit AFL-CIO

By Eric London, 8 October 2015

The UAW has called on the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO’s lead counsel, Bruce Miller, to launch a dishonest and desperate attack on the WSWS and the Autoworker Newsletter.

As autoworker militancy mounts, UAW issues “strike notice” to Fiat Chrysler

By Joseph Kishore, 7 October 2015

The strike notice is the latest in a series of improvisations carried out by the UAW following last week’s landslide “no” vote on a deal supported by both the union and FCA management.

John Deere workers denounce vote and demand recount

By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 7 October 2015

Workers at John Deere condemned the UAW-Deere conspiracy to ram through a six-year sellout contract

“You have the support of a lot of other people”

Video: Ferguson, Missouri residents speak on social conditions, autoworkers struggle

By Zac Corrigan and Eric London, 7 October 2015

The WSWS spoke to residents of Ferguson, Missouri about the struggle of auto workers and life in the city more than one year after the killing of Michael Brown.

”Everyone’s willing to strike…but we don’t trust the UAW International”

Fiat Chrysler workers speak on possible walkout

By our reporters, 7 October 2015

FCA workers spoke to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about the UAW’s announcement that it could call a strike if the current agreement expires just before midnight Wednesday.

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!

By , 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

By , 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.

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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.