Auto Workers Issues

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.

Ford and GM announce huge quarterly profits

By Josh Varlin, 29 July 2015

As auto executives demand more sacrifices from workers, Ford and General Motors posted huge profits in the second quarter thanks to years of union-backed concessions.

Mitsubishi announces closure of central Illinois auto plant

By David Brown, 29 July 2015

The closure—which will destroy the jobs of 1,260 workers—follows a 2010 contract pushed through by the United Auto Workers that cut wages in the name of “saving” the plant.

UAW keeps sellout plans concealed as talks open with Ford

By Shannon Jones, 24 July 2015

Behind the scenes the parameters are being developed for a betrayal of auto workers

Who’s who on the UAW negotiating team?

By Gabriel Black, 23 July 2015

The top four bargainers for the UAW—Dennis Williams, James Settles, Cindy Estrada and Norwood Jewell—have a long record of imposing the dictates of corporate management.

GM officials unlikely to face criminal charges for coverup of deadly defects

By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2015

The company’s executives are apparently the latest in a long list of corporate malefactors to escape prosecution for their actions.

Autoworkers denounce UAW lies about ending two-tier system at Indiana plant

By Marcus Day, 21 July 2015

While the UAW claims to have “bridged the gap” at the Hammond plant, in reality it created a new tier of workers making as little as $11 an hour.

The battle ahead for US autoworkers

By Jerry White, 16 July 2015

The opening of talks on new contracts covering 140,000 US autoworkers was marked by a grotesque display of UAW-corporate unity on plans to boost company profits and increase exploitation.

Fiat Chrysler, CNH sign performance-based deal with Italian trade unions

By Marc Wells, 16 July 2015

The new Fiat Chrysler deal replaces salary increases with performance-based bonuses, a pittance compared to the wages and benefits that were lost.

Socialist Equality Party launches digital WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

By Jerry White, 15 July 2015

The weekly newsletter will provide coverage of the struggle confronting 139,000 US workers at General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, whose labor contracts expire September 15.

Workers face 1930s-type exploitation at Chicago Ford plants

By Kristina Betinis, 15 July 2015

A class action suit names both management personnel and UAW officials in connection with sexual harassment, racial discrimination and threats of violence.

UAW-GM talks open in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 14 July 2015

The opening of negotiations at the UAW-GM Human Resources Center had all the trappings of an in-house event, held in a mood of mutual praise and backslapping.

Contract talks set to begin for 140,000 US autoworkers

By Jerry White, 13 July 2015

The negotiations do not involve antagonistic parties, as the UAW long ago abandoned any defense of workers’ interests and tied its institutional fate to the profits of the auto companies.

As contract talks set to start

Ford threatens mass layoffs at Michigan truck plant

By Tim Rivers, 13 July 2015

In a surprise announcement July 9, Ford Motor Company said it will shift production of the Focus and C-Max from its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan to an undisclosed location outside the US The move threatens the jobs of 4,000 workers employed at the plant.

The significance of Greece

By Jerry White, 10 July 2015

In the face of economic blackmail and even threats of a military coup, the Greek working class overwhelmingly rejected the European Union’s austerity demands.

UAW vs. autoworkers: Who are the freeloaders?

By Shannon Jones, 6 July 2015

The UAW is attempting to slander and intimidate workers who refuse to pay union dues under terms of Michigan’s “Right to Work” law.

The issues in the US auto contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2015

With the formal start of talks set for July 13, auto workers are being kept in the dark, fed bits and scraps of information filtered through the corporate-controlled media.

Top GM and Fiat Chrysler negotiators depart on eve of UAW contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 18 June 2015

US automakers are reaffirming their determination to hold down labor costs.

Where did half a billion dollars from the UAW strike fund go?

By Jerry White, 9 June 2015

UAW local officials have told auto workers to save money from their meager earnings and be prepared to rely on charity in the event of a strike this summer.

Build rank-and-file committees to prepare the fight for jobs and wages!

By Jerry White, 5 June 2015

With little more than three months before the expiration of the labor agreement with GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler, autoworkers need to prepare now for a fight to defend their interests.

UAW, Fiat Chrysler maintain silence on death of skilled trades worker

By Shannon Jones, 29 May 2015

Donald Megge, a 53-year-old skilled trades worker at the Jefferson North plant in Detroit was crushed to death May 5 while performing maintenance on a filter press.

Most Turkish auto workers end strike

By Jean Shaoul, 26 May 2015

The apparent concessions by the auto manufacturers reflect extreme nervousness on the part of the corporations and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

Many questions remain in death of Detroit Fiat-Chrysler worker

By Shannon Jones, 15 May 2015

After the death of Donald Megge, workers at the Jefferson North Assembly plant have described numerous accidents due to pressure to meet production targets.

UAW ready to sanction new subclass of low-paid US auto workers

By Jerry White, 13 May 2015

The United Auto Workers union is in discussion with the Detroit automakers about the creation of a new tier of factory workers who will earn as little as $10 an hour.

Official death toll from GM ignition defect reaches 100

By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2015

The figure probably significantly understates the toll relating to the defect, which can cause some GM vehicles to suddenly lose power.

Unifor bows to latest GM Canada layoffs

By Carl Bronski, 9 May 2015

Seeking to extort further massive concessions, GM has said it will determine the fate of its Oshawa plants only after the 2016 contract negotiations.

Fiat-Chrysler worker crushed to death at Detroit assembly plant

By Shannon Jones, 6 May 2015

Donald Megge, a 53-year-old skilled trades worker, died while repairing machinery at the Jefferson North plant’s wastewater treatment facility.

Families of accident victims denounce ruling upholding GM bankruptcy shield

By Shannon Jones, 23 April 2015

Accident victims and their families will not be able to sue for death or injuries sustained while driving defective GM vehicles prior to the company’s July 2009 exit from bankruptcy.

Germany: Behind the conflict at Volkswagen

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 April 2015

A public attack by Volkswagen chief executive Ferdinand Piëch on the chairman of the board has provoked a leadership crisis at Europe’s largest auto company.

Detroit Chrysler workers express support for May Day rally against war

By our reporting team, 17 April 2015

Supporters of the SEP and the IYSSE campaigned at the Fiat-Chrysler Warren Truck plant outside Detroit, urging workers to take part in the International May Day 2015 Online Rally.

The UAW’s loyal opposition

By Jerry White, 11 April 2015

At last month’s UAW bargaining convention, a group of self-styled “dissidents” worked to bolster illusions that the UAW is a viable organization that can be reformed through pressure from below.

German carmakers withdraw from Russia

By Jan Peters, 4 April 2015

Western economic sanctions against Russia are having an effect, and workers in the Russian and European car industries are paying the price.

US auto executives handed multimillion-dollar pay packages

By Shannon Jones, 2 April 2015

The CEOs of the three major US-based car companies have announced huge pay packages for top officials in advance of contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers.

UAW president open to discuss new lower pay scale for auto workers

By Jerry White, 30 March 2015

In a March 25 press conference following the United Auto Workers bargaining convention in Detroit, UAW President Dennis Williams said he was willing to consider the creation of a new, third tier of workers.

At bargaining convention in Detroit

UAW president insists auto workers must “face the facts” of global competition

By Jerry White, 26 March 2015

Facing demands from workers for a significant improvement of wages, the UAW reasserted its commitment to maintaining the competitiveness and profitability of the US automakers.

United Auto Workers union meets in Detroit to prepare 2015 contract betrayal

By Jerry White, 25 March 2015

The first day of the UAW bargaining convention underscored the organization’s role as a tool of the auto companies and the Obama administration.

As United Auto Workers bargaining convention opens

Media worries whether UAW can contain auto workers’ expectations

By Shannon Jones, 24 March 2015

With GM, Ford and Chrysler raking in an estimated $76 billion since 2009, auto workers are determined to win improvements in the upcoming auto contract talks.

The UAW and the GM share buy-back scheme

By Shannon Jones, 25 February 2015

The UAW has indicated that it could endorse share buy-backs, enriching billionaire shareholders at the expense of workers.

The GM-UAW profit-sharing fraud

By Jerry White, 6 February 2015

The profit-sharing checks being passed out by the Detroit automakers are a pittance compared to what auto workers have lost through wage and benefit cuts.

Fate of GM production in Canada uncertain

By Carl Bronski, 24 January 2015

The automaker has remained silent on its plans for continued production in Canada beyond 2017.

Fiat-Chrysler boss wants wages tied to profits in new auto contract

By Shannon Jones, 23 January 2015

In remarks at the Detroit auto show last week, Sergio Marchionne reiterated his demand that the two-tier wage be abolished by phasing out higher-paid workers.

Brazilian auto workers strike over job cuts

By Jerry White, 9 January 2015

Workers at Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz factories in São Paulo’s industrial belt walked out to protest downsizing in the Brazilian auto industry.

Navistar closing foundry in Indianapolis, Indiana

By Jerry White, 22 December 2014

The plant closing, which comes after the UAW accepted a 40 percent wage cut, is the latest in the area, long-known as a major automotive and manufacturing center.

Confronting anger over two-tier wages and low pay

US auto union president postures in advance of 2015 contract talks

By Shannon Jones, 18 December 2014

UAW President Doug Williams’ remarks reflect the union's awareness of wide hostility among auto workers to the two-tier wage system

Germany: GM Opel plant closure exposes bankruptcy of IG Metall

By Dietmar Henning, 8 December 2014

The first closure of an auto plant in German postwar history has been facilitated by the IG Metall engineering union.

Toyota Australia details restructuring plans after 2017 shutdown

By Will Morrow, 6 December 2014

The trade unions have been the key accomplices of the companies, along with state and federal governments, in organising the shutdown of the auto industry.

French automaker Peugeot-Citroën plans new mass layoffs

By Stéphane Hugues, 29 November 2014

The Peugeot-Citroën group has laid out plans for a new wave of mass sackings accompanied, as in previous years, by public denials that these are being prepared.

Volkswagen opens backdoor entry for UAW at Tennessee plant

By Tom Eley, 15 November 2014

Assured that the organization will do its bidding, VW is preparing to defy a vote by workers and install the UAW at its Chattanooga plant.

Ford uses automated phone messages to fire Chicago workers

By George Marlowe, 11 November 2014

Fearing angry opposition to layoffs, Ford sent out recorded robocalls to 100 temporary workers informing them that their services were no longer needed.

Further job cuts in European auto industry

By Jan Peters, 7 November 2014

Thousands of job cuts are taking place at major assembly plants and in the parts industry.

Striking Bosch workers in India defy state government ban

By Sathish Simon, 22 October 2014

Bosch auto workers have been on strike in Bangalore since September 16, fighting for higher wages and better working conditions.

German union proposes cost-cutting plan to boost VW profits

By Dietmar Henning, 22 October 2014

VW’s works council has presented a 400-page proposal aimed at tripling company profits.

UAW creates new class of low-paid workers in deal at Indiana Lear plant

By Alexander Fangmann, 25 September 2014

Although UAW leaders said the deal would end the hated two-tier wage system, 40 percent of the workforce will be reclassified as “subassembly” workers making poverty-level wages.

UAW holds one-day strike at Indiana auto parts plant

By Kristina Betinis, 16 September 2014

Nearly 800 auto workers struck to demand an end to low wages, which they compare to the pay in the fast-food industry.