Auto Workers Issues
Video shows UAW officials grabbing cell phone, forcibly ejecting WSWS reporters from press conference
By Shannon Jones, 19 November 2015
The UAW’s thuggish actions against the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reflect its hostility to the working class and its fear of any exposure of its conspiracy with the auto companies.
“It’s pretty obvious that the UAW is a pro-company organization”
By our reporters, 19 November 2015
Workers who rejected the sellout agreement at the Chicago Assembly and Louisville Assembly plants spoke with the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.
By Jerry White, 18 November 2015
Nearly half of Ford’s 53,000 workers began voting Tuesday at four major plants in Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, following the rejection of the contract at Kansas City Assembly.
18 November 2015
UAW officials from Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan physically ejected two WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters from a press conference and forcibly took a cell phone being used to record the incident.
By Eric London, 17 November 2015
The United Auto Workers rejects any struggle to unify workers in Mexico, Canada and the US in a common fight against the transnational auto giants.
“It’s terrible, a slap in the face”
By our reporters, 17 November 2015
Opposition to the contract at Ford is widespread, with at least 45 percent of workers voting “no” thus far, including 54 percent at the Kansas City Assembly Plant.
“Ford is making record profits…and we’re living paycheck to paycheck”
By Marcus Day, 16 November 2015
Supporters of the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter campaigned for a “no” vote among Ford workers at plants in Michigan and Illinois over the weekend.
By Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2015
The rejection of the deal by skilled trades workers at General Motors was a reflection of widespread opposition to the contracts, which the UAW is seeking to override.
By Eric London, 14 November 2015
The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to an autoworker about working and growing up in Kokomo, Indiana.
By Shannon Jones, 13 November 2015
Sterling Axle workers in suburban Detroit picketed a UAW information meeting to call for a “no” vote on the tentative agreement
By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2015
The UAW is attempting to rush through a contract ratification vote without giving workers time to analyze the agreement and mobilize opposition.
12 November 2015
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges Ford workers to distribute this statement to fellow workers at the plants and upcoming contract votes.
“The UAW is a shill for the company”
By Jerry White, 11 November 2015
While falsely claiming to have created a “path” to traditional wages for second-tier workers, the UAW-Ford contract creates a third tier of workers at three plants.
By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2015
The council rubber stamped the contract at a hastily convened meeting at the UAW-Ford National Program Center even before the final approval of the GM settlement.
By Jerry White, 9 November 2015
The UAW is seeking to rush through a new contract on Ford workers, finalizing its campaign to impose the dictates of the auto executives and Wall Street.
By our reporters, 9 November 2015
The UAW is moving quickly to force Ford workers to vote on a sellout deal, with the UAW Council meeting today and votes planned for as soon as this week.
By Joseph Kishore, 9 November 2015
According to the UAW’s bylaws, for a contract to pass it must be backed by both production and skilled trades workers, and the latter rejected the deal with GM by nearly 60 percent.
By Shannon Jones and Joseph Kishore, 7 November 2015
The announcement of a deal at Ford came the same day that the UAW reported that skilled trades workers had voted against the agreement at GM.
By Dietmar Henning, 7 November 2015
The expanding scandal involves efforts by VW to manipulate emissions readings to cut costs on investing in clean engine technology.
By Jerry White, 6 November 2015
Despite the all-out effort of the UAW to ram through the sellout deal, which will expand the two-tier wage system, large numbers of autoworkers are voting “no.”
By Shannon Jones, 6 November 2015
According to the UAW constitution, a contract must be supported by both production and skilled trades workers, though the union has simply overridden this requirement before.
By Eric London, 5 November 2015
Messages to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter give a glimpse of the deep hostility of workers toward the UAW’s effort to ram through the contract.
By Jerry White, 5 November 2015
Fearing that a struggle by autoworkers will disrupt their lucrative relations with management, UAW officials are saying a strike would lead to disaster.
By Shannon Jones, 4 November 2015
Vote results show strong opposition to the GM sellout deal despite an all-out drive by the UAW to secure ratification.
By George Gallanis, 4 November 2015
The Janesville, Wisconsin, Assembly Plant, idled since 2009, will be permanently closed under the terms of the proposed UAW-GM contract.
By Jerry White, 3 November 2015
After the defeat of its deal by Kansas City GM workers, the United Auto Workers has redoubled its efforts to push through the agreement.
“The UAW doesn’t give a damn about the workers”
By Shannon Jones, 3 November 2015
Workers at the subsidiary of General Motors are manufacturing workers, but they are not covered under the UAW-GM national agreement and earn inferior wages and benefits.
By our correspondents, 3 November 2015
Workers are being left in the dark as company management and the trade union conspire behind the scenes on a radical restructuring of Volkswagen.
By our reporters, 3 November 2015
Transit and telecommunication workers in New York spoke to the WSWS about the common issues facing workers in different industries.
By Jerry White, 2 November 2015
Workers at GM’s Fairfax assembly plant voted by a two-to-one margin to reject the UAW-backed agreement with the giant automaker.
By Carl Bronski, 2 November 2015
Officials are claiming that the contract pushed through at Fiat Chrysler, and a tentative agreement at General Motors, validate “grow-in” concessions contracts forced on Canadian workers.
By Daniel de Vries, 2 November 2015
While workers are determined to resist the assault on their wages and benefits, the unions are working to prevent opposition from developing into a political conflict with the Democratic Party.
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.
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.”
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.
30 October 2015
A veteran GM worker detailed her opposition to the maintenance of the two-tier wage system.
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”
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.
Workers have the right to study the deal!
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.
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.
Letter from a GM Lordstown worker
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our correspondents, 12 October 2015
Autoworkers in Australia face the shutdown of the country's entire auto industry.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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”
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.
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.
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 .
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”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2 October 2015
With the Chrysler “no” vote, autoworkers have seized the initiative. The question now is: What next?
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.
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”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.