Auto Workers Issues
Labor Day in America
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Eric London, 26 August 2015
Autoworkers are increasingly seeing the bankruptcy of the nationalist orientation of the UAW.
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.
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.
By Jerry White, 24 August 2015
A campaign team distributed the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter to FCA workers in Brampton, Ontario.
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.
By Jerry White, 20 August 2015
Steelworkers are protesting against wage freezes and benefit cuts as autoworkers vote for strike action.
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.
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
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.
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.
By Shannon Jones, 13 August 2015
With US automakers recording massive profits UAW officials are striving to dampen expectations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Shannon Jones, 24 July 2015
Behind the scenes the parameters are being developed for a betrayal of auto workers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Shannon Jones, 18 June 2015
US automakers are reaffirming their determination to hold down labor costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Carl Bronski, 24 January 2015
The automaker has remained silent on its plans for continued production in Canada beyond 2017.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jan Peters, 7 November 2014
Thousands of job cuts are taking place at major assembly plants and in the parts industry.
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.
By Dietmar Henning, 22 October 2014
VW’s works council has presented a 400-page proposal aimed at tripling company profits.
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.
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.
By Marianne Arens, 12 August 2014
After completing the merger with Chrysler, Fiat has shifted its headquarters from Turin to Amsterdam.
By Carl Bronski, 23 July 2014
The Canadian auto union is lobbying for a massive handout to Fiat-Chrysler and preparing to impose further concessions on auto workers to secure it.
By Gabriel Black, 22 July 2014
By denying victims and their families access to the courts, the company stands to avoid billions of dollars in damages.
By Dietmar Henning, 22 July 2014
The German company plans to implement €5 in annual cost reductions within three years.
By Ben McGrath, 19 July 2014
Renault Samsung workers held a partial strike Monday demanding increased wages and other benefits.
By Gabriel Black, 17 July 2014
Documents obtained by the New York Times show that GM withheld information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about a fatal crash tied to a faulty ignition switch.
By our reporters, 14 July 2014
“They treat people like animals in Detroit,” a worker said. “In here it’s the same; you’re like a robot.”
“GM is alright with safety as long as it doesn’t interfere with sending parts out the door.”
By Jerry White, 3 July 2014
James L. Gibson, a 48-year-old worker for Quaker Chemical, was pronounced dead at Marion General Hospital about an hour after the blast.
By Gabriel Black, 2 July 2014
New documents released by Congress indicate high-ranking GM executives knew as early as 2005 about an ignition defect tied to fatal crashes.
By Arun Kumar and Kranti Kumara, 1 July 2014
The bail application hearing for the framed-up Maruti Suzuki India workers continues to drag on in the Supreme Court.
By Shannon Jones, 1 July 2014
GM hopes to settle on the cheap its liabilities from a deadly ignition defect tied to numerous fatal crashes.
By Michael Regens, 30 June 2014
In close collaboration with the trade unions, Germany’s third largest automaker is planning major wage cuts and rationalisation measures.
By Dietmar Henning, 23 June 2014
The union-backed contract is the climax of a campaign to carry out the closure of the GM-Opel factory in Bochum.
By Shannon Jones, 20 June 2014
A US House of Representatives panel investigating the recent GM recall failed to ask CEO Mary Barra or attorney Anton Valukas any serious or penetrating questions
By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2014
The same day as the event, the German metalworkers’ union signed a deal with GM-Opel sealing the fate of thousands of workers losing their jobs at the company’s Bochum plant.
By our correspondent, 18 June 2014
The move points to an accelerating shut down of the automotive industry in the country, orchestrated by governments, corporations and the unions.