Workers Issues in the US

UAW moves to wrap up concessions contracts for Nexteer workers, component drivers

By Shannon Jones, 28 November 2015

After pushing through sellout agreements at the Big Three, the UAW is planning similar contracts for parts companies.

“All our local union officials are ignoring us and hiding from us”

UAW, media silent on allegations of fraud in Ford contract vote

By Shannon Jones, 26 November 2015

It is nearly one week since the conclusion of the vote at Ford, and there has been no reaction by the corporate media or the United Auto Workers to widespread claims of vote rigging.

Thousands laid off as employment crisis deepens in Appalachia

Ashland, Kentucky steel furnace idled

By Naomi Spencer, 26 November 2015

In Ashland, Kentucky, 1,100 employees of AK Steel received notice that they would be laid off in mid-December, just before Christmas.

The UAW’s illegitimate vote at Ford

Form rank-and-file factory committee to carry forward the fight!

By Jerry White, 24 November 2015

The resort to fraud by the UAW has taught thousands of workers that the United Auto Workers is nothing but a corporate syndicate of cheap labor contractors.

Lessons of the autoworkers’ battle

By Jerry White, 23 November 2015

The resort to gangster-like methods has further discredited the UAW and taught workers that the only way they can defend their interests is by casting off the dead weight of this corporate-labor syndicate.

“The workers will never forget what happened here”

Dearborn Assembly workers allege fraud in UAW-Ford contract vote

By Tim Rivers, 23 November 2015

Autoworkers reacted with disbelief, anger and profound skepticism to the United Auto Workers’ announcement Friday that its agreement with Ford had been ratified with 51 percent support.

The vote at Ford and the way forward for autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2015

Whether or not the UAW succeeds in securing or manufacturing a “yes” vote, the developments at Ford have once again exposed the unbridgeable gulf between the UAW and the workers it claims to represent.

With contract facing defeat UAW bullies Michigan Ford workers to ratify deal

By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2015

Ford workers in Dearborn, Michigan are casting the deciding votes on the national contract as the UAW pursues a heavy-handed last minute ratification push.

Autoworkers denounce UAW attack on WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters

By our reporters, 20 November 2015

The forcible removal of WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters from a press conference exposes the UAW’s fear of and hostility to the workers that it claims to represent.

US: Lockout of 2,200 steelworkers enters fourth month

By Evan Winters, 20 November 2015

As the lockout of 2,200 Allegheny Technologies workers enters its fourth month, picketing workers denounced the USW for isolating and betraying their struggle.

With Ford pact in jeopardy, UAW intensifies economic blackmail

By Jerry White, 19 November 2015

After Ford workers at two Louisville factories overwhelmingly voted “no,” the United Auto Workers held a hastily called press conference to threaten workers with plant closings and layoffs.

Injunction issued against Kohler strikers in Wisconsin

By James Brewer, 19 November 2015

The restraining order was issued by a Sheboygan County circuit court judge after the company filed a complaint charging that pickets were causing a traffic jam.

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”

Chicago Ford workers reject UAW-corporate agreement

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.

UAW contracts sanction moves to eliminate small car production in US

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”

Kansas City autoworkers vote “no” on UAW-Ford contract

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.

Wisconsin Kohler workers strike against two-tier wage

By Shannon Jones, 17 November 2015

On Monday, a huge crowd of strikers and supporters blocked traffic outside the headquarters of the plumbing, kitchen and bathroom supply company.

Opposition grows as votes begin on UAW-Ford sellout

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

Anger grows as Ford workers begin voting on UAW sellout

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.

Kraft Heinz and Alcoa among companies cutting hundreds of jobs in upstate New York

By Steve Filips, 12 November 2015

Kraft has four plants with 1,279 workers scattered throughout upstate New York of which three were slated to be closed.

Vote “no” on UAW-Ford sellout contract!

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”

UAW-Ford deal creates new tier of low-paid workers

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.

Steelworkers’ union may cut strike pay for 2,200 locked-out workers

By Evan Winters, 11 November 2015

Locked-out workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. report that the USW is considering a plan to cut their grossly inadequate strike pay.

UAW Ford Council approves sellout deal

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.

UAW scabs do bidding of US auto companies

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.

Ford workers denounce UAW efforts to push through sellout contract

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.

UAW prepares to override skilled trades workers’ rejection of GM contract

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.

UAW seeks to ram through Ford deal as results at GM show split vote

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.

Bus crash kills six migrant workers in Arkansas

By Tom Eley, 7 November 2015

The crash in Arkansas underscores the highly exploitative nature of farm labor in the US, which is heavily dependent on undocumented and itinerant immigrant workers.

Stiff opposition to UAW-GM deal as balloting concludes

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.”

Skilled trades workers voting against UAW-GM agreement

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.

Substantial opposition to UAW-GM sellout remains as voting continues

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.

UAW officials spout company line

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.

Oxfam report exposes inhuman conditions of poultry workers

By Mike Stapleton, 5 November 2015

The report states that “the industry takes advantage of workers who live and work in a climate of fear.”

Close vote on UAW-GM contract reveals deep discontent

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.

UAW sanctions closure of GM assembly plant in Wisconsin

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.

Wages and jobs cut as American Apparel files for bankruptcy

By Adam Mclean, 4 November 2015

American Apparel announced earlier this year that it would be eliminating $30 million in “operating expenses.”

UAW using economic blackmail in effort to ram through sellout deal

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”

GM Subsystems workers demand equal pay

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.

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.

The mergers boom, the financial oligarchy and imperialism

By Andre Damon, 30 October 2015

The rapid growth of mergers and acquisitions is an expression not of economic vitality, but of the rot and parasitism at the heart of global capitalism.

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.

Vote “no” on UAW-GM sellout contract!

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.

"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.

Detroit Water and Sewerage workers express anger over layoffs

By James Brewer, 27 October 2015

The claim by Brenda Jones of the Detroit City Council that they were in the dark about the DWSD plan to lay off key employees is a lie.

Ahead of plans for 5,000 layoffs

ISO-led Chicago Teachers Union aligns itself with mayor against teachers

By Kristina Betinis, 27 October 2015

CTU Vice President and ISO member Jesse Sharkey’s statements and actions in relation to the contract talks are indistinguishable from those of any garden variety union sellout artist.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 October 2015

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

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.

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.

Amidst mass coal mine layoffs, West Virginia takes blunt ax to budget

By Naomi Spencer, 21 October 2015

With coal tax revenue “in free fall,” Governor Earl Ray Tomblin abruptly enacted $100 million in budget cuts by executive order.

Letter from Ohio GM worker on UAW betrayal of Kmart struggle

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.

Detroit water system layoffs signal pro-corporate transformation

By James Brewer, 20 October 2015

The latest round of layoffs at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department are the outcome of measures imposed last year as a result of the city’s bankruptcy.

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.

Detroit transit workers face poverty wages under new contract

By Debra Watson, 17 October 2015

For current drivers, the starting wage will be $12.06 per hour, an annual income barely more than the official federal poverty level of $24,250 for a family of four.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 October 2015

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

The government-union conspiracy to raid US workers’ pensions

By Andre Damon, 10 October 2015

The Obama administration, Wall Street, major corporations and the trade unions have conspired to slash hundreds of billions of dollars from multi-employer pension funds.

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.

“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.

Teamsters pension fund to slash benefits for 400,000 retirees

By Andre Damon, 9 October 2015

The White House, major corporations and the Teamsters union are colluding to slash the fund’s pension benefits by an average of 23 percent.

UAW pushes through Blue Cross contract on revote

By E. Galen, 9 October 2015

After a crushing 72 percent rejection vote, the UAW imposed essentially the same contract on workers at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.

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.

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

”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.

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.

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

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.

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.

US bankruptcy judge overturns A&P supermarket labor agreements

By Alan Whyte, 30 September 2015

A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that benefits and rights of supermarket workers at the supermarket chain A&P can be drastically cut.

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.

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.

Teachers strike in Scranton, Pennsylvania

By a correspondent, 29 September 2015

Some 900 teachers and support staff are striking against cuts to health care and increased class sizes.

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.

US coal giant seeks to eliminate health care for retirees

By Samuel Davidson, 28 September 2015

Years of working in the coal fields produce an array of health problems, from back and spine injury to black lung.