The 2015 US autoworkers contract fight
Auto companies continue assault on jobs, working conditions
By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2016
The warning raised by the SEP and the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about the rotten nature of the contracts negotiated by the UAW is being borne out.
“This is a great agreement for our company”
By Jerry White, 1 December 2015
Ford boss Mark Field told investors the new agreement with the United Auto Workers would cost the automaker less than 1.5 percent more per year, below the current rate of inflation.
By Shannon Jones, 30 November 2015
The business press is gloating over the fact that the new contracts imposed on autoworkers by the UAW are tailored to the needs of the auto bosses.
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”
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.
“It seems it was going to pass regardless.”
By Shannon Jones, 24 November 2015
Attention in particular is focused on UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan where a huge “yes” vote allegedly provided the margin for ratification by a razor-thin 51 percent.
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.
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”
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.
By Joseph Kishore, 21 November 2015
With only the Dearborn Assembly Complex still to finish voting, the contract was headed for defeat on Thursday, as the UAW required an overwhelming majority “yes” vote at the remaining plants.
By our reporter, 21 November 2015
Skilled trades workers rejected the UAW-GM deal by nearly 60 percent, which according to the UAW constitution means the contract did not pass.
“I am not surprised…because that’s the way they treat us”
By our reporters, 21 November 2015
Autoworkers from throughout the US are denouncing the actions of UAW officials in throwing Autoworker Newsletter reporters out of a press conference on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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 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 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.
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.