The UAW grants a one-month contract to Volvo after workers voted to strike against attacks on wages, benefits, and working conditions.
The Autoworker Newsletter, published by the World Socialist Web Site, provides a voice for autoworkers and advances a fighting program to mobilize workers against the ruling class’ deadly “herd immunity” and back-to-work policies, and for the right to a good-paying, secure and safe job for all.
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter insists that a successful fight is only possible by building new organizations of struggle, rank-and-file safety committees in the factories, democratically controlled by workers themselves and armed with a new political strategy.
In opposition to the “Buy American” nationalism and pro-capitalism of the UAW, we say workers in the US must unite with our brothers and sisters in Mexico, Canada and throughout the world against the global auto giants, and that the struggle must be based on a socialist perspective defending workers’ rights and interests—not the profit interests of the corporate and financial elite.
We encourage workers to join this fight and to send us information on workplace conditions. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’ve had whole teams testing positive for COVID”
The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter recently had a conversation with a JNAP worker, who reported unsafe conditions and widespread COVID-19 cases at the plant.
The ongoing microchip shortage is intensifying, disrupting production at virtually every major automaker.
Autoworkers speak out against 84-hour workweek for skilled trades at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant: “It seems like torture”
Inside the plant, anger is simmering among both skilled trades and production workers, who have been subjected to months of forced overtime even as the virus spreads out of control.
The Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network is a national organization of workers throughout the auto industry who have organized to oppose the unsafe working conditions enforced in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic by the auto companies and the United Auto Workers.
Shut down the auto industry to save lives until a vaccine is available to all! Full compensation for all workers!
Just as no soldier wants to be the last one shot before a peace treaty, there is no justification for any further deaths to build Jeeps or F-150s while millions of people wait to be vaccinated.
Autoworkers in Saline, like their brothers and sisters at Faurecia Gladstone in Indiana, join a national network of rank-and-file committees that is fighting for a complete shutdown of the auto industry with full compensation for workers.
While it is telling workers to shut up and keep working, the UAW has pulled its own stewards from the plant floor, and Solidarity House is still working remotely.
We demand that the company and the IBEW union make public all information, including dates and locations of cases, on the spread of the coronavirus in the plant.
A member of the FCA Jefferson North Assembly Rank and File Safety Committee describes management’s flouting of safety protocols at the factory.
Neither the UAW nor Ford has addressed any of the safety issues inside the Kansas City Assembly plant since production restarted in May.
Autoworkers are being deprived of the most basic information about the spread of infections in their workplaces.
Thousands walk out in Matamoros as Mexican government lets corporations continue production during pandemic
A year after wildcat strikes involving 70,000 workers, the maquiladora workers in Matamoros are leading the fight against the dangers workers face from Covid-19.
José Luis H., who worked in the plant’s car body area, was the last confirmed death, on December 19. The plant’s Human Resources manager, who had overseen the firing of workers for challenging the lack of protections against COVID-19, also died earlier this month.
After 26 years working for GM, Sergio Contreras was fired after he quarantined, challenging the efforts of the corporation to cover up COVID-19 outbreaks and continue production.
The coverup of COVID-19 cases by GM and hundreds of manufacturing companies across Mexico is not only sanctioned by the López Obrador government, it is part of an official policy of under-reporting cases.
Asked about how workers should respond across North America, a worker said: “Through a strike protest to demand no reopening until it’s safe and the virus has been eradicated.”
The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter urges workers to support the GM workers at the Silao, Mexico factory, who were fired for supporting the 40-day strike by GM workers in the US.
AFL-CIO, Mexican government seek to chain renewed struggles across Matamoros to “independent” trade unions
After the historic wildcat strikes earlier this year, the channeling of a resurgence of struggles behind the trade union bureaucracy poses immense dangers to the working class.