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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
At least one worker, Mark Bianchi, is already dead, a relative confirmed recently on Facebook, and the United Auto Workers union has pulled virtually all of its shop stewards from the floor, pointing to an outbreak potentially without precedent in the US industry.
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.
The committee has independently confirmed two separate outbreaks on opposite sides of the plant, suggesting a larger outbreak may be underway.
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.
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.
GM workers in Silao, Mexico, report eighth death from COVID-19, as corporation fires vulnerable workers
GM and the corporate-controlled Confederation of Mexican Workers have refused to provide workers with any information about COVID-19 cases in the plant.
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.