By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 January 2020
2020 began with a fiery speech by the CEO of the world’s largest auto company, Volkswagen, in which he announced a “radical restructuring of the group” and the “slaughter of sacred cows.”
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 January 2020
Norwood Jewell will spend 15 months in a cottage in a minimum security prison nicknamed “the University.”
By Marcus Day, 23 January 2020
The layoffs further discredit the UAW’s hollow promises of a “pathway” to full-time employment for temporary workers.
By Jessica Goldstein, 20 January 2020
The serious allegations of safety problems with Tesla’s vehicles and the suffering of the workers who build them are bound up with the subordination of the means of production to the capitalist system.
“What the automakers looked for was flexibility, and they maintained a lot of flexibility”
By Marcus Day, 20 January 2020
The presentations made clear that the United Auto Workers’ betrayal of the 40-day national strike by General Motors workers paved the way for massive concessions.
By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2020
The appointment of UAW Region 1D director Gerald Kariem to head the union’s Ford department elevates another long-time bureaucrat into the top leadership.
By Tom Hall, 13 January 2020
This move reveals the pattern for the future: a small trickle of temps hired in, with the rest strung out on a nearly unattainable “pathway” before being disposed of.
By Steve Filips, 11 January 2020
The announcement comes only months after the UAW’s betrayal of the Mack Truck strike last year.
By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2020
According to press reports Gamble and Settles may be linked to bribes paid by businessman Jason Gordon in exchange for the award of contracts for merchandise.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 10 January 2020
Amid the looming threat of war after the US killing of Iranian General Suleimani, the statement calls workers to fight against war and the environmental destruction that triggered Australia’s bushfires.
By Tom Hall, 8 January 2020
The sellout contracts imposed by the United Auto Workers on GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler workers has set the stage for new and more explosive struggles.
By Nick Beams, 3 January 2020
According to the head of Ghosn’s own Japanese legal team: “A very large organisation must have acted to pull this off.”
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 January 2020
The study found a staggering 85 percent increase in opioid deaths in counties which experienced a plant closure.
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 27 December 2019
The militant workers’ group Generating Movement at the General Motors assembly plant in Silao, Mexico, express their appreciation to workers in the United States for supporting their defense fund.
By Jerry White, 19 December 2019
The $47 billion deal will create the world’s fourth largest automaker by sales, trailing only Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor and the Renault-Nissan alliance.
By Carl Bronski, 18 December 2019
The Unifor union suppressed all opposition to the closure of the factory while stoking animosity toward Mexican autoworkers.
By Brunna Machado, 17 December 2019
The Ford plant closure follows a series of similar union-imposed defeats that have radically changed the Brazilian auto industry.
By Ed Hightower, 17 December 2019
UAW local 2069 still has not made so much as a single Facebook post acknowledging the announced layoffs.
By George Gallanis, 17 December 2019
The newly announced layoffs come after Deere cut 163 workers in October and revealed last month plans to lay off more workers through a “voluntary separation program.” Despite this, the United Auto Workers has idly stood by, giving Deere the greenlight to continue its layoffs unabated.
“We are all working people. We should be fighting together”
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters, 16 December 2019
Campaigners for the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter went to auto plants in Southeast Michigan this weekend to distribute material explaining the case of the victimized Mexican autoworkers known as the Silao Seven and appeal for support on their behalf.
Feds subpoena security camera footage and visitor logs in investigation of July fire at Detroit UAW headquarters
By Jessica Goldstein, 14 December 2019
The details of the subpoena were revealed just two weeks after US Attorney Matthew Schneider said government oversight of the UAW was a “definite possibility” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
By Tom Hall, 12 December 2019
Fiat Chrysler workers were in no mood to be strung out and isolated on the picket line, as GM workers were two months ago, forced to subsist on $275 per week in strike pay during the Christmas holidays.
Defend the Silao Seven!
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 11 December 2019
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.
By K. Nesan, 10 December 2019
With the help of the unions and their works council representative, the auto manufacturer wants to destroy 10,000 jobs by 2022.
“They are jamming this down our throats:” Fiat Chrysler workers denounce UAW for rushing vote on sellout contract
By Jerry White, 10 December 2019
Just days after dumping the thousand-page contract on its web site, the UAW is holding a series of snap votes which it plans to conclude by Wednesday.
“All you have given us is a slap in the face”
By Tim Rivers and K. Nahsir, 9 December 2019
The United Auto Workers is attempting to pull a fast one on autoworkers by moving to ram through the thousand-page contract less than a week before voting began.
GM sends termination notices to 48 TPT workers in Indiana less than two months after UAW signs concessions contract
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 December 2019
The contract makes clear that the so-called “pathway” to regular employment in the contract highlights touted by the UAW is a fraud.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 7 December 2019
The United Auto Workers is seeking to ram through a sellout contract at Fiat Chrysler which will lay the basis for the expanded use of temporary workers, further attacks on health care and integrate the union even more closely with corporate management.
By Tom Hall, 5 December 2019
The deal reached with FCA does not even include the fig leaf “pathway” for temporary workers to regular employment found in the GM and Ford contracts.
By Arun Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 5 December 2019
Union leaders are attempting to divert Motherson workers along reactionary Tamil nationalist lines.
By Jerry White, 4 December 2019
The concessions forced on GM and Ford workers were imposed by the United Auto Workers, which a lawsuit by GM describes as an organization that was “acquired” by Fiat Chrysler.
By Shannon Jones, 3 December 2019
In a rare interview with the Detroit News, US Attorney Matthew Schneider, who is leading the investigation into UAW corruption, said a federal takeover of the union “shouldn’t be taken off the table.”
By Carl Bronski, 3 December 2019
Unifor officials feigned shock over the arbitrator’s decision. But time and again the union has imposed concessions in exchange for “ironclad” job guarantees that quickly proved worthless.
By Jerry White, 2 December 2019
The UAW plans to get local officials to rubber stamp the deal on Wednesday and start ratification votes by the end of the week.
By K. Nesan, 30 November 2019
The announcement is part of a sweeping assault on jobs in the international auto industry.
By George Gallanis, 30 November 2019
The “voluntary separation program” was announced just prior to Deere’s posting of lower net income during its fourth quarterly earnings call.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 November 2019
The announcement of 9,500 job cuts by the German automaker Audi is part of a global offensive against the jobs and living standards of autoworkers all over the world.
By K. Nesan, 28 November 2019
Hardly a day passes without a large or small company announcing redundancies and savings measures in highly industrialize state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany.
UAW keeps FCA workers in the dark on contract talks, painting corruption exposures as “outside distractions”
By Marcus Day, 28 November 2019
In a letter to FCA workers Monday, UAW-FCA Vice President Cindy Estrada attempted to pretend as if the corruption scandal had no bearing on otherwise pristine negotiations.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 27 November 2019
The job cuts are part of a global offensive against autoworkers, which could cost at least 15 percent of the jobs of Germany’s 820,000 workers in the auto and parts industries.
Co-workers say Detroit Fiat Chrysler worker died after being told to pay $800 for ambulance ride to hospital
By Shannon Jones, 27 November 2019
The young autoworker suffering chest pains died after being forced to drive himself to the hospital because management said he would have to pay $828 for a ride in an EMS vehicle.
By Jerry White, 25 November 2019
The resignation of Pearson follows last week’s departure of union president Gary Jones and the explosive lawsuit by GM, which described the UAW as an “FCA-controlled enterprise.”
GM bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler fueling growing outrage among autoworkers over UAW corruption
By Tom Hall, 23 November 2019
The lawsuit is part of a ruthless struggle over market share in the auto industry, under conditions of an accelerating global downturn and an escalation of the attack on autoworkers.
By Eric London, 22 November 2019
The extraordinary lawsuit filed by General Motors peels back the curtain on the “purchase” of the United Auto Workers by Fiat Chrysler and the other automakers.
“We want back all the money that was taken from us”
By Shannon Jones, 22 November 2019
The explosive allegations contained in the pending General Motors lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler, detailing the company’s buying of the UAW leadership, have further enraged FCA workers facing a new contract battle
UAW President Gary Jones resigns as GM lawsuit charges that UAW is a “controlled enterprise” of Fiat Chrysler
By Jerry White, 21 November 2019
Jones’ resignation came after the UAW International Executive Board, in an act of damage control, took measures to remove and expel him.
By Shannon Jones, 20 November 2019
The United Auto Workers has been silent on the progress of negotiations with Fiat Chrysler amid indications the company will not agree to terms of the Ford and General Motors agreements.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 November 2019
The public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig has now brought charges against four VW managers, accused of paying excessive salaries and bonuses to five works council representatives.
By Jerry White, 18 November 2019
After barely navigating past the opposition of GM and Ford workers, the UAW is now colluding with Fiat Chrysler executives to maintain the company’s cost advantage over its industry rivals.
By Tom Hall, 16 November 2019
The vote, in which more workers voted “no” or abstained than voted in favor, is a declaration of no confidence in the UAW.
“We’re all in the same boat all over the world, fighting these greedy billionaires”
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 November 2019
Workers at Ford’s Romeo Engine plant were livid over the union sanctioning the shutdown of the factory
By Tom Hall, 15 November 2019
The measures amount to window dressing, implemented by the members of the same criminal bureaucracy.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 November 2019
Workers at Chicago Ford Assembly Plant in Chicago and Chicago Ford Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, Illinois complained of extreme variations of the temperature in the plants earlier this week as record low temperatures swept across the Midwestern US.
By Tom Hall, 14 November 2019
Although the UAW and corporate media are gloating over the prospect of getting the new Ford contract ratified, 42 percent of the workers have voted “No” and thousands more are boycotting the vote out of disgust with the UAW.
Ford Kentucky Truck workers speak out against contract: “The people on the floor don’t trust the UAW”
By Marcus Day and Tim Rivers, 12 November 2019
The UAW has scheduled the contract vote at the biggest Ford local at the very end, fearful that a large “no” vote would catalyze opposition.
From the archive of the WSWS
By Shannon Jones, 12 November 2019
The article, first published in 2015, details the corporatist degeneration of the UAW and its transformation into a bribed tool of management.
By Marcus Day, 11 November 2019
Anger is growing since workers have learned that the deal would allow Ford to deploy the high-tech surveillance methods increasingly perfected by Amazon.
Amidst growing opposition
By Shannon Jones, 9 November 2019
The contract gives management the right to carry out video recording and motion tracking to drive up productivity and discipline workers.
By Tim Rivers, 8 November 2019
Several workers who attended a meeting Wednesday said United Auto Workers Local 600 officials ejected a veteran autoworker who raised questions about the UAW-backed deal.
By Tom Hall, 8 November 2019
The United Auto Workers is currently trying to ram through a concessions contract at Ford following the shutdown of the GM strike, even as its president faces imminent charges for stealing workers’ money.
By Marcus Day, 7 November 2019
Ashton, the highest-ranking UAW official charged in the corruption investigation, is accused of overseeing a multi-million dollar kickback scheme through GM’s Center for Human Resources.
By Jerry White, 7 November 2019
In the first major Ford assembly plant to vote, 1,497 workers (62 percent) voted “no” on the deal and 913 (38 percent) voted “yes,” according to figures released by UAW Local 551.
By Esther Galen, 6 November 2019
The joint Company-Union Committee overseeing health care will make drastic changes to help Ford cut costs.
By Samuel Davidson, 6 November 2019
The United Auto Workers forced through a concessions contract for 3,600 workers at Volvo-Mack Truck plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida after calling off a 12-day strike a week earlier.
Feds may have secretly recorded UAW President Gary Jones ordering cover-up of embezzlement of union funds
By Jerry White, 5 November 2019
Details in the indictment against Jones confidante Edward N. Robinson indicate that the FBI likely has undercover recordings of Jones ordering Robinson to destroy evidence and take the fall for him, according to the Detroit News.
By Marcus Day, 4 November 2019
The UAW-Ford deal allows for an unlimited number of buyouts of older production workers, facilitating a vast expansion of lower-paid temporary workers.
By Shannon Jones, 2 November 2019
The tentative agreement announced with Ford will further advance the restructuring of the auto industry into a low wage sector employing large numbers of contingent workers.
By Tom Hall, 2 November 2019
The rise and fall of Gary Jones demonstrates the United Auto Workers is a criminal syndicate that is no less hostile to the interest of autoworkers than the auto companies themselves.
By Joseph Kishore, 2 November 2019
The latest allegations, involving the embezzlement of $1.5 million in dues money, follow the shutdown of the GM strike as the UAW attempts to ram through a pro-company agreement with Ford.
By Shannon Jones, 1 November 2019
The creation of the fourth largest auto company in the world will intensify the global struggle for market share and profits amid mounting trade war and signs of recession.
By Jerry White, 1 November 2019
The UAW-Ford National Council is meeting today to rubber-stamp a deal that sanctions the slashing of jobs and creation of a largely disposable temporary workforce.
By Marcus Day and Steve Filips, 31 October 2019
The UAW is looking to quickly overcome opposition among workers at Ford and impose its sellout “pattern” agreement reached with GM.
By Carl Bronski, 31 October 2019
The announcement is part of an ongoing $11 billion global restructuring program initiated by Ford last year.
By Jerry White, 30 October 2019
In a conference call, GM CEO Mary Barra said the agreement would allow the company to slash manufacturing costs and expand the use of low-paid temps.
By Andrea Lobo, 29 October 2019
GM is continuing its vendetta against nine courageous workers at the Silao plant fired for refusing GM’s demands that they increase production and undermine the US strike.
By Jerry White, 29 October 2019
Flint Assembly workers, including a 19-year veteran of GM, have been targeted in a campaign of retaliation aimed at silencing opposition to the corporations and the UAW.
“Temporary workers are human too”
By Evan Blake, 29 October 2019
Four days before the strike at General Motors began, the company fired Chad Bell, who had been working 17-hour shifts for months in order to pay for surgery to treat cancer and herniated disks.
By Tom Hall, 28 October 2019
The shutdown of the strike has been followed by the victimization of workers who exercised their free speech rights by criticizing the company and the UAW on Facebook and other social media platforms.
By Marcus Day, 28 October 2019
If the UAW has succeeded in the short term in forcing the company’s demands through, it has done so at the expense of even further discrediting itself among workers.
“I really don’t believe it… It was so shady”
By Shannon Jones, 26 October 2019
Bitterness and anger are brewing after the UAW shut down the 40-day strike by 48,000 General Motors workers and announced the ratification of a concessions contract.
“The UAW officials can’t be trusted, they’re greedy just like the company”
By Jerry White, 25 October 2019
Given the widespread hostility to the contract, workers expressed shock and disbelief at the large “yes” vote reported by the UAW at several locals.
By Tom Hall, 25 October 2019
The shutdown of the strike, the longest strike in the American auto industry in 50 years, exposes the UAW as an agent of corporate management, organically hostile to the interests of autoworkers.
By Moses Rajkumar and Sasi Kumar, 25 October 2019
Emboldened by the AICCTU’s isolation, management is intensifying its witch hunt of striking workers and has now suspended 44 workers since the strike began on August 26.
By Samuel Davidson, 24 October 2019
Workers at the GM Lordstown Assembly Plant denounced the contract, which will result in the loss of their jobs and their forced relocation. Treatment of temporary workers was also a top concern.
By Jerry White, 23 October 2019
The UAW has decided the deal will pass and is running roughshod over the democratic rights of workers in order to end the strike on the company’s terms.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 October 2019
Roy A. McCombs was crossing the road to the picket on the bridge that leads from Highway 31 to the plant’s south entrance when he was struck by a car.
By Jerry White, 22 October 2019
The vote by Spring Hill GM workers is a blow to the UAW, which is holding a quick succession of votes in hopes of shutting down the powerful five-week strike on management’s terms.
By Tom Hall, 21 October 2019
The union is determined to run roughshod over the democratic rights of workers to force through their sellout deal with General Motors.
By our reporters, 21 October 2019
The deal announced by the UAW last Thursday betrays all the demands GM workers struck for.
From the archive of the World Socialist Web Site
By Jerry White, 21 October 2019
The still unexplained death of Jacoby, a 21-year-old temporary part-time worker at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant, exemplifies the brutal treatment of temps, a central issue in the GM strike.
As UAW-company talks restart
By Nick Barrickman, 21 October 2019
Mack-Volvo workers face a conspiracy between the company and the United Auto Workers trade union, which is seeking to isolate them under conditions of growing class struggle.
By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2019
UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is now headed to prison for taking illegal payouts from Fiat Chrysler.
By Marcus Day, 21 October 2019
The strike by 48,000 US General Motors is part of an eruption of social struggle throughout the United States and the world.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 20 October 2019
With this tentative agreement, the suspicions of many workers have been confirmed: the UAW is a bribed tool of corporate management.
By Tom Hall, 19 October 2019
The contract creates the conditions for a vast expansion in the use of temporary employees, while the supposed “pathway” to regular employment is worthless.
“They sold us out again!”
By our reporters, 19 October 2019
The contract maintains the hated multi-tier wage and benefit system; creates the conditions for expanding the use of temporary workers; and sanctions the closure of four facilities.
By Steve Filips, 19 October 2019
The strike by over 3,500 Mack-Volvo workers at production facilities in Pennsylvania and Maryland will force the layoff of 3,000 employees at the New River Valley Volvo Truck Assembly factory in Dublin, Virginia.
By Tom Hall, 18 October 2019
The UAW is attempting to force through concessions that will set a new benchmark for exploitation for generations to come.
By a WSWS reporting team, 18 October 2019
Autoworkers on the General Motors picket lines, at Ford and Fiat Chrysler factories and on social media are denouncing the tentative agreement the United Auto Workers is trying to ram through.
Workers must organize now to defeat the sellout
By Jerry White, 17 October 2019
As details of the UAW-GM tentative contract begin to leak out, it becomes increasingly clear that the UAW has betrayed everything for which workers have fought in the month-long strike.