By Jerry White, 21 September 2018
As autoworkers in Kokomo, Indiana and elsewhere come into struggle, the biggest obstacle they face is the corporatist and anti-working class United Auto Workers.
“Collectively we are powerful beyond measure”
By Jerry White, 20 September 2018
Two months after their unanimous strike vote, workers at FCA’s Indiana transmission plants are opposing the stalling tactics of the UAW.
By Shannon Jones, 17 September 2018
Both management and the UAW have maintained complete silence on the serious injury suffered last week by Eric Parsons at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Indiana.
By David Rodriguez, 14 September 2018
Detroit Manufacturing Systems, which opened to great fanfare in 2012, is typical of the low wage sweatshops that predominate in the auto parts industry.
By Marcus Day, 13 September 2018
The plant where a Fiat Chrysler worker was severely injured last week was cited for several serious safety violations last year by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
By Shannon Jones, 11 September 2018
The auto worker suffered severe, crippling injuries and faces a long and difficult recovery.
By Shannon Jones, 8 September 2018
The injury of a worker this week at the Fiat Chrysler Kokomo Casting Plant underscores the seriousness of workers’ concerns over health and safety conditions.
By Shannon Jones, 7 September 2018
The downgrading of Ford credit to near junk status is a shot across the bow by Wall Street to pressure management to intensify its attacks on workers.
By Keisha Gibbs, 6 September 2018
A young worker at the giant BMW sport utility vehicle plant described oppressive conditions, including the widespread use of contract workers and the general neglect of safety.
By Shannon Jones, 28 August 2018
In bribing officials of the United Auto Workers, the former Fiat Chrysler labor negotiator has insisted that he was carrying out management directives.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 August 2018
A sentencing memorandum directly links Fiat Chrysler payouts to the UAW to the effort to “obtain benefits, concessions and advantages in the negotiations and administration of collective bargaining agreements.”
On eve of strike deadline for 9,000 VW workers
By Alex González, 18 August 2018
To guarantee their demands for high wages and fully funded social services, autoworkers and farmers are each other’s most natural allies.
By Marcus Day, 17 August 2018
The latest revelation of bribery in the UAW corruption scandal follows Monday’s statement by lawyers for an indicted Chrysler executive that the conspiracy “started long before” 2009.
By Shannon Jones, 15 August 2018
In a sentencing memorandum, the lawyer for Alphons Iacobelli asserted that the bribery of UAW officials dates back “many years” earlier than has so far been charged by federal prosecutors, and involves many more officials.
“We need joint strike action, nationwide!”
By Tim Rivers, 13 August 2018
Autoworkers expressed their support for the widespread opposition among UPS workers to the sellout contracts agreed to last Thursday by a national meeting of Teamsters officials.
By Carl Bronski, 8 August 2018
An examination of the strike at Lordstown in 1972 sheds further light on how the union has acted, alongside management, to suppress the strivings of workers for decent jobs and conditions.
By Samuel Davidson, 6 August 2018
The UAW and GM are collaborating to close one or more of the company’s five remaining car assembly plants and throw thousands of more workers on to the unemployment lines as car sales continue to fall.
By Tim Rivers, 6 August 2018
In a career spanning two decades, Estrada, hailed in 2014 as the first Latina woman to join the union’s elite executive committee, has demonstrated that she is a typical bureaucratic hack.
“The UAW cannot be trusted”
By Shannon Jones, 4 August 2018
The UAW local is seeking to prevent a struggle over accumulated grievances and deteriorating conditions.
By Jessica Goldstein, 2 August 2018
The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter spoke with autoworkers in Chicago and Kokomo, Indiana about the corruption scandal which has wracked the United Auto Workers.
By Toby Reese, 31 July 2018
The company continues to show a net loss despite massive outside investments as it attempts to work out assembly line problems amid reports of serious workplace safety violations.
Mobilize the working class behind Indiana autoworkers
By the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 30 July 2018
If autoworkers are to prevent another sellout by the UAW, they must take control of the struggle into their own hands by electing rank-and-file strike committee.
“US autoworkers have to accept a culture of poverty”
By Marcus Day, 28 July 2018
Marchionne, the Italian-born executive who collaborated with the trade unions in brutally attacking the jobs, wages, and working conditions of autoworkers throughout the world, died Wednesday.
By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2018
The revelation that the just-retired UAW president authorized the illegal use of money from company-funded joint training centers demonstrates that the organization is engaged in a criminal conspiracy against auto workers.
By Shannon Jones, 25 July 2018
Nancy Johnson pleaded guilty to charges related to the illegal payout of more than $1.5 million by Fiat Chrysler aimed at securing favorable contract terms from the United Auto Workers.
By Marcus Day, 24 July 2018
Autoworkers are increasingly seeking to fight back against the deterioration of working conditions, in particular the atrocious treatment of temporary part-time (TPT) workers.
By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2018
Workers have expressed a determination to fight deteriorating working conditions, including management’s attempt to force temporary part-time workers to perform overtime.
By Alex González, 21 July 2018
About 50 workers were fired in retaliation for a strike action that took place in April against the company’s “protection union” contract.
IG Metall accepts mass redundancies and plant closures
By Marianne Arens, 18 July 2018
The IG Metall union has long since abandoned the factory in Leipzig.
By Shannon Jones, 14 July 2018
After pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegally diverted UAW-Chrysler training funds Monica Morgan faces just 18 months in jail, a $25,000 fine and one year supervised release.
“Like you, I want justice for Jacoby!”
10 July 2018
Fiat Chrysler workers in Ohio and Indiana sent messages to the family of Jacoby Hennings, who held a memorial picnic Sunday for the young autoworker who died last year.
“I demand a full and open investigation”
By our reporters, 10 July 2018
Niles and supporters attended a memorial picnic Sunday for the young autoworker who died at the Ford Woodhaven Stamping plant on October 20, 2017.
“Coby was loved by so many people”
By Jerry White, 9 July 2018
Hundreds of family members, friends and co-workers attended a memorial picnic in suburban Detroit Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of the young autoworker who died at the Woodhaven Stamping plant last October.
“This is a day to honor Coby”
By Jerry White, 5 July 2018
Family and friends are holding a memorial picnic on July 8 in the Detroit suburb of Eastpointe to honor the young Ford worker who died on October 20, 2017.
“They want us divided. Workers need to unite everywhere”
By Shannon Jones, 3 July 2018
The UAW is denouncing GM’s decision to build its new Chevrolet Blazer SUV in Mexico in order to divert attention from the union’s complicity in the wiping out of 1,500 jobs at the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant.
“The rank and file was absolutely not involved in these contract discussions”
By our reporters, 25 June 2018
The Teamsters are seeking to impose historic givebacks on UPS workers, who voted by 93 percent to authorize a strike against the giant corporation.
“If people on the shop floor had more power, things would be a whole lot better”
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 June 2018
The elimination of some 1,500 jobs at the Lordstown plant will have a devastating impact in the Youngstown-Warren region, which already struggles with high levels of poverty.
By Barry Mason, 21 June 2018
Instead of a campaign to mobilise its 22,000 members employed by Rolls-Royce to fight the cuts, Unite will facilitate whatever restructuring the company demands.
“They’re getting more money and we’re losing workers”
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 June 2018
Autoworkers at the GM Lordstown assembly plant expressed their disgust at both the company and the UAW as next Friday’s shutdown of the second shift looms.
“Everything they took from us needs to be returned, plus the money they stole”
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 June 2018
Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit spoke to the WSWS about the naming of the UAW as a “co-conspirator” in the corruption scandal.
As corruption scandal engulfs union, top execs get pay raise
By Jerry White, 14 June 2018
The four-day constitutional convention, which wraps up in Detroit today, was a showcase for the corruption of the UAW and its contempt for rank-and-file autoworkers.
Lordstown GM worker speaks out against pending layoffs
By Samuel Davidson, 13 June 2018
Some 1,500 Auto workers are set to be laid off June 22 at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
By Shannon Jones, 12 June 2018
Outgoing union president Dennis Williams repeated the absurd claim that the bribing of UAW negotiators by Fiat Chrysler executives had no impact on the outcome of the 2015 labor agreements.
By Shannon Jones, 9 June 2018
The UAW 37th Constitutional Convention is being held against a backdrop of rising worker militancy under conditions where the union is more discredited than ever.
“We need to unite workers everywhere”
Rank-and-file Lake Orion workers organize opposition to GM-UAW deal to hire low wage subcontract labor
By Shannon Jones, 2 June 2018
Anger is simmering in the plant following the revelation that the UAW signed a secret memorandum, without a vote by workers, to replace veteran workers with low-wage subcontractors.
By Marcus Day, 1 June 2018
Fueling outrage is the company’s brazen display of corporate greed, showering investors with hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends and stock buybacks.
By Shannon Jones, 29 May 2018
The extreme economic nationalism promoted by the UAW, the United Steelworkers and other unions dovetails with the fascistic “America First” nationalism of Trump and the far-right.
By Jerry White, 28 May 2018
Another former Fiat Chrysler executive pleads guilty in the corruption scandal engulfing the United Auto Workers union.
By Samuel Davidson, 26 May 2018
Lordstown workers are seething over a deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers to layoff the second shift at the plant while hiring subcontractors at lower pay and benefits.
By Keisha Gibbs, 23 May 2018
The carmaker is implementing a new manufacturing system to cut costs by an estimated 20 percent, or around $1.22 billion this year.
By Shannon Jones, 22 May 2018
Autoworkers deplored lack of safety training and the UAW’s collusion in management’s drive for more profits.
By Anthony Torres, 22 May 2018
Using the Socialist Party’s labor law and Macron’s labor decrees, automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroën plans to sack hundreds of workers and boost working times.
By Jessica Goldstein, 21 May 2018
Family, friends and coworkers paid tribute to Steven Wade, a 60-year-old welder who died last week from injuries he suffered at Caterpillar’s South Milwaukee plant on May 10.
By Shannon Jones, 17 May 2018
A 60-year-old Caterpillar worker died Monday of injuries he suffered at Caterpillar’s global mining equipment facility, which has been targeted by the company’s cost-reduction effort.
By Tim Rivers, 16 May 2018
In recent years the company has been cited for more than half a dozen safety violations, including several incidents where workers suffered serious burns.
By Ben McGrath, 16 May 2018
The KMWU isolated workers and forced through the approval of an agreement enabling a pro-business restructuring by the auto corporation.
By our reporters, 14 May 2018
Workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant described hazardous conditions and indifference from the company and UAW towards their safety concerns.
By Shannon Jones, 12 May 2018
The continuing erosion of safety and work conditions in US auto plants underscores the fact that joint union-management safety programs protect no one except the corporate stockholders.
“We are not robots, we are people!”
By Shannon Jones, 11 May 2018
The injury of Lynn Hagood is the latest in a series of fatal and near fatal incidents at auto factories in recent years, highlighting the hazardous conditions creating by incessant cost-cutting.
By Jerry White, 10 May 2018
The injured worker, identified by co-workers as Lynn Hagood, had her legs crushed by heavy machinery after falling into a pit on the trim and final assembly line.
“This is the deadliest plant I’ve ever worked in”
By Jerry White, 9 May 2018
Ford workers at the Flat Rock plant rebelled when management tried to restart production after a horrific accident in the early hours of May 4.
By Tom Hall, 9 May 2018
Last week’s firestorm at the Meridian Magnesium plant in Eaton Rapids exposes the dangerous conditions faced by auto parts workers.
By Alex González, 9 May 2018
About 600 workers went on strike to demand the right to form their own union.
Form rank-and-file factory committee to enforce worker safety
By Shannon Jones, 8 May 2018
Details are being withheld by management and the UAW over the injury of a production worker early Friday at the plant that sparked a walkout by second-shift workers.
By Tim Rivers, 7 May 2018
When a female worker’s legs were crushed in machinery early Friday morning, the second shift of nearly 1,500 workers at the Ford Flat Rock assembly south of Detroit refused a call by the company to return to work for an extended shift and instead walked out.
With complicity of UAW, Honeywell announces plans to eliminate healthcare coverage for 4,700 US retirees
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 May 2018
The announcement comes shortly after Honeywell announced substantial growth of $10.39 billion in revenue for its first quarter of 2018, up from $9.49 billion in the same period in 2017.
By Carl Bronski, 5 May 2018
The rejection of the original sellout that Unifor attempted to foist on Lear Ajax workers is a reflection of a growing movement of auto workers.
By Tim Rivers, 30 April 2018
An estimated 60,000 workers have read and shared an article on the UAW’s rotten agreement, posted by the World Socialist Web Site and its Autoworker Newsletter last Tuesday.
UAW executives are “nothing more than fat cats collecting huge checks”
By Tim Rivers, 28 April 2018
Autoworkers have begun to fight back by sharing articles across social media in a storm of protest.
By Marcus Day, 27 April 2018
Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler continue to restructure their operations at the expense of workers in response to Wall Street’s relentless demands to cut costs and boost profits.
By Ulrich Rippert, 27 April 2018
Opel auto workers in Germany are confronting corporate management’s demand for massive cuts in jobs and wages combined with a drastic deterioration of working conditions.
By Margot Miller, 27 April 2018
Nissan’s sales in the UK have dropped by a third so far this year, and its exports to Europe are also falling, from 75,000 in March compared with 91,000 in the same month last year.
By Tim Rivers, 24 April 2018
Just days after eliminating an entire shift at the Lordstown plant, General Motors announced its subsidiary at the factory will hire low-paid temps under a “memorandum of agreement” signed by the UAW.
By Jessica Goldstein, 20 April 2018
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.
As part of a global strategy of cost-cutting and plant shutdowns
By Tim Rivers, 16 April 2018
GM announced on Friday it will cut one of two operating shifts at its massive Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, cutting as many as 1,500 jobs effective June 15.
By Marcus Day and Jessica Goldstein, 9 April 2018
Ford Chicago Assembly Plant workers raised questions over the UAW’s claim that 224 temporary part-time workers will be converted to full-time.
“We need to take inspiration from their courage”
By our reporters, 6 April 2018
Autoworkers in the greater Detroit area and Chicago voiced support for teachers who are defying the unions to take a stand in defense of public education.
By Shannon Jones, 30 March 2018
A group of former TPT workers at the Fiat Chrysler Jeep complex found themselves in a Kafkaesque position after the UAW squelched their grievance over contract violations and then lied to them about their right to appeal.
"They want you to feel if you speak up you'll be called a traitor or a Russian.”
By a reporting team, 23 March 2018
Workers at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Stamping Plant asserted their right to read whatever news sources they wanted without interference by the government and tech giants.
By Shannon Jones, 22 March 2018
Nancy Johnson, the number two UAW official overseeing the 2015 Fiat Chrysler negotiations, is charged with five felony counts related to receiving illegal payoffs from company officials.
By Carl Bronski, 22 March 2018
The moves to cut labour costs through outsourcing and early retirements at GM’s Ontario engine plant further expose the reactionary nature of the 2016 “framework agreements” rammed through by Unifor.
By Saman Gunadasa, 21 March 2018
The demonstration marked one year since Maruti Suzuki workers’ leaders were sentenced to life in prison on politically-motivated charges.
A travesty of justice that must not stand!
By Keith Jones, 17 March 2018
The thirteen’s only “crime” is to have rebelled against the sweatshop conditions that prevail in India’s new, globally connected auto industry.
By Shannon Jones, 15 March 2018
Keith Mickens, an aide to the late UAW Vice President General Holiefield, appears to have been a minor player in the scheme to illegally divert $4.5 million from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.
By Carl Bronski, 12 March 2018
The brief walkout halted production Saturday at the giant Fiat Chrysler Canada Windsor Assembly Plant, but the union pushed through the same wage terms already rejected by a 62 percent margin.
By Alex González, 12 March 2018
The layoffs will have a ripple effect through the area, affecting the region’s production of tires, auto parts, and transportation of finished cars.
Fiat-Chrysler minivan plant impacted
By Carl Bronski and Shannon Jones, 10 March 2018
Workers at ZF-TRW are taking a stand against decades of concessions imposed with the support of the unions that have eroded living standards and working conditions.
By Carl Bronski, 6 March 2018
Union officials called off two strikes at critical parts supplier plants before the walkouts could have any impact on production at the giant Fiat Chrysler Windsor Assembly Plant.
By Carl Bronski, 5 March 2018
In previous strikes by parts workers, the Unifor union has intervened to engineer a return to work before production at major auto assembly plants was disrupted.
By Ulrich Rippert, 1 March 2018
The strike preparations at Skoda are part of a growing radicalisation of workers in Eastern Europe, who are no longer willing to accept conditions of extreme exploitation.
By Carl Bronski, 26 February 2018
That a top Unifor official should begin negotiations with a public statement decrying worker wage demands as “unrealistic” should come as no surprise to auto workers.
By Keith Jones, 22 February 2018
State authorities are petitioning the courts to impose death-sentences on 13 autoworkers whose only crime was to challenge poverty wages and brutal working conditions.
Four months since the death of a young Ford worker
By Jerry White, 22 February 2018
The lead police detective has claimed that the “union dispute” prior to Jacoby’s death had no bearing on the investigation concluding that he had committed suicide.
By Alejandro López and Gabriel Labarthe, 20 February 2018
The auto industry in Spain is utilising the full conversion of plants to produce electric cars, claims of lower expectations of profits last year—combined with threats to move production offshore—to impose attacks on wages and work conditions.
By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2018
Breaking their silence on the United Auto Workers corruption scandal, the pseudo-left organizations have chosen a prominent supporter of the Labor Notes publication to defend the UAW.
“The union is certainly not on our side”
By Ram Ramiah and Parwini Zora, 17 February 2018
An auto parts worker in South India describes the slave-like conditions he confronts daily enforced by management with the support of the union.
“There could be so many more Jacoby Hennings out there”
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 February 2018
The demand by the parents of Jacoby Hennings for the truth about the death of the young Ford worker at a Detroit area factory has resonated deeply among autoworkers.
By Ben McGrath, 15 February 2018
General Motors is demanding additional cuts to auto workers’ wages and conditions as it threatens to pull out of South Korea entirely.
The unquiet death of a young Ford worker
By Jerry White, 12 February 2018
Nearly four months later, the circumstances surrounding the violent death of the 21-year-old temporary part-time worker remain unexplained.
By Tom Hall, 10 February 2018
The move by the credit ratings agency reflects fears that Ford’s “Fitness Redesign” initiative could meet with uncontrollable opposition from autoworkers.