Workers Issues in the US
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 Steve Filips, 13 December 2019
The major logistics company closed without warning, leaving thousands of drivers stranded across the country and without jobs just before the holidays.
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.
“The union bosses tell us they are fighting for us while they sell us out”
By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2019
The newly published Memorandum of Agreement between the TWU and the MTA seeks to incorporate the union into management, increase the transit agency’s exploitation of workers and financially reward the union bureaucracy.
By Steve Filips, 12 December 2019
As the holiday shipping season began, two young UPS workers were killed late last month when the cargo tugging vehicle they were riding overturned at the Ontario International Airport in California.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 December 2019
The Amalgamated Transit Union’s deal with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority leaves open the possibility of low pay and attacks working conditions.
By Evelyn Rios, 11 December 2019
Graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz are demanding raises to meet the cost of living in one of the country's most expensive regions.
“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.
By Jacob Crosse, 9 December 2019
Despite campaigning in 2018 against the largest state subsidy in US history, Governor Tony Evers has bent over backwards to accommodate the multibillion dollar company at the expense of the working class.
By Aaron Murch, 9 December 2019
Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma had been called a “crucial witness” to the mismanagement that caused the collapse which killed three workers in October.
By Alan Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 9 December 2019
The tentative agreement agreed by the union seeks to stifle any movement by New York’s subway and bus workers against the demands of the Democratic Party for major cuts.
United Teachers Los Angeles and National Nurses Union back Democratic candidate
By Dan Conway and Matt Rigel, 7 December 2019
The United Teachers Los Angeles and the National Nurses Union have both endorsed Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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 Kate Randall, 7 December 2019
Several academic departments have informed graduate student teaching staff that they are responsible for reporting whether they are working, and that those who are striking should not expect to be paid.
Northern Virginia transit worker strike spreads as 600 Fairfax Connector workers join 130 Metrobus workers on strike against Transdev
By Harvey Simpkins, 7 December 2019
The ATU is seeking to limit the Fairfax Connector strike as much as possible, stating that the strike is over “unfair labor practices” and “bad faith bargaining” committed by the Company. It has offered no official demands.
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 Kate Randall, 4 December 2019
The HGSU-UAW has made only token appeals to other sections of workers at Harvard to support the grad student workers’ strike and has offered substantial concessions to the university on virtually all issues.
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 Kate Randall, 3 December 2019
Harvard officials’ hard line in relation to collective bargaining on grad students’ pay is in line with a recent NLRB proposal that would curb the establishment of graduate student unions at private universities.
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 Jacob Crosse, 30 November 2019
The Port Neches plant, owned by the Houston-based Texas Petroleum Chemical Group, has been out of compliance for years and fined multiple times by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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 Jessica Goldstein, 29 November 2019
The study’s finding that 44 percent of the US workforce earn low wages paints a devastating picture of the realities of capitalism and working class life in the world’s wealthiest country.
By Samuel Davidson, 29 November 2019
The USW, which leads the nine different unions that represent workers in the mines, has downplayed the company’s efforts to break the strike.
By Steve Filips and Tom Hall, 28 November 2019
TDU’s 180-degree turn behind the thuggish Sean O’Brien exposes the critical role it plays in propping up the authority the Teamsters bureaucracy.
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 Alan Whyte, 27 November 2019
The union organized the slowdown because it fears it will be unable to impose the demands of the Democratic Party-run transit agency without provoking a rebellion by workers.
Democratic Party calls on Washington Metro Transit Authority to intervene against striking transit workers
By Nick Barrickman, 26 November 2019
A letter by three local congresspeople to Metro executives called on the transit authority to reopen the closed routes and to “take a more proactive role” in the dispute between Transdev and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689.
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 November 2019
Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center will vote tomorrow on the new contract, which will drive a chasm between higher-paid veteran nurses and all new hires.
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.
“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 George Marlowe, 20 November 2019
Indiana teachers confront conditions no less horrendous than their counterparts throughout the United States and internationally.
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 Jessica Goldstein, 19 November 2019
The recently announced layoffs are further proof that trade war measures are ultimately aimed against the working class around the world.
By Michael Walters, 19 November 2019
The Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board proposed a rule that would deny the right of graduate students to organize.
Strike looms at Canadian National Railway
19 November 2019
Some 3,000 conductors, trainspersons and yard workers were poised to strike Tuesday as contract talks between the Teamsters and Canadian National Railway reached an impasse over the weekend.
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.
By Samuel Davidson, 16 November 2019
The strike by 2,000 copper miners in Arizona and Texas against massive concessions demands has entered its second month, while the United Steelworkers seeks to isolate and betray the strike.
“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.
Record low numbers participate in 24-hour stunt strike at University of California schools and health system
By Evelyn Rios, 15 November 2019
The dismal participation in the strike—with only 2 percent of the 25,000 workers taking part—is not a reflection of any lack of desire to fight, but of a vote of no confidence in the union.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 November 2019
In their first strike in 32 years, teachers in Little Rock, Arkansas, walked out to oppose privatization.
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.
By Michael Walters and George Gallanis, 14 November 2019
The Sun-Times, co-owned by the Chicago Federation of Labor, published several articles smearing and attacking Chicago teachers for fighting for improved schools and wages.
By Evelyn Rios, 13 November 2019
The real concern of the union is the amount of dues revenue that will be lost if UC continues to employ outsourced labor.
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.
By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 12 November 2019
DSA is seeking to block political discussion and opposition to the Chicago Teachers Union contract that meets none of the teachers’ central demands.
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.
Dominican health workers strike, Chilean copper miners protest subcontracting
12 November 2019
Healthcare workers in the Domincan Republic held a one day strike November 7 to press wage demands while Chilean copper miners are set to strike against the abuse of subcontract workers.
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.
Vote “no” on the tentative teachers' contract! Form rank-and-file committees to defend public education in Chicago!
By Alexander Fangmann, 7 November 2019
With voting set to begin on the tentative agreement, teachers and other educators in Chicago are approaching a critical juncture in the fight to defend public education.
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.
“Teachers, autoworkers, everybody in this country, should go on strike”
By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2019
The Metropolitan Transit Authority wants to introduce part-timers, outsource work to cheap-labor contractors and reduce overtime pay as it funnels more money to the Wall Street banks and wealthy bondholders.
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 George Marlowe, 5 November 2019
Despite the official celebration, the CTU’s tentative agreement for a five-year contract entirely accepts the terms set by Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Ontario elementary teachers return big majority for strike authorization
5 November 2019
Some 83,000 members of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario have given a 98 percent strike authorization vote as talks continue with the provincial government.
By Jessica Goldstein, 4 November 2019
The announcement of Asarco’s decision to issue backpay for a total of $10 million in bonuses denied to workers is part of a strategy to bait workers into accepting a concessions contract.
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.
Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s budget: Increased policing and austerity on behalf of the financial aristocracy
By Alexander Fangmann, 2 November 2019
Lightfoot’s first budget, containing large increases to the police department and higher fees affecting workers, is a continuation of the Democratic Party’s right-wing assault on the working class.
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 Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2019
The tentative agreement announced by the CTU Wednesday night betrays all the aspirations of the 24,000 teachers who have been on strike for ten days.
Oppose the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike!
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 31 October 2019
The Chicago Teachers Union has announced it is shutting down the 11-day strike and sending teachers back to work tomorrow without giving them the right to vote on a new contract.
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 a WSWS reporting team, 30 October 2019
The CTU is laying the groundwork for the betrayal of the ten-day strike of 25,000 public school teachers, the city's second-longest in over two decades.
By Allen Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 30 October 2019
Working without a contract since May, transit workers are facing unprecedented attacks on working conditions being demanded by Wall Street.
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.
Democrats, union leaders intensify pressure on striking Chicago teachers to accept austerity contract
By Kristina Betinis, 29 October 2019
In a rush to end the strike, CTU leaders offered to settle for additional school funding amounting to a fraction of a percent of the school district’s budget.
Teamsters warn of possible strike at CN Rail
29 October 2019
Conductors and other railroad personnel gave a 99 percent strike mandate after months of negotiations have not resulted in an agreement.
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 Nick Barrickman, 28 October 2019
The strike against the assault on wages and living standards must be expanded to public sector workers and beyond against the efforts to exploit the population.
“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.
By George Gallanis and George Marlowe, 26 October 2019
The powerful strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers is in danger of being isolated and betrayed by the Chicago Teachers Union.
The way forward in the Chicago teachers strike
By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2019
The strike by 32,000 Chicago teachers and support staff, now in its second week, is at a crossroads.
“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.
Walkout enters seventh day
Striking Chicago teachers confront Democratic Party machine and union’s effort to isolate their struggle
By Kristina Betinis, 25 October 2019
City officials are demanding new cuts while the Chicago Teachers Union seeks to isolate the teachers’ struggle and prevent the active mobilization of mass support among workers and youth.
By Jessica Goldstein, 25 October 2019
The unions are attempting to put maximum pressure on workers by providing totally inadequate strike pay and other support, forcing many to seek public assistance.
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 Harvey Simpkins, 24 October 2019
While Adam Neumann receives an outrageous “golden parachute,” a jobs massacre is expected at the company which currently operates offices in 29 countries around the world.
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.
Teachers’ union calls on Elizabeth Warren in bid to strangle strike against Chicago’s Democratic machine
By Barry Grey, 23 October 2019
At Tuesday’s rally, AFT President Weingarten began by holding up the sellout of this year’s Los Angeles teachers’ strike as a victory and model for the Chicago teachers.
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 October 2019
Keyatta, a teacher’s assistant at Laura Ward Elementary said, “We need more support! Smaller class sizes, more nurses, more support staff, so no one person is trying to teach 35 kids, all at different learning levels."
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 Alexander Fangmann, 22 October 2019
Claiming there is “no more money,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools CEO Janice Jackson issued a letter calling on the CTU to end the strike and return teachers to the classroom while talks continue.