Autoworkers struggles

Germany’s IG Metall trade union establishes fund to eliminate “overcapacity” in auto parts industry

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 September 2020

IG Metall established its own private equity fund earlier this summer to finance the restructuring of Germany’s auto industry.

Why is Unifor hiding details of the Ford Canada “pattern” contract?

Autoworkers must demand full disclosure prior to any ratification vote!

By Carl Bronski, 25 September 2020

If Unifor get its way, the 6,300 Ford Canada workers will not be allowed to even lay eyes on a copy of the proposed contract before being herded onto the electronic voting page at this Sunday’s online ratification meeting.

“Lear is hell”: Workers speak out as COVID-19 outbreak at Indiana auto parts plant worsens

By Marcus Day, 24 September 2020

The WSWS recently spoke with two workers from Lear’s Hammond, Indiana, plant who had tested positive for COVID-19.

After ordering Ford Canada workers to ignore strike deadline, Unifor announces job-cutting agreement

By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2020

The Unifor president refused to provide any details about the contract—signalling that the union has accepted further concessions and job cuts.

“As COVID spreads, autoworkers lives are in danger!”

Fiat Chrysler worker describes rapid abandonment of safety measures after return work

By a Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly worker, 22 September 2020

A member of the FCA Jefferson North Assembly Rank and File Safety Committee describes management’s flouting of safety protocols at the factory.

With Canadian Detroit Three auto contracts set to expire, Unifor rushes to reach concessionary “pattern” settlement

By Carl Bronski, 21 September 2020

If Unifor does call a strike, its aim will be to allow workers to let off steam, while the union continues backroom talks with Ford.

Ford Kansas City Assembly workers launch Rank-and-File Safety Committee to save lives

By the Ford Kansas City Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 September 2020

Neither the UAW nor Ford has addressed any of the safety issues inside the Kansas City Assembly plant since production restarted in May.

New details of union corruption emerge as GM files lawsuit against former UAW VP Joe Ashton

By Shannon Jones, 18 September 2020

GM has provided further details of alleged UAW corruption in a lawsuit targeting former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton that is aimed at reviving its claims against rival carmaker Fiat Chrysler.

Unite US, Canadian, and Mexican workers against all concessions and job cuts!

A call to action to Canadian Detroit Three autoworkers: Oppose Unifor’s nationalist pro-company strategy!

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 18 September 2020

With their contracts set to expire next Monday, the urgent task before the 17,000 workers employed by the Detroit Three in Canada is to take the struggle into their own hands by building rank-and-file committees independent of the pro-company Unifor.

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for plantwide shutdown to guarantee safety during pandemic

By Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 September 2020

The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement calling for equal treatment to protect against COVID-19.

“A general strike is a must to stop this back-to-work and back-to-school madness”

Autoworkers support University of Michigan strikers

By our reporters, 14 September 2020

Like the herding of workers into the auto factories, the drive to reopen schools and colleges even as the pandemic continues to rage is entirely driven by profit interests.

Wildcat strike over COVID-19 at Lear auto parts plant in Indiana

By Marcus Day, 14 September 2020

Lear workers refused to work for several hours Friday night after learning of potential COVID-19 cases in the facility, halting production also at the nearby Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.

Unifor selects Ford Canada as target company to establish “pattern contract”

By Carl Bronski, 10 September 2020

While autoworkers are pressing for a fight against job cuts, speed-up, declining real wages and discriminatory two-tier wages, Unifor is maneuvering to impose further concessions.

No slave labor, prisoners must go!

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns against use of convict labor

By Tim Rivers, 8 September 2020

The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement denouncing the management threat to use convict labor at the plant 40 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana and is calling for the establishment of safe and humane working conditions.

General Motors, Honda announce joint venture to cut billions in production costs

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 September 2020

The joint venture is expected to produce savings in the billions of dollars for the two auto giants by facilitating massive job cuts and attacks on workers.

Ford to slash 1,400 jobs as auto industry cuts widen

By Tim Rivers, 3 September 2020

Ford and other major corporations are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to advance major restructuring measures, shedding jobs and ratcheting up the exploitation of those who remain.

Canadian Detroit Big Three autoworkers give strong strike mandate for upcoming contract fight

By Carl Bronski, 2 September 2020

Autoworkers are ready to wage a militant struggle in defence of jobs, wages, and working conditions, but they will need to break organizationally and politically from Unifor.

GM using office personnel to man assembly lines at Wentzville, Missouri plant as pandemic spreads

By Jessica Goldstein, 1 September 2020

Facing no opposition from the UAW, General Motors is bringing salaried workers onto the production assembly lines of its Wentzville Assembly Center in Missouri, putting more lives in danger for the sake of profits.

Stop the UAW-management cover-up of COVID-19 in the auto plants!

By the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 1 September 2020

The claims by auto companies that they are following extensive safety protocols and testing workers exposed to COVID-19 are lies that do not withstand scrutiny.

GM workers in Silao, Mexico, report eighth death from COVID-19, as corporation fires vulnerable workers

By Andrea Lobo, 31 August 2020

GM and the corporate-controlled Confederation of Mexican Workers have refused to provide workers with any information about COVID-19 cases in the plant.

Volkswagen to slash 35 percent of Brazilian workforce as jobs bloodbath hits auto industry

By Miguel Andrade, 29 August 2020

Twenty-eight thousand jobs have been wiped out since 2013, when the unions began pushing for systematic contract suspensions and bailouts for automakers in Brazil.

Former UAW President Dennis Williams charged with embezzlement

By Shannon Jones, 28 August 2020

The indictment of Williams follows the conviction of former UAW President Gary Jones for stealing over $1 million from the union treasury for his own personal use.

“These same conditions exist all over the world”

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee defends immigrant workers at Indiana parts plant, opposes back-to-school drive

By Tim Rivers, 26 August 2020

Workers at the plant are refusing leadership positions on the shop floor and others are leaving the factory in response to forced overtime and the disregard of medical work restrictions.

Canadian autoworkers demand Unifor release tentative contracts with Detroit Three in full prior to ratification votes

By Carl Bronski, 26 August 2020

The petition, already signed by around 1,300 autoworkers, is a sign of mounting worker opposition to Unifor but its initiators promote the dangerous illusion that the union can be reformed.

Feds propose 10-year oversight of UAW, Detroit News reports

By Jessica Goldstein and Marcus Day, 25 August 2020

The potential agreement would stop short of a full federal takeover of the UAW under the RICO Act, skirting the type of government trusteeship which the Teamsters union underwent following its prosecution in the late 1980s.

“They are killing people to save money”

Fiat Chrysler, UAW conspire to keep workers on the job after exposure to coronavirus

By Shannon Jones, 22 August 2020

In order to cut costs and boost profits, management and the UAW are seeking to eliminate the limited and inadequate safety protocols put in place in May.

Spanish unions agree to shut down Barcelona Nissan plants

By Alice Summers, 22 August 2020

The deal adds a further year to the ticking time-bomb of mass firings, postponing the approximately 25,000 job losses from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021.

The UAW at the Democratic National Convention: Gangsters and warmongers lock arms

By Tom Hall, 20 August 2020

The prominent role of the United Auto Workers at the convention underscores the reliance of the Democratic Party on the gangster-ridden unions to suppress the resistance of the working class to wage and job cutting and the homicidal back-to-work campaign.

Rank-and-file safety committees at Fiat Chrysler and Ford support campaign to defend victimized parts worker

By the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 19 August 2020

Newly-formed committees at Fiat Chrysler, Ford and Faurecia plants issued statements supporting James Grady, who was set up by the IBEW union and management and fired in mid-May from the Faurecia Gladstone plant in Columbus, Indiana.

Judge blocks GM’s bid to reopen racketeering case against Fiat Chrysler

By Marcus Day, 17 August 2020

The judge made the ruling despite credible and explosive new allegations about the scale and scope of FCA's bribery of the United Auto Workers union.

Indiana Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands reinstatement of whistleblower at Faurecia Gladstone plant

By Tim Rivers, 17 August 2020

The newly-formed Faurecia Gladstone Rank and File Safety Committee is also demanding an immediate halt on the part of the company and the local union to all forms of intimidation and harassment.

Workers denounce cover-up and intimidation around COVID-19 infections at Fiat Chrysler Belvidere plant

By Kristina Betinis, 15 August 2020

Belvidere workers continue to speak out against management and UAW concealing information and shaming workers for stating concerns as Boone and Winnebago counties launch investigation into the spread of disease at the plant.

UAW announces COVID outbreak at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville with 32 new cases

By Steve Filips, 15 August 2020

There were 32 new COVID-19 cases reported last week at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.

“Our lives don't matter to Ford”: Tragic COVID-19 death of young contract worker covered up by management and the UAW

By Shannon Jones, 14 August 2020

The death of a young worker at the Ford Van Dyke transmission plant from COVID-19 is the inevitable outcome of the brutal profit drive of the car companies, aided by the United Auto Workers.

Indiana Faurecia auto parts workers launch Rank-and-File Safety Committee

By the Faurecia Gladstone Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 August 2020

Workers at the Faurecia Gladstone Plant in Columbus, Indiana, roughly 40 miles south of the state capital Indianapolis, have formed a rank-and-file committee in order to fight for safe and humane working conditions.

Unifor and Detroit Three open Canadian contract negotiations as more layoffs and plant closures loom

By Carl Bronski, 14 August 2020

The current concessions contracts, which were grudgingly ratified by workers in 2016, expire on September 21.

Ford Chicago Assembly workers launch Rank-and-File Safety Committee to save lives

By the Ford Chicago Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 August 2020

Our coworkers are falling ill and even dying, but management and the union refuse to tell us the truth about how many have been exposed to or become infected with COVID-19.

“They have a multi-billion dollar corporation, and they work us to death”

Indiana Faurecia workers denounce unsafe conditions, forced overtime

By Tim Rivers, 11 August 2020

Auto parts workers at the Faurecia plant in Columbus, Indiana, have described forced overtime at their factory, the spread of COVID-19 and other grueling and dangerous conditions.

Fiat Chrysler workers speak out on COVID-19 outbreak at Belvidere Assembly Plant

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 August 2020

The company's so-called "safety measures," implemented with the support of the UAW, have been completely ineffective at halting the spread of the virus.

Workers have a right to know about COVID-19 in their plants!

Statement of the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 10 August 2020

Autoworkers are being deprived of the most basic information about the spread of infections in their workplaces.

“It’s a recipe for disaster”

Autoworkers denounce bipartisan drive to reopen schools

By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2020

Opposition is growing among autoworkers and other workers to the back-to-school campaign, which is threatening the health of teachers, students and their families.

GM Spring Hill workers speak out against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Zac Thorton, 8 August 2020

The WSWS Autoworker Newsletter has received comments from a number of workers at the Tennessee plant.

Ex-UAW regional director forced to resign amid harassment investigation

By Jessica Goldstein, 8 August 2020

Region 2-B Director Richard Rankin presided over major attacks on workers, including the closure of the Lordstown, Ohio GM plant in 2019.

Union prepares sellout of Renault strike in Brazil

By Tomas Castanheira, 8 August 2020

The movement that involved thousands of workers and their families is under threat of being shutdown with an agreement that validates the destruction of 747 jobs.

The United Auto Workers: A criminal conspiracy against the working class

By Shannon Jones, 7 August 2020

From top executives to low-level functionaries, the entire UAW stands exposed as a criminal conspiracy directed against autoworkers.

Fiat Chrysler bribed UAW with tens of millions, new GM court filing alleges

By Tom Hall, 5 August 2020

The new documents contain allegations of massive corruption on the part of the UAW, exceeding anything brought to light so far by the parallel criminal probe by the FBI.

“A lot of people really don’t think we should be working right now”

GM Fairfax worker speaks out on spread of COVID-19

By James Tatsch, 5 August 2020

Last week saw the highest number of new recorded cases for the Kansas City metro area since the start of the pandemic.

“Most people here think the plant should be shut down”

Workers describe unsafe conditions at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant

By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 4 August 2020

Members of the new Ford Rouge Rank-and-File Safety Committee spoke to the WSWS to describe the lack of safety protections at Ford’s flagship F-150 factory, while management backed by the union is attempting to restore full production.

Honda orders office workers at Marysville, Ohio plant to man assembly lines as COVID-19 spreads

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 August 2020

As the pandemic ravages the workforce, management has pressed some office staff to work inside the plant.

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic

By the Ford Dearborn Truck Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 August 2020

The committee has appealed to its 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and save lives.

“Workers must stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough’”

Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for emergency measures as COVID-19 surges in the plant

By Shannon Jones, 31 July 2020

As reports of COVID-19 cases at the Toledo Assembly Complex escalate, workers are demanding the closure of the facility for deep cleaning and disinfection.

Brook Park, Ohio autoworker describes conditions leading to rising COVID-19 infections at Ford Engine plant

By Katy Kinner, 31 July 2020

While Ford has told employees that they are following cleaning and safety protocols, rank-and-file workers have exposed the real dangers.

COVID-19 deaths mount at GM plant and maquiladoras across Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 30 July 2020

The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus, highlighting the horrific human cost of the rush to reopen the economy.

Auto parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes

By Tim Rivers, 30 July 2020

Management at the Saline, Michigan plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.

GM keeps third shift at Missouri plant as anger mounts over unsafe conditions

By Kristina Betinis, 29 July 2020

Driven by investor demands, GM is bringing in laid-off and temporary workers to keep production moving while refusing to disclose the number of sick workers in the plant.

DENSO workers describe conditions that led to COVID-19 outbreak at Michigan auto parts plant

By Brent Dylan, 28 July 2020

After an initial report on an outbreak, workers describe the unsafe conditions and corporate double speak.

Facing manpower shortages over COVID-19, UAW president tells workers ‘don’t retire’

By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2020

As auto plants face staffing crises over COVID-19, the UAW chief tells workers considering early retirement, “Don’t do it.”

Brazilian autoworkers strike after Renault fires 747 workers

By Tomas Castanheira, 25 July 2020

Workers were outraged over the targeting for layoffs of those who were out because of work-related injuries and even coronavirus infections.

As the spread of COVID accelerates, Ford workers in Michigan and Kentucky denounce flouting of safety measures

By Tim Rivers, 25 July 2020

Ford workers in Michigan and Louisville, Kentucky describe the disregard of basic COVID-19 safety protections by management while the UAW works to suppress any opposition.

Germany: Daimler doubles job cuts from 15,000 to 30,000—shareholders rejoice as stock price rises

By K. Nesan, 25 July 2020

Daimler workers and millions of employees in companies associated with the automotive industry should regard these dismissals as the beginning of a broad campaign of unprecedented attacks.

John Deere announces layoffs, salary buyouts for US workers

By George Gallanis, 25 July 2020

The layoffs and dangers posed by the raging coronavirus pandemic require workers to form rank-and-file committees to fight for their lives and safety.

COVID-19 spreading widely in auto plants as Detroit automakers push for more production

By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2020

Reports continue of spreading COVID-19 infections at US auto plants as Detroit automakers are making clear that they will not permit even temporary shutdowns for cleaning and quarantining.

Toledo Jeep workers demand immediate shutdown as COVID-19 continues to spread in auto industry

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 July 2020

Toledo Jeep workers report that there are more than 60 cases at the assembly complex, but FCA and the UAW refuse to halt production

German automaker Daimler plans fresh assault on jobs and conditions

By K. Nesan, 18 July 2020

In an interview with the Stuttgarter Zeitung, Daimler personnel manager Wilfried Porth threatened to increase the number of jobs to be shed at the auto company.

As COVID-19 spreads at Toledo Jeep and other plants

Build rank-and-file safety committees at every workplace to save lives!

By the FCA Jefferson North, Sterling Heights and Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 18 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections is rising all across the US, and emergency action has to be taken.

US automakers continue cover-up of COVID-19 outbreaks as workers call for action

By Shannon Jones, 17 July 2020

Fiat Chrysler, with the aid of the United Auto Workers and the corporate media, continues to downplay the uncontrolled spread of the virus at the Toledo North Assembly Complex.

Rank-and-file safety committee demands immediate shut down

COVID-19 out of control at Toledo Jeep plant

By Jerry White, 16 July 2020

With at least 40 confirmed cases in the plant, rank-and-file workers are demanding an immediate halt to production and universal testing.

Harley-Davidson slashes 700 jobs worldwide as stock price continues to rise

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 July 2020

Harley-Davidson’s restructuring plan will lead to a further casualization of its global workforce and the lowering of their wages.

COVID-19 outbreak at Battle Creek, Michigan auto parts plant

By Brent Dylan and Joseph Lorenz, 15 July 2020

One worker has died and 13 have been infected by COVID-19 at the DENSO thermal manufacturing plant in Battle Creek, Michigan that supplies parts for Toyota.

“We’re not going to compromise because this is our safety”

Meatpacking, auto and health care workers take action to protect lives as pandemic surges in US

By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 July 2020

Meatpacking workers in Greeley, Colorado walked out Friday and autoworkers are setting up rank-and-file safety committees to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

“I hate going into that hell hole”

Ford workers in Louisville denounce unsafe conditions as opposition grows to COVID-19 spread in auto plants

By Tim Rivers, 13 July 2020

Ford Louisville Assembly workers denounced the blatant disregard of health and safety by both management and the United Auto Workers.

North American autoworkers expand fight against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 nightmare

By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2020

Fiat Chrysler Toledo Assembly workers in Ohio have decided to launch a rank-and-file safety committee, after similar committees were set up last month at two FCA plants in the Detroit area.

Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage

By the Toledo Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 July 2020

After the outbreak of at least 31 COVID-19 cases at the plant, workers at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex have formed a rank-and-file safety committee.

German multinational BMW to slash 16,000 jobs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 11 July 2020

BMW is using the coronavirus pandemic and relying on the trade unions to implement long-worked out plans to restructure and destroy jobs.

Fiat Chrysler ends third shift at Windsor, Ontario plant eliminating 1,375 jobs

By Carl Bronski, 10 July 2020

Talking like a corporate executive, Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy said the cuts were “strictly a business decision.”

“A rank-and-file safety committee is exactly what we need”

Toledo Jeep workers demand action after dozens test positive for COVID-19

By Jerry White, 9 July 2020

Anger is reaching a breaking point at Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Complex after reports that supervisors, union officials and workers have contracted the disease.

Germany: Automaker Opel cuts company pensions

By Marianne Arens, 9 July 2020

W ith the help of the IG Metall union, management is passing on the costs of the coronavirus pandemic, e-mobility and digitalization to the workers.

Spanish unions isolate Nissan workers’ struggle

By Alice Summers, 8 July 2020

As assaults on jobs and conditions mount across Spain, the unions are trying to suppress autoworkers’ opposition to the closure of Nissan’s Barcelona factory.

UAW and General Motors downplay outbreaks of COVID-19 at US auto plants

By Jessica Goldstein, 4 July 2020

As the UAW and auto corporations to play down the health crisis, workers’ anger is at breaking point as they demand the plants be shut down for their safety.

“We are at our breaking point”

FCA Toledo Jeep workers support call for rank-and-file safety committees

By Marcus Day, 3 July 2020

Anger is reaching a boiling point over the refusal of management and the UAW to release information about COVID-19 cases.

Tens of thousands of jobs at risk as works council at German automaker Daimler announces layoffs

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 3 July 2020

The works council is repeating word for word the arguments of company management and industry analysts calling for stepped up attacks on workers.

“The company is taking risks with the lives of 5,000 workers”

As COVID-19 cases surge, Texas GM workers demand closure of factory

By Jerry White, 2 July 2020

Just days after Fiat Chrysler workers in Detroit halted production, GM workers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area are demanding the closure of Arlington Assembly.

“Chrysler was telling everybody that it was safe to come back to work, and it’s not.”

Autoworkers at FCA Trenton Engine call for rank-and-file safety committees to fight COVID-19

By Tim Rivers, 2 July 2020

Autoworkers at the FCA Trenton Engine Plant south of Detroit called on their co-workers to build rank-and-file safety committees to fight the spread of COVID-19 in factories and save lives.

Workers in Germany express their solidarity with striking Fiat Chrysler workers

By our correspondents, 2 July 2020

The strikes at two Detroit Fiat Chrysler plants in Jefferson North and Sterling Heights against intolerable health and safety conditions for production workers have met with a powerful response from workers in Germany.

As union works with companies to beat back wildcat strikes

UAW president meets with prosecutor to avoid government takeover

By Tom Hall, 2 July 2020

There are signs of growing pressure within the state to shut down the investigation, with officials worried that this airing of the union’s dirty laundry could serve to further encourage rebellion.

Hands off Fiat Chrysler workers fighting the COVID-19 disease!

By the Jefferson North and Sterling Heights Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 1 July 2020

This joint statement was issued by the rank-and-file safety committees set up by Detroit-area Fiat Chrysler workers to fight for safe conditions during the pandemic.

“It’s up to workers to fight this virus”

Fiat Chrysler threatens to fire workers who stop production over COVID-19 concerns

By Jerry White, 30 June 2020

FCA’s threats come just days after workers at two Detroit area assembly plants halted production and set up rank-and-file safety committees.

Italy hands Fiat Chrysler a multi-billion-euro bailout

By Allison Smith, 30 June 2020

The €6 billion corporate bailout for Fiat is to be financed by social austerity targeting working people in Italy and attacks on jobs and wages at Fiat Chrysler internationally.

Autoworkers initiate new wave of struggles in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

By Marcus Day, 29 June 2020

Workers are forming new democratic organizations in order to protect their lives.

Work stoppages against COVID-19 spread to FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

By Jerry White, 28 June 2020

On Saturday evening, workers at the Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, just north of Detroit, refused to work after learning that a material handler had tested positive for COVID-19.

Nurses, farmworkers, autoworkers strike for safe working conditions

Detroit Fiat Chrysler workers halt production for second day to demand COVID-19 protection

By Jessica Goldstein, 27 June 2020

The mounting struggles by workers against the back-to-work drive highlight the immense power of the working class in the fight to halt the deadly pandemic and the corporate-government attack on jobs and living standards.

Expand autoworkers’ struggle to stop the coronavirus and save lives! Form rank-and-file safety committees!

By the Jefferson North Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 June 2020

Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit are taking a stand to defend our lives and the lives of our families.

Production stoppage continues Friday at Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North auto plant in Detroit over COVID-19

By Shannon Jones, 26 June 2020

Workers arriving Friday morning have continued a stoppage that began Thursday after reports of three cases of COVID-19 among workers in the factory.

General Motors lays off 680 workers and eliminates third shift at its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant

By Zac Thorton, 26 June 2020

The company has filed a 60-day notice of mass layoffs as sales decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada: Media report says Ford may target Oakville assembly plant for closure

By Carl Bronski, 25 June 2020

Just weeks before contract negotiations are set to begin for almost 20,000 Canadian Detroit Three autoworkers, the media is reporting that Ford may phase out production at its Oakville assembly plant in coming years.

“You risk your life when you go back to work”

Ford workers express health concerns as COVID-19 pandemic spreads

By Tim Rivers and George Kirby, 23 June 2020

Ford workers spoke to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter about returning to work during the pandemic.

US-owned auto parts maker fires dozens of workers in Matamoros, Mexico for demanding truth about COVID-19 outbreak

By Andrea Lobo, 23 June 2020

Tridonex Cardone management has fired dozens of workers who demanded the truth about the spread of infection and death at the US company’s Mexican plants.

Companies vow no more shutdowns for COVID-19 as US auto plants resume full production

By Shannon Jones, 20 June 2020

All the major carmakers have expressed their determination to continue production without interruption even as COVID-19 cases surge in many areas of the US.

Death of two workers sparks wildcat strike by 3,200 workers at auto parts plant in Matamoros, Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 20 June 2020

When news broke that Luciano Romero Contreras, a 48-year-old janitor at Plant 52, had died the previous day, workers downed tools and began discussions at the facility and on social media.

130,000 jobs at risk in the German auto industry

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting and Peter Schwarz, 20 June 2020

Although German auto companies received a lion’s share of the government’s €130 billion stimulus package, and are collecting billions more via the short-time working scheme, the industry plans to axe more than 100,000 jobs.