Auto Workers Issues

New wave of job cuts at Italian Fiat plants

By Marianne Arens, October 20, 2011

Italian unions refuse to organize cross-border solidarity to defend jobs and conditions and back lower wages and poorer working conditions in Italy on condition that job cuts are carried out elsewhere.

UAW seeks to ram through Ford sellout

By Jerry White, October 18, 2011

The United Auto Workers apparatus has pulled out all the stops to defeat rank-and-file opposition and impose a new four-year labor agreement on Ford workers.

India: Maruti strike continues after occupation ends under police threat

By Deepal Jayasekera, October 17, 2011

Striking workers at Manesar car assembly plant of Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) ended their eight-day occupation of the plant Friday night, under threat of a police crackdown.

Obama touts South Korean trade deal at Michigan auto plant

By Andre Damon, October 15, 2011

US President Barack Obama touted a new trade deal with South Korea Friday at a Michigan auto plant where 40 percent of the workers, members of the UAW, earn $14.50 an hour.

Chicago Ford workers vote down UAW sellout

By Shannon Jones, October 14, 2011

Workers at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant overwhelmingly voted down the sellout contract negotiated by the UAW, the latest group of workers to reject the agreement.

Lockout at Bosch plant in Bangalore, India now two weeks old

By Arun Kumar, Sasi Kumar, October 14, 2011

German-based Bosch Limited has locked out 2,500 unionized workers at its plant at Adugodi in Bangalore, India, so as to break resistance to the contracting-out of jobs of workers employed in 19 different departments.

India: Maruti Suzuki and Congress government prepare police attack on occupation

By Arun Kumar, October 13, 2011

Maruti Suzuki India is plotting with the Congress Party-led Haryana state government to use police violence to smash the six day-old occupation of its Manesar car assembly plant.

UAW signs Chrysler pact as opposition to Ford deal grows

By Jerry White, October 13, 2011

The United Auto Workers announced a deal with Chrysler Wednesday at the same time auto workers at one of the largest Detroit area assembly plants voted down the agreement reached by the UAW with Ford.

Opposition to UAW-Ford deal

By Jerry White, October 11, 2011

Top officials from the United Auto Workers are fanning throughout the country in an effort to counter rank-and-file opposition and push through a new four-year labor agreement covering 40,500 Ford workers.

India: Wildcat strike erupts anew at Maruti-Suzuki plant, thousands walk out in sympathy

By Kranti Kumara, October 11, 2011

The 3,500 workers at the sprawling Maruti-Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) complex in Manesar, Haryana recommenced their 6-month-long agitation last Friday afternoon by occupying the car assembly plant. Eight thousand other workers at auto industry-related plants have since walked out in sympathy.

“People are tired of this … they’re getting to the breaking point”

Chicago auto workers denounce UAW-Ford deal

By Jerry White, October 7, 2011

At the Ford assembly plant in south Chicago, workers expressed disgust with the contract signed by the United Auto Workers.

Reject UAW sellout at Ford! Establish rank-and-file committees to prepare strike action!

Abolish two-tier wage and restore all pay and benefit concessions!

By Socialist Equality Party (US), October 6, 2011

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party are distributing the following statement to Ford workers calling for a rejection of the new four-year agreement being pushed by the UAW. We urge workers to download the statement and circulate it.