Workers Issues in the US

Dundee Engine Plant workers boycott special union meetings

By James Brewer, August 25, 2012

Workers at Chrysler’s Dundee Engine Plant in southeast Michigan largely boycotted special meetings called by union officials after the decisive rejection of a local contact.

The struggle at Dundee Engine: A fight for all workers

By Socialist Equality Party, August 24, 2012

In voting down the local contract pushed by Chrysler and the UAW, workers at Dundee Engine are giving voice to the anger and opposition of auto workers throughout the country against the attack waged by the corporations, supported by the unions, and spearheaded by the Obama administration.

Dundee, Michigan Chrysler workers denounce sellout agreement

By a WSWS reporting team, August 23, 2012

Workers at the Chrysler Dundee Engine plant in Michigan spoke to WSWS reporters about the sellout local contract they recently rejected by a decisive margin.

Betrayal at Caterpillar

By Andre Damon, August 22, 2012

With its demand for a “market wage,” the transnational construction equipment giant is laying down a new benchmark for American workers.

Michigan Chrysler workers reject union-backed local contract

By Lawrence Porter, August 20, 2012

Last week, workers at the Dundee Engine Plant, southwest of Detroit, voted by a resounding 73 percent against a new local contract agreement supported by the United Auto Workers.

Con Ed workers disgusted as union reports contract ratification

By a reporting team, August 18, 2012

The Con Ed workers’ union reported a wide margin for acceptance of the contract, but a WSWS reporting team found the vote concealed far different views.

Union forces through concessions contract at Caterpillar in Illinois

By Andre Damon, August 18, 2012

Machinists on strike at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illinois voted narrowly to accept a union-backed concessions contract, ending a nearly four-month-long strike.

West Virginia aluminum plant retirees seek restoration of health benefits

By Phyllis Scherrer, Naomi Spencer, August 17, 2012

Century Aluminum Company in Ravenswood, West Virginia has announced it will decide in September whether to reopen its smelting plant, restoring health insurance benefits to retirees.

Reject the sellout at Joliet! For an independent political struggle of the working class!

By Socialist Equality Party, August 17, 2012

Rejection of the deal at Caterpillar must be linked to a new political strategy to mobilize the entire working class against the corporate-driven attack on wages and benefits, which is backed by both big business parties.

IAM reaches sellout deal in Illinois Caterpillar strike

By Jeff Lussane, August 16, 2012

Striking workers will vote Friday on a tentative agreement reached by the Machinists union to end the 15-week strike by 780 workers at the Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Illinois.

Two strikers arrested at West Virginia aluminum plant

By Phyllis Scherrer, August 15, 2012

Two strikers were arrested for allegedly throwing jack rocks August 8 at tractor-trailers driving through their picket line at the Constellium Plant in Ravenswood, West Virginia.

Illinois Democrats feign support for Caterpillar strikers

By James Nykvist, August 15, 2012

The IAM and other unions have dragged out various Democratic Party politicians to posture as friends of striking CAT workers.