car industry

What happened at Fords - Ken Weller and Ernie Stanton

Solidarity pamphlet 26 containing three articles about the defeat of the workers in a series of disputes at Ford from 1961 to 1965, and what workers can learn from it.

Truth about Vauxhall - Ken Weller

1967 reprint of Solidarity pamphlet 12 from 1962 about the situation at Vauxhall Motors in the UK. In particular it looks at how management had temporarily bought/enforced industrial peace and had suggestions on how workers could begin to fight for their interests.

The Second Industrialization of the American South

Hyundai auto plant grand opening 2005

"The Second Industrialization of the American South," written by the late Will Barnes in 2007, is excerpted from a longer essay entitled “The New Faces of Labor and Capital in the American South” (which will be posted on libcom when editing is completed). This essay details deindustrialization and relocation of global auto capital to the U.S. South.

Auto Capital and the Second Industrialization

Radical America #09.01: Current economic crisis

Constituent articles:

- Changes in world capitalism and the current crisis of the U.S. economy (MacEwan, Arthur)
- Black cats, white cats, wildcats auto workers in Detroit (Glaberman, Martin)
- Niggermation in auto company policy and the rise of Black caucuses (Georgakas, Dan Surkin, Martin)
- Poetry (Flanigan, B. P.)
- Motown ... and the heart attack machine (Wovoka)

Detroit: I do mind dying. A study in urban revolution - Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying tracks the extraordinary development of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, as they became two of the most vital political organizations of the 1960s and 1970s. Widely heralded as one the most important books on the black liberation movement and labor struggles in U.S. history.

Yes the present hour is very severe at least

May Day 2013 leaflet by Groupe Express-Roularta, Paris.

This is a response to a leaflet produced by the striking workers of the Aulnay PSA (Peugeot-Citroen) plant which is due for imminent closure. Translated by Chronos Publications.

Punching out - Martin Glaberman

Seminal text by Marty Glaberman detailing his experiences of wildcat strikes and union policing of the workforce during the heyday of the UAW in Detroit's auto factories.

Not long ago two men in a Detroit auto plant were discussing their steward. Both had known him for long years. They had worked together in the same department when the shop was unionized in 1937. None of them were very active in the union but all three were among the first to join.

Conflict and repression in an Argentinean car factory: a cycle of resistance from a worker’s perspective

Maurizio Atzeni presents a worker’s account of two factory occupations in Argentina during the mid-1990s. This reconstruction, rather than focusing on the role of specific agents, allows an unveiling of the dynamics through which the clash between the employer’s drive for profitability and workers’ interests in defence of their salaries developed.

Personal histories of the early CIO

UAW-CIO Local 75 Election

Transcript of a talk given by 5 people who were involved in CIO organizing in the 1930s.

This is an edited transcript of a community forum on “Labor History From The Viewpoint Of The Rank And File” held at Saint Joseph’s College in East Chicago, Indiana on March 24 and March 31, 1970.