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The 1934 Toledo Auto Lite strike - Ted Selander

National Guardsmen charge the picket line

A speech given by participant Ted Selander on June 3, 1984 at an anniversary celebration of the 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite strike.

5400 workers on redundancy payment at FIAT plant in Mirafiori, Turin

Sergio Marchionne, FIAT CEO

Sergio Marchionne has managed to set a new record in his activity as the CEO of FIAT: that is, to layoff the whole workforce of the Mirafiori plant in Turin.

Forces of labor - Beverly J Silver

Recasting labor studies in a long-term and global framework, the book draws on a major new database on world labor unrest to show how local labor movements have been related to world-scale political, economic, and social processes since the late nineteenth century.

Successful autoworker strike in Russia

Kaluga Benteler auto workers win strike in battle over wages, collective agreements and union recognition.

Comparing Fordist cities: urban crisis and union response in Detroit 1915-45 and Turin 1950-75

Detroit's Hudson Motor Car Company off Jefferson Ave.

Essay by Ted Perlmutter comparing the industrial cities of Detroit and Turin, their economies, demographics and the struggles that took place. While we have some criticisms of the article, we reproduce it here for reference as it contains some very interesting information.

Testimony of a black worker - Charles Denby

Charles Denby

Extracts from Charles Denby's excellent autobiographical work, Indignant Heart - Testimony of a Black Worker. The extracts describe his experiences as a black auto worker, factory struggles against both the bosses and the union bureaucracy and the dynamics of race within the workforce and wider society. He also describes his disillusioning experiences with Stalinist and Trotskyist parties and their hypocritical attitudes to black workers.

The Corporation (Documentary)

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.

Separate agreement leads to expulsion of FIOM from Fiat Italian factories

Workers of the FIOM union are marching

Thousands of FIAT workers will no longer be represented by FIOM, the main Italian union of mechanical industrial workers.

Punching out: one year in a closing auto plant - Paul Clemens

In the aftermath of one of the oldest car factories in Detroit closing, Paul Clemens speaks to those dismantling it, those who lost their jobs and examines how it could happen.

The origins of the union shop - Tom Wetzel

Article about the practice and limitations of union (closed) shops in the US workers' movement in the 1930s and 40s. In particular it examines how they helped unions act as a tool of discipline over workers as opposed to a tool for defending their interests.