General Motors

Competition, bankruptcy, and the decline of the United Auto Workers

UAW retirees on the line

September 21st, 2011: The United Auto Workers and General Motors are wrapping up contract negotiations following their previous contract’s expiration on September 14th.

Temp work at General Motors Opel Bochum, 2007

Prol-Position on casualisation and agency working at General Motors in Germany in 2007.

Car industry disputes, 2005

Short roundups of various workers' struggles in the global automobile industry by Prol-Position in 2005.

Wildcat! The wartime strike wave in the auto industry - Ed Jennings

Patriotic?  Auto workers supporting World War II

Ed Jennings' account of the widespread movement of wildcat strikes in the United States auto industry during the period of the union-agreed no strike pledge.

In the heart of the heart of the country: The strike at Lordstown - Peter Herman

Vega assembly line at Lordstown, 1972

A detailed historical account and analysis of the dispute at the General Motors Lordstown plant in the early 1970s, examining the largely self-organised workers' sabotage and the union-controlled strike.

The end of the automobile

An analysis focusing on Germany of developments in the global car industry between its inception and the financial crisis of 2008-9.

Flint 1936-7: Diary of a sitdowner

Sitdown strikers in Fisher Body

The diary of one of the striking General Motors workers who occupied their factories between December 1936 and February 1937.

The Lordstown struggle and the real crisis in production - Ken Weller

Fascinating pamphlet by Solidarity on the informal workers struggle against the frenetic pace of work at a General Motors plant, and the later co-optation of the struggle by the auto workers union.

Wave of strikes and agreements in Brazilian car industry

Workers at major car industry plants in Brazil went on strike during September in support of their demands for improved pay.

Brazil: Autoworkers vote to continue strike

9,000 workers striking at car plants in the south of the country have voted to extend their strike.