General Motors

“This is overdue”: Interview with a striking General Motors worker

Striking GM workers rally in front of the Lexington Avenue plant in Rochester, N

As General Motors reaped $8.1 billion in profit and paid its CEO $22 million, nearly 50,000 GM workers have been on strike since Monday. While workers gave major concessions during the previous recession the company is digging in it’s heels over wages and has even cut off healthcare plans for workers. Marianne Garneau of Organizing Work interviewed Lynn, a rank-and-file UAW and Black Rose/Rosa Negra member, on strike at a components plant in Rochester.

GM's plant closures stink of corruption on so many levels

GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant. Credit: wsws.org

Investors and top executives have used profits at GM to enrich themselves for years, while insisting mass layoffs are an unavoidable fact of economics.

Honda, General Motors: Global Crisis and the Car Industry

Two articles on the recent developments in the US and UK automotive industry.

E08: The Vietnam war strike wave

Memphis sanitation strike, 1968.

The first in a series of episodes we will be producing about the Vietnam war. Here we talk to historian and author of Strike! Jeremy Brecher about the strike wave which swept the United States during the Vietnam war in the 1960s and 70s.

Douglas Fraser's Resignation letter from the Labor-Management Group

The then President of the UAW's resignation letter from the Labor Management Group[1]. The letter outlines his disappointment with the group and rejects the strategy of collaboration. But it also reflects on the then contemporary class struggle and outlines the growing tensions between major corporations and the labor movement.

GM and Harry Wilson: Corporate raiding in the 21st century

The collapse of GM meant disaster for thousands of auto workers, it also meant opportunity for corporate raiders like Harry Wilson.

The great Flint sit-down strike against GM 1936-37 - Walter Linder

A history of the Flint sit-in strike by Walter Linder, slightly abridged by Solidarity and published as Solidarity pamphlet 31 on 1 November, 1969. Walter Linder was a member of the Maoist Progressive Labor Party, whose politics are rejected by both Solidarity and libcom.org, however Solidarity published the pamphlet due to the wealth and value of the factual historical information.

The union-management GM strike, 1970 - Jeremy Brecher

A brief history of the interesting national strike of the United Auto Workers union at General Motors, organised in conjunction with management to allow workers to blow off steam.

The Flint sit-down strike, 1936-1937 - Jeremy Brecher

A strikers' orchestra in the occupied Flint plant

Jeremy Brecher's account of the great sit-down strike in the General Motors plants in Flint, 1936-1937, where workers occupied the factories and won big concessions.

Solidarity motor bulletin #07: Struggles at Strasbourg and Ste-Therese, Canada

Solidarity bulletin containing edited versions of two texts by Walter Johnson and Echanges et Mouvement about struggles of General Motors workers in France and Canada in 1977.