“Put a Crimp in the Belt and the Whole Belt Freezes”: The Anniversary of the Flint Sit-Down Strike
Today, 84 years ago, the Flint sit-down strike began. By sitting down, autoworkers stood up for the entire working class and set into motion a movement that built a mighty labor movement. As the pandemic and economic downturn continues to wreak havoc, it is important to remember what solidarity and grit can accomplish.
Ioan GeorgDecember 30, 2020
With 23 UAW Members Dead, UAW Halts Big 3 Reopening Next Week
General Motors wants workers to get back on the assembly line, but workers and the UAW say it's too soon. The move by the UAW to slow down production at GM could have ripple effects throughout the U.S. economy as other manufacturers may follow their lead.
Tatum ReganApril 26, 2020
U.S. Automakers Shut Down After Wildcat Strikes
On Wednesday, the Big Three automakers announced they are closing all plants in the U.S. Managers presented this as a voluntary decision. In reality, it was a reaction to spontaneous strikes by auto workers. Auto workers around the world have been going on strike to protect their health and safety.
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 19, 2020
Squandered Power: The UAW and the GM Workers’ Strike
In order to win, the working class needs democratic unions, internationalism, and a leadership oriented towards class-struggle.
Thaddeus GreeneFebruary 16, 2020
Building Power at the Point of Production
Many people on the Left believe that the United States is "deindustrialized." In fact, the US has the world's second largest manufacturing industry. In this guest post, a factory worker from Los Angeles argues that the Left needs to be part of the industrial proletariat.
Ben SolidaridadJanuary 2, 2020
Wildcat Strike at UCSC Enters Second Week
The graduate students of the University of California, Santa Cruz are teaching an end-of-semester lesson on the art of the wild-cat strike by fighting the boss and the union bureaucracy. Not a grade will be submitted until the university submits to giving the graduate students what they deserve.
James Dennis HoffDecember 16, 2019
GM Strike at the Crossroads: the Strength is in the Picket Lines
Almost 50,000 striking UAW members at General Motors may return to work in the next few days, but much is uncertain. Does the (still secret) Tentative Agreement between GM and the union represent the type of gains workers have sacrificed so much for over the last month? Or will the agreement represent yet another bureaucratic sell-out?
Thaddeus GreeneOctober 16, 2019
South Korean GM Workers Send Solidarity to Striking GM Workers in the U.S.
GM workers in South Korea are fighting for fair wages, the end of precarious employment, and the reinstatement of laid-off temporary workers.
Left VoiceSeptember 27, 2019