Instead of workers paying for the crisis, they must instead assert their own class interests, fighting to transform the corporations and banks into public enterprises, collectively owned and democratically run by workers, based on production for human need, not private profit. GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler have made record profits since the 2009 restructuring based on slashing the jobs and wages of workers, and have squandered billions on stock buybacks, dividend payments and executive pay. As of this writing, Michigan has 35,291 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 1,325 new cases recorded on Thursday, the highest number since April 14 and the third day in a row that cases have risen again. The delay has cost the lives of at least two dozen Fiat Chrysler and Ford workers. Workers must reject the false choice of dying on the job or starving. They claimed they did it. Last week, hundreds of workers walked out of the Lear Automotive factories in Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, after management and the CTM union concealed the deaths of workers. She was 75. As of Sunday, ODH reported 15,360 confirmed and 603 probable cases of coronavirus, making 15,963 total in the state. The company doesn’t care whether you live or die. The automaker has tentatively penned May 4 as the date to resume production across several of its brands in the Detroit area. “The situation in the nursing homes is unbearable to see. Some choice we’re being given—either you go to work and possibly die, or you lose your job.”, GM’s attitude to the safety of workers has been demonstrated by its decision to keep open its Customer Care and Aftersales warehouse near Flint, Michigan, despite the infection of at least six workers, and by its firing last month of a local union shop chairman, Travis Watkins, at the GMHC axle plant in Wyoming, Michigan. He’s a murderer and pushing drugs that haven’t been properly tested. That means one thing: delays of much-anticipated new models, including at Jeep, where two major debuts are on pause. It’s irresponsible that they kept it open and exposed their employees.”, Workers at other maquiladora sweatshops in Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas, also struck, forcing the closure of their plants. 6 comments. “We are happy with the auto companies’ response and cooperation on working through the health and safety protocols we will need in the workplace when it is appropriate to restart,” UAW President Rory Gamble said Thursday evening. A young autoworker at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant added, “We shouldn’t go back until we have this coronavirus under control. They won’t even fight a grievance, so how can we depend on them to fight for our lives? Well aware that the reckless rush back to work would provoke a wave of opposition, including against the UAW, Gamble said, “We strongly suggest to our companies in all sectors that an early May date is too soon and too risky to our members, their families and their communities,” and backed Whitmer’s talk about an extension of the lockdown. Several other plants in the U.S. and Canada are slated to resume production on May 18th, while the dates for FCA's powertrain and stamping plants have not yet been determined. Along assembly lines, UAW skilled trades workers at Fiat Chrysler's Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, worked during the shutdown to install shields to separate workers who would otherwise get too close. The North American auto industry was closed in mid-March after a wave of wildcat strikes and other job actions in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, along with Ontario, Canada, over the refusal of the automakers and the United Auto Workers union to shut the plants, despite workers falling ill. The three counties that make up metro Detroit—Wayne, Oakland and Macomb—which are also the center of state’s auto industry, account for 75 percent of the cases and 82.5 percent of Michigan’s nearly 3,000 deaths. vs. Ford Bronco . International Committee of the Fourth International. I work in Michigan at an assembly plant that isn't going back to work till the 18th of May, but I haven't heard anything about Toledo yet. The $2.5 trillion stimulus bill is designed to delay your biggest monthly bills. 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