UAW Seeks To Expand Control Of Auto Industry

It is no secret to any casual observer of American domestic and international political affairs that the current state of national politics is poor at best. Inflation which reached levels not witnessed in decades in the fall of 2022 continues to be a major problem for working class families across the country, helping to hurt the already struggling middle class. Over 60% of Americans are estimated to still be living paycheck to paycheck, and a trend that has been occurring since the 1990s continues; the cost of living continues to rise and prices increase but wages are basically stagnant. The American working class is fed up, tired of the continuously declining quality of life in the country. Millions of jobs in manufacturing have been lost since NAFTA was signed in 1994, and the power of trade unions like the UAW (United Auto Workers) has diminished. The UAW went on strike in September, and over 5000 workers have subsequently been laid off by the companies since it began; the strike is still largely ongoing.

Healthcare workers are also amongst the most overworked and unfairly compensated individuals in the nation, especially following the COVID 19 pandemic. Following the UAW, 75,000 Kaiser Permanente employees also commenced a strike, which is being called the largest by health care workers in American history. The strike was intended to begin as a three day affair and was carried out after union leaders told company officials it would occur if a new contract was not reached. A new labor deal was reached after the three day strike occurred.

Following their massively successful strike (for workers and costly for the corporations), the United Autoworkers Union is now attempting to organize non-union auto laborers in the nation and trying to persuade these individuals to unionize and join them in a clear power grab. Companies like Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Tesla, BMV, Volkswagen and others may be targeted by the UAW.