- American Axle/UAW reach tentative pact, Cheektowaga to stay open, Tonawanda Forge to close
- GM Finally Says Enough!
- Hilary Clinton letter to Dick Dauch in support of American Axle workers from 4/2/08
- American Axle strikers face a cruel police force, WTF is going on in Detroit?
- Kongsberg Automative, a History of Greed
- From the picket lines: American Axle and Kongsberg Automotive workers speak out on the internet
- 4-13-08: American Axle Makes New Offer to UAW, union rejects Federal mediator
- Free Trade's working victims, Bangladesh's workers cannot afford rice, John McCain on free trade
- After 6 weeks of strike American Axle and UAW are bargaining again
- American Axle bends and previously laid off AAM workers join strikers in solidarity
- American Axle moves to hire strikebreakers
- Clinton, McCain, and Obama SILENT on Strike
- American Axle: 9 Million Reasons to Support Strikers
- American Axle strike affecting workers in St. Thomas, solidarity in one plant as workers vote to reduce hours to keep each other employed
- Pan-African News Wire: Community, Labor Unite to Support Strikers at American Axle
- An open letter to the AAM cofounder and CEO, Dick Dauch
- Scab truck driver and local police lead to arrest of 3 American Axle picketers and the BIG 3 not meeting the needs of our future mandatory vehicle
- GM workers still behind American Axle strikers
- The human cost of the American Axle Strike
- Even in layoff UAW brothers at GM plants show solidarity to American Axle strikers and some more updates
- G.M. to shut 7th plant after American Axle strike
- American Axle story response, what is it going to take? to get things back on track in this country?
American Axle Strike (Rev 5- links above updated 4/27/08)
From American Axle strikers defy UAW wage-cutting pattern 2-29-08
What can the outcome be, according to Buffalo News, not so grand: Axle strikers don’t have much leverage 2-03-08
“There is a war on the middle class,” another worker said. “People are losing their homes, while the banks and the rich are getting more profits. They preach they are creating more jobs—but what kind of pay are these jobs? The companies are carrying out whipsawing internationally.”
Another worker with 14 years told the WSWS “It is part of a global conspiracy to cut wages worldwide that seeks to use workers all over the world as cheap labor.”
Commenting on the elections, he added, “Nothing will change whether Obama or Clinton comes in. Whoever gets in there does what he is told; however, the majority of people are brainwashed into supporting the Democrats or Republicans.”
Brian, another worker who came to the plant in the mid-1990s, said, “How are you going to survive on $14 an hour? Everything is going up in cost. We built what Dauch has. I don’t want to take a cut. This is not a Third World country like the place he is building his plants.
“They say this is the richest country in the world—why can’t wages stay the same? It’s corporate greed. How much money do they have to make—billions? Leave my wages the way they are.”
Commenting on the assault on auto workers jobs throughout the world, he added, “I read in the paper that BMW is laying off thousands of workers.
“If [vehicles] were selling, the strike would be settled,” said Arthur Wheaton, director of Buffalo labor studies for Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.and continues
Striking workers are also feeling pressure on their wages, which the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, Richard Dauch, argues are far higher than workers at competitors like Delphi and Dana receive.
According to the UAW, the company wants to cut workers’ wages from $28 per hour to $14 per hour. Dauch says the UAW agreed to wage-cutting moves at Dana and Delphi and should do the same at American Axle.
American Axle isn’t strictly a U.S. company anymore, compared to when it was founded in 1994. It now has 10,000 employees at 30 facilities worldwide.NAFTA, WTO and the other free trade agreements have destroyed this country. Good luck American Axle workers, if I were closer I would walk the line with you.
And while the company’s overall work force is 33 percent larger than at its formation, American Axle has trimmed its U.S. hourly work force by almost half since 2004, after two buyout programs and worker attrition.
Its local work force was cut in half last year after 558 workers at the now-idled East Delavan plant accepted buyouts. American Axle’s current area employment is only about a quarter of what it was a decade ago, when 2,400 local workers had jobs at its plants here.
In a conference call with auto analysts a few weeks ago, Dauch praised the company’s ever-growing manufacturing plant in Mexico, which he called the center of the company’s North American expansion efforts.
Within the next three to five years, Dauch said the company expects its Guanajuato, Mexico, site to become the company’s “largest and most diverse manufacturing facility.” He also lauded its forging operation in Mexico as “world class,” adding: “There is not a better forging operation in the world than our location.”
By 2012, the company expects its non-U.S. manufacturing activity to grow to more than 50 percent, as it adds or expands plants in places like Poland, Brazil, China, Thailand and India.
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