Vehicle parts personnel at Dana, Inc. in Warren, Michigan have proven a rank-and-file committee to carry out a battle in opposition to the organization and the professional-enterprise United Auto Personnel. The transnational company and the UAW are conspiring alongside one another to force through a deal on workers previously laboring underneath very exploitative circumstances. Their contract expired August 18. The UAW has announced that a tentative settlement has been reached but has offered no further information and facts.
The Dana Staff Rank-and-File Committee can be contacted by electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or text at (248) 602–0936.
Dana Brothers and Sisters:
We, the Dana Personnel Rank-and File Committee (DWRFC), are ill and exhausted of currently being held in the darkish by the UAW about the agreement that will identify the subsequent a long time of our lives. It has been two days considering that our contract expired and 24 hours since the UAW introduced a tentative agreement, but we have been explained to absolutely nothing.
Enable us be distinct: this indicates the contract is a overall sellout that will have to be turned down. If there ended up any gains for workers in the tentative agreement, the UAW would have informed us right absent. In point, they likely agreed on the contract a lengthy time ago. They have not been “negotiating” around the phrases, but conspiring versus us and preparing how to power by means of a rotten deal.
We thus connect with on Dana employees all over the place to join us in demanding the subsequent:
1. The quick launch of the entire settlement and all the aspect letters and memoranda of knowledge.
2. At minimum just one week to analyze and go over the contract ahead of any ratification vote.
3. Rank-and-file oversight of the voting procedure to reduce any fraud.
Not as soon as has the UAW asked us, the personnel of Dana, what we have to have. Dana and the UAW’s only fascination is encouraging the firm make as substantially income as attainable, no matter the value to our life and bodies. We have been operating during the pandemic beneath backbreaking disorders, risking our life as Dana’s earnings soar.
Dana posted $2.2 billion in profits for the next quarter of 2021 with an working money movement of $67 million more than that exact time. Dana’s CEO produced above $10 million previous 12 months. The business is scheduling to make even a lot more income off our labor less than the next agreement.
In a general public assertion on July 30, Jonathan Collins, Dana’s chief financial officer, reported: “Sales will very likely be at the increased close thanks to the robust current market need in the 1st fifty percent of this 12 months and our outlook for the remainder of the 12 months. Our sound efficiency and encouraging demand fundamentals continue to keep us locked on a trajectory towards our extended-time period economic objectives.”
Meanwhile, we are laboring under circumstances that are the exact or worse than personnel in the 1800s faced.
We get the job done 19 times in a row—8 or 10 hours a day—before we get a single unpaid working day off. We have to have a excellent attendance report for a entire quarter ahead of we get a paid day off. Lots of of us operate 60 or 70 hours a 7 days. There is no air conditioning at the Warren plant, and temperatures get to 110 degrees in the summer. One of our coworkers died of COVID. The machines are outdated, and there are harmful chemicals in the air we breathe, but there is no real cleansing. There is a harsh attendance policy that penalizes us if we are even a moment late. Some of us phone the plant a “slave ship.” These are the problems that exist in our “union shop” while the UAW executives make 6-figure salaries.
It is time we converse about what the staff need, not what the corporation needs. There is a great deal of revenue to secure a fantastic dwelling typical for all of us.
Consequently, the Dana Workers’ Rank-and-File Committee proposes the following minimum amount calls for for a deal we will settle for, for employees to talk about and take into consideration:
- A 75 % wage raise for all workers. This is what we require to make a residing wage and make up for all past concessions.
- Abolition of the multi-tier program and restoration of the theory of “equal pay out for equivalent function.”
- A 40-hour get the job done 7 days and the certain correct to a weekend.
- A reversal of all earlier attacks on our wellness treatment.
- An close to pace-up and harassment by management. We are self-respecting workers, not inmates in a jail.
- Professional cleaning of the machines and quick checks of the air high quality to guarantee we are not respiration toxic air.
- Abolition of the factors system for attendance.
- Suitable air conditioning.
- Workers’ oversight of protection protocols and social distancing to cease the unfold of COVID-19. The correct to halt manufacturing and near the plant for total cleansing, with assured payment to employees for all skipped time, if there are COVID outbreaks.
It is time to prepare for a true struggle, but this requires distinct details and a typical method. The UAW threatens us by indicating if we strike, we will be out for 90 times and we will drop. They attempt to pit older and youthful staff versus each and every other, even even though Dana has more than more than enough money to give personnel of all working experience ranges a enormous raise.
We know that a strike is really serious business, that it calls for scheduling, preparing and, most importantly, unity.
Dana staff have enormous likely electric power. We occupy a significant job in the world wide auto supply chain, and a perfectly-organized strike would send enormous shockwaves all through the earth. We have impressive allies among the Dana workers internationally as perfectly as autoworkers much more broadly. Dana is a large international corporation with 36,000 personnel on each individual continent. It has production crops in Thailand, China, India, South Africa, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Sweden wherever workers make components just like we do.
We are part of a around the world growth of working course opposition to company dictatorship and large degrees of social inequality. There are vital strikes using location amongst Warrior Achieved miners in Alabama, Rio Tinto miners in Canada, railroad employees in the United Kingdom, Nabisco personnel in Oregon, midwives in New Zealand, instructors in Sri Lanka, and quite a few much more workers of all races and ethnicities in a assortment of industries talking a lot of unique languages.
Specially critical is the strike of 3,000 Volvo personnel earlier this calendar year in Virginia. These employees established up a rank-and-file committee to have forward their battle from the enterprise and the UAW and set a design that we should stick to.
To unite with us in a common combat, we urge our brothers and sisters to be part of the Dana Staff Rank-and-File Committee. Electronic mail us at email@example.com and textual content us at (248) 602–0936.