Car sections personnel at Dana, Inc. in Warren, Michigan have established a rank-and-file committee to conduct a battle towards the firm and the professional-enterprise United Vehicle Workers. The transnational corporation and the UAW are conspiring jointly to drive by a agreement on personnel now laboring less than really exploitative ailments. Their contract expired August 18. The UAW has declared that a tentative agreement has been attained but has provided no additional info.
The Dana Workers Rank-and-File Committee can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or textual content at (248) 602–0936.
Dana Brothers and Sisters:
We, the Dana Personnel Rank-and File Committee (DWRFC), are unwell and fatigued of remaining kept in the dim by the UAW about the contract that will establish the upcoming years of our life. It has been two times due to the fact our deal expired and 24 hrs due to the fact the UAW declared a tentative agreement, but we have been informed absolutely nothing.
Allow us be clear: this indicates the deal is a total sellout that will have to be turned down. If there have been any gains for personnel in the tentative settlement, the UAW would have advised us proper away. In point, they possible agreed on the agreement a extended time in the past. They have not been “negotiating” in excess of the terms, but conspiring in opposition to us and scheduling how to power as a result of a rotten offer.
We as a result contact on Dana staff everywhere you go to be part of us in demanding the next:
1. The fast release of the comprehensive settlement and all the side letters and memoranda of comprehending.
2. At minimum 1 week to study and examine the agreement right before any ratification vote.
3. Rank-and-file oversight of the voting system to avert any fraud.
Not the moment has the UAW requested us, the personnel of Dana, what we require. Dana and the UAW’s only curiosity is assisting the business make as considerably income as probable, no matter the expense to our lives and bodies. We have been doing work during the pandemic under backbreaking situations, jeopardizing our lives as Dana’s profits soar.
Dana posted $2.2 billion in profits for the second quarter of 2021 with an working money flow of $67 million above that exact time. Dana’s CEO manufactured around $10 million previous calendar year. The organization is arranging to make even more funds off our labor underneath the following deal.
In a public statement on July 30, Jonathan Collins, Dana’s main economic officer, stated: “Sales will most likely be at the larger conclude thanks to the powerful market desire in the first 50 % of this 12 months and our outlook for the remainder of the calendar year. Our sound overall performance and encouraging demand from customers fundamentals continue to keep us locked on a trajectory toward our extended-time period financial aims.”
Meanwhile, we are laboring below disorders that are the exact or worse than employees in the 1800s confronted.
We get the job done 19 days in a row—8 or 10 hours a day—before we get a one unpaid day off. We have to have a fantastic attendance document for a total quarter prior to we get a paid out working day off. Quite a few of us work 60 or 70 several hours a 7 days. There is no air conditioning at the Warren plant, and temperatures get to 110 levels in the summer time. Just one of our coworkers died of COVID. The machines are aged, and there are dangerous chemical compounds in the air we breathe, but there is no true cleaning. There is a severe attendance plan that penalizes us if we are even a minute late. Some of us contact the plant a “slave ship.” These are the ailments that exist in our “union shop” even though the UAW executives make 6-figure salaries.
It is time we speak about what the workers require, not what the firm wants. There is a great deal of money to secure a excellent dwelling normal for all of us.
Thus, the Dana Workers’ Rank-and-File Committee proposes the following minimal demands for a deal we will take, for staff to focus on and think about:
- A 75 p.c wage maximize for all staff. This is what we require to make a residing wage and make up for all past concessions.
- Abolition of the multi-tier procedure and restoration of the basic principle of “equal pay out for equal work.”
- A 40-hour do the job 7 days and the guaranteed ideal to a weekend.
- A reversal of all previous assaults on our well being treatment.
- An conclude to pace-up and harassment by administration. We are self-respecting employees, not inmates in a prison.
- Qualified cleaning of the equipment and fast assessments of the air quality to ensure we are not breathing toxic air.
- Abolition of the points procedure for attendance.
- Suitable air conditioning.
- Workers’ oversight of basic safety protocols and social distancing to prevent the distribute of COVID-19. The suitable to halt production and close the plant for whole cleaning, with assured compensation to workers for all skipped time, if there are COVID outbreaks.
It is time to get ready for a serious fight, but this necessitates crystal clear information and facts and a common technique. The UAW threatens us by saying if we strike, we will be out for 90 days and we will lose. They check out to pit older and youthful staff against just about every other, even although Dana has much more than plenty of income to give employees of all encounter levels a massive raise.
We know that a strike is serious business, that it necessitates scheduling, preparation and, most importantly, unity.
Dana employees have enormous likely energy. We occupy a vital part in the international automobile supply chain, and a nicely-ready strike would ship significant shockwaves all over the planet. We have highly effective allies amid Dana personnel internationally as perfectly as autoworkers a lot more broadly. Dana is a significant intercontinental corporation with 36,000 employees on each and every continent. It has producing plants in Thailand, China, India, South Africa, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Sweden where by workers make parts just like we do.
We are element of a around the world development of doing the job course opposition to company dictatorship and large amounts of social inequality. There are vital strikes using spot among the Warrior Achieved miners in Alabama, Rio Tinto miners in Canada, railroad personnel in the United Kingdom, Nabisco personnel in Oregon, midwives in New Zealand, lecturers in Sri Lanka, and quite a few a lot more workers of all races and ethnicities in a variety of industries speaking lots of distinct languages.
Specifically critical is the strike of 3,000 Volvo employees previously this yr in Virginia. These staff established up a rank-and-file committee to have forward their battle towards the organization and the UAW and set a design that we have to observe.
To unite with us in a common battle, we urge our brothers and sisters to sign up for the Dana Workers Rank-and-File Committee. E-mail us at email@example.com and textual content us at (248) 602–0936.