Police escort scab vehicles by way of pickets at Constellium Automotive in Michigan

Police escort scab vehicles by way of pickets at Constellium Automotive in Michigan
Police escort scab vehicles by way of pickets at Constellium Automotive in Michigan
Constellium staff on strike in Detroit suburb of Van Buren, Michigan [Photo: WSWS]

Police had been referred to as to the picket line at Constellium Automotive in Van Buren Township, Michigan final Thursday morning to escort vehicles transporting scab components by way of the picket line. Employees had been reportedly making every car wait quarter-hour earlier than permitting it by way of.

However as an alternative of mobilizing solidarity motion from Ford staff and different autoworkers who deal with the scab components, the union, United Auto Employees (UAW) native 174, reportedly instructed its members to permit the scab vehicles to enter and exit at once.

A picket described the incident to the World Socialist Net Web site Autoworker Publication on Thursday night. “Day shift wasn’t letting vehicles in or out,” he stated. “They might maintain them quarter-hour… then they’d make the subsequent one wait. When the corporate referred to as the police, the union stated we needed to allow them to by way of.” A co-worker added, “If the Ford staff would say, ‘We aren’t taking your scab components,’ we’d be again to work tomorrow.”

The 160 staff on the plant are approaching their third week on strike. They’re combating for wage will increase to compensate for the hovering price of dwelling, protected working situations and an finish to administration’s punishing attendance factors system.

A group chief on the picket line denounced the abusive factors system for disciplining staff at least infraction of lateness or absenteeism. “In case you get 10 factors you might be fired,” he stated. “In case you name in you get 2 factors. No name in and no present, you get 4 factors. If you’re one minute late, you get 1/2 a degree. should you keep for five hours and depart early you get 1 level. In case you depart earlier than 5 hours you get 2 factors.”

Crew leaders are accountable for coaching new hires, and the excessive turnover on the plant imposes further work on them. The coverage tends to exacerbate an already hazardous work setting. “They’ve tarps everywhere in the plant catching rain water and directing it right into a hose that goes right into a trash barrel,” he added.