Comrade Lehman’s struggle in the US, one of the world’s most developed industrialised economies, is powerful political encouragement to our struggle in South Asia and throughout the international working class.”
The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee is a network of educators, students, parents, and workers spearheading the fight to end the pandemic, and save as many lives as possible.
Fill out this form to join the rank-and-file committee nearest you. If there is not already a committee in your area, we will help you get one started.
Don't wait! COVID-19 has spiraled out of control, but thousands of lives can still be saved through urgent action.
Columbus, Ohio Kroger workers: Now is the time to organize an independent fight against both management and the UFCW!
The Kroger Workers' Rank-and-File Committee stands behind Columbus workers' courageous rejection of the UFCW-Kroger sellout contract. But the question they now face is: what next?
Ventra Evart workers: Vote NO on the second sellout agreement! Throw out the UAW bargaining committee! Prepare for immediate strike action!
The Ventra Workers Rank-and-File Committee urges you to vote down the second sellout contract brought by the United Auto Workers at the Evart, Michigan plant by the widest possible margin. Send this contract straight into the garbage where it belongs!
Kroger workers of Columbus, Ohio: Vote “NO” on the UFCW’s sellout contract! Build a nationwide movement of grocery workers!
The Kroger Workers Rank-and-File Committee strongly encourages a "No" vote on this miserable concessions contract. Organize carpools among workers who need assistance getting to the polling locations to vote.
Columbus are demanding better funding for support staff, art classes and decreased class sizes, as well as air conditioning to deal with sweltering heat.
On Thursday, Oakland Unified School District security guards sent two protesters to the hospital in an attempt to shutdown the occupation of a school closed by the district.
A trade union bureaucrat named Connor M. Lewis attacked the World Socialist Web Site earlier this week in response to Mack Trucks autoworker Will Lehman’s nomination for UAW president at the union’s recent convention in Detroit. WSWS writer Eric London responded with a Twitter thread that we republish here.
The NTEU’s boasting of this “victory” at Western Sydney University is not only false; it smacks of desperation by an increasingly discredited trade union.
“Rank-and-file” is originally a military term. It refers to the lower “ranks” of soldiers, who literally stand in lines or “files”. These soldiers have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than the officers or “brass” who prosecute the wars on behalf of the ruling elite.
Rank-and-file committees are of, by and for the rank-and-file workers, who have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than management, the bosses, the politicians, and the trade union apparatus, who send workers to die while defending the profits of the ruling elite.
Yes. The formation of rank-and-file committees is 100% completely legal under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
The right to freedom of speech means you can say whatever you like about what you agree or disagree with. Freedom of association, also covered under the first amendment, means you have the right to associate with others who share your views, for political ends. You also have the right to petition the government for redress, to make demands on the government and tell them what you want them to do.
No. HIPAA has an exception for disclosures to prevent and control the spread of disease, but the state is deliberately not invoking this exception in order to conceal information from workers, so that they can pretend that what they are doing is safe when it’s not.
Rank-and-file educators have the right to know who’s gotten sick, where, when, and what happened. Rank-and-file committees have to demand this information, and have to share it with other workers as a matter of collective self defense.