Our committee opposes the right-wing laws recently passed by the Tennessee legislature that would withhold funding to schools where teachers “promote” class or racial antagonisms or are insufficiently “impartial” in their treatment of historical instances of such antagonisms.
The ERFSC is a network of educators, students, parents, and workers spearheading the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 through schools and workplaces and save lives.
On this page you can:
• Attend an online meeting
Contact us now to join the committee nearest you. If there is not already a committee in your area, we will help you get one started.
We are also connected to committees of rank-and-file educators in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Sri Lanka.
Don't wait! COVID-19 has spiraled out of control, but thousands of lives can still be saved through urgent action.
Volvo workers issue statement: “Where we are, what we’ve gone through and what’s next in our struggle”
This statement was issued by Volvo workers as they begin to return to work at the New River Valley plant today, following the UAW’s betrayal of a more than month-long strike last week.
The Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee condemns the lifting of public health measures necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the promotion of vaccine nationalism.
UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee holds online forum as Johnson government lifts all safety restrictions
“A government that claims to be acting in the interests of children is allowed to oversee the deaths and suffering of young children, with no challenge from what passes as the official organisations of the working class.”
On top of hundreds of jobs already lost, this latest attack means the university will have retrenched 15 percent of its staff since the beginning of the pandemic.
On Monday, the Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Detroit Federation of Teachers announced that they had signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) to fully reopen the school district for in-person instruction this fall.
A recent march to deliver demands to the University President was met by the campus chief of police instead.
We urge all teachers to build independent action committees at every school; rally parents, students and workers in other sectors, and fight for a unified struggle of the working class.
“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.