Workers Issues in the US
By Jerry White, 17 July 2019
The mouthpiece of the banks said younger workers who have never experienced mass layoffs are the “big wild card” in this year’s contract fight.
By Kayla Costa, 16 July 2019
Across the US and in Europe, Amazon workers are protesting dangerous working conditions, low pay and the company’s ties to the US immigration Gestapo.
By Jerry White, 16 July 2019
The conflict is not between the auto companies and their servants in the UAW, but between rank-and-file workers, on the one side, and the corporate-UAW alliance, on the other.
By Jacob Crosse and Marcus Day, 16 July 2019
Laid-off workers have reported that they were given as little as two weeks to decide on transfers hundreds of miles away.
By Steve Filips, 16 July 2019
In another signal of growing working-class militancy, GE workers opposed rising medical expenses, cuts to their retirement pensions, and changes to workplace rules.
By Dan Conway and Kimie Saito, 16 July 2019
Talks between the United Food & Commercial Workers and Southern California supermarket chains resumed last week after workers overwhelmingly voted in favor of strike.
Argentine bus drivers carry out one-day strike, judge orders fines for American Airlines workers over protest actions
16 July 2019
Bus drivers across Argentina carried out a one-day strike on July 11 to press wage demands.
“We want to get back everything we gave up”
By Jerry White, 15 July 2019
With the formal negotiations starting today autoworkers want to recoup years of UAW-backed wage and benefit concessions and substantially improve their wages and working conditions.
By Nancy Hanover, 15 July 2019
The National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, met to promote the Democrats in 2020.
By Bryan Dyne, 13 July 2019
A leaked document from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency lists five different reasons to keep the 737 Max 8 aircraft grounded.
By Jessica Goldstein, 13 July 2019
With a possible strike date of August 1, the United Steel Workers and management are maneuvering to impose a new round of concessions on workers.
By Marcus Day, 12 July 2019
Hot, humid weather blanketed much of the central United States on Wednesday, creating miserable and often dangerous work for tens of thousands of workers at auto factories and other plants.
By Norisa Diaz, 10 July 2019
The strike vote comes less than two weeks after 46,000 workers at three of the largest supermarket chains in Southern California also authorized a walkout.
By Jonas Boquist, 10 July 2019
The piecemeal ratifications carried out by the MNA diluted the strength of all 13,000 nurses and facilitated the implementation of contracts acceptable to hospital management.
As industry analyst calls UAW-automaker negotiations “Kabuki theatre”
By Jerry White, 9 July 2019
With negotiations set to begin on July 15, workers are determined to overturn decades of givebacks accepted by the United Auto Workers.
Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways
9 July 2019
Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.
By Tom Carter, 8 July 2019
The technology and infrastructure behind Amazon’s meteoric trajectory and the biggest individual fortune in modern history must be turned towards the needs and aspirations of the world’s population as a whole.
By Elliott Vernon, 6 July 2019
Bus drivers are seeking wage increases consistent with the cost of living in Martha’s Vineyard as well as improvements in safety, disciplinary procedures and healthcare.
Hundreds quit union as UAW pushes through sellout deal at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio
By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2019
Nurses who struck for six weeks are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of the UAW, which scabbed on their strike and then rammed through a rotten agreement.
By Kayla Costa, 4 July 2019
Catering workers confront not only the airline corporations but UNITE-HERE and other unions that have forced them to accept poverty level wages.
By Jerry White, 4 July 2019
The fight to unite autoworkers in the US with their class brothers and sisters in Mexico, China and other countries has opened up an important debate over strategy as workers head into the contract battle this September.
By Tom Carter, 2 July 2019
Over a two-year period, 567 workers were injured at Amazon’s DFW7 fulfillment center in Fort Worth, Texas.
By Keith Jones, 2 July 2019
The United Steelworkers Union has refused to make any public comment on Alcoa’s ultimatum, let alone coupled an emphatic call for it to be rejected with an appeal for workers across North America to come to the ABI workers’ defence.
By Samuel Davidson, 2 July 2019
Blaming high costs from fire damage, Philadelphia Energy Solutions announced the closure of the largest oil refinery on the US East Coast.
Uruguay workers in one-day national strike
2 July 2019
A June 24 strike called by the PIT-CNT trade union federation took place in the context of a worsening economic crisis that has seen continuing attacks on workers.
By Dan Conway, 29 June 2019
Following a regionwide supermarket strike in New England, grocery workers at three supermarket chains in Southern California voted overwhelmingly last week to strike.
By Nancy Hanover, 29 June 2019
Defying the overwhelming sentiments of teachers, students and workers, Governor Jim Justice signed a bill legalizing the state’s first-ever charter schools.
By Will Morrow, 28 June 2019
A global restructuring is underway, with all the automakers relying on the trade unions to seek to suppress the seething and growing opposition of autoworkers.
By Shannon Jones, 28 June 2019
While UAW officials claim the agreement passed by a wide margin, many workers told the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter they had deep reservations about the deal, which failed to address critical issues related to wages and working conditions.
By Rafael Azul and Kimie Saito, 28 June 2019
“Patients are not numbers! Maximum patients + minimum nurses = maximum profits. And the costs are passed on to the consumers and us.”
By John Ashbrook, 28 June 2019
The Trump administration is backing a tri-state effort to build a huge fossil fuel processing facility that threatens public health and the environment.
By Kate Randall, 27 June 2019
Employees learned last week that a $200,000 order of bedroom furniture from Wayfair was placed by a private contractor for a detention facility.
By Laurent Lafrance, 27 June 2019
Having isolated the ABI workers and promoted the lie that Quebec’s right-wing premier would come to their aid, the union is now turning to Québec Solidaire to give it a “left” cover.
“This is a class question… All students should have equal access to education”
By Phyllis Steele, 26 June 2019
The small turnout at the protest, organized by the unions to back the budget proposal of the state’s new Democratic governor, was only a pale reflection of the deep discontent over decades of school funding cuts.
Countdown to contract fight
By Jerry White, 26 June 2019
GM wants to "hire more temporary workers who are paid less and aren’t on the same health care plan," reports Automotive News.
By Samuel Davidson, 25 June 2019
The massive explosion and fire at a Philadelphia oil refinery are the direct result of the criminal drive for profits at the expense of the safety of the workers and the collaboration of the USW with the company.
Vote “No” on UAW sellout agreement!
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 25 June 2019
The following statement is being distributed to auto parts workers in Saline, Michigan who will be voting Thursday on a contract that maintains poverty wages and sweatshop conditions.
By a WSWS reporting team, 24 June 2019
The UAW shut down the strike at the critical auto parts supplier only nine hours after it began.
By Shannon Jones, 24 June 2019
The union’s claim that a return to the bargaining table would lead to an improved deal, was nothing but a cynical ploy.
By Shannon Jones, 22 June 2019
The walkout had the potential to quickly shut down auto assembly operations nationwide at Detroit automakers and at Tesla.
By Harvey Simpkins, 22 June 2019
If the lockout continues until September and the summer session is not reinstated, the musicians will lose more than $2.5 million in wages and benefits.
By Jessica Goldstein, 22 June 2019
Because of the furnace shutdowns, hundreds or even thousands of workers could eventually lose their jobs worldwide.
By Shannon Jones, 19 June 2019
In a sharp rebuke to the UAW, nurses at Mercy Health St Vincent Medical Center rejected a deal the union tried to impose after it shut down their strike.
By Lawrence Porter and Jesse Thomas, 19 June 2019
Teachers across Michigan rallied at the state capitol Tuesday voicing their outrage over a generation of budget cuts.
By Ron Barzel and E.P. Milligan, 18 June 2019
Neither one of the factions fighting for control of the Baltimore Teachers Union offers educators any way forward to fight the bipartisan attack on public education.
Mobilize the working class to fight the bipartisan attack on public education!
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 18 June 2019
The following statement is being distributed to teachers and their supporters who are attending the “Red for Ed” rally in Lansing, Michigan today.
By Jerry White, 17 June 2019
Workers in Chattanooga were correct to reject, for the second time, “representation” by the United Auto Workers, a corrupt agent of corporate management.
As UAW stonewalls about contract talks
By George Kirby and Tim Rivers, 17 June 2019
Faurecia workers face near-poverty level wages that force many workers to work two full-time jobs, for a total of at least 80 hours a week, just to make ends meet.
Minnesota Nurses Association announces sellout tentative deal at Children’s Hospitals in Minneapolis-St. Paul
By Jonas Boquist, 17 June 2019
It has been many decades since the unions have launched a nationwide strike in any industry. In its place they have adopted the program of union-management collaboration."
By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2019
The union has been further discredited by revelations that top negotiators took huge payoffs from Fiat Chrysler to obtain favorable contract terms.
“UAW doesn’t care about us!”
By Jerry White, 14 June 2019
After nurses struck for six weeks, the United Auto Workers union unilaterally ordered them back to work, demanding that they vote on a deal without time to study or discuss it.
By Jonas Boquist, 14 June 2019
Nursing home workers struck the Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River last week to fight for improved wages and safe staffing levels.
By Rafael Azul, 13 June 2019
Salinas food industry workers are being driven into struggle against the unions, which enforce poverty wages and dangerous conditions.
By Erik Schreiber, 13 June 2019
Union officials in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey are negotiating behind the backs of educators to impose a sellout contracts.
By Evan Blake, 11 June 2019
After striking for 14 days, New Haven teachers were pressured heavily to vote for the union’s sellout contract.
Mexican teachers hold vigil over pay issues
11 June 2019
Teachers in the state of Michoacán have begun a protest over millions of pesos in back pay, blockading streets around the Finance Secretariat in the capital Morelia.
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 June 2019
ArcelorMittal and the USW union work together to prevent safety hazards from being addressed so as not to cut into profit margins.
By Jonas Boquist, 10 June 2019
Allina, which provoked a 37-day strike in 2016 that was betrayed by the union, is once again spearheading the attack on nurses.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 June 2019
The agreement will create a two-tier pay system, allowing the company to keep newer hires “in progression” at a fraction of standard pay.
By the World Socialist Web Site Teacher Newsletter, 7 June 2019
The following statement was distributed to teachers, parents and students at a school board meeting Tuesday night in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
By Michael Walters, 6 June 2019
The closure of the plant by the French multinational will devastate the town of 11,000 in central Indiana.
As new Democratic mayor takes office
By Kristina Betinis, 5 June 2019
Layoff notices were sent to 220 teachers and 498 support staff ahead of the June 30 Chicago Teachers Union contract expiration.
By Jessica Goldstein, 5 June 2019
The union has offered the company a proposal to cut labor costs by $42 million—more or less a guarantee that it will get the wage cuts and two-tier system that it demands.
By Jerry White, 5 June 2019
Job cuts by the Australian telecommunications company Telstra are part of a wave of international layoffs that urgently point to the need for a globally coordinated response by the working class.
By David Brown and Evan Blake, 4 June 2019
The New Haven Teachers Association has dropped their wage demands beneath inflation, leaving teachers at a loss.
A call to action
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 4 June 2019
With a little more than three months before the mid-September contract expiration at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, autoworkers are heading into a battle that has great significance for the whole working class.
Mass demonstrations in defense of education in Brazil, Honduran educators and doctors strike
4 June 2019
Mass protests are continuing in Brazil against education cuts by the right-wing Bolsanaro administration while striking Honduran teachers and doctors held protests against privatization of healthcare and education.
“We went out with the nurses, we should go back with the nurses”
By Shannon Jones, 3 June 2019
In an act of blatant strikebreaking, the UAW organized a vote by support staff and technicians at Mercy Health St. Vincent in order to isolate striking nurses and force them back to work.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 June 2019
The announcement of plans to cut the performances and pay of BSO musicians comes amid efforts to attack the artistic and economic conditions of orchestra musicians across the US.
By Steve Filips, 3 June 2019
Nearly 5,000 aluminum workers voted to strike after the United Steelworkers union extended their contract.
By Shannon Jones, 1 June 2019
If the contract is ratified, medical technicians could return to work after Monday, in what is effectively an attempt by the union to force workers to cross the picket line.
By George Gallanis, 1 June 2019
Graduate students must take this struggle out of the hands of the American Federation of Teachers-backed Graduate Students United union and form rank-and-file committees.
By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 June 2019
The WSWS Teacher Newsletter has received many statements from educators in support of Assange and Manning.
As teachers union abandons demands and calls in Democrats
By Evan Blake and David Brown, 31 May 2019
The New Haven Teachers Association is working with state Democrats to end the teachers strike as quickly as possible with a sellout contract
By Tom Hall, 28 May 2019
While Chrysler has denied that the merger would lead to plant closures, the economic advantages of the merger can be realized only through mass layoffs.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 May 2019
The New Haven school district has made no change to its offer of a one percent raise or its plans to lay off staff and close a school.
San Diego Sweetwater High School District to lay off 82 educators and staff amid investigation of budgetary fraud
By Evelyn Rios, 28 May 2019
The school board will meet to approve the layoff of 82 positions to close a budgetary shortfall, likely the result of fraud and mismanagement.
Chilean professors call for strike, teachers in Honduras begin nationwide walkout
28 May 2019
Members of Chile’s College of Professors have set a June 3 strike date, meanwhile Honduran teachers declared a nationwide walkout over threats to privatize education.
UAW continues to isolate workers
By Shannon Jones, 25 May 2019
Three days of talks this week produced no agreement as management refused to seriously address workers’ concerns over understaffing while continuing operations with strikebreakers.
Management demands cuts to healthcare and pensions
By Steve Filips, 25 May 2019
Over 6,100 United Steelworkers members at Alcoa and Arconic are being told to continue working without a contract while the company prepares to bring in scabs in the event of a strike.
“They spit on our solidarity”
By Kayla Costa, 24 May 2019
Since rideshare drivers participated in a global one-day strike on May 8 to oppose the billion-dollar market frenzy for Uber’s IPO, Lyft drivers have reported compensation cuts of up to 27 percent.
“This is a horrible feeling”
By our reporters, 22 May 2019
Hundreds of white-collar workers at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan received notice Tuesday that their jobs were being eliminated.
By Dan Conway, 22 May 2019
The California Teachers Association is sponsoring a #RedForEd “Day of Action” at the state capital of Sacramento on Wednesday.
By Mike Ingram, 22 May 2019
Chinese tech workers protesting inhumane working conditions have received massive international support.
By Jerry White, 21 May 2019
In a scene played out just a few months ago at General Motors, hundreds of white-collar workers at Ford will be thrown out of their jobs this week as Ford cuts 10 percent of its salaried global workforce.
Three-day strike by Mexican teachers against “education reforms”
21 May 2019
Last week teachers all across Mexico took part in strikes and protests to oppose continuing attacks on public education being overseen by the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
By Rafael Azul, 20 May 2019
The death of Joseph Santoyo and severe injury to Pedro Chavarin at the Los Angeles port of San Pedro occurred in the midst of speed-ups and the destruction of working conditions.
As UAW starts closed-door talks with management
By Shannon Jones, 20 May 2019
The hospital workers, members of the UAW, who have been supported on their picket line by other sections of UAW workers, must break through the union's straitjacket and broaden their struggle further.
By Warren Duzak, 20 May 2019
More than 1,000 teachers and school employees called in sick last week in the latest protests by educators in the US.
By Samuel Davidson, 20 May 2019
Police were called to stand by as nearly 1,000 workers were abruptly thrown out of their jobs at this Central Pennsylvania factory
By Jerry White, 18 May 2019
Fueled by declining real wages, new strikes by teachers, health care workers and other sections of the working class are erupting.
By Michael Walters, Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 18 May 2019
Workers at the plant are worried that Fiat Chrysler will eliminate another shift later this year, with hundreds or thousands more jobs cut.
By Erik Schreiber and Sandy English, 18 May 2019
The Democratic and Republican politicians of one of the wealthiest states in America are refusing to adequately fund public education in working class communities.
By Daniel de Vries and Alan Whyte, 18 May 2019
The union is keeping 40,000 workers on the job while governor Cuomo whips up hysteria over allegedly fraudulent overtime.
By Evelyn Rios, 17 May 2019
Dwindling numbers participate in the fifth one-day, unpaid strike, as workers have been kept on the job without a contract for nearly two years.
With contract deadline approaching, Michigan auto parts workers vote by 97 percent to strike global parts maker
By James McDonald, 17 May 2019
Michigan auto parts workers, angry over deplorable conditions and years of UAW-backed concessions, face a contract expiration date of May 31.
By Jerry White, 13 May 2019
There have been 17 major strikes in the US so far in 2019, involving nearly 230,000 public school and university employees, hospital staff, supermarket employees and other workers.
By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2019
Management has hired strikebreakers to maintain hospital operations and is relying on the UAW to contain and isolate the strike.
“They depend on us for their wealth and power”
Uber and Lyft drivers in Chicago, New York and California speak out against exploitation of gig economy workers
By our reporters, 10 May 2019
Drivers across the United States spoke out against the classification of Uber drivers as independent contractors as Uber heads into an Initial Public Offering worth billions of dollars.
By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2019
The moves, which will retain at most a few hundred jobs out of the thousands that are being permanently eliminated, are being denounced by workers.