Workers Issues in the US

“We went out with the nurses, we should go back with the nurses”

Mercy Health strikers in Toledo, Ohio denounce UAW sabotage of their struggle

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.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cancels summer program, locks out musicians

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.

Aluminum workers vote to strike Arconic-Alcoa

By Steve Filips, 3 June 2019

Nearly 5,000 aluminum workers voted to strike after the United Steelworkers union extended their contract.

UAW calls for contract vote by Mercy Health support and technical staff in a bid to isolate nurses

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.

University of Chicago graduate student union plans three-day picket

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.

American educators demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

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

New Haven, California teachers strike at a crossroads

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

Fiat-Chrysler announces merger, threatens jobs bloodbath

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.

New Haven, California teacher strike enters second week

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

Workers Struggles: The Americas

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

Mercy Health workers continue strike as management digs in

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

United Steelworkers forcing 6,100 Alcoa and Arconic workers to work without a contract

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”

Lyft cuts drivers’ rates in weeks following global rideshare strike

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”

Ford workers in Michigan respond to job cuts

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.

Teachers strike in New Haven School District, Northern California

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.

Over 240,000 people back Chinese tech worker protest

By Mike Ingram, 22 May 2019

Chinese tech workers protesting inhumane working conditions have received massive international support.

Ford slashing 7,000 white collar jobs

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”

Workers Struggles: the Americas

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.

Death of a Los Angeles dockworker

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

Toledo hospital strikers call for broader mobilization

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.

Teachers rally in Nashville, Tennessee to demand pay raises

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.

Police escort workers out of closed plant in Central Pennsylvania

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

Amid declining real wages, strikes in US escalate

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.

Video: Mass layoffs hit Illinois Fiat Chrysler plant

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.

New Jersey education budget reallocation threatens hundreds of jobs

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.

As New York City transit contract expires, governor launches vindictive attack on workers

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.

University of California unions wear down workers with fifth one-day strike

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.

Strikes by US workers outpacing rate in 2018

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.

Toledo, Ohio workers complete first week of strike vs. Mercy Health St. Vincent

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.

GM workers denounce deals to “save” token jobs in Lordstown and Oshawa

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.

Two thousand nurses and support staff strike at Toledo, Ohio hospital

By Jerry White, 8 May 2019

Nurses, technicians and other support staff walked out at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center Monday to fight against increased workloads and out-of-pocket health care costs.

Uber drivers to participate in global strike

By Leslie Murtagh and Jesse Thomas, 8 May 2019

Thousands of Uber and other ride-sharing drivers around the world will strike on Wednesday to protest low wages and the spread of casualized labor.

Teachers walking out statewide today in Oregon

By Kayla Costa, 8 May 2019

The SEP calls for the creation of rank-and-file committees to unite all educators, workers, parents and students in a common fight across the United States and internationally.

“The UAW sold us down the river”

Fiat Chrysler uses robocall to announce more layoffs at Belvidere, Illinois, plant

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 7 May 2019

On Monday, the auto giant announced more layoffs in addition to the shift it has already eliminated.

New Orleans Times-Picayune lays off its entire staff

By Aaron Murch, 7 May 2019

The mass layoff was the first action of the new owners after Baton Rouge-based the Advocate bought the New Orleans daily.

Teachers at three Chicago charter schools strike as union blocks common fight with public school educators

By Alexander Fangmann and Andy Thompson, 6 May 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union has worked closely with the Democratic Party to ensure that the two-tier education system is completely unaffected.

Sickout by teachers and school support staff in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak, 6 May 2019

More than 1,400 teachers and support staff called in sick Friday after Democratic Mayor David Briley’s budget provided no increase in real wages for school employees.

As contract deadline approaches

Faurecia auto parts workers in Michigan speak out on sweatshop conditions

By James McDonald, 6 May 2019

In advance of their May contract expiration workers at the Faurecia auto parts plant in Saline, Michigan, spoke out on brutal working conditions and harsh treatment by management.

Horrific plant explosion kills at least three workers in northern Chicago suburb

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 May 2019

The 30,000-square foot plant was located close to residential areas, where witnesses reported power outages and structural and other property damage in nearby buildings.

Polls show growing sentiment for teachers strike in Mississippi

By J. L’Heureau, 4 May 2019

Mississippi educators, seeking to join the international strike wave of teachers, are demanding action against poverty wages and abysmal working conditions.

San Diego Sweetwater Teachers Union begins bargaining as false financial situation reported by district

By Evelyn Rios, 4 May 2019

The union and district are negotiating an austerity contract based on what is most likely fraudulent accounting, amidst allegations of fraud and mismanagement investigations.

General Motors reports $2.1 billion first-quarter profits as job cuts take their toll

By Shannon Jones, 1 May 2019

GM managed yet another quarter of huge profits amid mounting signs of a global economic slowdown by continuing its ruthless cost cutting.

New York pre-K teachers demand pay parity, as union seeks to sabotage strike

By Steve Light, 1 May 2019

As thousands of early childhood educators plan to walk out across New York City, AFSCME is dialing back the scheduled strike.

The teachers’ revolt and the fight for social equality

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 May 2019

The following statement is being distributed to teachers and their supporters who are marching in Raleigh, North Carolina today.

“The Teamsters is a company-controlled union”

UPS national contract imposed after supplemental fights

By George Marlowe, 1 May 2019

Following the ratification of a contentious Detroit supplemental agreement, the Teamsters union has imposed its sellout national contract on more than 250,000 UPS workers.

Year after Arizona strike, teacher walkouts and protests spread in US

By Jerry White, 30 April 2019

Mass protests scheduled for North and South Carolina tomorrow are part of a renewed wave of planned strikes and demonstrations by educators, including in New York City, Chicago and Detroit.

Crane collapse in Seattle claims four lives

By Scott Burris and Tim Rivers, 30 April 2019

A huge tower crane at a block of buildings under construction for Google in Seattle collapsed on Saturday, killing four and injuring four others.

One-day general strike in Colombia

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 April 2019

Workers mobilized in opposition to the National Development plan being proposed by President Ivan Duque that would mean significant attacks on workers.

Mayor Emanuel intervenes to shut down Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike

By George Marlowe, 26 April 2019

As part of his final act on behalf of the city’s financial elite, outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has offered to intervene to end the nearly two-month strike by Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musicians

GM continues tax avoidance schemes while it slashes thousands of jobs

By George Kirby, 26 April 2019

General Motors has received billions of dollars in government tax benefits over the past decade even as it continues to cut jobs and extract concessions from workers.

University of Illinois at Chicago faculty announces deal on eve of strike

By George Gallanis, 26 April 2019

More than 1,100 professors, lecturers, instructors and assistant professors are voting on a concessionary contract being pushed by the UIC United Faculty union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

Forty hospitalized after toxic chemical leak in Chicago suburb

By Jessica Goldstein, 26 April 2019

Residents of Beach Park, Illinois were ordered to stay inside and 40 people were hospitalized after toxic anhydrous ammonia leaked into the air during a chemical spill.

Rutgers University faculty union blocks strike by professors and teaching assistants

By Owen Mullan, 25 April 2019

The American Federation of Teachers acted to prevent a coordinated fight by educators against the Democrats’ austerity measures.

Industry publication floats idea of UAW calling a “targeted” strike

By Shannon Jones, 24 April 2019

After expressing concerns over the rebelliousness of factory workers, Automotive News suggested that the United Auto Workers call an impotent partial strike if negotiations hit an impasse.

UFCW orders New England Stop & Shop strikers back to work without seeing contract

By Kate Randall, 23 April 2019

The order to return to work signals the union’s agreement to impose deep takebacks by Stop & Shop in its efforts to transform the supermarket chain into a low-wage sweatshop.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Argentine newspaper and casino workers strike

23 April 2019

Workers at Clarín and sports daily Olé walked off the job April 17 over the firing of 56 of their colleagues while workers struck all Buenos Aires-area casinos for 48 hours over threatened closures.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike

Socialism and the defense of culture

By Kristina Betinis, 22 April 2019

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians, now in the seventh week of their strike, require the active support of the entire working class, in the United States and internationally.

“Capitalism is a terrible scheme that robs people of their labor”

As negotiations hit impasse, Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians continue strike and free concerts

By Michael Walters and George Marlowe, 20 April 2019

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra management reiterated its demand that musicians give up their traditional pensions and also canceled concerts through the end of April.

“Why did Boeing make it like that? Pure negligence and greed. There is simply no other answer.”

Aviation reporter Rytis Beresnevičius speaks to WSWS on Boeing 737 crashes

By Bryan Dyne, 20 April 2019

Rytis Beresnevičius has closely followed the two recent Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and the engineering, executive and regulatory decisions that led to these disasters.

US education secretary to gut regulations, seek a “major shift” in higher education—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 20 April 2019

A crude assault on educational standards, which hardens the class divide in educational access and spurs the plundering of the “education market,” is being enacted under the cover of “rule-making” by the US Department of Education.

“We’re all in this together. That is how I see it.”

Detroit Fiat Chrysler autoworkers defend Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 April 2019

A WSWS Autoworker Newsletter campaign team spoke to workers Thursday at the Warren Stamping plant outside of Detroit about the importance of the defense of whistleblowers Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

USW forces rotten deal on Harley-Davidson workers in Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 19 April 2019

The union rejected its membership’s demands for an improved contract and instead forced through the same concessions-filled deal workers rejected less than two weeks earlier.

Deadly week for construction workers in New York City

By Mark Witkowski, 18 April 2019

In the space of less than a week three construction workers were killed, as the building boom in the city continues to claim the lives and limbs of workers.

Why the defense of Julian Assange is necessary for all workers

By the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees, 18 April 2019

The following statement in defense of Julian Assange was issued by the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees.

Strike of 31,000 New England Stop & Shop workers in sixth day

By our reporters, 17 April 2019

Despite reporting profits of more than $2 billion last year, the multinational owner of Stop & Shop is seeking to drive down the wages and benefits of workers.

“The jailing of Assange is an attack on the entire working class”

US workers demand the release of Julian Assange

By Jerry White, 16 April 2019

Workers in the United States have reacted with outrage over the jailing of Julian Assange and the efforts of the Trump administration to illegally seize the WikiLeaks founder and subject him to detention, possible torture and even death.

The political lessons of the University of Illinois graduate student strike

By Andy Thompson, 16 April 2019

The strike by 1,500 graduate students has come to an end with a totally inadequate agreement, raising important political lessons that must be assimilated in preparation for future struggles.

Mexican teachers protest while DHL and Amazon pilots protest stalled talks

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 April 2019

Workers in a number of towns in Chiapas are protesting education “reforms” under the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador while air cargo pilots protested outside Amazon’s offices in Florence, Kentucky.

31,000 Stop & Shop supermarket workers strike at over 240 supermarkets in New England

By Kate Randall, 15 April 2019

Supermarket workers at Stop & Shop, owned by retailer Ahold Delhaize, have struck the supermarket chain for the first time in 30 years.

“It seems to be class warfare”

Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh speaks on musicians strike

By George Marlowe, 15 April 2019

Clarinetist and striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musician John Bruce Yeh spoke on the major issues of the strike as well as broader questions of social inequality and authoritarianism.

Chicago symphony musicians strike defies aristocratic principle

By Kristina Betinis, 13 April 2019

As CSO strike enters sixth week, a right-wing pressure campaign is being mounted to try to force the musicians to make concessions on their pensions.

070 UIC faculty vote to strike

13 April 2019

West Virginia college axes liberal arts; Pennsylvania Historical Society slashes workforce

By Tom Eley, 12 April 2019

The moves are symptomatic of a society that can spare nothing for art and history, subordinating them to the profit imperatives of the financial elite.

Sacramento, California teachers conduct one day strike

By Ben McGrath, 12 April 2019

As the teachers union works to reach a sellout deal with county officials, rank-and-file teachers are striving for a broader struggle in defense of public education.

One-day strike by Sacramento, California teachers

By Dan Conway, 11 April 2019

Ninety-two percent of Sacramento City Teachers Association members voted last month to authorize strike action in the state capital.

Lower turnout for second one-day strike at California universities and health systems

By Evelyn Rios, 11 April 2019

On Wednesday, several thousand of the lowest paid workers struck against the University of California’s ten-campus system.

A letter from a young US Postal Service worker

By Côme Crozier, 11 April 2019

“The unions have us divided in a Kafkaesque system of different wages and hours.”

Norwood Jewell, the UAW and the Flint water crisis

By Jerry White, 10 April 2019

The conviction on bribery charges of Jewell sheds light on the close connections between the UAW and the Democratic politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of an entire city.

“We believe in our art and can’t let them take it away”

Chicago symphony musicians defy management offer, continue strike

By Michael Walters and George Marlowe, 10 April 2019

CSO musicians have courageously defied the insulting “last, best, final offer” of management and are continuing their longest-ever strike.

University of California service and patient care technicians on one-day strike

By Marc Wells, 10 April 2019

University of California’s 25,000 service and patient care technicians are on strike today, for the fourth time in less than a year.

Hollywood writers in a battle against powerful talent agencies

By Adam Mclean and David Walsh, 10 April 2019

The Writers Guild of America has set an April 13 deadline for reaching an agreement with the major Hollywood talent agencies on a new code of conduct.

Teamsters working with YRC trucking companies to impose concessions contract

By Steve Filips, 9 April 2019

A tentative agreement has been announced between the company and the union while workers are being kept in the dark in order to forestall opposition to what is undoubtedly another sellout deal.

Philadelphia Community College teachers face union sellout

By Tom Eley, 9 April 2019

The deal, which must be voted on by the membership, would create a permanent category of lower-paid educators.

US independent trucker group calls for shutdown, protests in Argentina against austerity

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 April 2019

A group of US owner-operator truckers has set April 12 for a protest over rates and regulatory issues, while tens of thousands in Argentina marched to protest the Macri government’s anti-worker economic policies.

Tennessee teachers organize protests over educational funding and vouchers

By Warren Duzak, 9 April 2019

Tennessee teachers are joining the growing protests across the US to defend public education and oppose privatization schemes.

Mississippi teachers threaten first strike since 1985

By J. L’Heureau and Nancy Hanover, 8 April 2019

With Mississippi paying the lowest wages in the country, educators are enraged over the state's refusal to substantially increase them. Calls to defy the state’s brutal anti-strike laws are growing.

University of Illinois at Chicago grad student union pushes sellout contract

By Andy Thompson, 8 April 2019

Teaching assistants should reject the deal being pushed by the Graduate Employees Organization and its parent unions and spearhead a fight against the Democrats’ austerity measures.

“Music is too powerful to be silenced by tyranny”

Chicago symphony musicians host packed concerts as strike reaches turning point

By George Marlowe, 6 April 2019

Musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have continued to host successful, packed concerts as their strike enters its fourth week.

Another steelworker killed at ArcelorMittal in Indiana

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 April 2019

Fleming’s death is the 392nd to occur at the mill, which has operated since 1902.

University of Illinois-Chicago faculty to vote on strike action as grad student walkout enters third week

By George Gallanis, 4 April 2019

The American Federation of Teachers hopes to block faculty members from joining grad students and escalating the fight against the Democratic Party’s austerity program.

“If the UAW was bought, we should get it all back”

Former UAW vice president pleads guilty to conspiracy in bribery scheme

By Jerry White, 3 April 2019

Norwood Jewell is the highest UAW official to be convicted thus far in the case, involving Fiat Chrysler paying union officials to sign pro-company labor agreements.

Sears abruptly slashes life insurance coverage for 90,000 retirees

By Jacob Crosse, 3 April 2019

Retirees have been given two options—either convert all or a portion of the previously held policy into a new plan, and begin making payments, or watch it evaporate.

Corruption probe engulfs top UAW executives

By Jerry White, 2 April 2019

Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is expected to plead guilty today for taking tens of thousands in bribes in exchange for imposing a pro-company deal on 37,000 Fiat Chrysler workers in 2015.

Amazon Air cargo flight crashes after vicious cost-cutting

By Erik Schreiber, 2 April 2019

The immediate cause of a cargo flight crash near Houston is as yet unknown, but it took place in the context of management’s relentless attacks on workers’ pay and on safety standards.

Community College of Philadelphia faculty vote for strike action

By Nancy Hanover, 2 April 2019

In the aftermath of more than a decade of cuts to higher education, faculty at publicly-funded colleges are being galvanized into strike action.

Mexican paper workers strike, demand ousting of company union

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 April 2019

Paperworkers in the state of Tamaulipas struck March 29 to demand the expulsion of the Fasim union, which they accuse of siding with their employer, Absormex.

“Music is the language of the world”

Striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians hold successful free concerts

By George Marlowe and Michael Walters, 29 March 2019

CSO musicians in the third week of their strike have won widespread public support, including for their defiant free concerts.