Workers Issues in the US
“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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Owen Mullan, 25 April 2019
The American Federation of Teachers acted to prevent a coordinated fight by educators against the Democrats’ austerity measures.
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.
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.
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
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”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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
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.
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”
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.
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.
13 April 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Côme Crozier, 11 April 2019
“The unions have us divided in a Kafkaesque system of different wages and hours.”
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
By Warren Duzak, 9 April 2019
Tennessee teachers are joining the growing protests across the US to defend public education and oppose privatization schemes.
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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”
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.