Workers Struggles

Mexico: Goodyear fires workers for forming independent union

By Alex González, 21 July 2018

About 50 workers were fired in retaliation for a strike action that took place in April against the company’s “protection union” contract.

Strike by South African footwear workers as South African and Nigerian telecom workers walkout

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21 July 2018

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UK: Sheffield Supertram workers set to continue strike

By Tony Robson, 20 July 2018

Through its passive approach to the blatant intimidation being meted out to its members, Unite is signalling that it remains the most reliable option in blocking a resurgence of militant opposition in its ranks.

“We should be governing ourselves in this fight”

UPS workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters sellout

By Will Morrow, 19 July 2018

The proposed deal maintains poverty level wages for part-time workers, introduces a new lower-paid “hybrid” worker, and does nothing to address unsafe working conditions.

American Federation of Teachers convention devoted to boosting Democratic Party candidates

By Nancy Hanover, 19 July 2018

In the aftermath of the biggest teachers’ strike wave in 40 years, the American Federation of Teachers bureaucracy is seeking to head off a militant movement and defend its interests by promoting the Democrats in the mid-term elections.

General strike and ongoing protests in Panama against electricity rate hike

By Andrea Lobo, 19 July 2018

As militancy grows among construction workers, teachers and the public sector as a whole, the trade unions are struggling to contain social opposition against new rate hikes and social austerity.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agrees to contract with city’s largest union

By Ali Elhassan, 18 July 2018

The three-year deal, covering 100,000 workers, contains a paltry raise that will be paid for by increased out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Washington, D.C., metro workers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike action

By Nick Barrickman, 18 July 2018

The “yes” vote by 8,000 Washington, D.C., transit workers sets the stage for a possible strike in the US capital, the first in 40 years, amid threats of jail time by the Democratic Party city administration.

Wall Street celebrates Teamsters deal with UPS

By Kayla Costa, 17 July 2018

UPS workers are in a direct fight with the Teamsters union, which is seeking to impose management’s dictates and defend the financial interests of the union executives.

As Jeff Bezos’ wealth reaches $150 billion

Unions strangle strike efforts by European Amazon workers on Prime Day

By Will Morrow and Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2018

Prime Day is treated as a virtual public holiday by the corporate media, akin to Black Friday, but it is synonymous with increased exploitation for Amazon and other shipping workers.

Vermont Medical Center nurses fight low pay and understaffing

By Mike Ingram, 17 July 2018

Nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center held a 48-hour strike last week after months of stalled negotiations for a new contract.

Goodyear Mexico fires workers who attempted to form independent union

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 July 2018

Around 50 workers from Goodyear’s San Luis Potosi factory have been fired in the wake of attempts by workers to oust the corrupt Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM).

Thirty thousand coconut fibre workers strike in India; Chinese workers protest closure of Sanding housekeeping company

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14 July 2018

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As workers’ opposition grows

Teamsters union extends UPS contract deadline to impose sell-out deal

By Will Morrow, 13 July 2018

The union is seeking to delay any vote on the contract after more than 93 percent of UPS workers voted to authorize strike action last month.

South Africa’s shoe workers in national strike; telecom workers, transport workers strike in the UK and Belgium

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 July 2018

A national strike by shoe workers shut factories across Nigeria this week while a major strike was launched by Belgian rail workers and a series of walkouts hit British transport and telecom.

New Zealand nurses reject union-backed sellout, prepare nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 10 July 2018

Nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives in public hospitals are preparing for a nationwide strike on Thursday, after rejecting a sellout offer recommended by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

The way forward for UPS workers

By Tom Hall, 10 July 2018

The World Socialist Web Site calls on UPS workers to form rank and file committees to mobilize all UPS workers, part-time and full-time, along with Amazon, FedEx, USPS and other sections of workers.

Ontario salt-mine strikers blockade mine entry

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 July 2018

Striking workers at Compass Minerals’ salt mine in Goderich, Ontario set up a blockade last week to halt replacement workers in a job action that has been ongoing since April.

Delhi Metro rail threatened with India’s essential services laws; New Zealand teachers vote in favour of strike

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7 July 2018

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UK refuse collectors defy unions; French rail strikes continue; Uber drivers, telecom and rail strikes in South Africa

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6 July 2018

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Confrontation between Lima police and striking Peruvian teachers

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3 July 2018

At least 5,000 teachers from the metropolitan Lima area have had their salaries withheld because of strike activity and authorities have begun replacing striking teachers with scabs.

Thousands of West Bengal textile workers locked out; New Zealand nurses union cancels planned strike

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30 June 2018

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Teamsters resort to lies and intimidation to push sellout deal at UPS

By Hector Cordon, 29 June 2018

Teamsters officials are slandering opponents of the deal, which will introduce a new lower-paid tier of “hybrid drivers”

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Final two days of strike action by French rail workers

29 June 2018

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Chilean copper miners to strike against layoffs; Crane workers strike in Quebec

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 June 2018

Some 1,700 copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine complex in Chile have announced a strike against layoffs while 2,000 crane operators in Quebec walked off the job in a wildcat strike.

Dutch transport workers to strike, as rail stoppages continue in France

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22 June 2018

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Argentine teachers and students occupy campus, Halifax Shipyard workers reject contract

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20 June 2018

Teachers and students in Argentina occupied the Río Cuarto campus of the National University, in Córdoba province while shipyard workers in Halifax, Canada voted down a union-backed deal.

Russian steel workers protest shut-down for world cup, French and UK rail workers continue action

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15 June 2018

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Lordstown GM worker speaks out against pending layoffs

“Workers all over the world need to unite together”

By Samuel Davidson, 13 June 2018

Some 1,500 Auto workers are set to be laid off June 22 at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

Las Vegas casino workers to vote on sellout deals

By Adam Mclean and Kayla Costa, 13 June 2018

The Culinary Workers Union is pushing through contracts with Caesars and MGM without giving casino workers time to read and study the agreements before voting June 14 and 19.

Thousands of jobs to go as UK retail chains rationalise operations

By Barry Mason, 13 June 2018

The latest threats to retail jobs come on top of mounting closures and retrenchments in the retail and food industry.

Uttar Pradesh childcare workers demand teachers’ pay rates, Sri Lankan water supply workers strike for pay increase

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9 June 2018

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“If you don’t like it, they say, 'hit the road'”

UPS loaders describe working conditions and union-management collusion

By Kayla Costa and Hector Cordon, 8 June 2018

With the contract covering 230,000 United Parcel Service workers is set to expire on July 31. The WSWS spoke with two loaders who work in suburban Portland, Oregon.

Iranian lorry drivers’ strike spreads as shop and farm workers strike in South Africa

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8 June 2018

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“If they could, they would hire us for $1 an hour”

UPS workers vote to authorize strike as anger grows over company concession demands

By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2018

While the vote expresses the determination of workers to fight, the Teamsters will do everything in its power to suppress and betray a genuine struggle against the package delivery giant.

Indian garment workers demand higher pay, teachers demonstrate in China

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2 June 2018

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One million Indian bank employees and thousands of Sri Lankan railway workers strike

By our correspondents, 1 June 2018

Industrial action has erupted across the subcontinent against government austerity measures.

As French airport workers and Iranian lorry drivers strike, class struggle spreads in Africa

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1 June 2018

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New Zealand nurses vote for nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2018

Public hospital nurses and other health workers are fighting an effective wage freeze by the Labour Party-led government.

Canadian rail workers, Las Vegas casino workers set to strike as class conflict widens across North America

By Jerry White, 29 May 2018

Three thousand Canadian Pacific rail workers and 50,000 Las Vegas casino workers are the latest entering battles as strikes and protests spread across North America and the world.

Canadian Pacific Railway workers set to strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 May 2018

Some 3,000 rail workers across Canada are set to strike Tuesday evening after rejecting management’s last offer, which failed to meet worker demands for improvements in working conditions and other issues.

Indian port workers to walk out, 30,000 municipal workers remain on strike in Haryana state

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26 May 2018

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French rail and public sector workers strike, Nigerian health workers defy strikebreaking order

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25 May 2018

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Windsor casino workers reject contract, Mexico City professors strike

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22 May 2018

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Indian bank workers threaten national strike, Auckland University students and staff protest in New Zealand

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19 May 2018

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UK college lecturers in London, Bradford, Hull plan strikes as Iranian teachers protest pay in 30 cities

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18 May 2018

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As report shows teachers spending hundreds of dollars on school supplies

Wave of US educator walkouts hits North Carolina today

By Will Morrow, 16 May 2018

Today’s walkout in North Carolina is the latest in an ongoing wave of strikes by teachers across the United States and internationally.

Build rank-and-file committees! Prepare a nationwide strike to defend public education!

North Carolina and the next stage of the teachers’ revolt

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 16 May 2018

Thousands of teachers and their supporters are marching in Raleigh, North Carolina today to demand decent wages and benefits and increased school funding.

Colombian teachers hold nationwide two-day strike

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15 May 2018

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Delivery drivers strike in China, Korean Airline pilots and workers demand dismissal of company chairman

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12 May 2018

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Airline and rail strikes continue in France as educators in South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe join worldwide teacher revolt

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11 May 2018

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Ford Flat Rock plant injury highlights deadly conditions for US workers

By Jerry White, 10 May 2018

The injured worker, identified by co-workers as Lynn Hagood, had her legs crushed by heavy machinery after falling into a pit on the trim and final assembly line.

“Do you work your best when you work for peanuts?” ask Pueblo teachers

First teachers’ strike in Colorado since 1994 now in third day

By Bill Kidd and Nancy Hanover, 10 May 2018

Pueblo, Colorado teachers continue their strike as District 60 begins opening schools.

University of California three-day strike ends without any resolution for workers

By Kayla Costa, 10 May 2018

The health and service workers now face the efforts of the union to isolate their struggle and push a sellout contract.

India: Tamil Nadu government arrests hundreds of protesting teachers and public sector workers

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 10 May 2018

The demonstrators’ main demand is for the scrapping of a regressive new pension system.

The way forward for New Zealand nurses: Break from the unions! Unite the working class against the Labour government!

By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 10 May 2018

The fight by nurses and other health workers for decent wages and conditions must be consciously directed against the Labour Party government and the pro-capitalist trade unions.

14,000 AT&T Midwest workers still without a contract

By Samuel Davidson, 10 May 2018

More than three weeks after the April 14 deadline, the CWA is keeping AT&T workers on the job despite the telecom giant’s demands for sweeping concessions.

The global significance of the resurgence of class struggle in the United States

By Jerry White, 9 May 2018

The following speech was delivered to the ICFI’s May Day 2018 International Online Rally by Jerry White, labor editor of the World Socialist Web Site.

Educators’ struggle in US continues in aftermath of union betrayal in Arizona

By Jerry White, 8 May 2018

The strikes and protests that have erupted so far this year are initial expressions of a powerful, objective social movement that raises basic political questions for all workers.

“There’s an attack on all public workers”

Striking University of California workers speak out

By our reporters, 8 May 2018

On Monday, 24,000 service workers on University of California campuses, members of AFSCME Local 3299, hit the picket lines for the first day of a three-day strike.

French rail workers, teachers protest Macron’s social cuts

By Anthony Torres, 5 May 2018

Rail workers and high school teachers on strike Thursday spoke out against the social cuts and military spending proposed by President Emmanuel Macron.

Chinese construction workers and crane operators protest on May Day

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5 May 2018

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Iranian workers march on May Day in defiance of authorities

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4 May 2018

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May Day 2018: Millions march on International Workers Day

By our reporters, 2 May 2018

Mass protests, including marches and strikes, and involving millions of people around the world, took place yesterday on every continent, reflecting a growing radicalization of the working class.

Mexican teachers denounce union sellout, refuse to end strike

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1 May 2018

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Phoenix Amazon workers to teachers: “Keep fighting!”

By David Moore and Adam McLean, 30 April 2018

There is widespread support for teachers throughout the state, which must be organized and mobilized to fight to defend public education.

Graduate student-workers strike faces continued intransigence from Columbia University

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 28 April 2018

Three thousand graduate student workers at Columbia University in New York City are continuing their strike amidst an expanding wave of teacher protests throughout the US and internationally.

Foreign workers protest dormitory overcrowding in Taiwan

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28 April 2018

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27 April 2018

All high schools and colleges are closed as thousands of teachers in Tunisia continue a nationwide strike against IMF austerity measures.

Mexican teachers strike, Georgia school bus drivers fired for protesting poverty pay

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24 April 2018

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Unions shutdown three-week strike by Chinese technology workers

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21 April 2018

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Further two-day strike by French rail workers

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20 April 2018

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University and College Union sells out UK lecturers strike

By Robert Stevens, 18 April 2018

It was to demobilise opposition to its rotten deal with the employers that the UCU cut the number of universities due to walk out this week, before suspending strike action altogether

Canadian Pacific Railway workers vote to strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 April 2018

More than 3,000 conductors and engineers employed by Canadian Pacific Railway across the country could be on strike as early as April 21 if negotiations do not produce a deal.

Anger grows over union effort to sabotage Oklahoma teachers strike

By Jerry White, 14 April 2018

Thousands of teachers showed up at the state capitol Friday in a show of defiance against the unions and school officials trying to break their two-week strike.

14,000 AT&T workers authorize strike as contract expirations loom

By Samuel Davidson, 14 April 2018

The over 90 percent vote to strike is part of a growing movement of the working class.

Thousands of oil tanker drivers in Odisha, India to strike next week for higher pay

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

14 April 2018

The Odisha tanker drivers are employed by contractors for the state-owned oil corporations and are only paid about $US115 per month.

German public service strikers fear sell-out

By Marianne Arens, 13 April 2018

Public sector workers are demanding real change. However, many fear a sell-out by their union, Verdi.

German public sector workers strike

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13 April 2018

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Mass turnout at state capitol as Oklahoma teachers’ strike enters second week

By Jerry White, 10 April 2018

The walkout shut down schools serving at least 500,000 of the state’s 700,000 public school students on Monday, and scores of districts have announced that schools will be closed Tuesday.

Teachers rebel in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 April 2018

As teachers in Oklahoma and other US states strike and protest, a wave of teacher struggles is spreading throughout Latin America.

As the unions continue talks with the government

French rail workers, students resume strike action against Macron

By Kumaran Ira, 9 April 2018

The trade unions are coordinating with the Macron government to contain the rail workers’ strike movement against the planned privatisation of the French National Railways.

Unions seek to hijack, shut down Oklahoma teachers strike as support for expanded struggle grows

By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 April 2018

As the strike by tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers and support staff enters its second week, workers face a critical crossroads.

Chicago Ford workers speak out against treatment of temporary part-timers

By Marcus Day and Jessica Goldstein, 9 April 2018

Ford Chicago Assembly Plant workers raised questions over the UAW’s claim that 224 temporary part-time workers will be converted to full-time.

More than 3,000 striking employees shut down Sri Lanka’s international airport

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

7 April 2018

The strikers seized control of all water and power supplies and blocked the entrance to Bandaranaike International Airport to demand higher wages and outstanding benefits.

Angolan teachers threaten strike

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6 April 2018

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“Berlin burns:” Firefighters oppose austerity policies of state government

By Carola Kleinert and Andy Niklaus, 5 April 2018

Berlin firefighters are holding a protest vigil against catastrophic working conditions, lack of personnel and the introduction of a 12-hour shift system.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 April 2018

The treatment of temporary workers is a major outstanding issue in a walkout by 1,300 Labrador City ironworkers against the Iron Ore Company of Canada.

Oklahoma teachers strike as workers’ upsurge spreads in US

By Tom Hall, 2 April 2018

The courageous stand by Oklahoma teachers follows the nine-day strike in West Virginia, where educators’ defiance of the state government and the unions galvanized workers throughout the country and internationally.

Wildcat sickouts hit Kentucky as teachers' struggle spreads

By Will Morrow, 31 March 2018

Teachers closed schools in opposition to a bill passed Thursday night that includes sweeping attacks to pensions.

Hundreds of Korean shipyard workers strike against wage and job cuts

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31 March 2018

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Zimbabwean teachers demand end to poverty wages

30 March 2018

Educators in the central African country say they will strike next month to demand a doubling of their pay, which currently puts them below the official government poverty line.

Arizona teachers protest as Oklahoma educators battle union sabotage

By Jerry White, 29 March 2018

Thousands of teachers marched at the state capitol in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday, as the wave of teachers struggles continues to spread across the US and internationally.

Vote “No” to University and College Union sellout of UK lecturers pension strike

By Robert Stevens, 29 March 2018

The University and College Union’s Higher Education Committee voted to put an inferior pensions’ offer from Universities UK to a ballot, in the face of lecturer’s opposition.

Quebec nurses rebel against forced overtime, budget cuts

By Louis Girard, 29 March 2018

Nurses and other health care workers have taken action to protest against draconian working conditions and a drastic decline in patient care due to years of austerity.

Australian train workers denounce NSW rail sellout

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2018

Workers question the legitimacy of the postal ballot and condemn the sordid manoeuvres of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

Teachers’ rebellion spreads on four continents

By Eric London, 28 March 2018

Teachers in North and South America, Europe, Africa and elsewhere are fighting for higher wages, pensions, and in defense of the right to public education.

Strike at York University in Canada begins its fourth week

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 March 2018

Some 3,000 contract teachers and research and teaching assistants are fighting for a substantial pay increase and enhanced job security under conditions where the unions are isolating their strike.

Around 1.5 million Uber and Ola drivers strike in India

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 March 2018

Striking Uber and Ola drivers said they are only making a fraction of what they were promised when they began working for the multi-million dollar tax companies.

Spanish Amazon staff strike

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23 March 2018

Some 2,000 logistics workers at a warehouse in Madrid struck Tuesday against management’s pay cut demands, with 98 percent of employees at the facility joining the action.