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UK: Veolia sacks binmen for helping elderly man

By Paul Mitchell, 3 December 2016

Veolia’s vindictive actions will come as no surprise to millions of workers.

San Diego nurses work without contract after union blocks Sharp Healthcare strike

By Marko Leone, 3 December 2016

As part of the deal calling off the walkout by more than 3,000 nurses, the union secured an agreement from management giving it authority to collect dues from new nurses.

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2 December 2016

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Pittsburgh Symphony musicians’ strike ends with pay cuts and concessions

By Samuel Davidson, 1 December 2016

After a 55-day strike, musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra were forced to accept concessions as part of a broader assault on music, art and education throughout the country.

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29 November 2016

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GE Appliances workers in Louisville, Kentucky reject concessions deal

By Shannon Jones, 26 November 2016

Despite the significant rejection vote, the IUE–CWA has not called a strike and is instead seeking further meetings with management.

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26 November 2016

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25 November 2016

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Unions, aided by the pseudo-left, push through poverty-level wage deals

Lessons of the Harvard University Dining Services strike

By Mike Ingram, 23 November 2016

The strike by Harvard dining workers provides political lessons for others facing poverty-level wage deals negotiated by the unions with the support of ostensibly left organizations.

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22 November 2016

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Barnard College contingent faculty vote on strike authorization

By Sandy English, 19 November 2016

Part-time and temporary faculty at Columbia University’s Barnard College in New York City began voting on a strike authorization this week.

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19 November 2016

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18 November 2016

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Philadelphia transit workers must reject sellout deal

By Alan Whyte, 17 November 2016

Nearly 5,000 Philadelphia transit workers are voting on a sellout deal this Friday, after the union shut down their six-day strike on the eve of Election Day.

Pittsburgh Symphony musician strike longest in history

By Evan Winters and Samuel Davidson, 15 November 2016

On November 15, the strike will surpass the 46-day strike of 1975, the only other in the orchestra's history.

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15 November 2016

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12 November 2016

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Pittsburgh symphony musicians continue strike against wage cuts and job losses

By Samuel Davidson, 11 November 2016

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians have been on strike for over a month against management demands for a 15 percent pay cut, the elimination defined pension benefits and a reduction the size of the orchestra.

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11 November 2016

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9 November 2016

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To boost Clinton, unions shut down Philadelphia transit strike

By Alan Whyte, 8 November 2016

The Transport Workers Union ended the six-day shutdown of the Philadelphia transit system Monday morning in order to bolster Clinton’s electoral prospects in the pivotal state of Pennsylvania.

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5 November 2016

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California state workers to vote on strike authorization

By Dan Conway, 4 November 2016

The union fears that a strike will cut across its support for the Democratic Brown administration and the Democratic Party.

Sri Lanka: Deeside plantation workers form action committee

By our correspondents, 4 November 2016

The committee’s establishment is an important step toward breaking from the trade unions, which function as industrial police for big business and the government.

Australia: Hazelwood power station closure threatens thousands of jobs

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2016

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union is seeking to impose an “orderly closure” of the plant.

UK: South Yorkshire cleaning workers continue strike

By Barry Mason, 4 November 2016

The three cleaning workers’ strike is being isolated by the trade unions.

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4 November 2016

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1 November 2016

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Strikes end at Libbey Glass in Ohio and Jim Beam in Kentucky

By Shannon Jones, 29 October 2016

The strikes by glassmakers and distillery workers are part of a nationwide uptick in strike activity that reflects a growing spirit of resistance.

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29 October 2016

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“They are picking on the most vulnerable sections of society”

Blue Cross retirees stage picket over health care cuts

By Shannon Jones, 28 October 2016

Scores of retirees protested in downtown Detroit Thursday to oppose management's attempts to slash their health care benefits.

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28 October 2016

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SAG-AFTRA picketers discuss strike, US elections

By Marc Wells, 26 October 2016

SAG-AFTRA video games actors went on strike Monday for better pay, safety and transparency.

Musicians speak out at concert to support Pittsburgh Symphony strike

By Evan Winters, 26 October 2016

Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, together with other musicians and PSO students, played to hundreds of people in person and thousands more online.

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25 October 2016

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Union ends strike at Pennsylvania state campuses, pushes concessions

By Samuel Davidson, 22 October 2016

Union leaders ordered 5,500 striking faculty and coaches to take down picket lines Friday, caving in to management demands for salary and benefit cuts.

SAG-AFTRA video game performers on strike

By Marc Wells, 22 October 2016

Video games actors went on strike Friday against several large corporations for better pay, safety, transparency.

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22 October 2016

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21 October 2016

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Five thousand faculty strike at Pennsylvania state campuses

By Samuel Davidson and Douglas Lyons, 20 October 2016

The strike by Pennsylvania faculty is an expression of growing social opposition among different sections of workers in the run-up to the US election.

Ohio glass workers discuss strike with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 October 2016

Workers in the second week of their strike against the multinational glass maker are determined to resist further attacks on working conditions, health insurance and pay.

Philadelphia transit workers vote to strike

By Alan Whyte, 19 October 2016

Nearly 6,000 bus, subway and trolley operators, cashiers and mechanics have voted to stop work if a new labor agreement is not reached by October 31.

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18 October 2016

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15 October 2016

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14 October 2016

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Minnesota nurses’ union seeks to ram through concessions contract

By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 12 October 2016

The WSWS calls on nurses to reject the sellout contract and combine this rejection with a political mobilization of the working class in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and beyond.

UK: Southern GTR railworkers strike

By Michael Barnes, 12 October 2016

Rail workers’ determined resistance has been sabotaged at every stage.

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11 October 2016

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Harvard dining hall workers continue strike

By Mike Ingram, 10 October 2016

Harvard University Dining Services workers are continuing their strike over health care and wages, the first since 1983.

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8 October 2016

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7 October 2016

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4 October 2016

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1 October 2016

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30 September 2016

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27 September 2016

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Greater Manchester, England: Labour-controlled authority threatens all firefighters’ jobs

By Linda Slattery, 24 September 2016

Firefighters the length and breadth of the UK are facing similar attacks on jobs and conditions, jeopardising their own safety and that of the public.

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24 September 2016

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23 September 2016

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20 September 2016

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16 September 2016

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13 September 2016

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10 September 2016

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Dublin, Ireland bus workers start series of strikes

By Dermot Byrne, 10 September 2016

As a result of chronic underfunding of public services such as transportation and pay freezes in the public sector bus workers have not received a pay increase in eight years.

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9 September 2016

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Minnesota nurses strike highlights militant mood of US workers

By Jerry White, 7 September 2016

The strike by 4,800 nurses, now in its third day, reveals the sharp class tensions in the United States on the eve of the 2016 presidential elections.

Thousands of teachers strike as Costa Rican unions suppress struggle

By Andrea Lobo, 7 September 2016

About 5,000 workers marched last week against the government’s austerity measures, even as the union leaderships are sabotaging their struggle.

Massachusetts: MBTA janitors to be laid off as cuts continue

By John Marion, 7 September 2016

The unelected and undemocratic Fiscal and Management Control Board is discussing privatization of all city bus routes, while working conditions for contracted janitors are made impossible.

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7 September 2016

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As Minneapolis nurses strike, unions join arms with Democratic officials in Labor Day events

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2016

The trade unions used the Labor Day events to promote the campaign of Hillary Clinton, the consensus candidate of Wall Street, the military-intelligence apparatus and most of the political establishment.

Allina nurses strike reveals gulf between workers and union

By Ron Jorgenson, 6 September 2016

Nurses in Minneapolis are fighting against management demands that would cut their own health benefits and make it more difficult for them to provide quality health services.

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3 September 2016

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2 September 2016

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Tens of millions of Indian workers to join one-day protest strike

By Sathish Simon and Kranti Kumara, 31 August 2016

The widespread support for the strike is an expression of mounting working-class anger and militancy and part of a global resurgence of class struggle.

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30 August 2016

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27 August 2016

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23 August 2016

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20 August 2016

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19 August 2016

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16 August 2016

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13 August 2016

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12 August 2016

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10 August 2016

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Southern rail conductors begin longest UK rail strike in 50 years

By Robert Stevens, 9 August 2016

The five-day stoppage by train conductors on the busy Southern rail network has caused widespread disruption, with some 60 percent of services expected to be cancelled.

One million Indian bank workers strike against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 6 August 2016

The unions are trying to contain the confrontation against the Modi government and its pro-business program.

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6 August 2016

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2 August 2016

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30 July 2016

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26 July 2016

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California transportation workers reject sellout contract

By Isaac Finn, 21 July 2016

Caltrans maintenance workers, who have been working without a contract for a year, voted by 67 percent to reject a proposed contract and authorize a strike.

Atlantic City casino strike continues despite management ultimatum

By Isaac Finn, 19 July 2016

Roughly 1,000 casino workers remained on strike in defiance of an ultimatum by billionaire corporate raider Carl Icahn to withdraw management’s last offer.

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19 July 2016

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16 July 2016

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15 July 2016

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9 July 2016

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Chinese Walmart workers engage in wildcat strikes

By Linda Tenenbaum, 8 July 2016

The strike has spread rapidly, with Walmart workers determined to reach out to their national and international co-workers.