Workers Struggles

Telecom, airlines, retail, manufacturing workers entering battles

Growing signs of a resurgence of class conflict in the US

By Jerry White, 24 May 2016

The growth of the class struggle in the US poses the need for a unified fight by the working class against the capitalist system and the two big business parties that defend it.

“What they are fighting for, we are fighting for”

Striking AT&T West workers declare support for Verizon struggle

By our reporters, 24 May 2016

AT&T West workers in San Diego, California are now entering the fifth day of a strike over working conditions and the corporate offensive against pensions and wages.

Nurses at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s prepare strike vote

By John Marion, 24 May 2016

The May 31 vote will determine whether 3,300 nurses at one of the country’s leading hospitals go on strike.

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24 May 2016

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AT&T West strike in San Diego begins to break CWA isolation of Verizon struggle

By Shannon Jones, 23 May 2016

Despite the efforts of the CWA and other unions, telecom workers are striving to carry out national action against the attacks on their jobs and living standards.

AT&T West strike in San Diego begins to break CWA isolation of Verizon struggle

By Shannon Jones, 23 May 2016

Despite the efforts of the CWA and other unions, telecom workers are striving to carry out national action against the attacks on their jobs and living standards.

SEP presidential candidate visits locked-out Honeywell workers in Indiana

By our reporter, 23 May 2016

More than 300 workers in South Bend, Indiana have been locked out since May 9, after they overwhelmingly rejected the aerospace component giant’s “last, best and final offer.”

Congressional Democrats call for end to Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 21 May 2016

President Obama, Congressional Democrats and the unions are intent on wrapping up the Verizon strike before it becomes the catalyst for a broader movement of the working class.

Verizon strikers denounce federal mediation, CWA news blackout

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 21 May 2016

Workers said they were determined to defeat any attempt by the unions to repeat the sellout of 2011, when the CWA and IBEW ended a strike without a contract.

A resurgence of class struggle

By Barry Grey, 21 May 2016

The revival of the class struggle is finding political expression in the turn by workers against all of the parties of the official “left” that are backed by the trade unions.

Race and class in American history: A reply to a false explanation of the Trump phenomenon

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 21 May 2016

An op-ed published this week in the New York Times provides an opportunity to consider the history of class struggle in America and the role of identity politics in dividing the working class.

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21 May 2016

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Growing anger among Verizon strikers as CWA and IBEW prepare sellout

By Nick Barrickman, 20 May 2016

After telling workers they would not accede to Verizon’s demands for a federal mediator, the CWA and the IBEW agreed to mediation as talks restarted Tuesday.

As CWA prepares sellout, Verizon strikers discuss way forward on WSWS online call

By our reporter, 20 May 2016

Verizon strikers from throughout the East Coast of the United States discussed and debated the way forward during a two-hour call hosted by the WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter.

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20 May 2016

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17 May 2016

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One month on strike: The way forward for Verizon workers

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate, 16 May 2016

The strike by nearly 40,000 Verizon workers is at a crossroads. Jerry White, the SEP’s candidate for US president, will host a call to discuss the way forward for striking workers.

“It will come to us next”

Auto and transit workers support Verizon strikers

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2016

There is widespread support for the striking Verizon workers, even as the unions are isolating their struggle as they work with the corporation to impose concessions.

Air France announces pay cuts for pilots

By Anthony Torres, 14 May 2016

The cuts at the airline are the product of the betrayal of the 2014 pilots strike by the National Union of Airline Pilots.

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14 May 2016

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New picket line assault on Verizon strikers in Massachusetts

By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2016

The silence of the CWA on the recent attack on a Verizon picket in Queens, New York is encouraging more violent assaults on strikers

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13 May 2016

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Obama’s labor board intervenes on behalf of Verizon strikebreakers

By Samuel Davidson, 12 May 2016

A federal district court judge acting at the behest of the National Labor Relations Board has barred Verizon workers from picketing New York City hotels housing strikebreakers.

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10 May 2016

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UK unions collude in the passing of anti-strike legislation

By Robert Stevens and Harvey Thompson, 9 May 2016

The only concern of the union leaders has been to protect their dues income.

“Workers in the Philippines and Mexico are not our enemies”

New York Verizon striker explains need for international strategy

9 May 2016

A veteran Verizon worker discusses why telecom workers around the world need to unify against the globally organized monopolies.

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7 May 2016

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New York Verizon strikers seek to break isolation of struggle

By our reporters, 6 May 2016

There is a growing mood of frustration among striking workers with the toothless protests and publicity stunts organized by the CWA and other unions.

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6 May 2016

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Verizon strike enters fourth week

By Samuel Davidson, 5 May 2016

Verizon is demanding deep cuts to health care for both active and retired workers along with rule changes.

Two New Jersey Transit unions reject contract agreement

By Alan Whyte, 5 May 2016

A spokesperson for NJ Transit reported that while a slim majority voted down the deal in the two unions, the majority of workers in the other 14 unions ratified it.

Forty thousand public sector workers strike against Costa Rican government

By Andrea Lobo, 3 May 2016

Workers spoke to the WSWS in opposition to a set of government reforms attacking their incomes and democratic rights.

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3 May 2016

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“This is the turning point for all of us”

Verizon strikers react to company ultimatum

By our reporters, 30 April 2016

Verizon workers are determined to continue their fight for jobs, wages and working conditions, while the unions are isolating the strike and seeking a way to impose management demands.

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30 April 2016

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German public sector union holds “warning strikes”

By Marianne Arens, 29 April 2016

Selective strikes are taking place in the public sector across Germany this week, but the Verdi union is determined to impose attacks on wages and work conditions.

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29 April 2016

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How the IBEW betrayed the 2014-2015 FairPoint Communications strike

By John Marion, 28 April 2016

The IBEW entered contract negotiations during the longest strike of 2014 with the expectation of giving up at least $200 million in concessions.

Vast increase in “zero-hours” labor contracts in the UK

By Edwin Wills, 28 April 2016

Under zero-hours contracts, workers must be ready to work whenever required.

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26 April 2016

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Ford announces new small-vehicle plant in Mexico

By Marc Wells, 22 April 2016

Ford Motor Co. unveiled its plan to invest $1.6 billion to build a new small-vehicle plant in Mexico which will employ 2,800 workers.

“The company makes a billion dollars every quarter and is trying to take away everything”

Verizon refuses to budge on takeaway demands

By Jerry White, 22 April 2016

As the strike by 39,000 Verizon workers entered its second week, the giant telecom ramped up its provocations by charging strikers with “sabotage.”

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22 April 2016

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Seven dead, hundreds homeless in Houston, Texas flood

By Shelley Connor, 21 April 2016

Houston’s working class residents have been forced to flee rising waters with little assistance from the city or state governments.

Verizon workers confront strikebreaking operation

By Jerry White, 20 April 2016

While workers are determined to wage a militant battle, they have been repeatedly undermined by the telecom unions, which offered $200 million in concessions.

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19 April 2016

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Verizon workers speak as strike enters new week

By our reporters, 18 April 2016

The WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter spoke to workers on the picket lines in Northern Virginia and New York City.

“There is a lot of frustration about going back to work in 2011 without a contract”

Tensions mount as Verizon strike continues

By our reporters, 16 April 2016

Striking workers said they are determined to continue the struggle in the face of open strikebreaking by the company, which has trained 20,000 nonunion management personnel as replacements.

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16 April 2016

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“Not just for us, but for other workers too”

Verizon workers discuss political issues in strike

By our reporters, 15 April 2016

On picket lines in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania reporters from the WSWS talked to strikers about the significance of the walkout by 39,000 Verizon workers.

Video: Striking Verizon workers speak out

By Samuel Davidson and Zac Corrigan, 15 April 2016

On the picket line in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, striking Verizon workers speak out against intolerable working conditions and cuts to health care and pensions.

Brussels air traffic controllers restart work amid growing scandal over March 22 attacks

By Alex Lantier, 15 April 2016

Unions are negotiating with Belgocontrol and the state over a reactionary contract calling for a three-year increase in the retirement age, to 58.

Belgian air traffic controllers launch wildcat strike at Brussels airport

By Robert Stevens, 14 April 2016

The working class throughout Belgium and Europe must come to the defense of the striking air traffic controllers, who have taken a courageous stand against attacks on retirement.

Verizon workers speak on issues in strike

By our reporters, 14 April 2016

The walkout is an expression of the pent up anger of workers all across the US after years of declining or stagnating wages and record corporate profits.

The political issues in the Verizon strike

By Barry Grey, 14 April 2016

The strike by 39,000 Verizon workers against the corporate behemoth is an expression of the growing class consciousness and militancy that underlies the deepening political turmoil in the United States.

Thirty-nine thousand Verizon workers on strike in US

By Jerry White, 13 April 2016

After working without a contract for more than eight months, tens of thousands of workers struck the telecom giant Wednesday morning to fight stagnating wages and attacks on their benefits and work conditions.

ATI steelworkers in US return to work

By Evan Winters, 12 April 2016

The contract approved March 1 after a seven-month lockout, essentially reduces workers to the status of casual laborers, completely at the mercy of the company.

“I am certain the UAW knew about this. They sell us out all the time.”

Facing layoffs, Detroit area Fiat Chrysler workers denounce UAW

By Shannon Jones, 12 April 2016

A WSWS reporting team spoke to workers Monday at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) where 1,300 workers are set to be laid off July 5.

Alpha Natural Resources asks court to shred collective bargaining agreements

By Clement Daly, 12 April 2016

Alpha’s petition to get rid of its union contracts threatens the living standards of 610 coal miners and 4,800 retirees and dependents.

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12 April 2016

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9 April 2016

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UK junior doctors speak out during latest strike

By our reporters, 8 April 2016

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to junior doctors on picket lines around the country.

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8 April 2016

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5 April 2016

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California’s budget to hit Caltrans workers

By David Brown, 2 April 2016

The last offer from the state includes meager raises that are wiped out by rising retirement and benefit contributions.

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2 April 2016

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French workers, youth defy state of emergency to protest austerity policies

By Anthony Torres, 1 April 2016

As many as 1.2 million people participated in demonstrations Thursday across France against the draconian anti-working class policies of the Socialist Party government.

Workers and youth speak out against French labour law reform

By our reporters, 1 April 2016

The WSWS spoke to students and workers participating in demonstrations throughout France against proposed changes to the country’s labour law Thursday.

Chinese mineworkers arrested after protest on unpaid wages

By John Ward, 1 April 2016

The police crackdown points to Beijing’s fears of social unrest amid a slowing economy and plans for mass sackings across basic industry.

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1 April 2016

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California Democrats, unions announce deal on $15 minimum wage

By Marc Wells, 30 March 2016

The deal, which has many loopholes, is aimed at containing deep opposition to poverty-level wages and bolstering support for the Democratic Party in the run-up to November’s elections.

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29 March 2016

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Tube drivers shut down London Piccadilly Line

By Ross Mitchell, 26 March 2016

Prior to the stoppage, the RMT union sought to get the strike off the agenda.

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26 March 2016

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25 March 2016

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Québec Solidaire welcomes suppression of anti-austerity struggle

By Louis Girard and Laurent Lafrance, 23 March 2016

Québec Solidaire has endorsed the unions’ suppression of the struggle public sector workers have mounted against the Liberal government’s concession demands and ravaging of social services.

India: Tata workers end strike after being isolated by the unions

By Arun Kumar, 23 March 2016

The trade unions, mainly those led by Stalinists, played a key role in pushing Tata auto workers to end the strike.

Seven-day nurses strike ends at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles

By Marc Wells, 23 March 2016

Nurses have gone without a wage increase for six years and face chronic understaffing.

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22 March 2016

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Kaiser Permanente nurses in Los Angeles on one-week strike

By Marc Wells, 19 March 2016

1,200 nurses walked out March 15 at Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center, after six years without a wage increase and complaints about understaffing and back wages.

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19 March 2016

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UAW pushes local deals past opposition at GM Lordstown plant

By Jerry White, 18 March 2016

Union officials made it clear that they would force workers to vote again and again until they approved a local contract.

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18 March 2016

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15 March 2016

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12 March 2016

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11 March 2016

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Steel workers strike in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 10 March 2016

Striking steel workers at ArcelorMittal in the port city of Lázaro Cárdenas are demanding the rehiring of laid-off workers.

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8 March 2016

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United Steelworkers rams through sellout contract at ATI

By Evan Winters, 7 March 2016

This contract, hailed by the USW as a victory, gives in to all of ATI’s major demands, and in some cases is actually worse than the contract ATI demanded at the beginning of the lockout.

USW-ATI contract imposes health care and pension cuts, casualized labor

By Evan Winters, 7 March 2016

This contract, hailed by the USW as a victory, gives in to all of ATI’s major demands, and in some cases is actually worse than the contract ATI demanded at the beginning of the lockout.

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4 March 2016

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Caltrans workers rally in Sacramento for better pay and benefits

By David Brown, 3 March 2016

The rally was held outside the California Department of Human Resources, where a bargaining session had been scheduled but was canceled by the state in order to avoid the protest.

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1 March 2016

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Los Angeles area teachers stage “sickouts” over pay

By Dan Conway, 29 February 2016

The job action in the Compton School District highlights the growing opposition to the attacks on teachers and public education as a whole.

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27 February 2016

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Michigan autoworker files challenge to UAW-Ford 2015 contract vote

By Eric London, 26 February 2016

A worker at Ford’s Dearborn Truck plant is continuing to pursue his allegations of fraud during the 2015 contract ratification vote in the face of stonewalling by the United Auto Workers.

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26 February 2016

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USW agrees to sellout deal to end ATI lockout

By Evan Winters, 25 February 2016

The United Steelworkers union and Allegheny Technologies Inc. have announced a tentative agreement to end the six-month lockout of 2,200 workers.

Civil rights groups request federal investigation of San Diego police brutality

By Kevin Martinez, 24 February 2016

The request by the ACLU and other groups cites numerous deaths at the hands of the San Diego Police Department involving brutal shootings of those suffering from mental illness.

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23 February 2016

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