Transport Workers Struggles

South Korean auto workers hold first strike of the year

By Ben McGrath, 19 July 2014

Renault Samsung workers held a partial strike Monday demanding increased wages and other benefits.

New York transit agency demands concessions from Long Island Railroad workers

By Alan Whyte, 12 July 2014

The LIRR, the largest US commuter rail line, faces a July 20 strike deadline.

Unions, pseudo-lefts strangle strike against French rail privatisation

By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 1 July 2014

The unions and the pseudo-left parties only called the strikes in order to keep a struggle against the cuts from erupting outside of their control.

Workers speak out against privatization of French railways

By Anthony Torres, 19 June 2014

Approximately 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Paris on June 17 to protest the Socialist Party government’s planned privatization of the French railways.

Obama administration halts Philadelphia railway strike

By Sandy English, 16 June 2014

Obama’s presidential act of strike-breaking came less than one day after the workers walked off the job in a dispute over pay and benefits.

Teachers and transit workers ratify New York City contract deals

By Alan Whyte and Dan Brennan, 6 June 2014

The mood among teachers and transit workers is far from one of satisfaction.

RMT union sabotages London Underground strike

By Paul Bond, 8 May 2014

Just hours before the second 72-hour walkout was due to begin, the RMT union announced it had “suspended” the action against job losses on the London Underground.

Anger builds among New York transit workers against sellout contract

By Alan Whyte, 21 April 2014

This deal has an economic and political significance that affects all sections of the working class, not only the city’s transit workforce.

Bay Area Rapid Transit fined in death of two workers

By David Brown, 21 April 2014

BART has been found guilty of three willful and serious safety violations.

German pilots conduct largest strike in Lufthansa history

By Dietmar Henning, 4 April 2014

The walkout followed a virtually unanimous vote to strike in defence of pension entitlements.

Amtrak CEO tells employees to expect pay cuts

By Jeff Lusanne, 3 April 2014

In a letter to employees, Amtrak’s CEO singled out employee wages as the source of losses, ignoring low funding from Congress and massive delays from private freight railroads.

Following death of workers, report indicts safety at New York Metro-North rail system

By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 27 March 2014

Days after the death of a Metro-North worker, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a report on safety deficiencies that led to four major accidents last year.

Irish high court outlaws strike by airport workers

By Jordan Shilton, 18 March 2014

The corporate elite are demonising the airport workers for daring to resist attacks on their working conditions.

Australia: Aurizon coal train drivers locked out

By Terry Cook, 3 March 2014

Big business regards the dispute as an important test case for a wider corporate drive to slash wages and conditions throughout the mining and energy sectors.

Truck delays at Port of New York and New Jersey spark outrage and protest

By Dan Brennan, 25 February 2014

Severe congestion at the port is devastating the livelihoods of thousands of port truckers.

Support the London Underground strikers!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

11 February 2014

All those workers who have seen their jobs and living standards decimated must come to the defence of the London Underground workers.

Pseudo-left groups silent on rail unions’ effort to call off strikes

By Michael Barnes, 7 February 2014

Britain’s pseudo-left groups are covering up for the Rail Maritime and Transport union’s role in betraying rail workers.

Directors threaten to reject California transit workers’ contract

By David Brown, 21 November 2013

Members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors claim that one provision of the concessions contract signed by the unions was made in error.

Unions push for concessions contract for Bay Area, California transit workers

By Joseph Santolan, 30 October 2013

Unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) called on workers to vote on a concessions contract Friday following the end of the strike last week.

Bay Area, California court imposes 60-day strike ban on bus workers

By David Brown, 25 October 2013

Immediately after unions called off a strike of Bay Area transit workers, the courts moved to prevent a bus strike at the request of California’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown.

After calling off strike, Bay Area transit unions move to push through concessions contract

By Joseph Santolan, 24 October 2013

The unions have systematically isolated the workers, and are now working to push through a contract that slashes workers’ benefits and rights, cutting BART's contribution to workers’ pensions by nearly 25 percent.

Lessons of the Bay Area transit strike

By Joseph Kishore, 23 October 2013

Transit unions in the California Bay Area called off a four-day strike Monday night on the basis of an agreement that accepts all of management’s main concessions demands.

Unions end Bay Area, California transit strike

By Joseph Kishore, 22 October 2013

The strike by 2,300 transit workers in Northern California came to an end Monday night after unions accepted an agreement based on management’s demands.

Replacement worker was driving train that killed two workers during California transit strike

By David Brown, 22 October 2013

Sources now claim that the train that struck two maintenance workers during the Northern California strike was on a training run for replacement drivers.

California Bay Area transit workers speak out on strike

By our reporters, 22 October 2013

Bay Area Rapid Transit workers speak about a fatal accident that killed two workers, and why they are on strike.

California truckers close Port of Oakland terminal

By Christine Schofelt, 22 October 2013

Citing quadrupling diesel prices, increased maintenance costs and stagnating load payments, independent truckers picketed and closed down the Port of Oakland SSA terminal Monday.

Driver sickout halts bus service in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 22 October 2013

Detroit transit workers took off work Monday to protest a wide range of grievances, including assaults on drivers, cuts to pay and benefits and deteriorating service.

Two workers killed by management-run train during Bay Area transit strike

By David Brown, 21 October 2013

The two workers carrying out maintenance work were struck and killed on Saturday by a train being moved by inexperienced operators.

The political issues in the Bay Area, California transit strike

By Joseph Kishore, 19 October 2013

For the second time in less than four months, Bay Area Rapid Transit workers have shut down the fifth-largest public transportation system in the United States.

Bay Area, California transit workers strike against wage, benefit cuts

By our reporters, 19 October 2013

For the second time less than four months, 2,400 workers at the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in Northern California have gone on strike.

Unite the working class behind Bay Area transit workers!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 18 October 2013

This statement will be distributed to transit workers in Northern California, who went on strike beginning today.

The Boston school bus drivers’ wildcat strike

By Jerry White, 11 October 2013

The unauthorized walkout by hundreds of school bus drivers reflects social tensions that are building up not only in Boston, but throughout the United States.

Boston school bus drivers end wildcat strike

By Kate Randall, 10 October 2013

Most Boston school bus drivers returned to work Wednesday, following a one-day work stoppage that shut down bus service for Boston’s 33,000 public, private and parochial schools.

Sixty-day strike ban ending for northern California transit workers

By David Brown, 10 October 2013

The legal injunction against strikes by BART workers, requested by California Governor Brown and supported by the unions, comes to an end at midnight Thursday.

Boston school bus drivers take wildcat action

By Kate Randall, 9 October 2013

Boston school bus drivers staged a wildcat job action Tuesday morning in defiance of their union leadership, facing threats of injunction and punitive damages by city authorities.

Irish trade unions agree to government-imposed cuts at Dublin Bus

By Jordan Shilton, 21 September 2013

Workers at Dublin Bus took three days of strike action earlier last month against an €11.7 million cost-cutting deal.

Northern California bus workers reject sellout contract

By David Brown, 20 August 2013

Workers at AC Transit voted down the tentative agreement that their union presented to avoid a strike.

California governor intervenes with union support to prevent BART strike

By David Brown, 6 August 2013

A month ago, the unions called off a strike after only four days, despite the success of the walkout in paralyzing BART and impacting the entire Bay Area.

Lessons of the BART strike

By David Brown, 8 July 2013

The unions, deeply integrated in the corporate and political establishment, sabotaged the strike before it could develop into a movement that could challenge the Democratic Party and their program of austerity.

Unions end Bay Area California transit strike without a contract

By David Brown, 6 July 2013

Following the intervention of the California Secretary of Labor, the unions agreed to end a strike that had shut down the fifth-largest public transportation system in the US.

Mobilize the working class behind Bay Area transit workers!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 July 2013

This statement is being distributed to striking Bay Area Rapid Transit workers and other workers in Northern California.

Unions prepare to shut down Bay Area, California transit strike without a contract

By Oliver Richards, 4 July 2013

The unions are currently holding secret negotiations with management to arrive at a tentative agreement, with the aim of calling off the strike and quickly returning everyone to work.

Democratic Party officials, unions, seek quick end to Bay Area California transit strike

By David Brown and Joseph Kishore, 3 July 2013

As union officials voiced their desire to quickly end the strike, California state government called for a return to the bargaining table, chastising workers for their wage demands.

Rank-and-file committee points way forward for New York school bus workers

By Jerry White, 8 April 2013

A committee formed by school bus drivers and escorts after the union betrayed their month-long strike issued a leaflet to a mass meeting of workers in New York City last Thursday.

New York City school bus drivers, escorts denounce contractors’ “final” offer

By our reporters, 8 April 2013

School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City.

One month after strike

New York school bus drivers face new threats

By Dan Brennan, 15 March 2013

Since the sellout of their month-long strike, New York City school bus workers have faced victimization, threats and layoffs.

Berlin bus driver welcomes rank-and-file committee of New York City school bus workers

4 March 2013

New York City school bus drivers and escorts decided to set up a rank-and-file committee after the betrayal of their month-long strike .

Workers rebel against right-wing unions

By Jerry White, 27 February 2013

As the struggle of workers begins to erupt outside of the framework of the unions, the growth of militancy is accompanied by a growing receptivity to the perspective of socialism.

New York school bus workers form rank-and-file committee

By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013

On the eve of their return to work, over 50 New York City bus workers met to discuss their strike’s betrayal and form a rank-and-file committee.

Many workers replaced by strikebreakers

Returning New York City school bus drivers, escorts face retribution after union betrayal

By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013

The effects of the Amalgamated Transit Union betrayal have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices.

Lessons of the New York City school bus strike

By Jerry White, 18 February 2013

This struggle in the nation’s most populous city and center of finance capital revealed the class dynamic being played out all over the US and the world.

New York City school bus workers express anger over conduct of strike

By Sandy English, 18 February 2013

Many workers told us that the strike had been a defeat, and that the union was directly responsible.

Union calls off New York school bus strike, telling workers to rely on Democrats

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2013

The decision announced Friday night to end the month-old strike by New York City bus workers represents an abject betrayal by the unions that will have far-reaching consequences.

Bloomberg boasts of breaking New York bus strike as part of assault on public education

By Sandy English, 16 February 2013

In New York City, the school bus workers were seen by the Bloomberg administration as the low-hanging fruit in the process of “education reform”.

On New York City picket lines school bus strikers discuss struggle

By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 15 February 2013

With their month-long strike in danger, school bus workers on picket lines in Queens and the Bronx discussed how their struggle could be taken forward.

Parents speak out in support of New York City school bus strike

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 15 February 2013

Sympathy for school bus workers is widespread among parents of students affected, despite efforts by the Bloomberg administration and the corporate media to whip up sentiment against the strike.

New York City bus strike in danger

City takes bids stripping school bus drivers of job protections

By Jerry White, 13 February 2013

The New York City Department of Education on Tuesday began the review process on bids submitted by dozens of private school bus companies, vying for new five-year contracts to transport some 150,000 students.

Striking New York City bus drivers march in defense of jobs

By a reporting team, 11 February 2013

Striking bus workers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Sunday to protest the attempt by New York’s billionaire mayor to strip them of job protections.

WSWS publishes New York school bus strike newsletter

9 February 2013

The WSWS is urging New York City school bus workers and their supporters to download and distribute the NYC School Bus Strike newsletter.

School bus workers fight for job security and wages: 1979 and today

By Fred Mazelis, 8 February 2013

An examination of the New York City school bus drivers strike of 1979 underscores the transformed role of the unions.

Video: Striking New York City bus workers speak on their struggle

6 February 2013

In this video, New York City bus workers speak about their fight against billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg and make an appeal for support from the working class as a whole.

“Bloomberg is the number one criminal”

Striking New York City school bus workers speak out

By our reporters, 4 February 2013

Over the weekend, World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking bus workers throughout New York City.

The way forward for the New York City school bus strikers

By Socialist Equality Party, 4 February 2013

The SEP is calling for the formation of rank-and-file committees made up of school bus workers as well as parents, teachers and other workers to defend the strikers and oppose the assault on public education.

After NLRB rules strike legal

New York mayor steps up attack on school bus workers

By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 2 February 2013

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg is pressing ahead with his campaign to strip school transportation workers of job and wage protections after the NLRB failed to rule their two-and-a-half week strike illegal.

Alabama school bus driver shot and killed while defending schoolchildren

By Fred Mazelis, 2 February 2013

The death of Charles Pollard illustrates the dedication of school bus drivers at a time when striking drivers and matrons are being demonized by big business politicians and the media in New York.

Interview with a striking New York school bus driver: “We want an answer about what’s been going on”

By Sandy English, 1 February 2013

As the strike has entered its third week, the companies have cut off workers’ health care insurance and payments into their pension funds.

New York City school bus strike at the crossroads

By Socialist Equality Party, 31 January 2013

The struggle has revealed the basic class divisions in America.

Union officials offer to end NY school bus strike and negotiate concessions

By a reporting team, 31 January 2013

The union representing school bus drivers and matrons made an offer to end the strike and negotiate concessions, but the Bloomberg administration rejected it out of hand.

Companies bring in scabs in New York school bus drivers’ strike

By Sandy English, 30 January 2013

Private school bus companies contracted to the New York City Department of Education (DOE) sought to break a two-week-old strike by sending out scab buses.

New York school bus drivers remain determined as back-to-work injunction looms

By Robert Fowler and Sandy English, 28 January 2013

Almost 9,000 school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics continued their strike on picket lines across New York City this weekend.

New York school bus walkout continues amid injunction and strikebreaking threats

By Dan Brennan, 26 January 2013

Approximately 8,800 school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics continued their strike Friday, braving the chilling temperatures on picket lines across New York City.

South Carolina board authorizes strikebreaking against school bus drivers

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 26 January 2013

South Carolina’s Board of Education has voted unanimously to allow Durham School Services to hire scabs from other states in the event of a strike by bus drivers and monitors in two school districts.

Striking New York school bus drivers face government and media gang up

By Sandy English, 25 January 2013

As they enter the second week of their strike, school bus drivers have faced increasing pressure from the Bloomberg administration and the corporate media.

Letter from a school bus driver

25 January 2013

A letter on the assault by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the striking New York school bus drivers.

School bus drivers in New York face NLRB threat as strike enters second week

By Clare Hurley, 23 January 2013

The National Labor Relations Board says it has begun an investigation of company complaints that could lead to an injunction to declare the school bus drivers’ struggle illegal.

Threat of federal intervention to break New York City school bus drivers strike

By Rosa Shahnazarian and Jerry White, 21 January 2013

Private school bus companies, with behind-the-scenes support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are appealing to the National Labor Relations Board to order an end to the six-day strike by nearly 9,000 drivers, attendants and mechanics.

New York bus drivers continue strike to defend jobs

By a reporting team, 19 January 2013

The strike by nearly 9,000 school bus drivers in New York City entered its third day on Friday.

New York school bus drivers walk picket lines for second day

By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2013

New York City school bus drivers and matrons are fighting against a plan to destroy job protections that were won more than 30 years ago.

New York City school bus drivers strike to defend jobs

By Sandy English, 17 January 2013

Nearly 9,000 school bus drivers struck on Wednesday to ensure that job security provisions remain in New York City’s contracts with the private bus companies that transport children.

Striking school bus drivers: “The mayor is putting a price on our children”

By a reporting team, 17 January 2013

The WSWS spoke to striking school bus drivers at the Atlantic Express terminal in the Bronx.

Mobilize the working class to support New York’s school bus drivers!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 16 January 2013

The SEP calls on workers to support the nearly 9,000 school bus drivers, matrons/attendants and mechanics who have called a strike to defend their right to decent jobs and safe service for children.

New York school drivers: “All they want is to push us backwards”

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 January 2013

The WSWS spoke with New York school bus drivers Tuesday on the eve of a strike called to defend their jobs.

New York City school bus drivers may strike over job security

By Sandy English, 8 January 2013

School bus drivers in New York City, facing a threat to their jobs and pay, may walk off the job this week.

Pittsburgh bus drivers protest state budget cuts in transit

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 March 2011

Pittsburghers for Public Transit and members of Local 85, Amalgamated Transit Union, held a noon rally March 19 against planned transit cuts.

Top AFL-CIO officials, Democrats tied to campaign payoff case

Ex-Teamsters official convicted in union election swindle

By Martin McLaughlin, 27 November 1999

Former Teamsters official William Hamilton was convicted November 19 of six counts of corrupt practices related to the use of nearly $1 million in union funds to finance the reelection campaign of former union president Ron Carey. A jury deliberated for only two days before returning a verdict of guilt on all counts, including conspiracy, embezzlement, fraud, and making false statements to a federal elections officer.

Business as usual at the Teamsters

Hoffa blocks car haulers strike, accepts concessions

By Jerry White, 3 June 1999

Newly-seated Teamsters President James P. Hoffa signed a tentative agreement with the National Automobile Transporters Labor Division Wednesday morning to prevent a national strike by 12,800 drivers, mechanics and yard and office workers that could have quickly disrupted the US auto industry.

Teamsters carhaulers face strike deadline

By Jerry White, 29 May 1999

The contract covering 12,200 Teamsters carhaulers expires midnight Monday and a strike could be launched that would quickly disrupt the US auto industry. A walkout would include drivers, mechanics, yard and office workers employed by the trucking companies that ship vehicles from auto factories, rail yards and ports to car dealerships.

The Teamsters election and its significance for the working class

By Jerry White, 18 December 1998