Transport Workers Struggles
For a unified struggle of drivers and conductors
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 22 March 2017
Another “no” vote in opposition to the ASLEF/Southern deal would represent a powerful blow against the plans by the train companies and government to impose DOO.
By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2017
Dragging Zee into court was a politically motivated move, taken as rail companies seek to impose Driver Only Operated trains.
By Gustav Kemper and Marianne Arens, 17 March 2017
The union stopped a strike by ground crew at the Berlin airports, despite the employer’s refusal to submit a new offer.
By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2017
The strike by 2,000 conductors proves the willingness of transport workers to fight the destruction of their working conditions and livelihoods.
By our reporters, 14 March 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to striking rail conductors during Monday’s strikes.
By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2017
Claims by the government and rail companies that removing conductors and eventually drivers will have no impact on public safety have been proven false by several recent incidents.
By John Marion, 9 March 2017
The crisis of the MBTA caused by years of deferred maintenance and a massive February 2015 snow storm is being used to implement a prolonged assault on workers.
By Carl Bronski, 25 February 2017
Both factions in the dispute pitting the ATU against its Toronto local president and Unifor have a long record of imposing concession contracts.
By Alan Whyte, 20 February 2017
Less than one-third of those eligible to vote actually ratified the 28-month-long contract, which does nothing to improve wages, health and pension benefits and work conditions.
By Alan Whyte, 13 February 2017
With ratification ballots due back February 15, workers have expressed substantial opposition to the tentative deal pushed by the Transport Workers Union (TWU).
“The working class should defend immigrant rights”
By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017
A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers and found a lot of hostility to the contract.
By Marianne Arens, 28 January 2017
The bus drivers in Hesse carried out their strike with great determination because they viewed it as a principled struggle against intolerable living conditions.
By Alan Whyte, 27 January 2017
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation voted Wednesday to increase its fare and tolls about 4 percent.
“We should take a stand and reject this contract”
By a WSWS reporting team, 20 January 2017
New York transit workers will be voting on a tentative agreement that will continue the erosion of their living standards and working conditions.
By Alan Whyte, 18 January 2017
Transport Workers Union Local 100 announced an agreement Monday that will do nothing to stop the erosion of living standards for 38,000 bus and subway workers in New York.
By our reporting team, 18 January 2017
Transit workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site after the Transport Workers Union announced a deal for a new four-year agreement covering 38,000 bus and subway workers employed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).
By Shannon Jones, 17 January 2017
Published details of the agreement include a major attack on health care benefits and a derisory pay increase.
By Philip Guelpa, 16 January 2017
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs New York City’s buses and subways, is tens of billions of dollars in debt.
By Vernon Stevens, 12 January 2017
Transit workers, who have not had a raise since 2014, will be voting on the agreement, which undoubtedly contains major concession on pay and out-of-pocket health expenses.
By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2017
The walkout by 463 drivers and mechanics is the first by transit workers in Dayton in nearly 60 years.
By Alan Whyte, 9 January 2017
Transport Workers Union Local 100 officials have praised state Democrats who have overseen the attack on workers’ wages and pensions.
“The working class needs better health care, wages, and retirement.”
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 January 2017
Transit workers who came to the mass membership meeting spoke to the WSWS about their most pressing concerns.
By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 28 December 2016
Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA officials are pressing ahead for even deeper concessions, knowing the ATU has buckled under recently in Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia.
By Harvey Simpkins and Nick Barrickman, 22 December 2016
The ultimate responsibility for Metro’s state of disrepair lies with years of underfunding of the transit system.
By John Marion, 22 December 2016
In the face of threats from MBTA management that jobs will be privatized, Boston Carmen’s Local 589 has agreed to wage cuts in the middle of the contract period.
By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2016
In a public hearing held Thursday night in Manhattan, one of eight, workers and students expressed their anger and hostility to the New York transit agency’s proposed fare hikes.
By Alan Whyte, 21 November 2016
After shutting down a six-day strike to boost the vote for Hillary Clinton, the Transport Workers Union imposed a concessions deal on Philadelphia transit workers.
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.
By a WSWS reporting team, 5 November 2016
As the walkout by 4,700 Philadelphia transit workers entered its fourth day the media and Democratic politicians stepped up their attacks on the strikers.
By Alan Whyte, 2 November 2016
Transit workers are in a battle against the attack on health benefits, which is being spearheaded by the Obama administration.
By Alan Whyte, 1 November 2016
The nearly 5,000 transit workers are seeking improvements in pensions and resisting management demands for increased health care costs.
By John Marion, 21 October 2016
The speed and secrecy of the privatization drive should stand as a warning to workers.
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.
By Ajanta Silva, 3 August 2016
The Weymouth bus drivers’ dispute demonstrates that whenever the union bureaucracy are forced to call industrial action, they ensure that it remains isolated.
By Norisa Diaz, 27 May 2016
The MTS strike follows industrial action by 1,700 San Diego AT&T telecommunications workers.
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.
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.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 28 April 2016
The trade unions, seeking to block the entry of workers into struggle against the labour law reform, organised no meetings or protests on the strike day.
By D. Lencho, 5 April 2016
The drivers will be forced to continue working for 10 days, after which they face the possibility of a permanent restraining order.
By John Marion, 22 March 2016
The governor-appointed board votes to increase fares, end late-night service, and prepares attacks on MBTA workers’ pensions behind the scenes.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 March 2016
Unions representing 4,200 New Jersey Transit workers have agreed to sweeping concessions.
By Sandy English, 12 March 2016
Some 4,200 rail workers at New Jersey Transit, the third-largest bus, rail and light rail transit system in the US, are set to strike on Sunday over wages and health care contributions.
By John Marion, 1 March 2016
The MBTA is seeking to offload the continuing deferred maintenance crisis caused by years of underfunding onto the backs of the working class.
By John Marion, 19 January 2016
Proposed fare increases, to be effective July 1, are part of a growing attack on the basic social right to safe and affordable public transportation.
By John Marion, 4 January 2016
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority workers and riders are being pitted against each other by the release of data about employees’ earnings.
By John Marion, 15 December 2015
While human error was responsible for the incident, the old and decrepit equipment of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority played a significant role.
By our reporters, 3 November 2015
Transit and telecommunication workers in New York spoke to the WSWS about the common issues facing workers in different industries.
By Mark Witkowski and Sandy English, 22 September 2015
New York City’s first new subway station in a quarter of a century is a gift to wealthy realtors.
By John Marion, 11 September 2015
Using last winter’s systemic breakdown of the MBTA as a pretext, Governor Baker is moving to privatize as many as 30 of the system’s 170 bus routes.
By our correspondents, 29 August 2015
Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday.
By Terry Cook, 15 August 2015
After almost unanimous votes for industrial action, the union is seeking to cobble together a sellout deal with the state Labor government.
7 July 2015
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By Dietmar Henning, 4 July 2015
Hidden within a new agreement with Deutsche Bahn, the GDL has agreed to a “binding arbitration settlement”—in effect, a strike ban—for the life of the contract.
By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2015
The social eruption in Calais has also fed growing tensions between the UK and France over the refugee crisis in the city.
By Michael Barnes, 3 June 2015
The union sought to justify its action by pointing to a minor pay increase, which will be more than paid for by a cost-cutting drive being worked out behind the backs of workers.
By Ulrich Rippert, 22 May 2015
The strike was called off Thursday, the day before the Bundestag takes up the contentious “contract unity” bill, which would essentially ban strikes by smaller unions in an industry.
By Dietmar Henning, 21 May 2015
After a six-day walkout earlier this month, German train drivers resumed strikes on freight lines and passenger lines.
By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2015
The one-day stoppage has the potential to become a focal point for opposition within the working class.
By our correspondents, 11 May 2015
Ulrich Rippert, national secretary of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, participated in a panel discussion with a leader of the GDL union on the issues facing train drivers.
Train drivers demonstrate in Berlin
By Julian Fischer and Hiram Lee, 9 May 2015
Several hundred striking train drivers and conductors demonstrated in front of the main train station in Berlin on Wednesday.
By Marc Wells, 29 April 2015
Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike Monday over wage theft and to be reclassified as employees, not “independent contractors.”
By Dietmar Henning, 24 April 2015
Deutsche Bahn management is delaying talks with German train drivers’ union (GDL) until the enforcement of a new law that will effectively outlaw strike action.
By John Marion, 15 April 2015
Despite an MBTA maintenance backlog of $6.7 billion, the governor’s panel blames worker absenteeism for the systemic breakdown during February’s snowstorms.
By Alan Whyte, 11 March 2015
Amid increased overcrowding and worsening service, both fares and tolls are set to increase an average of 4 percent later this month.
By Carl Bronski, 17 February 2015
The Teamsters union capitulated to the Conservative government’s threat of strikebreaking legislation and ordered an end to the strike little more than 36 hours after it began.
20 January 2015
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By Jeff Lusanne, 24 November 2014
Metra’s board of directors has approved a plan to raise fares 68 percent over the next 10 years.
By George Marlowe, 11 November 2014
Fearing angry opposition to layoffs, Ford sent out recorded robocalls to 100 temporary workers informing them that their services were no longer needed.
By our correspondents, 10 November 2014
The strike, which interrupted two-thirds of the country’s rail transport, was shut down even as the courts refused to grant Deustche Bahn a back-to-work order.
By Ed Hightower, 6 November 2014
Drivers are angry over low wages and difficult working conditions, poorly maintained and dirty vehicles, and broken security and communications equipment.
By Dietmar Henning, 16 October 2014
The GDL and pilots’ union Cockpit are being deliberately provoked by Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 October 2014
Hundreds of New York City school bus workers rallied at City Hall to demand the reinstatement of their jobs.
By Dietmar Henning, 11 September 2014
The new chairman of the German Trade Union Federation, Reiner Hoffmann, has sided with corporate management against the strikers.
By our reporters, 27 August 2014
Subway workers are angered by the militarization of the police and the long history of brutality and abuse.
By Alan Whyte, 26 July 2014
The LIRR settlement is only the latest in a series of concessions contracts negotiated between public employee unions and New York’s Democratic-led state and city administrations.
By Ben McGrath, 19 July 2014
Renault Samsung workers held a partial strike Monday demanding increased wages and other benefits.
By Alan Whyte, 12 July 2014
The LIRR, the largest US commuter rail line, faces a July 20 strike deadline.
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.
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.
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.
By Alan Whyte and Dan Brennan, 6 June 2014
The mood among teachers and transit workers is far from one of satisfaction.
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.
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.
By David Brown, 21 April 2014
BART has been found guilty of three willful and serious safety violations.
By Dietmar Henning, 4 April 2014
The walkout followed a virtually unanimous vote to strike in defence of pension entitlements.
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.
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 March 2014
The corporate elite are demonising the airport workers for daring to resist attacks on their working conditions.
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.
By Dan Brennan, 25 February 2014
Severe congestion at the port is devastating the livelihoods of thousands of port truckers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.