Transport Workers Struggles Massachusetts: Consulting firm hired to begin privatization of transit system The speed and secrecy of the privatization drive should stand as a warning to workers. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-10-21T05:00:00Z Philadelphia transit workers vote to strike 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. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-10-19T05:00:00Z UK: Weymouth and Bridport bus drivers escalate strike action The Weymouth bus drivers’ dispute demonstrates that whenever the union bureaucracy are forced to call industrial action, they ensure that it remains isolated. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-08-03T05:00:00Z San Diego transit workers in third day of walkout over pay and benefits The MTS strike follows industrial action by 1,700 San Diego AT&amp;T telecommunications workers. Fri, 27 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-27T05:00:00Z New York Verizon strikers seek to break isolation of struggle There is a growing mood of frustration among striking workers with the toothless protests and publicity stunts organized by the CWA and other unions. Fri, 06 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-06T05:00:00Z Two New Jersey Transit unions reject contract agreement 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. Thu, 05 May 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-05-05T05:00:00Z In run-up to labour law protest, French rail workers stage one-day strike 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. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-28T05:00:00Z Court issues restraining order after New Mexico school bus drivers vote to strike The drivers will be forced to continue working for 10 days, after which they face the possibility of a permanent restraining order. Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-05T05:00:00Z Boston-area mass transit: Fare increases, service reductions and attacks on pensions The governor-appointed board votes to increase fares, end late-night service, and prepares attacks on MBTA workers’ pensions behind the scenes. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-22T05:00:00Z New Jersey Transit contract includes major concessions in health care costs Unions representing 4,200 New Jersey Transit workers have agreed to sweeping concessions. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-17T05:00:00Z New Jersey Transit strike deadline approaches 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. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-12T05:00:00Z Boston: MBTA seeks to pit transit riders against workers as infrastructure crumbles The MBTA is seeking to offload the continuing deferred maintenance crisis caused by years of underfunding onto the backs of the working class. Tue, 01 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-03-01T05:00:00Z Massachusetts: MBTA proposes steep public transit fare hikes 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. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-19T05:00:00Z Massachusetts: New attacks on public transportation and transit workers Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority workers and riders are being pitted against each other by the release of data about employees’ earnings. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z Boston “ghost train” incident exposes decay of public infrastructure While human error was responsible for the incident, the old and decrepit equipment of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority played a significant role. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:00:00 GMT 2015-12-15T06:00:00Z New York City workers back autoworkers’ contract fight Transit and telecommunication workers in New York spoke to the WSWS about the common issues facing workers in different industries. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-11-03T05:00:00Z New subway station in New York cannot hide the growing crisis of public transit and housing New York City’s first new subway station in a quarter of a century is a gift to wealthy realtors. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-22T05:00:00Z Massachusetts governor begins privatization of public transportation 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. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-11T05:00:00Z Australia: Melbourne tram drivers strike over wages and conditions Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday. Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-29T05:00:00Z Melbourne transport workers vote for industrial action After almost unanimous votes for industrial action, the union is seeking to cobble together a sellout deal with the state Labor government. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-08-15T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-07T05:00:00Z German train drivers’ union agrees to strike ban effective until 2020 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. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-07-04T05:00:00Z French riot police attack striking ferry seamen and migrants in Calais The social eruption in Calais has also fed growing tensions between the UK and France over the refugee crisis in the city. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-25T05:00:00Z UK rail unions call off national strike for second time 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. Wed, 03 Jun 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-06-03T05:00:00Z German train drivers’ union calls off strike and agrees to arbitration 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. Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-22T05:00:00Z German train drivers launch new strikes After a six-day walkout earlier this month, German train drivers resumed strikes on freight lines and passenger lines. Thu, 21 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-21T05:00:00Z UK rail workers vote for national strike The one-day stoppage has the potential to become a focal point for opposition within the working class. Tue, 19 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-19T05:00:00Z SEP in Germany participates in panel discussion on train drivers strike 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. Mon, 11 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-11T05:00:00Z Video: “It’s about the defense of the right to strike” Several hundred striking train drivers and conductors demonstrated in front of the main train station in Berlin on Wednesday. Sat, 09 May 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-05-09T05:00:00Z Port truck drivers walk out again in southern California 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.” Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-29T05:00:00Z German train drivers strike for seventh time in a year 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. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-24T05:00:00Z Massachusetts governor’s panel calls for attacks on transit workers, privatization Despite an MBTA maintenance backlog of $6.7 billion, the governor’s panel blames worker absenteeism for the systemic breakdown during February’s snowstorms. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-04-15T05:00:00Z New York City transit faces fiscal crisis despite fare hikes Amid increased overcrowding and worsening service, both fares and tolls are set to increase an average of 4 percent later this month. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-03-11T05:00:00Z Citing government threats, Teamsters suppress Canadian Pacific rail strike 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. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-02-17T05:00:00Z Workers Struggles: The Americas The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-01-20T05:00:00Z Chicago commuter rail agency approves a decade of fare hikes Metra’s board of directors has approved a plan to raise fares 68 percent over the next 10 years. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z Ford uses automated phone messages to fire Chicago workers Fearing angry opposition to layoffs, Ford sent out recorded robocalls to 100 temporary workers informing them that their services were no longer needed. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-11T05:00:00Z German GDL union shuts down train drivers’ strike 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. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-10T05:00:00Z Portsmouth, Virginia school bus drivers stage sick out Drivers are angry over low wages and difficult working conditions, poorly maintained and dirty vehicles, and broken security and communications equipment. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-06T05:00:00Z German train drivers and pilots take strike action The GDL and pilots’ union Cockpit are being deliberately provoked by Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-16T05:00:00Z Laid off New York City school bus workers ignored by Mayor de Blasio Hundreds of New York City school bus workers rallied at City Hall to demand the reinstatement of their jobs. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-10-14T05:00:00Z Germany: Union leader condemns train drivers’ strike The new chairman of the German Trade Union Federation, Reiner Hoffmann, has sided with corporate management against the strikers. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-09-11T05:00:00Z New York transit workers discuss political lessons of Ferguson, Missouri Subway workers are angered by the militarization of the police and the long history of brutality and abuse. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-08-27T05:00:00Z Long Island Railroad unions accept concessions 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. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-26T05:00:00Z South Korean auto workers hold first strike of the year Renault Samsung workers held a partial strike Monday demanding increased wages and other benefits. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-19T05:00:00Z New York transit agency demands concessions from Long Island Railroad workers The LIRR, the largest US commuter rail line, faces a July 20 strike deadline. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-12T05:00:00Z Unions, pseudo-lefts strangle strike against French rail privatisation 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. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-07-01T05:00:00Z Workers speak out against privatization of French railways Approximately 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Paris on June 17 to protest the Socialist Party government’s planned privatization of the French railways. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-19T05:00:00Z Obama administration halts Philadelphia railway strike 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. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-16T05:00:00Z Teachers and transit workers ratify New York City contract deals The mood among teachers and transit workers is far from one of satisfaction. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-06-06T05:00:00Z RMT union sabotages London Underground strike 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. Thu, 08 May 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-05-08T05:00:00Z Anger builds among New York transit workers against sellout contract This deal has an economic and political significance that affects all sections of the working class, not only the city’s transit workforce. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-21T05:00:00Z Bay Area Rapid Transit fined in death of two workers BART has been found guilty of three willful and serious safety violations. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-21T05:00:00Z German pilots conduct largest strike in Lufthansa history The walkout followed a virtually unanimous vote to strike in defence of pension entitlements. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-04T05:00:00Z Amtrak CEO tells employees to expect pay cuts 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. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-04-03T05:00:00Z Following death of workers, report indicts safety at New York Metro-North rail system 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. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-27T05:00:00Z Irish high court outlaws strike by airport workers The corporate elite are demonising the airport workers for daring to resist attacks on their working conditions. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-18T05:00:00Z Australia: Aurizon coal train drivers locked out 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. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-03-03T05:00:00Z Truck delays at Port of New York and New Jersey spark outrage and protest Severe congestion at the port is devastating the livelihoods of thousands of port truckers. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-25T05:00:00Z Support the London Underground strikers! All those workers who have seen their jobs and living standards decimated must come to the defence of the London Underground workers. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-11T05:00:00Z Pseudo-left groups silent on rail unions’ effort to call off strikes Britain’s pseudo-left groups are covering up for the Rail Maritime and Transport union’s role in betraying rail workers. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-02-07T05:00:00Z Directors threaten to reject California transit workers’ contract 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. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-11-21T05:00:00Z Unions push for concessions contract for Bay Area, California transit workers 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. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-30T05:00:00Z Bay Area, California court imposes 60-day strike ban on bus workers 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. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-25T05:00:00Z After calling off strike, Bay Area transit unions move to push through concessions contract 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. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-24T05:00:00Z Lessons of the Bay Area transit strike 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. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-23T05:00:00Z Unions end Bay Area, California transit strike 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. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-22T05:00:00Z Replacement worker was driving train that killed two workers during California transit strike Sources now claim that the train that struck two maintenance workers during the Northern California strike was on a training run for replacement drivers. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-22T05:00:00Z California Bay Area transit workers speak out on strike Bay Area Rapid Transit workers speak about a fatal accident that killed two workers, and why they are on strike. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-22T05:00:00Z California truckers close Port of Oakland terminal Citing quadrupling diesel prices, increased maintenance costs and stagnating load payments, independent truckers picketed and closed down the Port of Oakland SSA terminal Monday. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-22T05:00:00Z Driver sickout halts bus service in Detroit 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. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-22T05:00:00Z Two workers killed by management-run train during Bay Area transit strike The two workers carrying out maintenance work were struck and killed on Saturday by a train being moved by inexperienced operators. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-21T05:00:00Z The political issues in the Bay Area, California transit strike 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. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-19T05:00:00Z Bay Area, California transit workers strike against wage, benefit cuts 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. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-19T05:00:00Z Unite the working class behind Bay Area transit workers! This statement will be distributed to transit workers in Northern California, who went on strike beginning today. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-18T05:00:00Z The Boston school bus drivers’ wildcat strike 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. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-11T05:00:00Z Boston school bus drivers end wildcat strike 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. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-10T05:00:00Z Sixty-day strike ban ending for northern California transit workers 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. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-10T05:00:00Z Boston school bus drivers take wildcat action 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. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-10-09T05:00:00Z Irish trade unions agree to government-imposed cuts at Dublin Bus Workers at Dublin Bus took three days of strike action earlier last month against an €11.7 million cost-cutting deal. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-09-21T05:00:00Z Northern California bus workers reject sellout contract Workers at AC Transit voted down the tentative agreement that their union presented to avoid a strike. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-08-20T05:00:00Z California governor intervenes with union support to prevent BART strike 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. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-08-06T05:00:00Z Lessons of the BART strike 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. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-08T05:00:00Z Unions end Bay Area California transit strike without a contract 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. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-06T05:00:00Z Mobilize the working class behind Bay Area transit workers! This statement is being distributed to striking Bay Area Rapid Transit workers and other workers in Northern California. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-05T05:00:00Z Unions prepare to shut down Bay Area, California transit strike without a contract 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. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-04T05:00:00Z Democratic Party officials, unions, seek quick end to Bay Area California transit strike 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. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-07-03T05:00:00Z Rank-and-file committee points way forward for New York school bus workers 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. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-04-08T05:00:00Z New York City school bus drivers, escorts denounce contractors’ “final” offer School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-04-08T05:00:00Z New York school bus drivers face new threats Since the sellout of their month-long strike, New York City school bus workers have faced victimization, threats and layoffs. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-03-15T05:00:00Z Berlin bus driver welcomes rank-and-file committee of New York City school bus workers 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 . Mon, 04 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-03-04T05:00:00Z Workers rebel against right-wing unions 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. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-27T05:00:00Z New York school bus workers form rank-and-file committee 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. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-23T05:00:00Z Returning New York City school bus drivers, escorts face retribution after union betrayal The effects of the Amalgamated Transit Union betrayal have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-22T05:00:00Z Lessons of the New York City school bus strike 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. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-18T05:00:00Z New York City school bus workers express anger over conduct of strike Many workers told us that the strike had been a defeat, and that the union was directly responsible. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-18T05:00:00Z Union calls off New York school bus strike, telling workers to rely on Democrats 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. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-16T05:00:00Z Bloomberg boasts of breaking New York bus strike as part of assault on public education 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”. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-16T05:00:00Z On New York City picket lines school bus strikers discuss struggle 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. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-15T05:00:00Z Parents speak out in support of New York City school bus strike 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. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-15T05:00:00Z