Workers Issues in the US

Mexican teachers denounce union sellout, refuse to end strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

1 May 2018

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As Arizona teachers strike enters third day, unions seek to shut down walkout

By Jerry White, 30 April 2018

The unions are determined above all to block the development of a political movement of the working class in opposition to the capitalist system.

Phoenix Amazon workers to teachers: “Keep fighting!”

By David Moore and Adam McLean, 30 April 2018

There is widespread support for teachers throughout the state, which must be organized and mobilized to fight to defend public education.

Arizona Educators United Facebook group censors teachers, WSWS

By Will Morrow, 30 April 2018

The censorship is a clear indication that a sellout by the union and AEU is imminent.

Anger builds against UAW over layoffs, outsourcing at GM Lordstown, Ohio plant

By Tim Rivers, 30 April 2018

An estimated 60,000 workers have read and shared an article on the UAW’s rotten agreement, posted by the World Socialist Web Site and its Autoworker Newsletter last Tuesday.

Georgia school bus drivers face discipline after mounting sickout-action over pay and benefits

By Kranti Kumara, 30 April 2018

Dekalb County school bus drivers, who earn as little as $21,000 annually, were provoked into walking out by the callous disrespect shown them by the school superintendent.

Graduate student-workers strike faces continued intransigence from Columbia University

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 28 April 2018

Three thousand graduate student workers at Columbia University in New York City are continuing their strike amidst an expanding wave of teacher protests throughout the US and internationally.

Arizona teachers rally for second day, further walkout expected Monday

By David Moore, 28 April 2018

As in West Virginia and Oklahoma, the unions in Arizona are doing everything they can to shut down the struggle as quickly as possible.

Teachers union celebrates alliance with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

By Fred Mazelis, 28 April 2018

The union’s embrace of Cuomo is a sharp warning to teachers in New York and across the US.

UAW executives are “nothing more than fat cats collecting huge checks”

Autoworkers denounce company-UAW scheme to hire low-paid workers in the face of mass layoffs

By Tim Rivers, 28 April 2018

Autoworkers have begun to fight back by sharing articles across social media in a storm of protest.

Arizona strike biggest yet in teachers’ revolt in US

By David Moore, 27 April 2018

Arizona teachers launched their first strike in state history while educators in neighboring Colorado are walking out as the struggle of teachers continues to grow.

“If we did this nationally, we'd have greater success”

Striking Arizona teachers speak out

By our reporters, 27 April 2018

Teachers rejected the efforts to divide them from school support staff and called for a united struggle with teachers across the country.

Opposition mounting to Teamsters deal to cut pensions at ABF Freight

By Steve Filips, 27 April 2018

Workers are denouncing the five-year tentative deal signed by the Teamsters, which imposes more concessions on 8,600 drivers and other workers at the trucking company.

Columbia University teaching assistants launch week-long strike

By Daniel de Vries, 26 April 2018

Striking teaching and research assistants at the Ivy League school in New York City are the latest to join the worldwide upsurge of education workers.

Some unionized Alaska Air workers earn less than minimum wage

By our reporter, 25 April 2018

Workers who unload and load cargo planes start at a measly rate of only $11.74 per hour for work that is backbreaking and grueling and quite frequently done under adverse weather conditions.

The teachers’ struggle spreads to Arizona and Colorado

By Jerry White, 25 April 2018

With the teachers’ struggle spreading, it is urgent that workers review the political lessons of the experience of educators in the first stage of this battle.

Teachers stage protests in lead-up to Arizona, Colorado walkouts this week

By Will Morrow, 24 April 2018

The union is seeking to turn the walkout into a “lobbying” day at the state capitol and prevent the spread of teacher strikes throughout the country by channeling opposition behind the election of Democrats.

After mass layoffs at Ohio plant, UAW gives GM greenlight to hire lower-paid temps

By Tim Rivers, 24 April 2018

Just days after eliminating an entire shift at the Lordstown plant, General Motors announced its subsidiary at the factory will hire low-paid temps under a “memorandum of agreement” signed by the UAW.

Mexican teachers strike, Georgia school bus drivers fired for protesting poverty pay

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 April 2018

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Arizona teachers prepare for statewide strike

By Jerry White, 23 April 2018

As the week starts, teachers in Arizona and Colorado prepare walkouts as part of the rebellion of educators spreading across the US and internationally.

Arizona teachers vote to strike

By Jerry White, 20 April 2018

More than three-quarters of the 57,000 Arizona educators who cast ballots voted for strike action, which is scheduled to begin next Thursday.

Maryland lawmakers offer Amazon $8.5 billion to locate headquarters near CIA and Pentagon

By Adam Soroka, 19 April 2018

Maryland is a finalist for Amazon’s “HQ2” because of the region’s proximity to the headquarters of Amazon’s partners at the CIA, NSA, FBI and US military.

Arizona teachers voting on state-wide walkout

By J. Cooper, 19 April 2018

Teachers are voting on whether to walk out over the governor’s pay offer, which falls far short of their demands.

The betrayal of the Oklahoma strike and lessons for the next stage of the teachers’ revolt

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 18 April 2018

The end of the strike, and the inevitability of a new social eruption, directly pose the need for workers to consciously work over the lessons of the struggle.

Unions shut down Oklahoma teachers strike

By Jerry White, 17 April 2018

The teachers’ courageous fight for improved wages and increased school funding for their students was betrayed by the Oklahoma Education Association and the Oklahoma City-American Federation of Teachers.

Colorado teachers join national wave of protests and walkouts

By Trévon Austin, 17 April 2018

Inspired by educators in other states, teachers protested Monday at the capitol building in Denver.

Canadian Pacific Railway workers vote to strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 April 2018

More than 3,000 conductors and engineers employed by Canadian Pacific Railway across the country could be on strike as early as April 21 if negotiations do not produce a deal.

Oklahoma struggle continues as calls for teacher strikes spread across US

By Jerry White and Niles Niemuth, 16 April 2018

Over the weekend, teachers networked with each other to organize sickouts and other forms of protest as schools reopen today.

Kentucky teachers denounce governor for saying students were “sexually assaulted” due to walkout

By J. Cooper, 16 April 2018

The Kentucky legislature overrode the governor’s veto of a budget and tax bill, leaving in place bills taking millions from education.

As part of a global strategy of cost-cutting and plant shutdowns

GM to slash 1,500 jobs at Lordstown, Ohio plant

By Tim Rivers, 16 April 2018

GM announced on Friday it will cut one of two operating shifts at its massive Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, cutting as many as 1,500 jobs effective June 15.

Anger grows over union effort to sabotage Oklahoma teachers strike

By Jerry White, 14 April 2018

Thousands of teachers showed up at the state capitol Friday in a show of defiance against the unions and school officials trying to break their two-week strike.

14,000 AT&T workers authorize strike as contract expirations loom

By Samuel Davidson, 14 April 2018

The over 90 percent vote to strike is part of a growing movement of the working class.

“The unions are trying to shut down a growing nationwide movement”

Oklahoma teachers denounce Oklahoma Education Association’s move to end strike

By Niles Niemuth in Oklahoma City, 13 April 2018

Teachers reacted with anger and a determination to continue the strike following a back-to-work order announced by the OEA Thursday afternoon.

Union seeks to shut down strike: The way forward for Oklahoma teachers

By Jerry White, 13 April 2018

The formation of rank-and-file committees is the basis for taking the conduct of the struggle out of the hands of the anti-working class organizations that call themselves “unions.”

Oklahoma walkout in danger as Arizona, Kentucky teachers press for strike action

By Jerry White, 12 April 2018

Rank-and-file teachers took to social media to denounce the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) for trying to tamp down their demands and end the strike.

Oklahoma teachers’ strike continues as governor rejects funding demands

By Jerry White, 11 April 2018

The Oklahoma Education Association is trying to end the strike on the basis of a rotten deal that abandons the teachers’ main demands.

Unions seek to hijack, shut down Oklahoma teachers strike as support for expanded struggle grows

By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 April 2018

As the strike by tens of thousands of Oklahoma teachers and support staff enters its second week, workers face a critical crossroads.

JPMorgan CEO threatens rate hikes to break wages movement by US workers

By Barry Grey, 7 April 2018

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon warned of rising wages and raised the possibility of a sharp rise in interest rates to put a brake on economic growth and drive up unemployment.

Oklahoma teachers strike to continue next week, after state Senate passes derisory funding bill

By Will Morrow, 7 April 2018

The Oklahoma Education Association, working in collaboration with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, is seeking to end the strike by Tuesday.

New York City bus drivers support striking Oklahoma teachers

By Steve Light and Alan Whyte, 7 April 2018

New York City bus operators interviewed by the WSWS expressed their support for the teachers strike in Oklahoma as well as their distrust of the role of the unions.

International Socialist Organization covers for union treachery in the teachers’ strikes

By Tom Hall, 7 April 2018

In a recent article, ISO writer Lee Sustar appeals to the trade unions to work with the pseudo-left to provide them with a “left” cover.

Teachers’ rebellion continues in Oklahoma and across the US

By Jerry White, 6 April 2018

As the strike by Oklahoma teachers enters its fifth day, protests, stoppages and demands for statewide walkouts by educators are spreading in Kentucky, Arizona and other states.

“We need to take inspiration from their courage”

Autoworkers speak in support of teachers struggle

By our reporters, 6 April 2018

Autoworkers in the greater Detroit area and Chicago voiced support for teachers who are defying the unions to take a stand in defense of public education.

Oklahoma teachers converging on capitol for third day of strike

By Jerry White, 4 April 2018

By early Tuesday evening, most of the state’s districts, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, announced that schools would be closed Wednesday.

“This is not the civics lessons we’ve been teaching … we’re going to see more of this!”

Thousands of Kentucky teachers rally to oppose cuts

By J. Cooper, 4 April 2018

Not only teachers and school support staff, but parents, bus drivers, firefighters, emergency responders and others attended the rally at the state capitol.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 April 2018

The treatment of temporary workers is a major outstanding issue in a walkout by 1,300 Labrador City ironworkers against the Iron Ore Company of Canada.

Teachers’ rebellion spreads as tens of thousands strike in Oklahoma and Kentucky

By Joseph Kishore, 3 April 2018

The growing wave of unrest among educators requires not only the attention and support of all workers, but their active participation.

After 15,000 march on capitol, Oklahoma teachers’ strike enters second day

By Jerry White, 3 April 2018

Unable to stop the strike initiated by rank-and-file teachers, the unions are now seeking to prevent the walkout in Oklahoma from becoming a catalyst for a far broader strike.

“This needs to go to all 50 states”

Oklahoma teachers call for broadening of strike

By our reporters, 3 April 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to striking teachers, teachers’ assistants and other public employees who attended yesterday’s demonstration of more than 15,000 people.

Second New York City transit worker killed in a week

By Alan Whyte, 3 April 2018

Stephen Livecchi, 59, was directing traffic in the depot when a bus operator, who failed to see him while driving in reverse, ran over him.

Oklahoma teachers strike as workers’ upsurge spreads in US

By Tom Hall, 2 April 2018

The courageous stand by Oklahoma teachers follows the nine-day strike in West Virginia, where educators’ defiance of the state government and the unions galvanized workers throughout the country and internationally.

Wildcat sickouts hit Kentucky as teachers' struggle spreads

By Will Morrow, 31 March 2018

Teachers closed schools in opposition to a bill passed Thursday night that includes sweeping attacks to pensions.

Teachers’ rebellion spreads on four continents

By Eric London, 28 March 2018

Teachers in North and South America, Europe, Africa and elsewhere are fighting for higher wages, pensions, and in defense of the right to public education.

The struggle of teachers cannot be isolated! For a united movement of the entire working class!

By Jerry White, 28 March 2018

The wave of teachers’ strikes in the US and internationally has raised vital political and strategic issues, which must be discussed and debated to take this struggle forward.

As April 2 strike by Oklahoma educators looms

Arizona teachers prepare for mass statewide demonstrations

By Trévon Austin, 27 March 2018

About 8,000 to 10,000 teachers are expected to participate in Phoenix, with thousands more protesting in other cities.

“We want to know the details of the agreement”

CWA tries to ram through sellout deal to end Frontier strike

By our reporters, 27 March 2018

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has ordered 1,400 strikers in West Virginia and Virginia to return to work before any vote on the deal.

Teacher unions seek rotten deal as momentum grows for April 2 statewide walkout in Oklahoma

By Todd Denton and Nancy Hanover, 24 March 2018

Oklahoma teachers are continuing their preparations for an April 2 statewide strike in Oklahoma as the unions seek a rotten legislative deal, including regressive taxation on state residents.

School bus drivers discuss aftermath of the 2013 New York City strike

By Steve Light, 23 March 2018

Workers spoke bitterly about the consequences of the betrayal of the strike five years ago.

Kentucky and Arizona teachers rally to defend public education

By J. Cooper, 22 March 2018

Teachers in Arizona organized sickouts Wednesday and traveled to Phoenix to demand pay raises, while educators in Kentucky rallied in the state capital to oppose attacks on retirement benefits.

Former top aide to UAW VP Norwood Jewell indicted in corruption investigation

By Shannon Jones, 22 March 2018

Nancy Johnson, the number two UAW official overseeing the 2015 Fiat Chrysler negotiations, is charged with five felony counts related to receiving illegal payoffs from company officials.

US, Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and Europe

Global struggles by teachers mounting against austerity and attacks on public education

By Jerry White, 21 March 2018

Ten years after the 2008 financial crash, which ushered in a decade of savage budget cutting, teachers around the world are protesting and striking.

South Butler, Pennsylvania teachers strike

By Paul Sherman, 21 March 2018

Teachers in the South Butler School District, just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania went on strike last Thursday to demand pay raises as part of a growing wave of struggles by educators.

“It’s all about building the stock market and not about people”

Numerous Kentucky schools to close Wednesday, as teachers’ protests mount

By J. Cooper and Nancy Hanover, 20 March 2018

Kentucky, which borders West Virginia, is the scene of escalating protests by educators, with growing demands for strike action over deep-going threats to their pensions.

Teachers unions intensify efforts to suppress growing class struggle in the US

By Jerry White, 20 March 2018

A recent article by a former top executive at the American Federation of Teachers argues that the unions exist to “maintain labor peace” and “tamp down rank-and-file gripes and discord.”

Union cuts deal to end Jersey City strike as teacher protests spread

By Jerry White, 19 March 2018

The union rushed to get the agreement as teachers prepared to defy a judge’s back-to-work order, which would trigger a broader confrontation with the state’s Democratic and Republican politicians.

Eastern Michigan University staff, students protest staffing cuts

By Carlos Delgado, 19 March 2018

The protest against the cuts comes as educators and students across the country have mobilized in defense of public education.

Strike at Ferguson, Missouri nursing home ends after 104 days

By Benjamin Mateus, 19 March 2018

The Christian Care Nursing Home strike has ended with the SEIU agreeing to a derisory 20-cent per hour wage increase.

Toys R Us announces liquidation amidst “Retail Apocalypse”

By Anthony Bertolt, 19 March 2018

The retail chain is in the process of shutting down its global operations, with the jobs of some 31,000 workers in the US alone set to be eliminated.

Teachers in Jersey City begin strike as demands for walkouts expand across the US

By our reporters, 17 March 2018

The Jersey City strike is part of a growing wave of working-class opposition in the US, following the shutdown of the West Virginia teachers strike earlier this month.

As strike by 1,400 US telecom workers enters third week

Frontier hires Pinkerton agents, obtains restraining order

By Zac Corrigan, 17 March 2018

The injunction is based on accusations made by hired Pinkerton agents of alleged "abuse" on the part of striking workers toward strikebreakers.

Oklahoma Senate rejects pay raise as teachers ready for strike

By Shannon Jones and Todd Thompson, 16 March 2018

The state legislature rejected a proposal for a pay hike that fell far short of teacher demands for a $10,000 raise.

CWA isolates Frontier Communications strikers

By Samuel Davidson, 15 March 2018

Twelve days into the strike by 1,400 telecommunication workers against Frontier, the union is seeking to isolate and wear down strikers.

“Everybody’s skeptical of the task force”

West Virginia teachers angry deal to end strike ignored soaring medical costs

By Zac Corrigan, 15 March 2018

A nine-day teachers strike was ended by the unions with the creation of a health care task force, consisting of openly hostile state legislators, health insurance CEOs, and the very union bureaucrats who sold out the strike.

Union betrays graduate workers’ strike at University of Illinois

By Jessica Goldstein, 14 March 2018

Having demobilized students and pushed through a sellout deal, the Graduate Employees Organization is promoting impotent appeals to university officials.

As Trump’s education secretary threatens deep education cuts

Teachers’ struggle spreads to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona

By E.P. Milligan, 13 March 2018

After the nine-day strike in West Virginia, educators in other states are coming into conflict with the unions, which are trying to block a unified struggle for increased wages and funding for public education.

After nine-day West Virginia strike

Demands for teacher strike action expand across the US

By Nancy Hanover, 12 March 2018

Educators in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are organizing protests and strikes on social media to oppose years of concessions and budget cuts.

West Virginia, the class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

By Jerry White, 12 March 2018

The widespread use of social media by the West Virginia teachers and the growth of the class struggle internationally make clear why the US government and Silicon Valley tech giants want to censor the Internet.

California: 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses authorize strike

By Brian Dixon, 12 March 2018

The not-for-profit organization gained net income of $3.6 billion in 2017, but uses none of these fund to address the issues driving nurses to authorise a strike.

Movement for teacher walkouts in Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey and Arizona

Spreading wave of working class unrest in the US follows West Virginia teachers strike

By Will Morrow, 10 March 2018

The ruling class and the trade unions are desperately seeking to control social opposition and prevent demands for walkouts from developing in the direction of a general strike.

Fiat-Chrysler minivan plant impacted

Windsor auto parts workers defy Unifor and strike

By Carl Bronski and Shannon Jones, 10 March 2018

Workers at ZF-TRW are taking a stand against decades of concessions imposed with the support of the unions that have eroded living standards and working conditions.

“On top of taking my family, they are branded as criminals”

Video of Border Patrol agents dragging mother away from children sparks outrage

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Clodomiro Puentes, 10 March 2018

Perla Morales Luna had stepped out with her three daughters to pay their rent last weekend when she was suddenly grabbed and dragged away by federal agents.

Hospital workers protest layoffs in Michigan

By Carlos Delgado and Esther Galen, 10 March 2018

Two giant hospital chains, Ascension and Tenet, have announced layoffs and unit closures

As teacher struggles spread, unions redouble effort to suppress class struggle

By Jerry White, 9 March 2018

In the aftermath of the nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said that the unions are necessary to contain opposition.

Jersey City teachers poised to strike

By Mark Ferretti, 9 March 2018

The rising cost of health benefits is making life in Jersey City less affordable for teachers, who are closer to a strike than they have been in 20 years.

As nine-day teachers’ strike concludes

Striking West Virginia Frontier telecom workers speak out

By our reporters, 8 March 2018

Thursday marks the fifth day of a strike by over 1,400 Frontier telecommunication workers in Virginia and West Virginia.

Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike

By Jerry White and Joseph Kishore, 8 March 2018

The suppression of the strike is the result of the deliberate effort of the trade unions to prevent the struggle of teachers from developing into a movement of the entire working class against the capitalist system.

West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike

By Will Morrow, 7 March 2018

The deal does not address the central demand of teachers—an end to soaring health care costs—while it pays for inadequate wage increases through cuts to Medicaid and other social programs.

“West Virginia teachers have shown us team effort and organization”

Oklahoma teachers to discuss strike strategy

By Nancy Hanover, 7 March 2018

Oklahoma teachers are demanding statewide strike action to reverse years of declining living standards, increasing class sizes and budget cuts to K-12 education.

The West Virginia teachers strike and the rebellion against the trade unions

By Joseph Kishore, 6 March 2018

Every major social conflict reveals in the movement of masses of people essential political relations, testing out and evaluating the validity of political conceptions.

Thousands converge on state capitol to show support for West Virginia teachers strike

By Jerry White, 6 March 2018

Teachers, school bus drivers, and custodians from across the state converged on Charleston as the walkout of 33,000 school employees continued.

Reject the sellout deal that robs Medicaid from school children

West Virginia teachers have the right to vote on any return to work!

By Jerry White, 6 March 2018

On Tuesday morning, the West Virginia governor and the unions announced that a deal had been made to shut down the teachers’ strike.

“If you have one bad illness and go to the hospital, that wipes your income out”

West Virginia teachers demand the right to affordable healthcare

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 March 2018

The teachers’ union has sought to bury the issue of insurance funding as part of its attempt to sell out the strike.

“I think they should keep striking”

Chicago Ford workers speak out in support of West Virginia teachers

By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 6 March 2018

Chicago autoworkers expressed their support for the West Virginia teachers on strike and denounced the conditions they face.

420,000 Argentine teachers vote for limited strikes over wages and other demands

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 March 2018

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Support grows for striking West Virginia teachers as decisive week starts

By Jerry White, 5 March 2018

The strike by more than 33,000 teachers and support staff has entered its eighth day and a new and decisive stage.

West Virginia telecommunications workers continue strike, support teachers

By our reporters, 5 March 2018

The 1,400 telecom workers began their walkout as more than 33,000 teachers and public employees continued their strike across all 55 counties in the state.

Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

The way forward for West Virginia teachers

By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 March 2018

The SEP urges striking teachers and school employees to go from impromptu meetings and rallies to the election of rank-and-file strike committees to mobilize the entire working class.

“Teachers from Oklahoma stand with West Virginia”

Oklahoma teachers demand strike action, funding for education

By Todd Thompson, 5 March 2018

The Oklahoma Education Association has acquiesced to years of budget cuts, and educators are now organizing independently through social media to demand action.

Form rank-and-file committees to expand the struggle

West Virginia telecommunications workers begin strike as teachers’ walkout enters second week

By Jerry White, 4 March 2018

The beginning of the Frontier Communications strike follows a calculated provocation by the state Senate, which voted Saturday night to reduce the pay offer to teachers and school employees from 5 percent to 4 percent.

“A lot of people are calling for all the workers to go out on strike”

State workers, auto workers, teachers throughout the world back West Virginia strike

By our reporters, 3 March 2018

There is growing international support for the courageous stand taken by teachers in West Virginia.