Workers Issues in the US
Mexican teachers denounce union sellout, refuse to end strike
1 May 2018
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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.
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.
By Will Morrow, 30 April 2018
The censorship is a clear indication that a sellout by the union and AEU is imminent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
By Tim Rivers, 28 April 2018
Autoworkers have begun to fight back by sharing articles across social media in a storm of protest.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
24 April 2018
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
By Will Morrow, 31 March 2018
Teachers closed schools in opposition to a bill passed Thursday night that includes sweeping attacks to pensions.
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.
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
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”
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.
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.
By Steve Light, 23 March 2018
Workers spoke bitterly about the consequences of the betrayal of the strike five years ago.
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.
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
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.
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”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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”
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.
By Carlos Delgado and Esther Galen, 10 March 2018
Two giant hospital chains, Ascension and Tenet, have announced layoffs and unit closures
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.
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
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
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”
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”
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
6 March 2018
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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.
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!
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”
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
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”
By our reporters, 3 March 2018
There is growing international support for the courageous stand taken by teachers in West Virginia.