Workers Issues in the US

How Jacobin and the ISO assisted in the betrayal of the Arizona teachers’ strike

By Will Morrow, 12 May 2018

Both organizations played a critical role in the sellout of the strike of tens of thousands of teachers by the Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United.

US aerospace workers strike at United Launch Alliance

By our reporter, 11 May 2018

Management is offering the workers a tiny wage increase that will be offset by higher medical co-pays and is demanding draconian changes to work rules.

The resurgence of class struggle: More strikes in the US so far in 2018 than all of last year

By Jerry White, 11 May 2018

The unions have sought to block any strikes, and, where unable, to isolate them, wear down strikers and then shut down the walkouts before they have a chance to spread.

“We are not robots, we are people!”

Autoworkers want answers about injury of veteran worker at Ford Flat Rock Assembly in Michigan

By Shannon Jones, 11 May 2018

The injury of Lynn Hagood is the latest in a series of fatal and near fatal incidents at auto factories in recent years, highlighting the hazardous conditions creating by incessant cost-cutting.

Ford Flat Rock plant injury highlights deadly conditions for US workers

By Jerry White, 10 May 2018

The injured worker, identified by co-workers as Lynn Hagood, had her legs crushed by heavy machinery after falling into a pit on the trim and final assembly line.

“Do you work your best when you work for peanuts?” ask Pueblo teachers

First teachers’ strike in Colorado since 1994 now in third day

By Bill Kidd and Nancy Hanover, 10 May 2018

Pueblo, Colorado teachers continue their strike as District 60 begins opening schools.

University of California three-day strike ends without any resolution for workers

By Kayla Costa, 10 May 2018

The health and service workers now face the efforts of the union to isolate their struggle and push a sellout contract.

14,000 AT&T Midwest workers still without a contract

By Samuel Davidson, 10 May 2018

More than three weeks after the April 14 deadline, the CWA is keeping AT&T workers on the job despite the telecom giant’s demands for sweeping concessions.

“This is the deadliest plant I’ve ever worked in”

Injured Flat Rock Ford worker was shifted to dangerous job with almost no training

By Jerry White, 9 May 2018

Ford workers at the Flat Rock plant rebelled when management tried to restart production after a horrific accident in the early hours of May 4.

More than 50,000 UC workers on strike

For a political movement of the entire working class against inequality and capitalism!

By David Moore, 9 May 2018

The strike of university workers in California is part of a growing wave of workers’ struggles around education and healthcare.

Sympathy strike expands University of California picket lines

By Evelyn Rios, 9 May 2018

Nurses and administrative professionals joined service and technical workers on strike across 10 California campuses as students also began to express their support.

Two injured in massive fire, explosion at Michigan auto parts plant

By Tom Hall, 9 May 2018

Last week’s firestorm at the Meridian Magnesium plant in Eaton Rapids exposes the dangerous conditions faced by auto parts workers.

NYC New School worker-students strike against poverty wages

By Alan Whyte, 9 May 2018

Striking worker-students set up picket lines Tuesday at three entrances of the New School for Social Research in New York City.

The global significance of the resurgence of class struggle in the United States

By Jerry White, 9 May 2018

The following speech was delivered to the ICFI’s May Day 2018 International Online Rally by Jerry White, labor editor of the World Socialist Web Site.

Billionaire Bloomberg and union chief Weingarten join forces to undermine teachers’ struggle

By Fred Mazelis and Steve Light, 9 May 2018

The former New York City mayor and the head of the American Federation of Teachers are worried the wave of strikes and protests initiated by the rank and file will spread and challenge decades of austerity.

Form rank-and-file factory committee to enforce worker safety

UAW and Ford silent as anger simmers in wake of injury at Flat Rock Assembly

By Shannon Jones, 8 May 2018

Details are being withheld by management and the UAW over the injury of a production worker early Friday at the plant that sparked a walkout by second-shift workers.

Educators’ struggle in US continues in aftermath of union betrayal in Arizona

By Jerry White, 8 May 2018

The strikes and protests that have erupted so far this year are initial expressions of a powerful, objective social movement that raises basic political questions for all workers.

Unions isolate striking Pueblo, Colorado teachers

By Bill Kidd and Will Morrow, 8 May 2018

The teachers unions are isolating the striking teachers not only from their counterparts across the US, but throughout Colorado.

“It is like being tortured in your mind and your body for 10 hours a night”

Injured Amazon worker describes high-tech dystopia inside Texas warehouse

By Tom Carter, 8 May 2018

Shannon Allen described brutal working conditions, authoritarian-style surveillance of workers in the facility, and management demands to maintain frenetic rates of speed.

Cafeteria workers at the New School threatened with layoffs

By Philip Guelpa, 8 May 2018

Administrators at the private university in New York City have announced plans to dismiss the entire cafeteria staff and replace them with even lower-paid workers.

Three-day strike by Mexican teachers in Chiapas and Oaxaca

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 May 2018

The action included mass protest marches and the occupation of government buildings to press educators demands including the rollback of pro business education reforms and the re-opening of negotiations.

After union betrayal in Arizona, teacher militancy continues to build across US

By Nancy Hanover, 7 May 2018

Opposition continues to grow among educators over more than a decade of school funding cuts and falling living standards.

Ford Flat Rock workers halt production after worker mangled in machinery

By Tim Rivers, 7 May 2018

When a female worker’s legs were crushed in machinery early Friday morning, the second shift of nearly 1,500 workers at the Ford Flat Rock assembly south of Detroit refused a call by the company to return to work for an extended shift and instead walked out.

With complicity of UAW, Honeywell announces plans to eliminate healthcare coverage for 4,700 US retirees

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 May 2018

The announcement comes shortly after Honeywell announced substantial growth of $10.39 billion in revenue for its first quarter of 2018, up from $9.49 billion in the same period in 2017.

53,000 workers begin three-day strike at California universities and hospitals

By Evelyn Rios, 7 May 2018

Workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike in April, rejecting the UC’s last offer of 3 percent yearly wage increases and a prorated, lump-sum payment of $750.

“If the workers united we would be a dominating force”

Arizona teachers oppose union sellout and call for nationwide strike

By Will Morrow, 5 May 2018

The unions’ sellout is the latest in a series of betrayals of teacher, including in West Virginia and Oklahoma.

Teachers in Pueblo, Colorado to strike Monday

By Bill Kidd, 5 May 2018

As in other states that have been centers of opposition from teachers, the unions have done everything they could to prevent a walkout, and are now working to isolate the struggle.

Union betrays Arizona teachers strike, backs Republican state budget

By David Moore, 4 May 2018

The deal orders teachers back to work while meeting none of the five demands for which 60,000 teachers walked out.

The case for expropriation

Amazon halts construction in Seattle to protest tax hike

By Eric London, 4 May 2018

Amazon’s market capitalization is $757.9 billion. Conditions of life for billions of people could be drastically improved by expropriating this wealth.

“The union and the company are working together”

Autoworkers denounce GM Lordstown layoffs, UAW collaboration

By Shannon Jones, 3 May 2018

A World Socialist Web Site campaign team received a warm reception from workers at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Complex who have been lied to and kept in the dark by the UAW about impending layoffs.

Boston: Amazon HQ2 bid targets working class suburbs

By John Marion, 3 May 2018

The headquarters would be built in East Boston and Revere, forcing out working class residents.

Arizona teachers oppose union efforts to end strike

By David Moore and Adam McLean, 3 May 2018

The teachers unions decided to call for one more day of walkouts in response to mass teacher opposition to the call to return to work.

Outrage grows over union effort to shut down Arizona teachers strike

By David Moore, 2 May 2018

The Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United have told teachers to end their strike without obtaining their demands for pay raises and restoration of $1 billion in school funding cuts.

Arizona strike enters second week as teacher union president opposes calls for nationwide strike

By David Moore, 1 May 2018

Asked about growing calls by teachers for a nationwide strike, the American Federation of Teachers president said the union wanted to turn the walkouts into a “walk-in to the voting booth” for the Democrats.

Unions, Democrats promote deal to suppress struggle by Colorado teachers

By Bill Kidd, 1 May 2018

After teachers walked out last week to demand higher wages and school funding, the unions are backing a plan by state Democrats that will do little to address a decade of school cuts

Report: Amazon and Tesla among most dangerous workplaces in the US

By Evan Blake, 1 May 2018

Speedup and disregard for safety have generated immense profits for the owners and shareholders of both tech giants.

Mexican teachers denounce union sellout, refuse to end strike

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1 May 2018

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature

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

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

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.”