Our committees stand in solidarity with the striking Volvo truck workers and will fight to raise awareness of this powerful struggle among workers throughout the West Coast.
Workers all over the world are opposed the continued operations of nonessential workplaces as the pandemic still rages. But workers need new organizations of struggle because the unions have sanctioned this homicidal policy.
The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Parties are assisting workers everywhere in the building of an interconnected network of rank-and-file committees in key industries and workplaces, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, and prepare for a political general strike.
Our demands are based not on what the corporations and the politicians claim is affordable but what is necessary to protect the lives and well-being of the entire working class.
• Shut down all nonessential production!
• Stop all in-person learning at schools and universities!
• Full compensation for all workers until conditions are safe to return to work!
• Protect all essential workers and pay them a living wage! Safety conditions for all essential work must be monitored by rank-and-file safety committees.
There are now rank-and-file committees of autoworkers, educators, Amazon and logistics workers, postal workers, and city bus drivers.
Contact us now to join a committee. If there is not already a committee in your workplace, industry or region, we will help you start one.
As educators from Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania, we condemn the death of the Indian Maruti Suzuki worker Jiyalal and pledge our support to the struggle to free the 11 remaining framed-up workers.
Our committee, comprised of educators from Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland, offers our fullest solidarity with the striking Volvo workers at the New River Valley plant in Dublin, Virginia.
This is an open letter from the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, to UAW International President Rory Gamble, UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry and UAW Local 2069 President Matt Blondino.
The ruling likely means workers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere will not receive the $900 a week that the United Steelworkers all but promised at the beginning of the strike.
Support builds among workers across the US for call to establish solidarity committees to aid Volvo Trucks strike
Due the information blackout on the strike by the UAW and the media, many workers had previously not been aware of it, but they quickly expressed their support for a unified struggle upon learning about the issues involved.
Advocacy group sues Smithfield Foods, claiming it stoked fears of meat shortages and sacrificed worker safety
Smithfield was offering workers in some plants, including Sioux Falls, a $500 “responsibility bonus” for not missing a day of work in April 2020, at the height of deadly virus spread in the plant.
Train drivers and crews, who worked continuously during the coronavirus pandemic at great risk to their health and lives, now want to prevent paying for the company’s losses, as demanded by management.
“Rank-and-file” is originally a military term. It refers to the lower “ranks” of soldiers, who literally stand in lines or “files”. These soldiers have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than the officers or “brass” who prosecute the wars on behalf of the ruling elite.
Rank-and-file committees are of, by and for the rank-and-file workers, who have a different set of interests in preserving their lives than management, the bosses, the politicians, and the trade union apparatus, who send workers to die while defending the profits of the ruling elite.
Yes. The formation of rank-and-file committees is 100% completely legal under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
The right to freedom of speech means you can say whatever you like about what you agree or disagree with. Freedom of association, also covered under the first amendment, means you have the right to associate with others who share your views, for political ends. You also have the right to petition the government for redress, to make demands on the government and tell them what you want them to do.
No. HIPAA has an exception for disclosures to prevent and control the spread of disease, but the state is deliberately not invoking this exception in order to conceal information from workers, so that they can pretend that what they are doing is safe when it’s not.
Rank-and-file educators have the right to know who’s gotten sick, where, when, and what happened. Rank-and-file committees have to demand this information, and have to share it with other workers as a matter of collective self defense.