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Build rank-and-file safety committees!

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.

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Our demands

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.

We demand:

• 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.

Workers at FCA Warren Truck plant in Warren, Michigan (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Join a rank-and-file committee!

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.

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Frequently asked questions
What does the term “rank-and-file” mean and where does it come from?

“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.

Is it legal to build committees of rank-and-file workers to stop the spread of COVID-19?

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.

Does HIPAA law prevent schools or workplaces from disclosing information about the spread of COVID-19?

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.