Transport Workers Struggles
By Sandy English, 12 March 2016
Some 4,200 rail workers at New Jersey Transit, the third-largest bus, rail and light rail transit system in the US, are set to strike on Sunday over wages and health care contributions.
By John Marion, 1 March 2016
The MBTA is seeking to offload the continuing deferred maintenance crisis caused by years of underfunding onto the backs of the working class.
By John Marion, 19 January 2016
Proposed fare increases, to be effective July 1, are part of a growing attack on the basic social right to safe and affordable public transportation.
By John Marion, 4 January 2016
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority workers and riders are being pitted against each other by the release of data about employees’ earnings.
By John Marion, 15 December 2015
While human error was responsible for the incident, the old and decrepit equipment of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority played a significant role.
By our reporters, 3 November 2015
Transit and telecommunication workers in New York spoke to the WSWS about the common issues facing workers in different industries.
By Mark Witkowski and Sandy English, 22 September 2015
New York City’s first new subway station in a quarter of a century is a gift to wealthy realtors.
By John Marion, 11 September 2015
Using last winter’s systemic breakdown of the MBTA as a pretext, Governor Baker is moving to privatize as many as 30 of the system’s 170 bus routes.
By our correspondents, 29 August 2015
Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday.
By Terry Cook, 15 August 2015
After almost unanimous votes for industrial action, the union is seeking to cobble together a sellout deal with the state Labor government.
7 July 2015
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By Dietmar Henning, 4 July 2015
Hidden within a new agreement with Deutsche Bahn, the GDL has agreed to a “binding arbitration settlement”—in effect, a strike ban—for the life of the contract.
By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2015
The social eruption in Calais has also fed growing tensions between the UK and France over the refugee crisis in the city.
By Michael Barnes, 3 June 2015
The union sought to justify its action by pointing to a minor pay increase, which will be more than paid for by a cost-cutting drive being worked out behind the backs of workers.
By Ulrich Rippert, 22 May 2015
The strike was called off Thursday, the day before the Bundestag takes up the contentious “contract unity” bill, which would essentially ban strikes by smaller unions in an industry.
By Dietmar Henning, 21 May 2015
After a six-day walkout earlier this month, German train drivers resumed strikes on freight lines and passenger lines.
By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2015
The one-day stoppage has the potential to become a focal point for opposition within the working class.
By our correspondents, 11 May 2015
Ulrich Rippert, national secretary of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, participated in a panel discussion with a leader of the GDL union on the issues facing train drivers.
Train drivers demonstrate in Berlin
By Julian Fischer and Hiram Lee, 9 May 2015
Several hundred striking train drivers and conductors demonstrated in front of the main train station in Berlin on Wednesday.
By Marc Wells, 29 April 2015
Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike Monday over wage theft and to be reclassified as employees, not “independent contractors.”
By Dietmar Henning, 24 April 2015
Deutsche Bahn management is delaying talks with German train drivers’ union (GDL) until the enforcement of a new law that will effectively outlaw strike action.
By John Marion, 15 April 2015
Despite an MBTA maintenance backlog of $6.7 billion, the governor’s panel blames worker absenteeism for the systemic breakdown during February’s snowstorms.
By Alan Whyte, 11 March 2015
Amid increased overcrowding and worsening service, both fares and tolls are set to increase an average of 4 percent later this month.
By Carl Bronski, 17 February 2015
The Teamsters union capitulated to the Conservative government’s threat of strikebreaking legislation and ordered an end to the strike little more than 36 hours after it began.
20 January 2015
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By Jeff Lusanne, 24 November 2014
Metra’s board of directors has approved a plan to raise fares 68 percent over the next 10 years.
By George Marlowe, 11 November 2014
Fearing angry opposition to layoffs, Ford sent out recorded robocalls to 100 temporary workers informing them that their services were no longer needed.
By our correspondents, 10 November 2014
The strike, which interrupted two-thirds of the country’s rail transport, was shut down even as the courts refused to grant Deustche Bahn a back-to-work order.
By Ed Hightower, 6 November 2014
Drivers are angry over low wages and difficult working conditions, poorly maintained and dirty vehicles, and broken security and communications equipment.
By Dietmar Henning, 16 October 2014
The GDL and pilots’ union Cockpit are being deliberately provoked by Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 October 2014
Hundreds of New York City school bus workers rallied at City Hall to demand the reinstatement of their jobs.
By Dietmar Henning, 11 September 2014
The new chairman of the German Trade Union Federation, Reiner Hoffmann, has sided with corporate management against the strikers.
By our reporters, 27 August 2014
Subway workers are angered by the militarization of the police and the long history of brutality and abuse.
By Alan Whyte, 26 July 2014
The LIRR settlement is only the latest in a series of concessions contracts negotiated between public employee unions and New York’s Democratic-led state and city administrations.
By Ben McGrath, 19 July 2014
Renault Samsung workers held a partial strike Monday demanding increased wages and other benefits.
By Alan Whyte, 12 July 2014
The LIRR, the largest US commuter rail line, faces a July 20 strike deadline.
By Pierre Mabut and Alex Lantier, 1 July 2014
The unions and the pseudo-left parties only called the strikes in order to keep a struggle against the cuts from erupting outside of their control.
By Anthony Torres, 19 June 2014
Approximately 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Paris on June 17 to protest the Socialist Party government’s planned privatization of the French railways.
By Sandy English, 16 June 2014
Obama’s presidential act of strike-breaking came less than one day after the workers walked off the job in a dispute over pay and benefits.
By Alan Whyte and Dan Brennan, 6 June 2014
The mood among teachers and transit workers is far from one of satisfaction.
By Paul Bond, 8 May 2014
Just hours before the second 72-hour walkout was due to begin, the RMT union announced it had “suspended” the action against job losses on the London Underground.
By Alan Whyte, 21 April 2014
This deal has an economic and political significance that affects all sections of the working class, not only the city’s transit workforce.
By David Brown, 21 April 2014
BART has been found guilty of three willful and serious safety violations.
By Dietmar Henning, 4 April 2014
The walkout followed a virtually unanimous vote to strike in defence of pension entitlements.
By Jeff Lusanne, 3 April 2014
In a letter to employees, Amtrak’s CEO singled out employee wages as the source of losses, ignoring low funding from Congress and massive delays from private freight railroads.
By A. Woodson and Philip Guelpa, 27 March 2014
Days after the death of a Metro-North worker, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a report on safety deficiencies that led to four major accidents last year.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 March 2014
The corporate elite are demonising the airport workers for daring to resist attacks on their working conditions.
By Terry Cook, 3 March 2014
Big business regards the dispute as an important test case for a wider corporate drive to slash wages and conditions throughout the mining and energy sectors.
By Dan Brennan, 25 February 2014
Severe congestion at the port is devastating the livelihoods of thousands of port truckers.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)
11 February 2014
All those workers who have seen their jobs and living standards decimated must come to the defence of the London Underground workers.
By Michael Barnes, 7 February 2014
Britain’s pseudo-left groups are covering up for the Rail Maritime and Transport union’s role in betraying rail workers.
By David Brown, 21 November 2013
Members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors claim that one provision of the concessions contract signed by the unions was made in error.
By Joseph Santolan, 30 October 2013
Unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) called on workers to vote on a concessions contract Friday following the end of the strike last week.
By David Brown, 25 October 2013
Immediately after unions called off a strike of Bay Area transit workers, the courts moved to prevent a bus strike at the request of California’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown.
By Joseph Santolan, 24 October 2013
The unions have systematically isolated the workers, and are now working to push through a contract that slashes workers’ benefits and rights, cutting BART's contribution to workers’ pensions by nearly 25 percent.
By Joseph Kishore, 23 October 2013
Transit unions in the California Bay Area called off a four-day strike Monday night on the basis of an agreement that accepts all of management’s main concessions demands.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 October 2013
The strike by 2,300 transit workers in Northern California came to an end Monday night after unions accepted an agreement based on management’s demands.
By David Brown, 22 October 2013
Sources now claim that the train that struck two maintenance workers during the Northern California strike was on a training run for replacement drivers.
By our reporters, 22 October 2013
Bay Area Rapid Transit workers speak about a fatal accident that killed two workers, and why they are on strike.
By Christine Schofelt, 22 October 2013
Citing quadrupling diesel prices, increased maintenance costs and stagnating load payments, independent truckers picketed and closed down the Port of Oakland SSA terminal Monday.
By Shannon Jones, 22 October 2013
Detroit transit workers took off work Monday to protest a wide range of grievances, including assaults on drivers, cuts to pay and benefits and deteriorating service.
By David Brown, 21 October 2013
The two workers carrying out maintenance work were struck and killed on Saturday by a train being moved by inexperienced operators.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 October 2013
For the second time in less than four months, Bay Area Rapid Transit workers have shut down the fifth-largest public transportation system in the United States.
By our reporters, 19 October 2013
For the second time less than four months, 2,400 workers at the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in Northern California have gone on strike.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 18 October 2013
This statement will be distributed to transit workers in Northern California, who went on strike beginning today.
By Jerry White, 11 October 2013
The unauthorized walkout by hundreds of school bus drivers reflects social tensions that are building up not only in Boston, but throughout the United States.
By Kate Randall, 10 October 2013
Most Boston school bus drivers returned to work Wednesday, following a one-day work stoppage that shut down bus service for Boston’s 33,000 public, private and parochial schools.
By David Brown, 10 October 2013
The legal injunction against strikes by BART workers, requested by California Governor Brown and supported by the unions, comes to an end at midnight Thursday.
By Kate Randall, 9 October 2013
Boston school bus drivers staged a wildcat job action Tuesday morning in defiance of their union leadership, facing threats of injunction and punitive damages by city authorities.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 September 2013
Workers at Dublin Bus took three days of strike action earlier last month against an €11.7 million cost-cutting deal.
By David Brown, 20 August 2013
Workers at AC Transit voted down the tentative agreement that their union presented to avoid a strike.
By David Brown, 6 August 2013
A month ago, the unions called off a strike after only four days, despite the success of the walkout in paralyzing BART and impacting the entire Bay Area.
By David Brown, 8 July 2013
The unions, deeply integrated in the corporate and political establishment, sabotaged the strike before it could develop into a movement that could challenge the Democratic Party and their program of austerity.
By David Brown, 6 July 2013
Following the intervention of the California Secretary of Labor, the unions agreed to end a strike that had shut down the fifth-largest public transportation system in the US.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 July 2013
This statement is being distributed to striking Bay Area Rapid Transit workers and other workers in Northern California.
By Oliver Richards, 4 July 2013
The unions are currently holding secret negotiations with management to arrive at a tentative agreement, with the aim of calling off the strike and quickly returning everyone to work.
By David Brown and Joseph Kishore, 3 July 2013
As union officials voiced their desire to quickly end the strike, California state government called for a return to the bargaining table, chastising workers for their wage demands.
By Jerry White, 8 April 2013
A committee formed by school bus drivers and escorts after the union betrayed their month-long strike issued a leaflet to a mass meeting of workers in New York City last Thursday.
By our reporters, 8 April 2013
School bus workers spoke about their struggle at a mass local union meeting in New York City.
One month after strike
By Dan Brennan, 15 March 2013
Since the sellout of their month-long strike, New York City school bus workers have faced victimization, threats and layoffs.
4 March 2013
New York City school bus drivers and escorts decided to set up a rank-and-file committee after the betrayal of their month-long strike .
By Jerry White, 27 February 2013
As the struggle of workers begins to erupt outside of the framework of the unions, the growth of militancy is accompanied by a growing receptivity to the perspective of socialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2013
On the eve of their return to work, over 50 New York City bus workers met to discuss their strike’s betrayal and form a rank-and-file committee.
Many workers replaced by strikebreakers
By Philip Guelpa, 22 February 2013
The effects of the Amalgamated Transit Union betrayal have become evident, with hundreds of workers receiving layoff notices.
By Jerry White, 18 February 2013
This struggle in the nation’s most populous city and center of finance capital revealed the class dynamic being played out all over the US and the world.
By Sandy English, 18 February 2013
Many workers told us that the strike had been a defeat, and that the union was directly responsible.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2013
The decision announced Friday night to end the month-old strike by New York City bus workers represents an abject betrayal by the unions that will have far-reaching consequences.
By Sandy English, 16 February 2013
In New York City, the school bus workers were seen by the Bloomberg administration as the low-hanging fruit in the process of “education reform”.
By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 15 February 2013
With their month-long strike in danger, school bus workers on picket lines in Queens and the Bronx discussed how their struggle could be taken forward.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 15 February 2013
Sympathy for school bus workers is widespread among parents of students affected, despite efforts by the Bloomberg administration and the corporate media to whip up sentiment against the strike.
New York City bus strike in danger
By Jerry White, 13 February 2013
The New York City Department of Education on Tuesday began the review process on bids submitted by dozens of private school bus companies, vying for new five-year contracts to transport some 150,000 students.
By a reporting team, 11 February 2013
Striking bus workers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Sunday to protest the attempt by New York’s billionaire mayor to strip them of job protections.
9 February 2013
The WSWS is urging New York City school bus workers and their supporters to download and distribute the NYC School Bus Strike newsletter.
By Fred Mazelis, 8 February 2013
An examination of the New York City school bus drivers strike of 1979 underscores the transformed role of the unions.
6 February 2013
In this video, New York City bus workers speak about their fight against billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg and make an appeal for support from the working class as a whole.
“Bloomberg is the number one criminal”
By our reporters, 4 February 2013
Over the weekend, World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking bus workers throughout New York City.
By Socialist Equality Party, 4 February 2013
The SEP is calling for the formation of rank-and-file committees made up of school bus workers as well as parents, teachers and other workers to defend the strikers and oppose the assault on public education.
After NLRB rules strike legal
By Jerry White and Bryan Dyne, 2 February 2013
New York’s Mayor Bloomberg is pressing ahead with his campaign to strip school transportation workers of job and wage protections after the NLRB failed to rule their two-and-a-half week strike illegal.
By Fred Mazelis, 2 February 2013
The death of Charles Pollard illustrates the dedication of school bus drivers at a time when striking drivers and matrons are being demonized by big business politicians and the media in New York.
Interview with a striking New York school bus driver: “We want an answer about what’s been going on”
By Sandy English, 1 February 2013
As the strike has entered its third week, the companies have cut off workers’ health care insurance and payments into their pension funds.