Workers Issues in the US
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!”
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.
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
By Bill Kidd and Nancy Hanover, 10 May 2018
Pueblo, Colorado teachers continue their strike as District 60 begins opening schools.
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.
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”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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
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”
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.
By John Marion, 3 May 2018
The headquarters would be built in East Boston and Revere, forcing out working class residents.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
1 May 2018
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature
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
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
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.