Workers Issues in the US
By Shannon Jones, 15 August 2018
In a sentencing memorandum, the lawyer for Alphons Iacobelli asserted that the bribery of UAW officials dates back “many years” earlier than has so far been charged by federal prosecutors, and involves many more officials.
By Shelley Connor, 14 August 2018
Teachers have had no pay raises in the past 10 years, classes are overcrowded and hundreds of teachers are starting the school year with no knowledge of where they will be placed.
By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 14 August 2018
The Teamsters union is keeping workers totally in the dark, five days after its endorsement of the cost-cutting contract.
By Michael Walters and George Gallanis, 14 August 2018
The strike at Trane is in danger of being smothered by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
By Samuel Davidson, 14 August 2018
Employees of People First Federal Credit Union went on strike against the company’s demand to shift health care costs onto the backs of already low paid employees.
By Will Morrow, 13 August 2018
UPS announced its corporate handout the same day that the Teamsters national conference voted to endorse contracts for UPS workers that enforce poverty-level wages and introduce major new concessions.
“We need joint strike action, nationwide!”
By Tim Rivers, 13 August 2018
Autoworkers expressed their support for the widespread opposition among UPS workers to the sellout contracts agreed to last Thursday by a national meeting of Teamsters officials.
By Jessica Goldstein, 13 August 2018
According to local news reports, workers initially refused a supervisor’s directive to clean out a dust separator, warning that it posed a safety issue.
By Shelley Connor, 13 August 2018
The Teamsters union is determined to prevent the Coca Cola United workers from joining their struggle with that of UPS workers and the working class more generally.
“We are underpaid slaves”
By Kayla Costa, 11 August 2018
UPS management responded to the Teamsters executives vote by gloating that the contract will provide “greater flexibility” and help “address challenges from competitors.”
Amazon worker Shannon Allen opposes censorship of her video statement by Teamsters-linked Facebook page
By Will Morrow, 11 August 2018
Shannon said the censorship of her video showed that the Teamsters union is fearful of workers from Amazon and UPS forming rank-and-file committees and linking up their struggles.
By Hiram Lee, 11 August 2018
As the 2018-2019 school year begins, South Carolina will likely face an even greater shortage of teachers than in previous years.
By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2018
The more than two-to-one margin of the vote surprised union officials and shocked the Republican right.
Teamsters for a Democratic Union-linked Facebook page censors Amazon worker’s video calling for a united struggle with UPS workers
By Will Morrow, 10 August 2018
The Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a dissident faction of the union apparatus, is terrified of Amazon and UPS workers linking up in a common struggle.
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 August 2018
Bud Taylor, a 63-year-old pipeline worker, was killed in a natural gas pipeline blast in Texas that left six others seriously injured.
By Carl Bronski, 8 August 2018
An examination of the strike at Lordstown in 1972 sheds further light on how the union has acted, alongside management, to suppress the strivings of workers for decent jobs and conditions.
By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2018
In the aftermath of the largest statewide walkout last spring, Arizona teachers are still facing a battle for decent wages and education funding.
“The UAW cannot be trusted”
By Shannon Jones, 4 August 2018
The UAW local is seeking to prevent a struggle over accumulated grievances and deteriorating conditions.
By Nick Barrickman, 2 August 2018
After an overwhelming vote by its members to strike in July, ATU Local 689, with a membership of over 8,000 public transit workers, has sought to drag out discussions between it and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
By Robert Stevens, 1 August 2018
The report calls for a crack down on individuals and political organisations, social media and alternative media sources that expose the plans of the imperialist powers.
By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2018
The unions double-crossed the West Virginia teachers, ending their struggle without securing funding for the PEIA, which underwrites their health insurance.
By Toby Reese, 31 July 2018
The company continues to show a net loss despite massive outside investments as it attempts to work out assembly line problems amid reports of serious workplace safety violations.
31 July 2018
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As UPS, steel and telecom companies demand wage freezes
By Jerry White, 30 July 2018
Employers are not only refusing to relent on wages, they are doubling down and demanding new givebacks on healthcare, pensions and work rules.
By Will Morrow, 30 July 2018
The union’s campaign recalls the United Auto Workers’ denunciations of exposures of its 2015 sellout contract as “fake news.”
Mobilize the working class behind Indiana autoworkers
By the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 30 July 2018
If autoworkers are to prevent another sellout by the UAW, they must take control of the struggle into their own hands by electing rank-and-file strike committee.
By Shannon Jones, 27 July 2018
The revelation that the just-retired UAW president authorized the illegal use of money from company-funded joint training centers demonstrates that the organization is engaged in a criminal conspiracy against auto workers.
By Shannon Jones, 25 July 2018
Nancy Johnson pleaded guilty to charges related to the illegal payout of more than $1.5 million by Fiat Chrysler aimed at securing favorable contract terms from the United Auto Workers.
By our reporter, 25 July 2018
In an effort to prevent a repeat of the 2016 strike, the Communications Workers of America has agreed to a deal that will impose further healthcare givebacks.
By John Marion, 25 July 2018
Workers called the strike after rejecting a new contract by vote last week.
By Marcus Day, 24 July 2018
Autoworkers are increasingly seeking to fight back against the deterioration of working conditions, in particular the atrocious treatment of temporary part-time (TPT) workers.
After overwhelming vote for strike action
By Nick Barrickman, 24 July 2018
Metro workers have been without a contract since 2016, when negotiations broke down over questions of pay cuts, job security and privatization of services.
1,700 Detroit janitors on poverty wages face a July 31 contract expiration
24 July 2018
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By Tom Hall, 23 July 2018
Decades after the deadly disease was nearly eradicated, more than one in five veteran coal miners now suffer from black lung disease.
By Will Morrow, 23 July 2018
Teamsters Local 647 president Brian Hammond sent a letter to UPS workers that wage increases will be diverted to their pensions if they fail to ratify the contract.
By Kate Randall and Steve Filips, 23 July 2018
Some 1,000 workers attended the rally in support of the locked-out workers whose struggle is being directed by the USW into futile appeals to big business politicians.
By Kayla Costa, 21 July 2018
The Butch-Lewis Act of 2017, backed by the Democrats and unions, only serves as a new way to cut pensions down to poverty levels.
By Shannon Jones, 21 July 2018
Workers have expressed a determination to fight deteriorating working conditions, including management’s attempt to force temporary part-time workers to perform overtime.
By Jacob Crosse, 21 July 2018
Multiple safety warnings were ignored for the sake of ticket sales.
Washington D.C. transit union calls for “cooling off period” after Metro workers overwhelmingly vote to strike
By Nick Barrickman, 21 July 2018
The struggle for decent pay, job protections and high quality benefits be removed from the hands of the ATU bureaucrats immediately.
“We should be governing ourselves in this fight”
By Will Morrow, 19 July 2018
The proposed deal maintains poverty level wages for part-time workers, introduces a new lower-paid “hybrid” worker, and does nothing to address unsafe working conditions.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 July 2018
In the aftermath of the biggest teachers’ strike wave in 40 years, the American Federation of Teachers bureaucracy is seeking to head off a militant movement and defend its interests by promoting the Democrats in the mid-term elections.
“Profit over people? The people make those profits possible”
By Kayla Costa, 18 July 2018
A driver with 12 years told the WSWS the union was “making deals with the company to suit them, not the members.”
By Ali Elhassan, 18 July 2018
The three-year deal, covering 100,000 workers, contains a paltry raise that will be paid for by increased out-of-pocket medical expenses.
By Nick Barrickman, 18 July 2018
The “yes” vote by 8,000 Washington, D.C., transit workers sets the stage for a possible strike in the US capital, the first in 40 years, amid threats of jail time by the Democratic Party city administration.
By Kayla Costa, 17 July 2018
UPS workers are in a direct fight with the Teamsters union, which is seeking to impose management’s dictates and defend the financial interests of the union executives.
By Mike Ingram, 17 July 2018
Nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center held a 48-hour strike last week after months of stalled negotiations for a new contract.
An interview with a part-time UPS worker
By Will Morrow, 16 July 2018
Part-time workers make up more than two-thirds of United Parcel Service’s 230,000 employees and are paid as little as $10 per hour.
By Jessica Goldstein, 16 July 2018
The Kentucky state OSHA office report found that Ivan Bridgewater "suffered crushed injuries to include rib fractures and hemorrhaging which killed him.”
By Barry Grey, 14 July 2018
Wage stagnation amidst relatively low unemployment and accelerating economic growth is the outcome of a decades-long social counterrevolution, made possible by the trade unions’ suppression of the class struggle.
By Shannon Jones, 14 July 2018
After pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegally diverted UAW-Chrysler training funds Monica Morgan faces just 18 months in jail, a $25,000 fine and one year supervised release.
“Now we’re all slaves, no matter what color you are”
By Kayla Costa, 14 July 2018
The union and company are seeking to impose a major new concession on workers after UPS posted $7.5 billion in profits in 2017.
As workers’ opposition grows
By Will Morrow, 13 July 2018
The union is seeking to delay any vote on the contract after more than 93 percent of UPS workers voted to authorize strike action last month.
By Jessica Goldstein, 12 July 2018
Juan Alberto Ojeda, 33, was killed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in an accident with a Toro utility cart.
By Eric London, 12 July 2018
In an article published Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal worries that “rising wages are beginning to eat into the profits of some US companies.”
By Tom Hall, 10 July 2018
The World Socialist Web Site calls on UPS workers to form rank and file committees to mobilize all UPS workers, part-time and full-time, along with Amazon, FedEx, USPS and other sections of workers.
“Like you, I want justice for Jacoby!”
10 July 2018
Fiat Chrysler workers in Ohio and Indiana sent messages to the family of Jacoby Hennings, who held a memorial picnic Sunday for the young autoworker who died last year.
“Coby was loved by so many people”
By Jerry White, 9 July 2018
Hundreds of family members, friends and co-workers attended a memorial picnic in suburban Detroit Sunday afternoon to celebrate the life of the young autoworker who died at the Woodhaven Stamping plant last October.
“This is a day to honor Coby”
By Jerry White, 5 July 2018
Family and friends are holding a memorial picnic on July 8 in the Detroit suburb of Eastpointe to honor the young Ford worker who died on October 20, 2017.
By Steve Filips, 4 July 2018
Two warehouse workers unloading 800 pound slabs of Dupont countertop material were killed when the slabs toppled over onto them.
“They want us divided. Workers need to unite everywhere”
By Shannon Jones, 3 July 2018
The UAW is denouncing GM’s decision to build its new Chevrolet Blazer SUV in Mexico in order to divert attention from the union’s complicity in the wiping out of 1,500 jobs at the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant.
Confrontation between Lima police and striking Peruvian teachers
3 July 2018
At least 5,000 teachers from the metropolitan Lima area have had their salaries withheld because of strike activity and authorities have begun replacing striking teachers with scabs.
By Hector Cordon, 29 June 2018
Teamsters officials are slandering opponents of the deal, which will introduce a new lower-paid tier of “hybrid drivers”
“Teachers will be in the classroom…there will be no labor activity”
By Adam Mclean, 29 June 2018
Less than 24 hours after teachers struck on June 19 in the small town of Dallas, a Luzerne County judge ordered them back to work.
By Jerry White, 28 June 2018
Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case is a defeat for the union bureaucracy, not the workers.
By Jacob Crosse, 27 June 2018
In response to the developing trade war between the US and Europe, motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson said it is shifting some production to international facilities.
By Hector Cordon, 26 June 2018
Privatization would lay the basis for an all-out attack on postal and all federal workers’ rights, jobs and benefits.
By Nancy Hanover and Jerry White, 26 June 2018
In the aftermath of the union betrayal of their strikes and protests, teachers are running for seats in their state legislatures in unprecedented numbers, posing fundamental political issues for the working class.
Chilean copper miners to strike against layoffs; Crane workers strike in Quebec
26 June 2018
Some 1,700 copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine complex in Chile have announced a strike against layoffs while 2,000 crane operators in Quebec walked off the job in a wildcat strike.
“Nobody knows what is going to happen next”
By Zac Corrigan and Shannon Jones, 25 June 2018
The raid last week by federal agents has traumatized the immigrant community, ripping families apart and making others afraid to leave their homes.
“The rank and file was absolutely not involved in these contract discussions”
By our reporters, 25 June 2018
The Teamsters are seeking to impose historic givebacks on UPS workers, who voted by 93 percent to authorize a strike against the giant corporation.
By Tom Hall, 23 June 2018
The agreement would create a two-tier system for drivers and keep part-time wages at poverty levels.
“If people on the shop floor had more power, things would be a whole lot better”
By a WSWS reporting team, 23 June 2018
The elimination of some 1,500 jobs at the Lordstown plant will have a devastating impact in the Youngstown-Warren region, which already struggles with high levels of poverty.
By Will Morrow, 21 June 2018
The workers’ letter to Microsoft’s CEO states, “As the people who build the technologies that Microsoft profits from, we refuse to be complicit.”
By Shannon Jones, 19 June 2018
The failure of the reform movement headed by Sadlowski in the United Steelworkers and similar efforts in other unions foundered on the conflict between the needs of workers and the pro-capitalist program to which the unions are wedded.
By Alec Andersen, 19 June 2018
More than 400 workers at the paper released an open letter Thursday beseeching the newspaper’s owner and world’s richest man to intervene on their behalf in protracted contract negotiations.
By Brian Dixon, 19 June 2018
The nurses have raised concerns over understaffing and the failure of the hospital to provide adequate “meal and break relief.”
“They’re getting more money and we’re losing workers”
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 June 2018
Autoworkers at the GM Lordstown assembly plant expressed their disgust at both the company and the UAW as next Friday’s shutdown of the second shift looms.
As corruption scandal engulfs union, top execs get pay raise
By Jerry White, 14 June 2018
The four-day constitutional convention, which wraps up in Detroit today, was a showcase for the corruption of the UAW and its contempt for rank-and-file autoworkers.
Lordstown GM worker speaks out against pending layoffs
By Samuel Davidson, 13 June 2018
Some 1,500 Auto workers are set to be laid off June 22 at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.
By Adam Mclean and Kayla Costa, 13 June 2018
The Culinary Workers Union is pushing through contracts with Caesars and MGM without giving casino workers time to read and study the agreements before voting June 14 and 19.
By Shannon Jones, 12 June 2018
Outgoing union president Dennis Williams repeated the absurd claim that the bribing of UAW negotiators by Fiat Chrysler executives had no impact on the outcome of the 2015 labor agreements.
Protests against layoffs across Argentina, Quebec daycare workers strike
12 June 2018
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By Evan Winters, 11 June 2018
A longtime steelworker, and veteran of the bitter Allegheny Technologies lockout of 2015-2016, explains her support for the struggles being waged by teachers.
By Shannon Jones, 9 June 2018
The UAW 37th Constitutional Convention is being held against a backdrop of rising worker militancy under conditions where the union is more discredited than ever.
Teachers must prepare for struggle when schools reopen
By Jonathan Burleigh, 9 June 2018
Oakland teachers must draw the lessons of this year’s teachers strikes to prepare their own struggle when schools reopen.
By Jacob Crosse, 8 June 2018
Eight workers shut down a Wendy’s restaurant last week after deciding they could no longer tolerate unsafe working conditions, low wages and excessive hours.
“If you don’t like it, they say, 'hit the road'”
By Kayla Costa and Hector Cordon, 8 June 2018
With the contract covering 230,000 United Parcel Service workers is set to expire on July 31. The WSWS spoke with two loaders who work in suburban Portland, Oregon.
“Julian Assange has done us a very great service”
By our reporters, 8 June 2018
Train operators and bus drivers expressed strong opposition to the persecution of Assange, linking the fight for his freedom to the defense of democratic rights and free speech.
“If they could, they would hire us for $1 an hour”
By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2018
While the vote expresses the determination of workers to fight, the Teamsters will do everything in its power to suppress and betray a genuine struggle against the package delivery giant.
By Zachary Thorton, 5 June 2018
New Vision Academy is under investigation by the city’s school district for financial irregularities and noncompliance with federal law after teachers came forward as whistleblowers to report the activities.
Windsor casino strike ends, teachers protest in Mexico City
5 June 2018
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By Adam McLean and Kayla Costa, 4 June 2018
Workers should demand the full contract and sufficient time to study and discuss it before any ratification vote.
By Shannon Jones, 4 June 2018
One CWA worker in Detroit told WSWS reporters: “People are getting tired and they’re saying we’re not going to wait for the union anymore. We have to do this ourselves.”
By a WSWS reporting team in Las Vegas, 2 June 2018
Union leaders have made clear that the tentative contract does not include significant improvements to wages and working conditions.
“We need to unite workers everywhere”
Rank-and-file Lake Orion workers organize opposition to GM-UAW deal to hire low wage subcontract labor
By Shannon Jones, 2 June 2018
Anger is simmering in the plant following the revelation that the UAW signed a secret memorandum, without a vote by workers, to replace veteran workers with low-wage subcontractors.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 June 2018
In the five months from the beginning of the year, five taxi or livery drivers have committed suicide due to dramatic income declines caused by competition from ride-share companies.
By Marcus Day, 1 June 2018
Fueling outrage is the company’s brazen display of corporate greed, showering investors with hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends and stock buybacks.
By Trévon Austin, 31 May 2018
The Culinary Workers Union and the two largest casino operators—MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. are reportedly $110 million apart on wage and benefits.
By Trévon Austin, 30 May 2018
The construction company which subcontracted 52-year-old drill operator Melvin Self had previously been fined for maintaining hazardous working conditions.