Workers Issues in the US

UAW hides details of new tentative agreement from Indiana Lear workers

By Marcus Day, 17 November 2018

Workers are increasingly angry over the information blackout being carried out by both the company and the union.

The government’s $4.6 billion handout to Amazon

Why Amazon should be expropriated

By Tom Carter, 17 November 2018

The billions in subsidies granted to Amazon for its new headquarters demonstrate the prostration of the entire political establishment before this massive conglomerate.

Amazon worker dies of heart attack at facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

By E.P. Milligan, 14 November 2018

Mike Gellasch, 61, allegedly died because no one could find a working communication device to call for help in time.

Amazon announces new headquarters in metropolitan New York City and Washington D.C.

By Trévon Austin, 14 November 2018

The culmination of Amazon’s year-long pageant is indicative of the immense power of giant transnational corporations and the oligarchs who head them.

“It’s honestly scary going to work because you’re not safe any more”

Kentucky Ford worker describes hazardous working conditions

By Keisha Gibbs and Marcus Day, 14 November 2018

The erosion of health and safety conditions throughout the auto industry has been imposed with the willing assistance of the UAW.

New York teachers union pushes through concessions contract

By Steve Light, 13 November 2018

The United Federation of Teachers rammed through a contract that includes below inflation rate wages in order to prevent a strike in the largest school district in America.

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After campaign of threats and intimidation, Teamsters announces “yes” vote on sellout UPS Freight contract

By Will Morrow, 12 November 2018

The vote is in effect a declaration of no confidence in the union by workers, who know it would not wage any struggle for their interests.

Workers killed in New York state helicopter crash and zinc mine accidents

By Steve Filips, 12 November 2018

One of the threads that connects these and other deaths at work is the gutting of safety measures and oversight to maximize profits.

Fort Wayne GM worker alleges UAW-management collusion in unjust termination

By Shannon Jones, 10 November 2018

After being fired, Ami Reveal, a veteran GM worker, went to the union, desperate for help. She told the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, "What I got from the union was ‘do your job or else.’”

Break the isolation of UPS Freight workers! Form rank-and-file committees to unite workers against the company!

By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 10 November 2018

If approved, the contract would create a new tier of lower-paid drivers, maintain poverty-level wages of part-time warehouse dockworkers, and continue the undermining of full-time positions.

“The Teamsters union is with the company”

UPS workers oppose Teamsters isolation of freight division, call for united struggle

By Will Morrow, 9 November 2018

The union is seeking to reduce the voter turnout to below 50 percent in order to use a constitutional loophole to declare the contract ratified.

UPS Freight, Teamsters to workers: Vote “yes” or face lockout and lose your health care

By Will Morrow, 7 November 2018

The Teamsters union has already declared it will refuse to call out UPS small package workers in the event of a strike or lockout in the freight division.

School support workers vote to strike in rural district in Washington state

By Hector Cordon, 6 November 2018

This action comes roughly two months after a wave of walkouts and strike votes in the state were isolated and defeated by the unions.

Work stoppages by Argentine air cabin crew members lead to flight cancellations

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 November 2018

A surprise walkout by workers at three airlines on November 2 over downsizing led to number of flight cancellations at Jorge Newbery terminal outside of Buenos Aires.

Two workers killed as wall collapses at Baltimore Amazon facility

By E.P. Milligan, 5 November 2018

Basic safety precautions are routinely ignored at Amazon facilities throughout the world.

Chicago charter school teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike

By Kristina Betinis, 5 November 2018

Charter school teachers are determined to improve pay and classroom conditions, but they cannot advance their fight through the Chicago Teachers Union.

As workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters contract, UPS Freight prepares for strike

By Will Morrow, 3 November 2018

Workers voted by more than 62 percent to reject the UPS Freight contract on October 5.

“They are trying to outsource to cut costs and pit us against each other”

Allison Transmission workers speak out on UAW-management collaboration

By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 3 November 2018

Allison Transmission workers in Indianapolis, Indiana are complaining about the outsourcing of jobs, speed-up and lack of representation by the United Auto Workers.

As US Steel and ArcelorMittal announce booming profits, the United Steelworkers pushes sellout deals

By our reporters, 3 November 2018

In the midst of a huge profit bonanza, unions like the USW, working on behalf of corporate management, are shamelessly telling workers it is they who must give back.

Chicago Teamsters local announces end to UPS contract extension

By George Marlowe, 2 November 2018

The union is seeking to reach a concessions contract with management while preventing a rebellion among rank-and-file workers.

Teamsters forces UPS Freight workers to vote again on rejected sellout contract

By Will Morrow, 30 October 2018

The union is threatening workers if they vote “no” again it will isolate them and refuse to conduct any struggle for a better contract.

“Conditions are worse today than they were 40 years ago”

Pittsburgh-area workers speak out on USW sellout deal with US Steel

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 October 2018

The WSWS Steelworker Newsletter spoke to workers at a shift change at the US Steel Edgar Thompson plant in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

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Public workers protest in Venezuela; Canada Post workers continue rotating strikes

30 October 2018

Thousands of public sector workers rallied in Venezuela last week to protest falling living standards, while the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is continuing its strategy of impotent rotating one-day strikes in order to dissipate worker anger without seriously impacting mail delivery.

“This union is taking food out of my kid’s mouth”

Lear Portage autoworker denounces UAW collusion with management

By Marcus Day, 29 October 2018

Workers at Lear have described a regime of harassment and intimidation carried out jointly by management and the UAW.

Funeral to be held today for UPS worker Andy Schanding, killed on the job in Lexington, Kentucky

By Will Morrow, 27 October 2018

Andy, 43, leaves behind a loving family, including his wife of 21 years, Sarah Dixon Schanding, a son Elliot and daughter Emilee.

AFSCME officials attempt to suppress WSWS reporting team

Union shuts down three-day strike by California health care and service workers

By Evelyn Rios, 27 October 2018

AFSCME has kept its 25,000 members on the job without a contract for over a year. Their current contract expired June 30, 2017.

“We should all be fighting together”

Teamsters union isolates 8,500 Chicago UPS workers

By George Marlowe, 26 October 2018

After defying the UPS workers’ “no” vote, the Teamsters is isolating thousands of Chicago-area workers.

Union, Democrats use “fact-finding” ploy to block Los Angeles teachers’ strike

By Dan Conway and Nancy Hanover, 26 October 2018

Despite more than 18 months of negotiations and three mediation sessions that have gone nowhere, the union continues to block strike action by teachers.

Ford worker dies of apparent workplace injury at Chicago Heights stamping plant

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 October 2018

The death adds to the growing toll exacted by dangerous working conditions related to the drive by Ford, abetted by the UAW, to increase production and profits.

After Teamsters overrule “no” vote on contract, UPS earnings up 20 percent

By Will Morrow, 25 October 2018

The continuous growth in profits is facilitated by the Teamsters union, which functions as an instrument of UPS management and cheap labor contractor.

Build rank and file strike committees

For a nationwide hotel walkout!

By Kevin Martinez, 25 October 2018

More than 8,000 hotel workers are currently on strike in nine cities, but the UNITE HERE union is isolating the struggle and preparing its defeat.

One year since the death of Jacoby Hennings

Woodhaven Stamping worker describes brutal atmosphere under UAW-Ford regime

“Temporary part-timers are treated like slaves”

By Jerry White, 24 October 2018

A veteran worker describes the oppressive conditions at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping plant, which contributed to the tragic death of young autoworker Jacoby Hennings.

Lear auto parts workers speak out against UAW-backed sellout contract proposal

By Marcus Day, 23 October 2018

Details continue to emerge of the sellout deal the UAW attempted to push through at an October 14 ratification vote.

Chicago Lyric Opera musicians’ strike ends with concessions deal

By Brian Brown and Jeff Lusanne, 23 October 2018

Chicago’s Lyric Opera attempted to make drastic cuts to its orchestra, and managed to push through several of its demands despite a five-day strike by orchestra musicians.

Mexican professors strike, Argentine teachers to hold one-day national strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 October 2018

Professors at the Autonomous University of Morelos State and Zacatecas are continuing strike action while teachers in Argentina will hold a one-day strike and mobilization October 24.

“The union rammed all these things down our throats”

UPS prepares to impose contract after Teamsters defy workers ‘no’ vote

By Will Morrow, 22 October 2018

Workers have reported that management has already begun to implement the terms of the illegitimate contract.

Vote “no” on the USW-US Steel concessions contract!

By the WSWS Steelworker Newsletter, 22 October 2018

Form rank-and-file committees to mobilize all steelworkers in a common fight!

UC healthcare and service workers to begin three-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 20 October 2018

AFSCME and other unions at UC are working overtime to prevent any significant struggle by workers, and sabotage it if it erupts anyway.

Still no investigation into death of young autoworker

One year since the death of Jacoby Hennings

By Jerry White, 20 October 2018

A year after the tragic loss of this young Ford worker, family, friends and co-workers continue to demand the truth about his sudden and untimely death.

UAW faces growing opposition from Indiana Lear workers following contract rejection

By Marcus Day, 18 October 2018

Following the overwhelming “no” vote Sunday, UAW officials have sought to placate workers’ anger and denounced the WSWS’s widely-shared article as “lies.”

Teamsters for a Democratic Union to UPS workers: “Whatever you do, don’t fight!”

By Will Morrow, 18 October 2018

If the Teamsters leadership has so far been able to suppress opposition to its defiance of workers’ “no” vote, it is thanks only to its loyal opposition in the TDU.

Socialist Equality Party Congressional candidate Niles Niemuth visits Detroit hotel workers’ picket line

By our reporter, 18 October 2018

Workers on strike at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit spoke with the SEP’s candidate for Michigan’s 12th congressional district Wednesday about their struggle and the broader issues facing working people.

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers

55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

Bay area hotel workers determined to fight as union, Democrats try to derail strike

By our reporters, 17 October 2018

“Nobody can afford rising health costs and still make ends meet on our pay.”

Striking hotel workers starved on meager or no strike pay

The multi-billion-dollar business of American trade unions

By Jerry White, 16 October 2018

Hotel workers currently on strike in the US are getting meager or no strike pay, meted out by “unions” that are in fact businesses—cheap labor contractors run by well-paid corporate managers.

Amazon whistleblower Shannon Allen: Celebrated $15 base pay represents pay cut for some workers

By Tom Carter, 16 October 2018

Amazon workers have reported to the International Amazon Workers Voice that the pay changes have been accompanied by a general “tightening up” of the tyrannical internal regime in the warehouses.

“We voted to go on strike, then they presented us with a BS contract”

Indiana Lear auto parts workers overwhelmingly reject UAW-backed contract proposal

By Marcus Day, 16 October 2018

The vote is a further demonstration of workers’ determination to fight back against decades of declining wages, benefits, and working conditions.

United Steelworkers announces tentative deal with US Steel

By Jessica Goldstein, 16 October 2018

Rank-and-file steelworkers must begin to mobilize now to demand time to study and discuss the full contract before any vote on this latest sellout deal.

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US hotel workers continue strikes in eight cities

By our reporters, 13 October 2018

The workers are rebelling against poverty level wages and inadequate benefits that have left many struggling to keep their heads above water.

As union ignores strike authorization votes

Tubing company locks out steelworkers in Trenton, Georgia

By Shelley Connor, 12 October 2018

The United Steelworkers continues to force US Steel and ArcelorMittal workers to stay on the job, despite unanimous strike votes.

As APWU keeps workers on the job

US Postal Service workers protest Trump’s privatization plans

By George Marlowe, 12 October 2018

Postal workers in more than 140 cities protested Trump’s privatization proposals while unions keep 200,000 workers on the job weeks after their contract expired on September 20.

Another train derailment in New York strands thousands

By Guillaume Garnier, 12 October 2018

The neglect of infrastructure maintenance for decades has allowed the conditions of the subway and interstate rail systems to physically collapse.

Musicians at Chicago’s Lyric Opera strike for the first time in 50 years

By our reporters, 11 October 2018

Musicians at Chicago’s Lyric Opera have gone on strike as funding to the arts is drastically cut in the United States.

Injured US Amazon workers face “workers compensation” regime rigged in favor of employers

By John Marion and Evan Cohen, 10 October 2018

Injured workers are denied medical treatment and bullied into getting back to work as quickly as possible.

Striking workers rally at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit

By Kevin Martinez and Kathleen Martin, 10 October 2018

The determination of workers contrasted sharply with the efforts of UNITE HERE to promote local Democratic Party politicians.

“It proves they aren’t fighting for us but against us”

UPS workers speak out against Teamsters’ defiance of their vote

By Will Morrow, 10 October 2018

Yesterday we spoke with Irene, an ex-homeless UPS worker who has been at UPS for 10 years.

TDU, Teamsters United capitulate to Hoffa’s override of UPS workers’ “no” vote

By Jerry White, 10 October 2018

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and Teamsters United (TU) oppose preparations for a national strike, which would bring workers into direct conflict with the entire Teamsters apparatus.

Deadliest US transportation incident since 2009

Limo in crash that killed 20 owned by FBI terror “sting” operative

By Josh Varlin, 10 October 2018

The limo company, owned by a valued FBI agent provocateur, had failed 80 percent of inspections over the last two years, yet remained in business.

TDU, Teamsters United capitulate to Hoffa’s override of UPS workers’ “no”

By Jerry White, 10 October 2018

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and Teamsters United (TU) oppose preparations for a national strike, which would bring workers into direct conflict with the entire Teamsters apparatus.

UPS workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters’ defiance of contract vote

By our reporters, 9 October 2018

There is widespread and growing distrust and skepticism among workers about the officially reported figures for both the vote and the turnout.

Marriott hotel workers strike spreads to Hawaii

By Kevin Martinez, 9 October 2018

Nationwide, 7,700 workers from 23 hotels are now on strike in eight cities, demanding better pay and safer working conditions.

Ford announces plans for more layoffs amid new restructuring efforts

By Marcus Day, 9 October 2018

Under increasing pressure from Wall Street, Ford announced further restructuring efforts last week, including the planned elimination of thousands of salaried positions.

Chilean teachers in two-day national strike; BC forestry workers set to walk out

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 October 2018

Tens of thousands of teachers struck across Chile on October 3 and 4 to press demands, including economic grievances, while 2,000 forestry workers in northern British Columbia in Canada are preparing to go on strike.

Detroit Westin Book Cadillac workers join hotel walkouts

By a WSWS reporting team, 8 October 2018

The 160 strikers in Detroit include housekeepers, cashiers, servers, barmen and desk personnel, who have had no substantial pay rise since 2008.

After “no” vote by UPS workers, Teamsters bureaucracy declares contract ratified

By Jerry White, 8 October 2018

The naked fact is that the rank and file voted down the contract and the Teamsters union is despotically ignoring their vote and imposing it anyway.

Teamsters union defies “no” vote, declares UPS contract ratified

By Will Morrow, 6 October 2018

Workers voted by 54.7 percent to reject the sellout contract backed by UPS management and the Teamsters union, as other UPS workers also rejected sellout contracts.

UPS workers denounce Teamsters effort to impose sellout contract, despite “no” vote

By our reporters, 6 October 2018

The Teamsters has declared that it considers its sellout contract ratified despite the fact that more than 54 percent of workers voted “no.”

Los Angeles teachers union continues to delay strike action as negotiations proceed

By Dan Conway, 6 October 2018

The union for Los Angeles teachers is fighting to block strike action, despite teachers working without a contract and authorizing a strike.

Teamsters union defies “no” vote, declares UPS contract ratified

Organize independent rank-and-file committees to prepare strike action!

By WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 6 October 2018

The WSWS calls on workers to establish independent organizations to break the conspiracy of the Teamsters and UPS to ram through the agreement despite the “no” vote.

Teamsters head threatens to impose UPS contract even if workers reject it

By Will Morrow, 5 October 2018

As far as the union is concerned, workers have the right to vote, as long as they vote the right way.

Workers strike at Marriott hotels in Boston and San Francisco

By John Marion, 5 October 2018

The picket is part of the walkout by 1,500 workers against the Marriott International hotel chain in Boston.

Fiat Chrysler Kokomo workers angered by UAW obstruction to fight over health and safety

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2018

Workers at FCA’s transmission operations tell of mood of anger and frustration over the refusal of the UAW to provide any information, let alone lead a fight, over unresolved health and safety issues.

The fraud of Amazon’s $15 wage

By Eric London, 4 October 2018

The “raise” announced by Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, is a publicity stunt aimed above all at preventing an explosion of the class struggle.

As voting for drivers, warehouse workers concludes

UPS aircraft mechanics reject Teamsters contract proposal

By Jerry White, 4 October 2018

In a blow to the Teamsters, aircraft mechanics and other UPS Airlines workers in Louisville, Kentucky, defeated a sellout deal pushed by the union and a federal mediator.

“We are just new slaves”

1,500 Boston hotel workers walk out as UNITE HERE seeks to end Chicago strike

By George Marlowe, 4 October 2018

From the start of the strike in Chicago, the UNITE HERE union has sought to isolate workers by signing piecemeal deals with one hotel chain after another.

What’s behind Amazon’s plan to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour?

By Jerry White, 3 October 2018

With anger growing over poverty level wages and sweatshop conditions at Amazon, the retail giant and logistics company will implement a small pay increase on November 1.

Widespread opposition to sellout UPS contract in run-up to Friday vote deadline

By our reporters, 3 October 2018

The Teamsters’ strategy of lies has been developed in collaboration with BerlinRosen, the Democratic Party-aligned public relations firm.

United Steelworkers union pushes concessions at US iron ore producer Cleveland Cliffs

By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2018

The United Steelworkers is seeking to push through a concessions contract with Cleveland-Cliffs that will set a precedent for cutting healthcare and keeping wages stagnant.

Los Angeles harbor drivers hold three-day strike

By Adam Mclean, 2 October 2018

Truck drivers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California began a three-day strike Monday over their misclassification as “independent contractors.”

Niles Niemuth brings Socialist Equality Party congressional campaign to US Steel workers in suburban Detroit

By our reporter, 2 October 2018

Niles addressed the issues confronting steelworkers, who have not had pay raises in years and face constant speedup and dangerous work conditions.

Mobilize the working class to defend nurses and secure the right to health care!

By Niles Niemuth, 2 October 2018

The interests of nurses cannot be separated from the fight to ensure the social right to health care through the abolition of the for-profit health care system.

Costa Rican public workers’ strike enters its fourth week

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 October 2018

The striking workers are resisting government austerity measures in the teeth of savage state repression.

Hundreds of thousands demand strike action in the US

By Jerry White, 1 October 2018

With social anger at plunging living standards boiling over, the unions are desperately seeking to divert opposition behind the election of Democratic Party candidates in November.

“The union is not for all of us”

Indianapolis Allison Transmission workers face stonewalling by UAW over contract terms, pensions

By George Kirby and Shannon Jones, 29 September 2018

Workers at the global transmission company report that the UAW is withholding information regarding their contract.

After a decade of falling pay, US Federal Reserve acts to stop “wage inflation”

By Jerry White, 28 September 2018

The central bank executives understand that investors tend to make far more money when the sword of mass unemployment hangs over workers’ heads.

Operating engineers’ union bows to strikebreaking threats by Michigan governor, contractors

By Tim Rivers, 28 September 2018

Less than 24 hours before a Michigan contractors’ association was set to begin hiring scab replacements for 2,000 roadway construction workers it had locked out, Operating Engineers Local 324 ordered its members to return to work without a contract or any resolution to the dispute that has closed 164 road building projects for more than three weeks.

New Amazon facility in Oregon: Tax cuts for corporation, poverty wages for workers

By Kayla Costa and Emily Edison, 27 September 2018

Local and state representatives of both capitalist parties approved a $213 million tax cut for the internet retail and logistics giant.

Snyder administration backs strikebreaking threat by Michigan road construction contractors

By Shannon Jones, 26 September 2018

The Snyder administration and road construction contractors are preparing to hire strikebreakers to replace some 2,000 locked out heavy equipment operators.

America’s industrial slaughterhouse

By Jerry White, 25 September 2018

The unspoken cost of the booming stock market and soaring corporate profits is the wreckage of workers’ lives shattered by workplace deaths and injuries.

Oppose Michigan National Guard deployment against operating engineers!

By Niles Niemuth, 25 September 2018

The administration of Governor Snyder is preparing to deploy National Guard troops in a strikebreaking operation against thousands of locked out roadway construction workers.

UNITE HERE isolates striking Chicago hotel workers, rams through deal with Marriott

By Marcus Day, 22 September 2018

UNITE HERE Local 1 abruptly announced Thursday afternoon that a contract had been ratified at seven hotels in Chicago, while workers at 19 other hotels remain on strike.

“The economy did not recover for me under Obama”

Striking Chicago Hyatt workers describe fight against hotel giants

By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 22 September 2018

Chicago hotel workers spoke with the WSWS about the significance of their struggle prior to the announcement by the UNITE HERE union that it was shutting down the strike at many of the targeted hotels.

UAW corruption scandal widens as US workers press for wage increases

By Jerry White, 21 September 2018

As autoworkers in Kokomo, Indiana and elsewhere come into struggle, the biggest obstacle they face is the corporatist and anti-working class United Auto Workers.

“I’ve been wanting to speak up for a long time. I have nothing to lose”

Another homeless grandmother details nightmarish aftermath of Amazon workplace injury

By Eric London, 21 September 2018

Tammy Edgar says she became homeless after she fell at work while avoiding a heavy machine, which flew off a table at her.

Thousands of ArcelorMittal steelworkers in US cast unanimous strike vote

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 September 2018

The vote to back a walkout by 15,000 ArcelorMittal workers follows a similar unanimous vote by workers at US Steel.

Unions shut down Washington teacher strikes

By Kayla Costa, 19 September 2018

The experiences of teachers in Washington provide critical lessons for educators and other sections of workers coming into struggle.

“We have to join our struggles together”

Chicago Ford autoworkers support hotel workers on strike

By George Marlowe and Marcus Day, 18 September 2018

Workers at the Chicago Ford Assembly Plant spoke out in support of striking hotel workers and the common struggles all workers face.

Support the fight of University of Michigan nurses!

By Niles Niemuth, 18 September 2018

Nurses at the University of Michigan health system have voted overwhelmingly for strike authorization in defense of adequate staffing as well as decent pay and benefits.