Category: Labor Activism

Sadie Robinson: We’re Ready to Strike, say GMB and Unite Activists

Activists from the GMB and Unite unions gathered in central London today, Wednesday, to discuss the upcoming public sector strikes. The planned action on 30 November involves some 14 trade unions. They are united in fighting the government’s attempts to attack their pension schemes—and general fury at the Tories is driving the action too. The Read more…

Simon Basketter: Electricians Picket Construction Sites and Power Stations

The battle to stop building bosses tearing up contracts and slashing wages saw pickets in London, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottinghamshire this morning, Wednesday. Workers picketed the contractor Spie Matthew Hall at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire. No electrician is working on site today. The demonstration caused lengthy traffic tailbacks on the A453 that runs Read more…

Ari Paul: Labor Finds a Young Soulmate

In unions all across the United States — with a few exceptions — radical members and staffers have been waiting for Godot, dreaming of a moment when their leadership takes the membership away from the next contract or organizing battle and to a broader agenda of economic justice. They wondered, for instance, when their presidents Read more…

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Dick Meister: Respect For Car Wash Workers – At Last

Few workers are more poorly treated and generally ignored than those swift moving and hard-working employees of the country's many thousands of car washing facilities. But finally, there's genuine hope that the carwash workers will win much better conditions.   Workers at a major Southern California carwash have won what could very well be just Read more…

Eduardo Soriano-Castillo: Tomato Pickers: Trader Joe’s Is Rotten

Florida’s tomato farmworkers and their long-time community allies brought a two-year fight to specialty grocer Trader Joe’s doorstep last week, marching and rallying at its Southern California headquarters. Four hundred stopped by a Trader Joe’s store for a picket and a short rally last Friday, which ended with Darniel Sales, a member of the Coalition Read more…

Nicolas Croes: Nationalise the Steel Sector under Workers’ Control

ArcelorMittal recently announced the intention to shut down “liquid” steel production in the region of Liège in Belgium. After years of empty promises and deceptions, about a thousand workers could lose their jobs – 581 workers on fixed contracts and almost 400 temporary workers. Many more face indirect threats to their jobs. The future of Read more…

David Mobe: Working America Nurtures Working Class Support for ‘Occupy’ Aims

Every week organizers from the AFL-CIO’s community affiliate—the 3-million member Working America—knock on doors of about 20,000 households, most of them in predominately white, working-class suburbs.  The people the canvassers meet are not the sort most likely to join an Occupy Wall Street encampment in their home city. But according to Working America Executive Director Read more…

Mick Sweetman: Postal Workers Occupy TD Bank on Bay Street

An estimated 900 union and community protesters occupied the intersection of King and Bay streets in the heart of Toronto's financial district Thursday afternoon. Carrying a banner stating, "Capitalism doesn't work for workers. CUPW-STTP" and signs reading "Postal workers are part of the 99%," protesters marched up Bay Street from the Westin Harbour Castle hotel Read more…

John Borsos: California Labor Leader Supports Occupations

John Borsos is vice president of the new, independent union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). He is a well-known California labor leader, and an advocate of militant, democratic member driven unions; he was an elected vice-president of the 150,000 member United Healthcare Workers – West, until replaced in Andy Stern’s SEIU 2009 trusteeship. Read more…

Amy Dean: New “Unity Unions” Self-Organize to Confront Workplace Abuses

The last five years have been grim and isolating ones for immigrants and working people, right? Overall, this may be the case, but if you talk with organizers at Fuerza Laboral, an independent workers' center in Rhode Island founded in 2006, you might get a different impression. Despite difficult times, the group has taken on Read more…

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