Category: Labor Activism

Ari Paul: The Verizon Strike is Bigger than a Phone Company

Outside Verizon’s lower Manhattan headquarters, crowds of nearly 200 strikers are camped out -many of them with their whole families, as construction workers from the World Trade Center site next door are coming by to wish them luck. Some strikers are listening to union officers give speeches on bullhorns when someone motions that the replacement Read more…

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Paul Street: Beyond the Ballot Mania: Wisconsin Reflections

My initial strong enthusiasm for the public worker uprising in Madison, Wisconsin last February and March was not unqualified. Like many progressives within and beyond the Midwest, I was pleased to see masses of public sector union workers and their supporters stand up to resist the vicious legislative assault launched against organized labor’s collective bargaining rights and political Read more…

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Mark Engler: The Verizon Strike as the Next Wisconsin

The picket lines are up. This past weekend 45,000 Verizon workers on the East Coast, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), went on strike. The cause of the strike was the company’s attempts to win massive concessions from the unions. Verizon argues that the employees Read more…

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Steve Early: The Poison Pill in PPACA Used to Extract Concessions from Labor

Since Saturday night (August 6), 45,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have been on strike from Massachusetts to Virginia — in the largest private sector work stoppage in the last seven years. Health care cost shifting is high on the list of givebacks demanded Read more…

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Mischa Gaus: Verizon Strike: As Billions Roll In, Workers Walk Out

At Verizon locations throughout the Northeast, 45,000 workers started walking picket lines Sunday. Their strike, brought on by a flood of concession demands the Communications Workers say will pick $20,000 from each worker’s pocket, is the largest the country has seen in four years. Verizon, which has made $19 billion in profits in the last Read more…

socialistworker.org: A high-stakes fight at Verizon

VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS has made its message clear: It isn't interested in bargaining, only in getting as much as it can from the unions. Some 45,000 members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are on the picket lines from Massachusetts to Virginia after the unions' contract with Read more…

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Dick Meister: Labor’s Unhappy Anniversary

It was 30 years ago this month that Ronald Reagan struck the blow that sent the American labor movement tumbling into a decline it's still struggling to reverse.   Reagan, one of the most anti-labor presidents in history, set the decline in motion by firing 11,500 of the overworked and underpaid air traffic controllers whose Read more…

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Howie Hawkins: Strike Beats Back Pension Cuts at NY Nuclear Plants

Older workers defended the pension benefits of younger workers in a successful 18-day strike at two nuclear reactors in Oswego, New York. “Solidarity. That's what it was all about,” said Gary Buske, a 24-year-old who has worked two years at the Nine Mile Point plants, on the shore of Lake Ontario 30 miles outside Syracuse. Read more…

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Shamus Cooke: The Jobs Crisis Demands Attention

When the big banks screamed "crisis," they were instantly rewarded with trillions of taxpayer money. Likewise, when rich bondholders — some of them bailout beneficiaries — yelled "crisis" at the U.S. debt, they were immediately rewarded with trillions of dollars taken from social programs for the poor. The jobs crisis, however, staggers on with no relief in Read more…

Jason Farbman: Struggles Erupt Across Chile

WORKER AND student and struggles have broken out across Chile in recent months in a series of challenges to the new right-wing government and its polices. The recent eruption of Chile's Puyehue volcano, dormant for decades, has been seen by many commentators as a metaphor for the sudden emergence of resistance in a multitude of Read more…

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