Transport Workers Struggles

As Teamsters pushes for “yes” vote on concessions contract

UPS unveils $1 billion cost-cutting “transformation plan”

By Will Morrow, 15 September 2018

At a conference for Wall Street investors on Thursday, UPS management unveiled the details of their plans to slash more than $1 billion in global annual spending.

Australia: Aurizon coal train crews face union sell-out

By Patrick Davies, 1 September 2018

The Rail Tram and Bus Union is working to conclude yet another regressive enterprise agreement covering coal haulage crews in the Hunter Valley.

“The Teamsters is not a voice for us”

UPS workers respond to Teamsters campaign of blackmail

By our reporters, 25 August 2018

UPS workers throughout the US continue to express opposition to the sellout deal that Teamsters officials and corporate management are trying to strong-arm them into ratifying.

New Zealand transport workers’ jobs and conditions under attack

By our correspondents, 25 August 2018

Rail and bus workers face a sustained assault by companies hired by the Greater Wellington Regional Council to run passenger services.

The Teamsters/UPS conspiracy to slash workers’ health care

By Kayla Costa, 23 August 2018

The current effort of the Teamsters to push through a concessions contract follows a series of attacks on UPS workers, including a scheme adopted in 2013 to cut health care benefits.

Anger over sell-out pay deal at Sheffield Supertram

By Laura Tiernan, 22 August 2018

Under the new agreement, pay will reportedly rise by just £1,700 over three years for a Supertram driver and £1,600 for conductors, far below rates for drivers and conductors at Manchester Metrolink who are covered by the same union.

“The whole world is watching us”

Teamsters local meeting erupts in anger as union official calls UPS workers’ poverty wages “subjective”

By Norisa Diaz, 21 August 2018

Teamsters official Andy Marshall told the room of 100 UPS workers that “in a perfect world” workers would get what they wanted, but “when I was a kid, I wanted a pony.”

Arbitration panel cuts real wages and health care benefits for Washington DC Metro workers

By Nick Barrickman, 20 August 2018

The amount awarded to the public employees averages to a yearly pay increase of little more than half the annual rate of inflation.

Australia: Transport union cancels Victorian bus drivers strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 August 2018

The TWU’s suppression of the stoppage was the outcome of a sordid back-room conspiracy, involving the union, the companies and the Victorian state Labor government.

Opposition mounts to UPS-Teamsters conspiracy as union announces contract for airline mechanics

By Will Morrow, 16 August 2018

There is growing support for the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter’s call for the election of rank-and-file committees in every warehouse and hub to coordinate opposition.

Audit examines the decline of New York’s Long Island Rail Road

By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 16 August 2018

Last year, an estimated 9.2 million commuters experienced late or canceled trains.

Break the UPS-Teamsters conspiracy! Mobilize opposition to the sellout contract!

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.

A second “summer of hell” for riders of New Jersey Transit

By Mark Ferretti, 13 August 2018

Understaffing, inadequate pay for employees, and underfunding are contributing to a rash of delays and cancellations that leave reliable and safe travel on New Jersey Transit in doubt.

Sri Lankan unions sell out railway workers and call off strike

By W.A. Sunil, 13 August 2018

Railway workers must reject the unions’ betrayal of their longstanding salary demands and build action committees of rank-and-file workers on an alternative socialist program.

Striking Sri Lankan railway workers need a political perspective

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 August 2018

Over 4,000 workers, including engine drivers, guards, station masters and supervisory managers, walked out on Wednesday to demand higher pay.

Ryanair faces largest pilots’ strike in its history

By Marianne Arens, 9 August 2018

On Friday, simultaneous strikes against Ryanair will take place in several European countries. While workers’ anger has grown, the unions are doing everything to isolate the strike.

Construction workers building UPS super-hub in Indianapolis walk off job

By Adam Mclean, 6 August 2018

The video of a wildcat walkout by construction workers in Indiana has been shared almost 100,000 times on Facebook.

As transit union continues to ignore its members’ overwhelming vote to strike

Washington, D.C. transit authority moves to privatize bus maintenance services

By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2018

The provocative move comes amid a heated dispute regarding the privatization of public services between the transit authority and 8,000 Metro workers, members of ATU Local 689.

“The union is essentially a puppet for the company”

What is life like for a permanent part-time UPS worker?

By Will Morrow, 3 August 2018

The WSWS spoke with Sean, a 32-year-old part-time UPS warehouse worker, who described the conditions for UPS workers, the abuse of workers by management, and the complicity of the Teamsters.

Teamsters union keeps 240,000 UPS workers on the job as contract expires

By Will Morrow, 2 August 2018

The union is aware that there is widespread opposition to the deal and is seeking to buy time to wear down the workers and impose a contract demanded by the company.

Ryanair’s mass sacking threat raises need for globally coordinated struggle of airline workers

By Steve James, 2 August 2018

The role of the unions in the airline and other industries is to isolate any struggle, impose the demands of the companies and prevent a unified fight of the entire working class.

Washington, D.C. metro union seeks to bury members’ strike vote

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.

UK Parliament “fake news” report demands sweeping internet censorship

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.

Teamsters union blames opposition to sellout contract on “internet trolls”

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.”

UK: South Western Railway conductors to strike over Driver Only Operation

By Tom Holling, 26 July 2018

South Western Railway is Britain’s busiest commuter train network and transports more than 4 million passengers a week in and out of London Waterloo.

After overwhelming vote for strike action

Washington, D.C. transit union conspires with Metro officials while keeping members in the dark

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.

Teamsters union blackmails UPS workers: Approve contract or your wages will be cut

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.

Democrats, Teamsters and UAW promote deal to continue robbing pensions

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.

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.

UK: Sheffield Supertram workers set to continue strike

By Tony Robson, 20 July 2018

Through its passive approach to the blatant intimidation being meted out to its members, Unite is signalling that it remains the most reliable option in blocking a resurgence of militant opposition in its ranks.

“We should be governing ourselves in this fight”

UPS workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters sellout

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.

“Profit over people? The people make those profits possible”

UPS workers respond to surge in company stock following Teamsters’ sellout contract

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.”

Washington, D.C., metro workers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike action

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.

Wall Street celebrates Teamsters deal with UPS

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.

As Jeff Bezos’ wealth reaches $150 billion

Unions strangle strike efforts by European Amazon workers on Prime Day

By Will Morrow and Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2018

Prime Day is treated as a virtual public holiday by the corporate media, akin to Black Friday, but it is synonymous with increased exploitation for Amazon and other shipping workers.

An interview with a part-time UPS worker

We all see “the union being paid out and working with the company”

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.

“Now we’re all slaves, no matter what color you are”

UPS workers oppose sellout contract, warn of union fraud to pass agreement

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

Teamsters union extends UPS contract deadline to impose sell-out deal

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.

Teamsters resort to lies and intimidation to push sellout deal at UPS

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”

Petrobras chief resigns as Brazilian truckers end strike

By Miguel Andrade, 4 June 2018

The truckers' blockades were supported by an overwhelming majority as an act of resistance against the economic suffering endured by hundreds of millions of Brazilians.

French rail workers strike at a crossroads

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 1 June 2018

As the unions begin calling to put an end to the strike, the strike must be taken out of the hands of the unions and waged on an independent, revolutionary perspective.

Teamsters scuttle Canadian Pacific Rail strike, laud Trudeau

By Keith Jones, 31 May 2018

The Teamsters have provided no details of the proposed four-year agreement, let alone given the striking train drivers and conductors the opportunity to study and vote on it prior to forcing them back to work.

French rail workers protest privatization plans

By V. Gnana and Senthooran Ravee, 31 May 2018

Rail workers were sympathetic to the Socialist Equality Party’s call for the formation of committees of action to unify the struggles against President Macron.

Brazilian truck drivers reject union-government attempt to shut down strike

By Eric London and Miguel Andrade, 30 May 2018

The government has sought to block the spread of social unrest with a ruling Tuesday that a planned strike by oil workers is illegal.

Three thousand Canadian railway workers strike against long hours and speed-up

By Roger Jordan, 30 May 2018

The strike pits the CP Rail workers not just against a ruthless corporate giant, but also against Canada’s big business Liberal government, which stands poised to criminalize the strike.

Truckers strike brings Brazil to brink of collapse

By Gabriel Lemos, 28 May 2018

The Temer government has granted authority to the military to exercise police powers throughout the country, in a bid to break the strike.

Dekalb County Georgia school bus drivers continue fight for reinstatement of fired colleagues

By Kranti Kumara, 26 May 2018

Workers are continuing their courageous and principled fight in the face of arrogant and provocative statements by the district’s superintendent.

Needed upgrades to Boston transit system threatened by capitalist financing schemes

By John Marion, 23 May 2018

The unelected board that governs the MBTA recently reviewed upgrades that would take 15 or more years to complete while funneling hundreds of millions into the coffers of Wall Street.

The referendum at SNCF: The unions seek to strangle French rail strike

By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2018

The referendum on Macron’s reforms being prepared by the unions for May 14-21 represents a dead-end for railway workers.

Three Chicago Transit Authority workers injured in subway electrical explosion

By Michael Walters, 8 May 2018

Despite the seriousness of the incident, few details have been made public by the unions and the CTA or reported on by the press.

New report exposes unsafe working conditions at Long Island Rail Road

By Alan Whyte, 1 May 2018

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has named a Long Island Rail Road freight provider one of the 12 most dangerous employers in the country.

Georgia school bus drivers face discipline after mounting sickout-action over pay and benefits

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.

New Zealand rail union rams through pro-company collective agreement

By our correspondent, 26 April 2018

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union has imposed a deal that attacks wages, jobs and conditions.

Second New York City transit worker killed in a week

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.

Australian train workers denounce NSW rail sellout

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2018

Workers question the legitimacy of the postal ballot and condemn the sordid manoeuvres of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

Unions impose sellout deal on Australian rail workers

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 March 2018

The New South Wales rail unions could only secure a razor-thin margin through a months-long campaign to stifle and suppress opposition.

No to talks with Macron on the privatisation of French railways!

For a political struggle against austerity and militarism in Europe!

By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2018

Workers taking part in a nationwide strike in France on March 22 are confronted with an international political struggle.

Australian rail union prepares sellout in NSW train dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 March 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union confirmed yesterday that workers will be balloted on an enterprise agreement that will intensify the assault on jobs and conditions.

Unprecedented shutdown of Baltimore Metro system due to hazardous track conditions

By Adam Soroka, 27 February 2018

Officials announced earlier this month the closure of the rail system for emergency repairs until March 11 after it was discovered that over a dozen track segments posed imminent derailment risks to trains.

Macron launches campaign to privatise French railways

By Kumaran Ira, 20 February 2018

The report calls for the privatisation of the French National Railways, aiming to eliminate basic social rights of the working class to finance Macron’s militarist policies.

Australia: The 2014 union sell-out of NSW rail workers

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 February 2018

The last enterprise agreement imposed by the rail union created the conditions for mass sackings and continuous pro-business restructuring.

Australian transport workers forum discusses the necessity for a new political perspective

SEP holds online meeting on the New South Wales rail dispute

By our reporter, 19 February 2018

The meeting created the conditions for public transport and other workers in Australia and New Zealand to grapple with the political issues raised by the fight to defend jobs, wages and conditions.

Australia: NSW government privatises Sydney’s inner-west bus services

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 February 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union directly facilitated the sell-off by suppressing widespread opposition among bus drivers over the past 12 months.

Seattle, Washington school bus drivers enter second week of strike

By Hector Cordon, 9 February 2018

The Teamsters union agreed to federal mediation Thursday with management arrogantly holding fast to its concession demands.

Australia: Union pushes sell-out deal in NSW rail dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 February 2018

The New South Wales government has made clear that its offer of marginal wage increases is tied to sweeping cuts to working conditions.

Australia: Labor and unions responsible for banning of NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 February 2018

The January 29 strike was banned by the Fair Work Commission, the pro-business industrial tribunal created by Labor, with the support of the unions.

Seattle schoolbus drivers walk out in indefinite strike

By Hector Cordon, 2 February 2018

After a one-day strike in November failed to yield an improved contract offer, schoolbus drivers walked off the job Thursday in what is being billed as an indefinite strike.

Australia: Fair Work Commission bans Monday’s NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 January 2018

To combat the ruling, workers must break with Labor and the unions, and reject their bogus claims that the big business tribunal is an “independent umpire.”

Australia: Workers reject union-government attempts to cancel NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 January 2018

Rail workers responded with hostility to the union’s attempt to call off Monday’s stoppage, on the basis of an “offer” providing no details of the government’s demands for cuts to jobs and conditions.

Seattle school bus drivers reject second contract proposal by First Student

By Jean LaChance and Hector Cordon, 23 January 2018

Drivers voted by 85 percent to reject a concessions deal brought back by the Teamsters union

Australian rail accident causes 16 injuries

By Eric Ludlow, 23 January 2018

The train crash in Sydney highlights the deterioration of the city’s rail network, which is creating the conditions for new disasters.

Australian rail workers, bus drivers and commuters support NSW train strike

By our reporters, 22 January 2018

Train staff, passengers and other sections of workers speak out in favour of a planned stoppage to fight the attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

Australia: Union officials desperately trying to prevent NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 January 2018

The union has held backroom discussions with the government to suppress the stoppage, fearing it could become the focal point of a broader movement of the working class.

Boston Transit: Control Board fiddles while the Red Line burns

By John Marion, 18 January 2018

Three years after a series of snow storms shut down Boston’s public transportation system, no real improvements to the decrepit infrastructure have been made.

UK rail workers continue strikes against Driver Only Operated train plans

By Michael Barnes, 8 January 2018

As dangerous incidents begin to escalate, the rail companies and the Tory government refuse to retreat in their war against conductors’ jobs.

Australian rail union collaborating with Pacific National to impose sell-out agreement

By Terry Cook, 8 January 2018

The RTBU deal further erodes working conditions, real wages and opens the way for increased casualisation.

Massachusetts public transportation workers’ wages, benefits, and safety under attack

By John Marion, 29 December 2017

A report by the transport authority’s Fiscal and Management Control Board hints at plans to continue privatizing the nation’s fifth-largest public transportation system.

At least three dead as Amtrak train derails over Interstate 5 in Washington

By Trévon Austin, 19 December 2017

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in the accident, which resulted in at least three deaths and scores of injuries.

UPS worker killed at Atlanta hub

By Steve Filips, 18 December 2017

William Stubbs, 51, a 17-year UPS employee was killed while unloading a trailer parked at a dock.

Sri Lankan unions betray railway workers’ strike

By W.A. Sunil, 14 December 2017

Rail unions axed the strike because it represented a direct challenge to the government’s austerity policies and threatened to draw in other sections of workers.

Reports highlight the crisis of New York mass transit

By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2017

Three recent reports reveal mounting crisis of the New York metropolitan area’s mass bus, subway and railroad systems.

Betrayal of UK rail workers’ fight against driver only operations reveals treacherous role of unions

By Michael Barnes, 4 December 2017

The sellout of Southern rail workers—with conductors holding 39 days of strikes and drivers many days of walkouts—demonstrates there is no line the unions will not cross.

Seattle, Washington school bus drivers launch one-day strike

By Hector Cordon, 30 November 2017

Several hundred school bus drivers walked out Wednesday morning in Seattle, against First Student’s unilateral imposition of its “last, best and final” contract offer.

CSX continues cuts, botches relocation of train dispatchers

By Jeff Lusanne, 23 November 2017

Along with more cuts and closures, CSX has put the lives of train dispatchers in disarray with many being forced to sleep in their cars.

US railroad union coalition agrees to contract with health givebacks

By Jeff Lusanne, 9 October 2017

Widespread workers’ opposition is not only to the increased health care costs, but to decades of concessions to the railroads while they continued to make billions.

Boston area transit riders and workers imperiled by inadequate maintenance funding

By John Marion, 13 September 2017

The unelected Financial and Management Control Board has accelerated its plans for the privatization of public transportation, rather than providing safe transportation.

Why aren’t trains evacuating people from the path of Hurricane Irma?

By Jeff Lusanne, 9 September 2017

Hundreds of thousands need to flee the path of Hurricane Irma. Instead of fleets of trains carrying them away, residents are left to fend for themselves in their own cars on congested roads.

Boston area transit privatization plan goes forward amid allegations of corruption/mismanagement

By John Marion, 2 September 2017

Lack of rational planning combined with out-and-out corruption are the main contributing factors to the crisis of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority serving greater Boston.

CSX worker in Tennessee seriously injured due to cutbacks

Railroads push cost-cutting and contract concessions

By Jeff Lusanne, 25 August 2017

Railroads continue to push for concessions three years after contracts for 145,000 workers expired, while implementing cost-cutting changes to please Wall Street.

CSX railroad closes and downgrades major facilities

By Jeff Lusanne, 10 August 2017

Workers at yards across the CSX system have been pushed aggressively to speed up work, risking injury, under the threat of yards being downgraded or closed.

CSX railroad workers denounce Wall Street plundering

By Jeff Lusanne, 4 August 2017

As the CEO blames employees for the failure of his policies, CSX workers have denounced years of eroding working conditions.

New strikes in the UK against Driver Only Operated trains

By Thomas Scripps, 15 July 2017

Recent talks have enabled Southern, Northern and Merseyrail management to escalate strikebreaking plans and impose regimes of intimidation.

Chicago Transit Authority train operators vote to strike

By Jeff Lusanne, 12 July 2017

In a preliminary poll of train operators, 98 percent voted to strike the against the Chicago Transit Authority after 18 months without a new contract.

The way forward for West Coast port truck drivers

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 4 July 2017

The Teamsters union shut down the strike, the 15th such walkout over the last four years, without resolving any of the critical issues demanded by the drivers.

Truck drivers strike at Los Angeles-Long Beach ports

By our reporters, 21 June 2017

Port truck drivers are fighting to be classified as full-time employees, not “independent contractors” without guaranteed wages, health benefits or job protections.

New York agency details crisis of subway signal system

By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 20 June 2017

In a city that is home for 82 billionaires, the subways are still using a signal system with technology that dates back to 1904, posing significant dangers.

New York mayor rejects discount transit fares plan for poor residents

By Isaac Finn, 19 June 2017

New York Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio declined last week to fund a $50 million pilot program to provide half-priced fares for poor New Yorkers, as part of the fiscal 2018 budget.

Sydney bus drivers strike against privatisation

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 May 2017

The transport union has appealed to the government for “consultation,” underscoring its willingness to collaborate with privatisation.

Washington, D.C. public transit authority proposes major offensive against workers

By Harvey Simpkins, 1 May 2017

Employees in the national capital’s transit system are being threatened with millions of dollars in wage and benefit cuts.

Irish unions scuttle Bus Eireann strike

By Dermot Quinn, 19 April 2017

Strike action by transport workers against Bus Eireann’s cost-cutting measures has been foiled by the unions twice since February.