Statements of rank-and-file committees
The Rank-and-File Committee for Safe Education in Turkey, 26 February 2021
We call on all educators, parents and students who support this initiative to contact us to establish rank-and-file committees for safe education and to expand this struggle, which is vital for public health.
Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 25 February 2021
We demand that every individual, politician and corporation responsible for the social disaster in Texas be criminally prosecuted and that all workers be made whole.
Amid second wave of deaths: London bus drivers must form rank-and-file safety committees at all garages!
London Bus Rank-and-File Committee, 23 February 2021
On average, more than one bus driver has died each week during the pandemic. Our lives count for nothing against revenue targets dictated in company boardrooms by Transport for London, Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Johnson government, enforced by Unite the union.
Our reporter, 22 February 2021
The UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee held a lively online meeting on Saturday, just days before yesterday’s unsafe reopening of schools across Scotland and Wales, and as the Johnson government moves to reopen all school on March 8.
Our correspondents, 21 February 2021
Over 60 people, including doctors, nurses and other health staff, the participated in the Health Workers’ Action Committee at Peradeniya Teaching Hospital public meeting earlier this month.
Reports of spread of British B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in Michigan
Phyllis Steele, 21 February 2021
Michigan Democrats, backed by the corporate media, are ramping up pressure to reopen schools by March 1.
Bus drivers to strike at RATP Dev London and Go North West: Break Unite’s stranglehold and launch a unified offensive
Tony Robson, 21 February 2021
The transport companies are seizing on the pandemic to impose restructuring at the expense of drivers’ livelihoods, even as corporate disregard for safety has claimed the lives of more than 88 bus and coach drivers nationally.
Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 February 2021
The effort to reopen schools in Chicago was aimed at setting a precedent for reopening districts everywhere and shifting the relationship of class forces in the US as a whole.
Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 February 2021
Our committee unequivocally demands a stop to the drive to reopen the Philadelphia public school system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attend online meeting on Saturday to organise fightback!
Thomas Scripps, 18 February 2021
The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls on workers who recognise the grave danger posed by the school reopenings to attend our online meeting on Saturday to discuss the fightback
Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 February 2021
We appeal to educators and workers across Tennessee to mount a determined fight against the reopening of schools in Memphis and Shelby County, which are slated to begin on March 1.
Form Rank-and-File Safety Committees!
Stop the criminal coronavirus policy of the corporations and trade unions! Prepare a European-wide general strike!
Statement by the Network of Action Committees for Safe Workplaces in Germany, 11 February 2021
The Network of Action Committees for Safe Workplaces fights against mass sackings, dangerous working conditions and the cover-up of the infection figures.
our reporters, 10 February 2021
A resolution protesting Facebook censorship of the World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Equality Party has been received from the London Bus Rank-and-File Committee, along with statements of support from bus drivers.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 9 February 2021
The Rank-and-File Safety Committee at the Faurecia Gladstone plant in Columbus, Indiana, has issued the following statement in support of the Chicago teachers.
Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 9 February 2021
Without teachers developing their own independent organizations to fight against school reopenings, the pressure from state officials and school boards will force them into unsafe and potentially deadly working conditions.
West Coast Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 9 February 2021
Educators across the region should join and help build our rank-and-file committees to prepare for a general strike to shut down all schools and nonessential workplaces.
Alabama Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 9 February 2021
Alabama teachers send a powerful message of support to their fighting colleagues in Chicago.
Douglas Lyons and Samuel Davidson, 8 February 2021
Several thousand Philly teachers, ordered into classrooms this week, are refusing to enter unsafe buildings in the Democratically-controlled city.
Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 8 February 2021
The Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee expresses its full support for the Chicago teachers’ struggle against the dangerous and indeed criminal drive to resume in-person instruction in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
Teacher-Student-Parent Rank and File Safety Committee statement (Sri Lanka), 8 February 2021
“We will campaign among teachers and students in support of the Chicago teachers’ struggle, explaining this important experience. The Chicago struggle is our fight.”
Zac Corrigan, 6 February 2021
Chicago educators are in a fight for their lives, and they need the support of educators and workers everywhere.
Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 6 February 2021
Chicago teachers confront the Democratic Party at the local, state and national level—just as many Pennsylvania teachers do.
The Committee for Public Education (Australia), 5 February 2021
The CFPE salutes the struggle of Chicago’s teachers and educators who have refused to yield to the demands of the Biden administration and state authorities that they return to work under extremely unsafe and deadly conditions.
Amazon BWI2 Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 5 February 2021
In the struggle against unsafe reopenings, workers must remind themselves of the traditional militant rank-and-file slogan: “An injury to one is an injury to all.”
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 February 2021
We urge Chicago teachers to build rank-and-file committees as the center of opposition to whatever miserable deal the CTU attempts to sell to reopen schools.
European rank-and-file education safety committees, 4 February 2021
The rank-and-file education safety committees in Germany and the UK have adopted the following statement of solidarity with the protesting teachers in Chicago.
Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 February 2021
We are fighting to mobilize opposition to any agreement reached by CPS and the CTU to reopen schools, and to prepare for general strike action with the broader working class.
Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meets as Democrats push to restart in-person classes in Chicago and other cities
Sandy English, 3 February 2021
The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in the US met on Saturday during an aggressive push by the Biden administration and local Democratic governors and mayors to open schools in Chicago and other cities as the pandemic enters a new and more deadly stage.
Andy Winter and Chase Lawrence, 3 February 2021
His parents fear that he acquired the virus while at school, which he had attended the previous Friday, just four days prior to his death.
Unite with educators in Chicago and across the US! Close all schools and nonessential workplaces!
Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 30 January 2021
Toothless state recommendations over school reopenings are being swept away under Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, as districts are told to return K-8 students to face-to-face learning in line with the Biden plan.
Network of Action Committees for Safe Education, 28 January 2021
This statement was adopted by a meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Committee calls for congressional investigation into Trump's coup attempt
The Faurecia Gladstone Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 25 January 2021
“We demand a full public congressional investigation, as well as the arrest and prosecution of all those responsible for planning, carrying out and providing political cover for the attempt to overthrow the Constitution! We must prepare for political general strike action against these fatal threats to our democratic rights!”
Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 23 January 2021
Our committee calls for the fullest investigation into the high-level connections between Texas Republicans, the Trump administration, and the far-right and fascistic groups that coordinated the January 6 coup attempt in Washington, DC.
Amazon workers call for a full public congressional investigation of the January 6 fascist coup attempt
Amazon BWI2 Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 22 January 2021
The Amazon workers of the BWI2 facility in Baltimore calls on all workers to support the Socialist Equality Party’s demand for a full congressional investigation into the fascist attack on the US Capitol building.
Close schools and nonessential production until the pandemic is contained! Full income protection to all!
Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021
We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the CTU and other unions.
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021
Our brothers and sisters at Hunts Point have taken a courageous stand for the rights of workers everywhere, and we call on them to form their own rank-and-file committee independent of the Teamsters to carry forward their struggle.
Alabama Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 January 2021
We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the unions.
Matthew MacEgan, 11 January 2021
The first ERFSC meeting of 2021 was attended by over 150 educators and other workers from across the US and around the globe.
Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 9 January 2021
We are fighting to unify the working class across Texas and throughout the region to close all schools and nonessential businesses and oppose the fascistic conspiracies of Trump.
Emergency statement by the London Bus Rank-and-File Committee, 8 January 2021
At least 12 staff have been diagnosed with COVID in recent days, including up to ten bus drivers, a manager and the garage’s full time Unite Health and Safety Rep
Open letter from London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee
Miles Driver, 29 December 2020
Despite the preventable deaths of 35 London bus workers, a new wave of infections has struck, with information about garage outbreaks deliberately concealed in the interests of “operational efficiency”, i.e., profits.
Shut down the auto industry to save lives until a vaccine is available to all! Full compensation for all workers!
The Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 24 December 2020
Just as no soldier wants to be the last one shot before a peace treaty, there is no justification for any further deaths to build Jeeps or F-150s while millions of people wait to be vaccinated.
Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 18 December 2020
We call on all Florida educators to come to the defense of Jones and the scientific principles for which she stands, and to build a statewide Florida Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee like ours in Texas.
the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 December 2020
According to workers at the Battersea depot, the former Health and Safety rep was sacked last week by Abellio after she exposed alleged fraud by a former Unite convenor who was reportedly close to management.
New York City Educators Rank-and File Safety Committee, 17 December 2020
Urgent action is required to close all schools and nonessential workplaces to stop the spread of the pandemic and save lives.
Amazon BWI2 Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 December 2020
We, the Amazonians of Baltimore, hereby announce the formation of an independent rank-and-file safety committee at the Amazon BWI2 Fulfillment Center. In launching the committee, our goal is to expose the conditions at our facility and the lies of management meant to cover them up. We are an organization of, for, and led by Amazon workers which will defend the rights and safety of our fellow employees.
Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 December 2020
Texas educators are demanding that students not be forced to take in-person state assessments as a prerequisite for graduation during the pandemic.
Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 5 December 2020
Urgent and far-reaching action is needed to save thousands of lives across Michigan this winter. Join our committee now!
Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 3 December 2020
Workers and parents must have the right to decide which political programme and perspective they wish to adopt or discuss and debate. Blocking access to this through censorship is a reactionary tool to silence opposition.
The New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 3 December 2020
Everything now depends upon the building of rank-and-file safety committees in every school and neighborhood across the city, completely independent of the UFT and the Democrats who are conspiring to reopen schools.
Faurecia Saline Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 2 December 2020
Autoworkers in Saline, like their brothers and sisters at Faurecia Gladstone in Indiana, join a national network of rank-and-file committees that is fighting for a complete shutdown of the auto industry with full compensation for workers.
Workers have the right to information and free speech!
The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 24 November 2020
While it is telling workers to shut up and keep working, the UAW has pulled its own stewards from the plant floor, and Solidarity House is still working remotely.
New York City educators and parents must take control over online learning! Schools must stay closed until the pandemic is contained!
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 November 2020
Our committee warns that the closure of schools is a temporary maneuver and we call on educators, parents and students to demand no resumption of in-person learning until a proven vaccine has been verified and distributed free of charge.
End the coverup of the outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant! Stop nonessential production with full pay for workers to contain the pandemic!
The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 18 November 2020
All non-essential production must stop to contain the current outbreak, which is on pace to be even worse than in the spring.
Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 November 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic tears across Texas, teachers, education workers and parents call for a broad struggle to protect their lives and those of students.
Workers’ lives are worth more than corporate profits!
The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 November 2020
At least one worker, Mark Bianchi, is already dead, a relative confirmed recently on Facebook, and the United Auto Workers union has pulled virtually all of its shop stewards from the floor, pointing to an outbreak potentially without precedent in the US industry.
Coronavirus spreading out of control at Sterling Stamping Plant: A case study of infections in the US auto industry
The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 November 2020
There have been at least 26 infections in the plant since March, and infections are rising far faster in the plant than in the surrounding community.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 November 2020
We demand that the company and the IBEW union make public all information, including dates and locations of cases, on the spread of the coronavirus in the plant.
The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 4 November 2020
The committee has independently confirmed two separate outbreaks on opposite sides of the plant, suggesting a larger outbreak may be underway.
San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 30 October 2020
The public must be granted access to proper data and information so that individuals can make informed decisions on their health, and to ensure the proper protection of themselves and their families.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee demands two-week shutdown to stop coronavirus spread
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 October 2020
In response to the emergence of a new cluster of coronavirus cases at the factory last week, the Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, founded in August to oppose the spread of the contagion, inhumane working conditions and the systematic victimization of whistleblowers, has issued the following statement.
San Diego Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 October 2020
Our committee answers directly to the interests of the working class, not to the major corporations, their political representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties, or the teachers unions which have facilitated school reopenings.
Restore the Eight Hour day!
The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 13 October 2020
Autoworkers rank-and-file safety committees are teaming up across the country to restore the eight-hour work day, to oppose forced overtime, and to oppose the unchecked spread of COVID-19.
Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 13 October 2020
Educators across Tennessee have launched this committee to unite with other sections of the working class against the unsafe reopening of schools and to halt the spread of the pandemic.
Restore the eight-hour day! Stop the move to twelve-hour shifts for skilled trades workers at Michigan FCA plant!
The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 October 2020
The following is a statement by the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee at the Fiat Chrysler plant in suburban Detroit.
Pennsylvania educators, bus drivers and school workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to put an end to in-person instruction
Pennsylvania Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 October 2020
Educators across Pennsylvania have formed a new rank-and-file safety committee to mobilize the working class against the unsafe reopening of the commonwealth’s schools.
New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 October 2020
The withholding of $900 million in pay owed to NYC teachers from over ten years ago is a brazen act of blackmail and wage theft.
After teacher dies of COVID-19 in rural Michigan, Detroit educators call for unified fight against unsafe school openings
The Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 2 October 2020
“We pledge to step up our fight to unify educators across the state around demands that put the well-being of our children, co-workers and communities first.”
Safety committee denounces reopening of New York City schools
Stop the spread of COVID-19! Build rank-and-file safety committees to save lives! Prepare a nationwide strike to close unsafe schools!
the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 October 2020
Hundreds of thousands of middle and high school students in New York City are being sent back to classrooms for in-person instruction today as the pandemic continues to spread throughout the school system and the city.
the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 October 2020
We cannot allow a re-run of March, April and May when 33 colleagues died because of deliberate neglect by Transport for London, the bus companies and Unite.
Unite educators, students and parents to protect our lives against COVID-19
the Detroit Rank-and-File Educators Safety Committee, 28 September 2020
The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) is seeking to ram through a one-year contract as part of the preparation for a return to full in-person learning.
the Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 September 2020
The Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee has been established to protect the district’s students, teachers and staff from the deadly virus.
the Ford Kansas City Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 September 2020
Neither the UAW nor Ford has addressed any of the safety issues inside the Kansas City Assembly plant since production restarted in May.
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for plantwide shutdown to guarantee safety during pandemic
Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 17 September 2020
The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement calling for equal treatment to protect against COVID-19.
the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 September 2020
“We are not cattle and will not be sacrificed to protect the profits of the corporations and banks who have made a financial killing during the pandemic,” states the resolution passed by the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee.
the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 16 September 2020
The first action of the newly formed London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee was to pass a resolution calling for the defence of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 15 September 2020
The re-opening of schools in Detroit is threatening the lives of teachers, support staff, children and parents.
the New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 10 September 2020
In launching this committee, we stand wholly independent of both the Democrats and Republicans, as well as the United Federation of Teachers and its backers, all of whom have conspired to enforce the reopening of schools.
the Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 8 September 2020
The following is a statement from the Texas Educators Rank-and-file Safety Committee, which has been established to mobilize opposition to the increasingly unsafe conditions in Texas schools and the draconian demands placed on educators and other school workers.
the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 7 September 2020
The World Socialist Web Site has received an announcement of the formation of the Detroit Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee.
the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 1 September 2020
The claims by auto companies that they are following extensive safety protocols and testing workers exposed to COVID-19 are lies that do not withstand scrutiny.
Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 28 August 2020
The Florida Department of Health issued a mandate Tuesday censoring COVID-19 data within Duval public schools while state officials threatened the jobs of educators who oppose the deadly school openings.
“We refuse to lay down our lives for profit or participate in a poorly designed, underfunded, deadly experiment”
Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 August 2020
Teachers and their supporters have set up a rank-and-file safety committee in Duval County, Florida, which includes Jacksonville, the sixth largest school district in Florida, the state with the highest per capita infection rate in the US.
Rank-and-file safety committees at Fiat Chrysler and Ford support campaign to defend victimized parts worker
the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 19 August 2020
Newly-formed committees at Fiat Chrysler, Ford and Faurecia plants issued statements supporting James Grady, who was set up by the IBEW union and management and fired in mid-May from the Faurecia Gladstone plant in Columbus, Indiana.
Prepare a nationwide general strike to stop the deadly reopening of schools!
the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 15 August 2020
We are launching the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee to unite all those opposed to the unsafe reopening of schools and provide the necessary leadership to prepare for a nationwide general strike to halt the reopening of schools.
the Faurecia Gladstone Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 14 August 2020
Workers at the Faurecia Gladstone Plant in Columbus, Indiana, roughly 40 miles south of the state capital Indianapolis, have formed a rank-and-file committee in order to fight for safe and humane working conditions.
the Ford Chicago Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 12 August 2020
Our coworkers are falling ill and even dying, but management and the union refuse to tell us the truth about how many have been exposed to or become infected with COVID-19.
Statement of the Autoworker Rank-and-File Safety Committee Network, 10 August 2020
Autoworkers are being deprived of the most basic information about the spread of infections in their workplaces.
Ford Dearborn Truck Plant workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic
the Ford Dearborn Truck Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 1 August 2020
The committee has appealed to its 5,000 co-workers, who build F-150 pickup trucks, to prepare joint action to fight the coronavirus and save lives.
As COVID-19 spreads at Toledo Jeep and other plants
the FCA Jefferson North, Sterling Heights and Toledo Jeep Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 18 July 2020
The number of COVID-19 infections is rising all across the US, and emergency action has to be taken.
Toledo Fiat Chrysler workers launch rank-and-file safety committee to save lives amid COVID-19 rampage
the Toledo Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 11 July 2020
After the outbreak of at least 31 COVID-19 cases at the plant, workers at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex have formed a rank-and-file safety committee.
the Jefferson North and Sterling Heights Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 1 July 2020
This joint statement was issued by the rank-and-file safety committees set up by Detroit-area Fiat Chrysler workers to fight for safe conditions during the pandemic.
Expand autoworkers’ struggle to stop the coronavirus and save lives! Form rank-and-file safety committees!
the Jefferson North Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 June 2020
Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit are taking a stand to defend our lives and the lives of our families.
the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees, 18 April 2019
The following statement in defense of Julian Assange was issued by the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees.
Defend the Matamoros workers! For a united fight by US, Canadian and Mexican workers to defend jobs and decent living standards!
March on February 9 to oppose GM job cuts!
the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Rank-and-File Committees, 29 January 2019
The courageous stand by the maquiladora workers in Mexico is part of a growing movement of the working class across the world against austerity and social inequality.
Oakland Rank-and-File Strike Committee, 26 February 2018
Teachers in Oakland are taking a stand, giving voice to the determination to fight back of teachers across the US and all over the world. We are receiving broad support because workers realize that we are not just fighting for ourselves but for the fate of public education. All workers, moreover, face the same problems: low wages, skyrocketing living costs and precarious employment.