Workers Issues in the US

10,000 Portland-area grocery workers authorize strike

By Norisa Diaz, 10 July 2019

The strike vote comes less than two weeks after 46,000 workers at three of the largest supermarket chains in Southern California also authorized a walkout.

Minnesota nurses struggle betrayed by union

By Jonas Boquist, 10 July 2019

The piecemeal ratifications carried out by the MNA diluted the strength of all 13,000 nurses and facilitated the implementation of contracts acceptable to hospital management.

As industry analyst calls UAW-automaker negotiations “Kabuki theatre”

Autoworkers demand substantial improvement in wages and conditions on eve of contract talks

By Jerry White, 9 July 2019

With negotiations set to begin on July 15, workers are determined to overturn decades of givebacks accepted by the United Auto Workers.

Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways

Workers Struggles: the Americas

9 July 2019

Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.

Amazon’s 25th anniversary: A conglomerate based on parasitism and exploitation

By Tom Carter, 8 July 2019

The technology and infrastructure behind Amazon’s meteoric trajectory and the biggest individual fortune in modern history must be turned towards the needs and aspirations of the world’s population as a whole.

Bus drivers in Massachusetts strike over wages and healthcare

By Elliott Vernon, 6 July 2019

Bus drivers are seeking wage increases consistent with the cost of living in Martha’s Vineyard as well as improvements in safety, disciplinary procedures and healthcare.

Hundreds quit union as UAW pushes through sellout deal at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio

By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2019

Nurses who struck for six weeks are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of the UAW, which scabbed on their strike and then rammed through a rotten agreement.

11,000 food service workers vote to strike US airlines

By Kayla Costa, 4 July 2019

Catering workers confront not only the airline corporations but UNITE-HERE and other unions that have forced them to accept poverty level wages.

Why autoworkers need an international strategy

By Jerry White, 4 July 2019

The fight to unite autoworkers in the US with their class brothers and sisters in Mexico, China and other countries has opened up an important debate over strategy as workers head into the contract battle this September.

Amazon’s meat grinder in the Dallas, Texas suburbs

By Tom Carter, 2 July 2019

Over a two-year period, 567 workers were injured at Amazon’s DFW7 fulfillment center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Quebec: Alcoa issues ultimatum to locked-out ABI workers

By Keith Jones, 2 July 2019

The United Steelworkers Union has refused to make any public comment on Alcoa’s ultimatum, let alone coupled an emphatic call for it to be rejected with an appeal for workers across North America to come to the ABI workers’ defence.

2,000 workers to lose jobs as Philadelphia refinery shuts down

By Samuel Davidson, 2 July 2019

Blaming high costs from fire damage, Philadelphia Energy Solutions announced the closure of the largest oil refinery on the US East Coast.

Uruguay workers in one-day national strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 July 2019

A June 24 strike called by the PIT-CNT trade union federation took place in the context of a worsening economic crisis that has seen continuing attacks on workers.

Southern California grocery workers authorize strike action

By Dan Conway, 29 June 2019

Following a regionwide supermarket strike in New England, grocery workers at three supermarket chains in Southern California voted overwhelmingly last week to strike.

West Virginia legalizes charter schools

By Nancy Hanover, 29 June 2019

Defying the overwhelming sentiments of teachers, students and workers, Governor Jim Justice signed a bill legalizing the state’s first-ever charter schools.

Ford announces 12,000 layoffs, five plant closures across Europe

By Will Morrow, 28 June 2019

A global restructuring is underway, with all the automakers relying on the trade unions to seek to suppress the seething and growing opposition of autoworkers.

UAW rams through sellout deal at Saline, Michigan Faurecia factory

By Shannon Jones, 28 June 2019

While UAW officials claim the agreement passed by a wide margin, many workers told the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter they had deep reservations about the deal, which failed to address critical issues related to wages and working conditions.

Protesting nurses speak out in Long Beach, California

By Rafael Azul and Kimie Saito, 28 June 2019

“Patients are not numbers! Maximum patients + minimum nurses = maximum profits. And the costs are passed on to the consumers and us.”

New petrochemical complex could create a “cancer alley” on Ohio River

By John Ashbrook, 28 June 2019

The Trump administration is backing a tri-state effort to build a huge fossil fuel processing facility that threatens public health and the environment.

Boston: Hundreds protest Wayfair’s profiting from sales to immigrant detention centers

By Kate Randall, 27 June 2019

Employees learned last week that a $200,000 order of bedroom furniture from Wayfair was placed by a private contractor for a detention facility.

Quebec: ABI lockout in its 18th month

By Laurent Lafrance, 27 June 2019

Having isolated the ABI workers and promoted the lie that Quebec’s right-wing premier would come to their aid, the union is now turning to Québec Solidaire to give it a “left” cover.

“This is a class question… All students should have equal access to education”

Second of two “Fund Our School” rallies held in Michigan

By Phyllis Steele, 26 June 2019

The small turnout at the protest, organized by the unions to back the budget proposal of the state’s new Democratic governor, was only a pale reflection of the deep discontent over decades of school funding cuts.

Countdown to contract fight

Auto execs, UAW have a game plan: What will autoworkers do?

By Jerry White, 26 June 2019

GM wants to "hire more temporary workers who are paid less and aren’t on the same health care plan," reports Automotive News.

Explosion and fire at Philadelphia refinery as company puts profits over safety

By Samuel Davidson, 25 June 2019

The massive explosion and fire at a Philadelphia oil refinery are the direct result of the criminal drive for profits at the expense of the safety of the workers and the collaboration of the USW with the company.

Vote “No” on UAW sellout agreement!

Build rank-and-file committees to unite Faurecia and all autoworkers in a national strike

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 25 June 2019

The following statement is being distributed to auto parts workers in Saline, Michigan who will be voting Thursday on a contract that maintains poverty wages and sweatshop conditions.

Faurecia and Ford workers denounce UAW sabotage of auto parts strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 24 June 2019

The UAW shut down the strike at the critical auto parts supplier only nine hours after it began.

Anger and disgust over UAW betrayal of Mercy St. Vincent nurses strike in Toledo, Ohio

By Shannon Jones, 24 June 2019

The union’s claim that a return to the bargaining table would lead to an improved deal, was nothing but a cynical ploy.

Saline, Michigan Faurecia workers outraged after UAW shuts down their strike

By Shannon Jones, 22 June 2019

The walkout had the potential to quickly shut down auto assembly operations nationwide at Detroit automakers and at Tesla.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians locked out

By Harvey Simpkins, 22 June 2019

If the lockout continues until September and the summer session is not reinstated, the musicians will lose more than $2.5 million in wages and benefits.

As Trump ramps up trade war, US Steel to idle three blast furnaces in the US and Europe

By Jessica Goldstein, 22 June 2019

Because of the furnace shutdowns, hundreds or even thousands of workers could eventually lose their jobs worldwide.

Toledo Mercy Health nurses vote down UAW sellout

By Shannon Jones, 19 June 2019

In a sharp rebuke to the UAW, nurses at Mercy Health St Vincent Medical Center rejected a deal the union tried to impose after it shut down their strike.

Michigan teachers rally to “fund our schools” after 20 years of bipartisan cuts

By Lawrence Porter and Jesse Thomas, 19 June 2019

Teachers across Michigan rallied at the state capitol Tuesday voicing their outrage over a generation of budget cuts.

Baltimore teachers’ contract set to expire at end of month

By Ron Barzel and E.P. Milligan, 18 June 2019

Neither one of the factions fighting for control of the Baltimore Teachers Union offers educators any way forward to fight the bipartisan attack on public education.

Mobilize the working class to fight the bipartisan attack on public education!

For a socialist policy to fully fund public schools!

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 18 June 2019

The following statement is being distributed to teachers and their supporters who are attending the “Red for Ed” rally in Lansing, Michigan today.

On eve of auto contract talks, VW workers in Tennessee reject UAW again

By Jerry White, 17 June 2019

Workers in Chattanooga were correct to reject, for the second time, “representation” by the United Auto Workers, a corrupt agent of corporate management.

As UAW stonewalls about contract talks

Faurecia workers voice their anger and determination to fight

By George Kirby and Tim Rivers, 17 June 2019

Faurecia workers face near-poverty level wages that force many workers to work two full-time jobs, for a total of at least 80 hours a week, just to make ends meet.

Minnesota Nurses Association announces sellout tentative deal at Children’s Hospitals in Minneapolis-St. Paul

By Jonas Boquist, 17 June 2019

It has been many decades since the unions have launched a nationwide strike in any industry. In its place they have adopted the program of union-management collaboration."

Chattanooga, Tennessee Volkswagen workers reject UAW for second time

By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2019

The union has been further discredited by revelations that top negotiators took huge payoffs from Fiat Chrysler to obtain favorable contract terms.

“UAW doesn’t care about us!”

Nurses outraged over UAW sellout of hospital strike in Toledo, Ohio

By Jerry White, 14 June 2019

After nurses struck for six weeks, the United Auto Workers union unilaterally ordered them back to work, demanding that they vote on a deal without time to study or discuss it.

Minnesota nursing home workers carry out two-day strike

By Jonas Boquist, 14 June 2019

Nursing home workers struck the Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River last week to fight for improved wages and safe staffing levels.

Wildcat strike by Salinas, California food processing workers

By Rafael Azul, 13 June 2019

Salinas food industry workers are being driven into struggle against the unions, which enforce poverty wages and dangerous conditions.

Union halts New Jersey teachers’ strike after one day

By Erik Schreiber, 13 June 2019

Union officials in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey are negotiating behind the backs of educators to impose a sellout contracts.

Union betrayal ends three-week teacher strike in Hayward-Union City, California

By Evan Blake, 11 June 2019

After striking for 14 days, New Haven teachers were pressured heavily to vote for the union’s sellout contract.

Mexican teachers hold vigil over pay issues

Workers Struggles: The Americas

11 June 2019

Teachers in the state of Michoacán have begun a protest over millions of pesos in back pay, blockading streets around the Finance Secretariat in the capital Morelia.

Former ArcelorMittal steelworker speaks out on safety conditions and union repression

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 June 2019

ArcelorMittal and the USW union work together to prevent safety hazards from being addressed so as not to cut into profit margins.

Minnesota nurses seek united struggle as contracts for 13,000 Twin Cities hospital workers expire

By Jonas Boquist, 10 June 2019

Allina, which provoked a 37-day strike in 2016 that was betrayed by the union, is once again spearheading the attack on nurses.

UE union and Wabtec reach wage-cutting deal at Pennsylvania locomotive plant

By Nick Barrickman, 8 June 2019

The agreement will create a two-tier pay system, allowing the company to keep newer hires “in progression” at a fraction of standard pay.

Stop the closure of Benton Harbor schools! Defend public education!

By the World Socialist Web Site Teacher Newsletter, 7 June 2019

The following statement was distributed to teachers, parents and students at a school board meeting Tuesday night in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Schneider Electric lays off over 300 in Peru, Indiana

By Michael Walters, 6 June 2019

The closure of the plant by the French multinational will devastate the town of 11,000 in central Indiana.

As new Democratic mayor takes office

Chicago Public Schools lay off hundreds of teachers and staff

By Kristina Betinis, 5 June 2019

Layoff notices were sent to 220 teachers and 498 support staff ahead of the June 30 Chicago Teachers Union contract expiration.

United Electrical Workers union offering concessions at Erie, Pennsylvania locomotive plant

By Jessica Goldstein, 5 June 2019

The union has offered the company a proposal to cut labor costs by $42 million—more or less a guarantee that it will get the wage cuts and two-tier system that it demands.

The global assault on jobs

By Jerry White, 5 June 2019

Job cuts by the Australian telecommunications company Telstra are part of a wave of international layoffs that urgently point to the need for a globally coordinated response by the working class.

New Haven teachers strike enters third week

By David Brown and Evan Blake, 4 June 2019

The New Haven Teachers Association has dropped their wage demands beneath inflation, leaving teachers at a loss.

A call to action

Autoworkers must take contract fight into their own hands!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 4 June 2019

With a little more than three months before the mid-September contract expiration at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, autoworkers are heading into a battle that has great significance for the whole working class.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Mass demonstrations in defense of education in Brazil, Honduran educators and doctors strike

4 June 2019

Mass protests are continuing in Brazil against education cuts by the right-wing Bolsanaro administration while striking Honduran teachers and doctors held protests against privatization of healthcare and education.

“We went out with the nurses, we should go back with the nurses”

Mercy Health strikers in Toledo, Ohio denounce UAW sabotage of their struggle

By Shannon Jones, 3 June 2019

In an act of blatant strikebreaking, the UAW organized a vote by support staff and technicians at Mercy Health St. Vincent in order to isolate striking nurses and force them back to work.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cancels summer program, locks out musicians

By Nick Barrickman, 3 June 2019

The announcement of plans to cut the performances and pay of BSO musicians comes amid efforts to attack the artistic and economic conditions of orchestra musicians across the US.

Aluminum workers vote to strike Arconic-Alcoa

By Steve Filips, 3 June 2019

Nearly 5,000 aluminum workers voted to strike after the United Steelworkers union extended their contract.

UAW calls for contract vote by Mercy Health support and technical staff in a bid to isolate nurses

By Shannon Jones, 1 June 2019

If the contract is ratified, medical technicians could return to work after Monday, in what is effectively an attempt by the union to force workers to cross the picket line.

University of Chicago graduate student union plans three-day picket

By George Gallanis, 1 June 2019

Graduate students must take this struggle out of the hands of the American Federation of Teachers-backed Graduate Students United union and form rank-and-file committees.

American educators demand freedom for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 1 June 2019

The WSWS Teacher Newsletter has received many statements from educators in support of Assange and Manning.

As teachers union abandons demands and calls in Democrats

New Haven, California teachers strike at a crossroads

By Evan Blake and David Brown, 31 May 2019

The New Haven Teachers Association is working with state Democrats to end the teachers strike as quickly as possible with a sellout contract

Fiat-Chrysler announces merger, threatens jobs bloodbath

By Tom Hall, 28 May 2019

While Chrysler has denied that the merger would lead to plant closures, the economic advantages of the merger can be realized only through mass layoffs.

New Haven, California teacher strike enters second week

By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 May 2019

The New Haven school district has made no change to its offer of a one percent raise or its plans to lay off staff and close a school.

San Diego Sweetwater High School District to lay off 82 educators and staff amid investigation of budgetary fraud

By Evelyn Rios, 28 May 2019

The school board will meet to approve the layoff of 82 positions to close a budgetary shortfall, likely the result of fraud and mismanagement.

Chilean professors call for strike, teachers in Honduras begin nationwide walkout

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 May 2019

Members of Chile’s College of Professors have set a June 3 strike date, meanwhile Honduran teachers declared a nationwide walkout over threats to privatize education.

UAW continues to isolate workers

Mercy Health workers continue strike as management digs in

By Shannon Jones, 25 May 2019

Three days of talks this week produced no agreement as management refused to seriously address workers’ concerns over understaffing while continuing operations with strikebreakers.

Management demands cuts to healthcare and pensions

United Steelworkers forcing 6,100 Alcoa and Arconic workers to work without a contract

By Steve Filips, 25 May 2019

Over 6,100 United Steelworkers members at Alcoa and Arconic are being told to continue working without a contract while the company prepares to bring in scabs in the event of a strike.

“They spit on our solidarity”

Lyft cuts drivers’ rates in weeks following global rideshare strike

By Kayla Costa, 24 May 2019

Since rideshare drivers participated in a global one-day strike on May 8 to oppose the billion-dollar market frenzy for Uber’s IPO, Lyft drivers have reported compensation cuts of up to 27 percent.

“This is a horrible feeling”

Ford workers in Michigan respond to job cuts

By our reporters, 22 May 2019

Hundreds of white-collar workers at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan received notice Tuesday that their jobs were being eliminated.

Teachers strike in New Haven School District, Northern California

By Dan Conway, 22 May 2019

The California Teachers Association is sponsoring a #RedForEd “Day of Action” at the state capital of Sacramento on Wednesday.

Over 240,000 people back Chinese tech worker protest

By Mike Ingram, 22 May 2019

Chinese tech workers protesting inhumane working conditions have received massive international support.

Ford slashing 7,000 white collar jobs

By Jerry White, 21 May 2019

In a scene played out just a few months ago at General Motors, hundreds of white-collar workers at Ford will be thrown out of their jobs this week as Ford cuts 10 percent of its salaried global workforce.

Three-day strike by Mexican teachers against “education reforms”

Workers Struggles: the Americas

21 May 2019

Last week teachers all across Mexico took part in strikes and protests to oppose continuing attacks on public education being overseen by the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Death of a Los Angeles dockworker

By Rafael Azul, 20 May 2019

The death of Joseph Santoyo and severe injury to Pedro Chavarin at the Los Angeles port of San Pedro occurred in the midst of speed-ups and the destruction of working conditions.

As UAW starts closed-door talks with management

Toledo hospital strikers call for broader mobilization

By Shannon Jones, 20 May 2019

The hospital workers, members of the UAW, who have been supported on their picket line by other sections of UAW workers, must break through the union's straitjacket and broaden their struggle further.

Teachers rally in Nashville, Tennessee to demand pay raises

By Warren Duzak, 20 May 2019

More than 1,000 teachers and school employees called in sick last week in the latest protests by educators in the US.

Police escort workers out of closed plant in Central Pennsylvania

By Samuel Davidson, 20 May 2019

Police were called to stand by as nearly 1,000 workers were abruptly thrown out of their jobs at this Central Pennsylvania factory

Amid declining real wages, strikes in US escalate

By Jerry White, 18 May 2019

Fueled by declining real wages, new strikes by teachers, health care workers and other sections of the working class are erupting.

Video: Mass layoffs hit Illinois Fiat Chrysler plant

By Michael Walters, Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 18 May 2019

Workers at the plant are worried that Fiat Chrysler will eliminate another shift later this year, with hundreds or thousands more jobs cut.

New Jersey education budget reallocation threatens hundreds of jobs

By Erik Schreiber and Sandy English, 18 May 2019

The Democratic and Republican politicians of one of the wealthiest states in America are refusing to adequately fund public education in working class communities.

As New York City transit contract expires, governor launches vindictive attack on workers

By Daniel de Vries and Alan Whyte, 18 May 2019

The union is keeping 40,000 workers on the job while governor Cuomo whips up hysteria over allegedly fraudulent overtime.

University of California unions wear down workers with fifth one-day strike

By Evelyn Rios, 17 May 2019

Dwindling numbers participate in the fifth one-day, unpaid strike, as workers have been kept on the job without a contract for nearly two years.

With contract deadline approaching, Michigan auto parts workers vote by 97 percent to strike global parts maker

By James McDonald, 17 May 2019

Michigan auto parts workers, angry over deplorable conditions and years of UAW-backed concessions, face a contract expiration date of May 31.

Strikes by US workers outpacing rate in 2018

By Jerry White, 13 May 2019

There have been 17 major strikes in the US so far in 2019, involving nearly 230,000 public school and university employees, hospital staff, supermarket employees and other workers.

Toledo, Ohio workers complete first week of strike vs. Mercy Health St. Vincent

By Shannon Jones, 13 May 2019

Management has hired strikebreakers to maintain hospital operations and is relying on the UAW to contain and isolate the strike.

“They depend on us for their wealth and power”

Uber and Lyft drivers in Chicago, New York and California speak out against exploitation of gig economy workers

By our reporters, 10 May 2019

Drivers across the United States spoke out against the classification of Uber drivers as independent contractors as Uber heads into an Initial Public Offering worth billions of dollars.

GM workers denounce deals to “save” token jobs in Lordstown and Oshawa

By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2019

The moves, which will retain at most a few hundred jobs out of the thousands that are being permanently eliminated, are being denounced by workers.

Two thousand nurses and support staff strike at Toledo, Ohio hospital

By Jerry White, 8 May 2019

Nurses, technicians and other support staff walked out at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center Monday to fight against increased workloads and out-of-pocket health care costs.

Uber drivers to participate in global strike

By Leslie Murtagh and Jesse Thomas, 8 May 2019

Thousands of Uber and other ride-sharing drivers around the world will strike on Wednesday to protest low wages and the spread of casualized labor.

Teachers walking out statewide today in Oregon

By Kayla Costa, 8 May 2019

The SEP calls for the creation of rank-and-file committees to unite all educators, workers, parents and students in a common fight across the United States and internationally.

“The UAW sold us down the river”

Fiat Chrysler uses robocall to announce more layoffs at Belvidere, Illinois, plant

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 7 May 2019

On Monday, the auto giant announced more layoffs in addition to the shift it has already eliminated.

New Orleans Times-Picayune lays off its entire staff

By Aaron Murch, 7 May 2019

The mass layoff was the first action of the new owners after Baton Rouge-based the Advocate bought the New Orleans daily.

Teachers at three Chicago charter schools strike as union blocks common fight with public school educators

By Alexander Fangmann and Andy Thompson, 6 May 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union has worked closely with the Democratic Party to ensure that the two-tier education system is completely unaffected.

Sickout by teachers and school support staff in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak, 6 May 2019

More than 1,400 teachers and support staff called in sick Friday after Democratic Mayor David Briley’s budget provided no increase in real wages for school employees.

As contract deadline approaches

Faurecia auto parts workers in Michigan speak out on sweatshop conditions

By James McDonald, 6 May 2019

In advance of their May contract expiration workers at the Faurecia auto parts plant in Saline, Michigan, spoke out on brutal working conditions and harsh treatment by management.

Horrific plant explosion kills at least three workers in northern Chicago suburb

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 May 2019

The 30,000-square foot plant was located close to residential areas, where witnesses reported power outages and structural and other property damage in nearby buildings.

Polls show growing sentiment for teachers strike in Mississippi

By J. L’Heureau, 4 May 2019

Mississippi educators, seeking to join the international strike wave of teachers, are demanding action against poverty wages and abysmal working conditions.

San Diego Sweetwater Teachers Union begins bargaining as false financial situation reported by district

By Evelyn Rios, 4 May 2019

The union and district are negotiating an austerity contract based on what is most likely fraudulent accounting, amidst allegations of fraud and mismanagement investigations.

General Motors reports $2.1 billion first-quarter profits as job cuts take their toll

By Shannon Jones, 1 May 2019

GM managed yet another quarter of huge profits amid mounting signs of a global economic slowdown by continuing its ruthless cost cutting.