Rhode Island: Johnson Brothers Truck Drivers Strike amid Repression, Police Harassment

By Arthur Boukman In the longest such union action occurring in Rhode Island this year, truck drivers at Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island, an alcohol distributor based in North Kingston, have been on strike for over 16 weeks. The workers have continued their strike in the face of repression from the company, which is backed by the capitalist State’s police forces, as well as harassment … Continue reading Rhode Island: Johnson Brothers Truck Drivers Strike amid Repression, Police Harassment

Worker Correspondents: Amazon Uses Turnover and Speedups to Exploit Workers

Photo credit: Maryland GovPics By Hannah Bellmer I have been working at the Amazon PIT2 fulfillment center in Imperial, Pennsylvania since the end of last year. One thing that’s stood out to me is how Amazon maintains a high turnover rate as a way of ensuring its exploitative practices go unchallenged. The number of workers cycled out has gotten even higher lately in anticipation of … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon Uses Turnover and Speedups to Exploit Workers

Pittsburgh: Unemployed Workers Struggle with Loss of Benefits

Photo credit: Bytemarks By Peter Garland In the wake of the Biden administration’s decision to not extend the expanded federal unemployment benefits last week, workers across the country are struggling to make ends meet. Contrary to the lies of the monopoly media and politicians, unemployed workers are actively seeking to return to work but face numerous barriers, including mass closures of workplaces, lack of affordable … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Unemployed Workers Struggle with Loss of Benefits

US Imperialism Ends Supplemental Income to Millions of Jobless Workers in Historic Cut

Photo Source: Gage Skidmore By Jakob Stein On Monday, the expanded unemployment benefits that have been in place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic expired, leaving over 7.5 million jobless workers without any benefits and another 3 million without the additional $300 per week federal supplement. While politicians and the monopoly media have pointed to a ‘labor shortage’ as a justification for the cut, … Continue reading US Imperialism Ends Supplemental Income to Millions of Jobless Workers in Historic Cut

Worker Correspondents: Spontaneous Walkout at Charlotte UPS Warehouse

By Dontay Stevenson Last Wednesday evening, warehouse workers at a UPS facility in Charlotte spontaneously walked out in response to weeks of work speedups, micro-management, and safety risks ignored by supervisors and corporate management. The walkout included workers from different sections of the building and due to the sheer number of workers who participated, none of them were fired. Out of fear of a repetition … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Spontaneous Walkout at Charlotte UPS Warehouse

Nabisco Workers Strike across US

Photo: Nabisco workers on strike in Portland (Source: @nwlaborpress on twitter) By Sarah Ahmed Last week, 200 Nabisco workers with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union went on strike at a bakery in Portland, Oregon, protesting a contract that would drastically cut overtime pay and healthcare benefits. Since then, Nabisco workers in Chicago, Aurora, and Richmond have joined the strike. Frito-Lay workers from … Continue reading Nabisco Workers Strike across US

Reno: Bus Drivers Strike over Healthcare Cuts

By Vincent Cross Around 200 bus drivers for the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC-Washoe), which includes the city of Reno, went on strike August 3 after the private contractor for RTC-Washoe threatened cuts to drivers’ healthcare during ongoing contract negotiations. The strike was authorized by Teamsters Local 533, which represents the drivers, as early as July 1. In the weeks leading up to … Continue reading Reno: Bus Drivers Strike over Healthcare Cuts

Worker Correspondents: Amazon’s Profits and Worker Injuries Go Hand in Hand, ‘Associate Safety Committee’ Is a Farce

By Blake Garrison At its PIT5 sortation center in Crafton, PA, Amazon uses many tools of misdirection to hide how endangering workers is inherent to their operations as a result of daily exploitation. Its most recent trick is launching the “Associate Safety Committee” (ASC), which purports to improve safety by enlisting some workers to wear special vests and walk around checking for unsafe conditions. In … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Amazon’s Profits and Worker Injuries Go Hand in Hand, ‘Associate Safety Committee’ Is a Farce

Topeka: ‘We Will Strike Again,’ Frito-Lay Workers Comment on New Contract

Photo: A Frito-Lay worker holds a sign during the strike in July. By Sarah Ahmed and David Martinez Frito-Lay workers in Topeka voted to accept a new contract and end their three-week-long strike at the end of July, but workers who spoke with Tribune are not satisfied and seek to build on the strength shown during the strike. “We want the country and the world to know … Continue reading Topeka: ‘We Will Strike Again,’ Frito-Lay Workers Comment on New Contract

Charlotte: Company Negligence Leads to Temp Worker Injury on High-Rise

By Sarah Ahmed Last week, a temp worker suffered broken ribs from a fall to the 38th floor of the Duke Energy Plaza building in uptown Charlotte, a project led by Batson-Cook Construction. It took a half an hour for rescue teams to bring the worker down from more than 500 feet above the ground. Other construction workers in the area have pointed to the … Continue reading Charlotte: Company Negligence Leads to Temp Worker Injury on High-Rise