John Deere Workers Determined to Fight, Share Doubts about Union

Photo: John Deere workers and family posing in front of tracker in Davenport, Iowa (Source: UAW Region 4 Facebook) By Sarah Ahmed In September, John Deere workers with United Auto Workers (UAW) locals in Illinois, Kansas, and Iowa voted to authorize a strike with a 99% vote margin. Despite the strong support for a strike, the UAW moved ahead with contract negotiations and announced a … Continue reading John Deere Workers Determined to Fight, Share Doubts about Union

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

Topeka: Frito-Lay Workers Strike for Higher Wages, End to Mandatory Overtime

By Sarah Ahmed On July 5, 600 workers at a Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas walked out on the job and began striking after voting down a proposed contract during union negotiations. Workers are demanding higher wages and an end to mandatory overtime. Workers at the plant are represented by Local 218 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers Union, which has been … Continue reading Topeka: Frito-Lay Workers Strike for Higher Wages, End to Mandatory Overtime

Kansas: State’s Unemployment System Fails Workers, Favors Ruling Class

Cover Photo: Sign at the Kansas Department of Labor building (Source: The Capitol-Journal) By Brian Martel Since the beginning of the economic crisis and subsequent COVID-19 pandemic, the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) has been inundated by unemployment requests as the US saw a record number of people without work not seen since the Great Depression. KDOL workers have reported being overworked and many unemployment … Continue reading Kansas: State’s Unemployment System Fails Workers, Favors Ruling Class

Kansas City: Evictions Suspended After Protest at Judge’s Home in Response to Deputy Shooting Tenant

By Brian Martel On January 8, Donald Eric Smith was shot by Civil Process deputies enforcing an eviction on behalf of Smith’s landlord, Kelly Gallegos. That night, the housing struggle organization KC Tenants held an action outside of presiding 16th Circuit Court judge J. Dale Youngs’s home. Soon after, in response to the organized resistance, Youngs ordered evictions to be suspended until January 24. Due … Continue reading Kansas City: Evictions Suspended After Protest at Judge’s Home in Response to Deputy Shooting Tenant

Election Boycott Concludes by Making National Headlines

By Ed Dalton As the 2020 elections close, so too does the nationwide election boycott raised by revolutionaries. The Election Boycott Campaign can only be considered a success as it made national headlines throughout major monopoly media outlets this week, including the New York Times, CNN, USA Today, Daily Mail, and others. Actions in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Houston raised the profile of the campaign … Continue reading Election Boycott Concludes by Making National Headlines