Workers’ Correspondents: 1,300 ATI Steelworkers Go On Strike, Condemn Millionaire Executives

Photo credit: Todd Barbiaux, United Steelworkers By Blake Garrison Tuesday morning, 1,300 steelworkers with United Steelworkers (USW) went on strike against Allegheny Technologies, Inc. (ATI) in six different states. Steelworkers at ATI are expected to work 12 hours a day, five to six days a week, in toxic and dangerous conditions. They have not received a pay increase in seven years, while even during periods … Continue reading Workers’ Correspondents: 1,300 ATI Steelworkers Go On Strike, Condemn Millionaire Executives

Pittsburgh: Workers and Activists Hold Rally in Solidarity with Amazon Workers

By Blake Garrison On Saturday, activists, workers, and union organizers demonstrated outside a Whole Foods in support of Amazon workers attempting to unionize in Bessemer, Alabama. The rally was organized by the New Afrikan Workers Union (NAWU). Khalid Raheem, representing NAWU, spoke on the history of class struggle in Pittsburgh in “the steel mills, coal mines, and the construction trade,” and linked that to the … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Workers and Activists Hold Rally in Solidarity with Amazon Workers

United Neighborhood Defense Movement Presents Demands to City Government, Property Managers

By Blake Garrison and Jakob Stein The United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) carried out actions in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles this past week demanding, among other protections, an end to evictions for non-payment and the collection of back rent. In Pittsburgh, activists hung a banner reading, “The UNDM Demands: An End to All Evictions for Nonpayment, Government and Corporations Pay Back Rent” in the front … Continue reading United Neighborhood Defense Movement Presents Demands to City Government, Property Managers

Worker’s Voice: Injured Amazon Worker Advocates for Fighting Back

Tribune of the People interviewed a worker at an Amazon warehouse in Pittsburgh, PA who suffered a serious concussion last month due to the speeding up of work in the interest of profit. He was eager to share his story and give an analysis of conditions at Amazon and the relationship between corporations and workers in general. He has seen a greater number of his … Continue reading Worker’s Voice: Injured Amazon Worker Advocates for Fighting Back

Worker’s Voice: Tenant on rent strike exposes slum conditions in Mckeesport

Tribune of the People interviewed a tenant at the Midtown Plaza Apartments in Mckeesport, PA who is on rent strike due to the economic crisis. He wanted to expose the building’s slum conditions that have put his health at risk, vowing not to compromise in his struggle with property management for compensation. Continue reading Worker’s Voice: Tenant on rent strike exposes slum conditions in Mckeesport

Pittsburgh: ACJ Inmates Raise Outcry Against Increased Repression During Pandemic

By Blake Garrison Allegheny County Jail (ACJ) is notorious for its mistreatment of inmates. This year, its response to Covid-19, and its use of the pandemic as an excuse for abuse, has endangered lives and further dehumanized those imprisoned, many of whom have not been charged with crimes. ACJ attempts to justify repressive policies like “visitation restrictions” and “isolation” as being necessary to protect the … Continue reading Pittsburgh: ACJ Inmates Raise Outcry Against Increased Repression During Pandemic

Worker’s Correspondence: Amazon Keeps Workers Socially Alienated Not Socially Distanced or Safe

Cover photo by Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times By Blake Garrison The following is a report from PIT5 Amazon distribution center in Pittsburgh. Across the span of the second week of December, two workers at the Pittsburgh Amazon distribution center tested positive for Covid-19. When a worker tests positive, Amazon sends out an alert over an app all workers have on their phones. The alert … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Amazon Keeps Workers Socially Alienated Not Socially Distanced or Safe

Pittsburgh: UNDM Marches On Evicting Judge’s Home

By Peter Cherry On Sunday, nine activists from the United Neighborhood Defense Movement marched on Judge Christine Ward’s home in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The rally culminated with several household items and furniture being thrown onto her lawn by activists. Judge Ward ruled in favor of the new landowner of Valmar Gardens apartment complex in Penn Hills, authorizing the eviction of the remaining nine … Continue reading Pittsburgh: UNDM Marches On Evicting Judge’s Home

Philadelphia: Four Face Federal Charges for Police Vehicle Fires During May Uprising

Cover photo by Emma Lee By Mike Talavera Last week, attorney William M. McSwain announced new federal charges against four men who participated in the May Uprising in Philadelphia, making a total of nine protesters in the city now facing federal persecution. Related to the torching of police vehicles on May 30, these cases are being used by the state to further criminalize and intimidate … Continue reading Philadelphia: Four Face Federal Charges for Police Vehicle Fires During May Uprising

Pittsburgh: Protesters Demand Immediate Removal of Columbus Statue

By Peter Cherry On Monday, a protest was held in Schenley Park against a long-standing monument to Christopher Columbus. The Columbus statue, like many others across the United States, was the target of the people’s anger, as it is seen as a cultural symbol of this country’s racist past and present. The city, which has bureaucratically deliberated its removal, wrapped the statue in plastic to … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Protesters Demand Immediate Removal of Columbus Statue