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

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

Pennsylvania: ATI Strike Concludes, Worker Resistance Remains

By Jason Bartles Steelworkers with Allegheny Technologies, Inc. (ATI), part of the United Steelworkers (USW) union, have voted to end their three-month-long strike and return to work. Despite the strike formally ending, workers have remained on the picket lines for the past week. Votes on whether to accept the new contract were cast on July 13, with 513 workers voting yes and 427 voting no. … Continue reading Pennsylvania: ATI Strike Concludes, Worker Resistance Remains

Worker Correspondents: Exposing the PIT5 Amazon Fulfillment Center

By Anon at PIT5 I work at the PIT5 Amazon fulfillment center. June 17 was when I saw the article that you wrote about the gas leaks and machinery breakdown. It was passed around by a small group of us. We all agreed on how you wrote it. PIT5 is bad, not as bad as some… but it is bad. You said in the article that … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Exposing the PIT5 Amazon Fulfillment Center

Pittsburgh: Community Demands Justice for Police Killing of Antwon Rose II

By Blake Garrison On the afternoon of Saturday, June 19, activist non-profit organizations Pittsburgh, I Can’t Breathe (PICB) and the Antwon Rose II Foundation led a march in remembrance of Antwon Rose II, a Black teenager who was murdered by Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld in 2018. On June 19, 2018, Officer Rosfeld pulled over a jitney, an unlicensed taxi, that Rose was traveling in. When … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Community Demands Justice for Police Killing of Antwon Rose II

Pennsylvania: ATI Steelworkers Rally at Vandergrift Facility, Confront Scabs

By Blake Garrison On June 9, striking steelworkers from Allegheny Technologies, Inc. (ATI) rallied outside the main ATI facility in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, with some workers confronting scabs who crossed the picket line. Organized by United Steelworkers (USW), the event was joined by many supportive community members and workers, some representing the United Electric Workers and United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). Throughout the rally, workers … Continue reading Pennsylvania: ATI Steelworkers Rally at Vandergrift Facility, Confront Scabs

Pennsylvania: ATI Strike Continues, Steelworkers and Activists Protest Scabs

By Jason Bartles On Tuesday in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, striking steelworkers from Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) picketed their employers and protested the company’s use of scabs (additional workers brought in to break the strike). The workers were supported by area activists, who joined in chanting at scab workers who crossed the picket line. Scabs driving vehicles would accelerate when exiting the facility, suggesting they feared confrontation … Continue reading Pennsylvania: ATI Strike Continues, Steelworkers and Activists Protest Scabs

Pittsburgh: ACJ Inmates Set Fire in Protest of Lack of Medical Care

By Blake Garrison On April 23, inmates in the solitary confinement unit at Allegheny County Jail (ACJ), notorious for its inhumane conditions, started multiple fires in protest of lack of medical care and the withholding of inmates’ medications. Representatives of the county and the jail tried to sweep the political nature of the act under the rug, leaving out the inmates’ grievances in public confirmations … Continue reading Pittsburgh: ACJ Inmates Set Fire in Protest of Lack of Medical Care

Pittsburgh: March for George Floyd Following Chauvin’s Guilty Verdicts

By Blake Garrison On Tuesday evening, about 200 people rallied at Freedom Corner and marched in honor of George Floyd after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts in the murder of Floyd. The march was organized by Alliance for Police Accountability (APA) who collaborated with city politicians and other organizations to channel the announcement of the verdict into … Continue reading Pittsburgh: March for George Floyd Following Chauvin’s Guilty Verdicts