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

Pittsburgh: UNDM Hosts Fundraiser for Activists and Tenants Despite Police Intimidation

By Blake Garrison On Saturday, the United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) chapter in Pittsburgh hosted a yard sale to raise money for activists and tenants facing state repression for fighting evictions, which garnered over $500 despite interference from police, for tenants and activists facing charges. As the yard sale was being set up in a local park, three police cruisers arrived to demand a permit … Continue reading Pittsburgh: UNDM Hosts Fundraiser for Activists and Tenants Despite Police Intimidation

Teachers Strike, Threaten Strikes, in Multiple Cities

By Brian Martel, with contributions from David Martinez Frustrated by longstanding work grievances now exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic’s tumultuous effects on classrooms, teachers in multiple cities across the US are beginning to strike and threaten strikes in order to fight for both their health and economic demands. Teachers in Chicago and Washington DC are on the verge of striking, and in the suburbs of … Continue reading Teachers Strike, Threaten Strikes, in Multiple Cities

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

United Neighborhood Defense Movement: National Day of Action January

Photo: UNDM in Los Angeles (Source @EastLosHeart) By Nélida Tello with contributions from Serran Soledad and Henry Underwood United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) chapters across the country held a National Day of Action on January 1. The National Day of Action is a continuation of actions led by UNDM which commenced in November 2019 as a response to the eviction moratorium passed by Center for … Continue reading United Neighborhood Defense Movement: National Day of Action January

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