Beaumont: ExxonMobil Locks Out Refinery Workers, Attempts to Force Unfair Contract

By Blaine Hopkins For nearly 90 days, ExxonMobil has locked out over 650 union workers fighting for a better contract at their Beaumont, Texas refinery. The workers’ lockout has the refinery operating at only 60% capacity as workers hold out against the company’s attempts to remove seniority bidding, lead safety operator positions, and pay raises. Since January, Exxon has refused to budge on its original … Continue reading Beaumont: ExxonMobil Locks Out Refinery Workers, Attempts to Force Unfair Contract

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

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 earlier this month. 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, … Continue reading Topeka: Frito-Lay Workers Strike for Higher Wages, End to Mandatory Overtime

North Carolina: Elizabeth City Workers Win Pay Increase After Going on Strike

Photo: Activists stand in support of the striking city workers (Source: @andrearovenski on twitter) By Sarah Ahmed On Tuesday, city workers for Elizabeth City went on strike after the City Council rejected a budget which would have provided a 4 percent pay raise for city employees. After workers refused to carry out important services such as garbage collection over the course of two days, the … Continue reading North Carolina: Elizabeth City Workers Win Pay Increase After Going on Strike

Austin: Gourdough’s Workers Walk Out to Protest Lack of AC, Owners Retaliate and Delay Fixes

By Josefina Morales On Sunday, June 13, workers at Gourdough’s Public House, an Austin restaurant and bar, walked out in response to extreme temperatures in the kitchen and back areas of the building, slowing down business and inspiring other workers to follow suit. Workers told Tribune that the owners’ negligence of the air conditioning goes back months, despite the fact that the workers have consistently raised the … Continue reading Austin: Gourdough’s Workers Walk Out to Protest Lack of AC, Owners Retaliate and Delay Fixes

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

Video: Interview with Striking JuiceLand Worker

Tribune of the People is pleased to share an exclusive interview with a striking JuiceLand worker in Austin who speaks on the current situation in the ongoing strike. As the company tries to paint the strike as over and minimize the workers’ demands, the workers have continued to strike as JuiceLand has failed to adequately address their concerns over wages and safety, as well as … Continue reading Video: Interview with Striking JuiceLand Worker

Oxnard: Food 4 Less Workers Strike for Better Wages, Call for Boycott

By Maya Luna Chanting “Boycott Food 4 Less!”, workers and their supporters picketed outside of the Oxnard grocery store on Wednesday morning demanding a contract for higher wages and stronger benefits, which the Kroger-owned subsidiary has refused for months. Protesters gathered with signs reading, “Boycott this store. Support Food 4 Less Workers,” and chanted, “Exploitation ain’t the way, give your workers better pay!” The picket … Continue reading Oxnard: Food 4 Less Workers Strike for Better Wages, Call for Boycott

Austin: JuiceLand Workers’ Strike Continues, Owners Bring in Scabs

By Nélida Tello JuiceLand workers are entering their second week on strike and continue to call for a boycott as the company refuses to meet all their demands. JuiceLand ownership has demonstrated that it is committed to break the strike by hiring replacements, also referred to as scabs, and removing workers from schedules.  Workers reported, on their twitter account, that JuiceLand’s human resources (HR) department … Continue reading Austin: JuiceLand Workers’ Strike Continues, Owners Bring in Scabs