Massachusetts: Southbridge Educators Rally for Demands During Bargaining

By Vincent Cross On April 8, educators in Southbridge rallied at Town Common park in opposition to a new contract which proposes harsh cuts to benefits and poor working conditions for Southbridge Public School teachers. At the rally teachers and community members gave speeches condemning the measures the state is taking to cut back on benefits and highlighting the importance of uniting and fighting together. … Continue reading Massachusetts: Southbridge Educators Rally for Demands During Bargaining

Texas: Prysmian Group Workers in Scottsville Go On Strike

By Max Sommer A year after contract negotiations began, workers at the Prysmian Group plant in Scottsville, Texas have gone on strike. The demands of the striking workers include fair wages, benefits, and adequate compensation for work done over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Prysmian Group is a multinational corporation headquartered in Italy with 106 plants worldwide, 23 of which are located in … Continue reading Texas: Prysmian Group Workers in Scottsville Go On Strike

Workers’ Correspondents: FedEx Package Handlers Face Daily Injury

By Serran Soledad In the City of Industry, an almost entirely industrial town in east Los Angeles County, the FedEx Ground Hub is putting package handlers through work conditions that leave them injured on a near-daily basis. Workers sometimes finish the day with bloody hands, others have fallen into the belly of trailers and blown out their knee caps, and some have even have thrown … Continue reading Workers’ Correspondents: FedEx Package Handlers Face Daily Injury

Workers’ Voice: ‘The Police Officers Use A Lot of Unnecessary Use of Force’

The Austin Tribune Support Committee was in the area of the Verde Apartments when a young Latino man was arrested at gunpoint by Austin police. As nearby residents came out to observe the situation and monitor the police, Tribune spoke with residents at the complex about their experiences with police who have targeted working class Latinos. The tenants talked about police assuming they are criminals, … Continue reading Workers’ Voice: ‘The Police Officers Use A Lot of Unnecessary Use of Force’

Workers’ Correspondents: Ford Plant Uses Safety Protocol to Retaliate Against Workers

By Jakob Stein Management at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant has been using safety protocols, especially those around COVID-19, as a pretext to retaliate against workers whom they have personal issues with. The general attitude of management with regard to these ‘violations’ has been guilty until proven innocent, with workers being punished for not wearing masks when they were in fact wearing them, or … Continue reading Workers’ Correspondents: Ford Plant Uses Safety Protocol to Retaliate Against Workers

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

Workers’ Correspondents: Amazon and Third-Party Employers Lay Off Delivery Driver Hired during Pandemic

By Serran Soledad Villagrana Logistics Inc. a delivery service provider for Amazon, laid off a worker from their Camarillo location in January, despite her taking on increasingly heavy workloads through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company cited a “lack of work” as the reason for the lay-off. “They were essentially saying that there wasn’t enough volume to keep me on. Basically saying people … Continue reading Workers’ Correspondents: Amazon and Third-Party Employers Lay Off Delivery Driver Hired during Pandemic

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

Brazil: Workers Set Barricades Ablaze, Protest against Government Negligence

By Nélida Tello The demand for vaccines, emergency aid, and reduced cost of gas intensified on Tuesday as workers in São Paulo set barricades on fire restricting travel on two major roads.  The protest was a response to the federal and state government negligent response to COVID. Cities across the state of São Paulo are not prepared to treat an influx of ICU patients, as … Continue reading Brazil: Workers Set Barricades Ablaze, Protest against Government Negligence

Worker Correspondents: Electricians Suffer under Contractor Control of Apprenticeship Program

By Oliver Powell An apprenticeship program described by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Texas as an “earn as you learn” program for new electrical workers relies on stringent rules and contractual obligations to keep wages lower than the occupational average, mainly because private contractors are able to control the apprenticeship program and suppress the wages of apprentices. Apprentices found that over time, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Electricians Suffer under Contractor Control of Apprenticeship Program