Electricians Expose Exploitative Contracts, Poor Working Conditions

By Peter Garland Over 90 electrical workers from across the country protested on October 10 outside the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) trade show in Nashville, Tennessee. NECA is a contractors’ syndicate with which all International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local unions negotiate their contracts. The workers highlighted a recent contract dispute in IBEW Local 606 in Orlando, Florida, which instituted a seven-day workweek … Continue reading Electricians Expose Exploitative Contracts, Poor Working Conditions

Worker Correspondents: Serious Injuries Caused by Owners of Package Manufacturing Plant

By a Transcontinental Packaging Worker Transcontinental Packaging (TCP) has a manufacturing plant in Griffin, Georgia, where I work. Plastic packaging is produced at the plant and printed with various beverage logos such as Coca Cola, Sprite, Sunny D, Yoo Hoo!, and so on. The owners of the plant only care about their profit, not workers, and fail to maintain machinery or enforce safety measures, causing … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Serious Injuries Caused by Owners of Package Manufacturing Plant

Movie, TV, and Stage Workers Speak on Conditions, Readiness to Strike

Source: @runolgarun/Twitter By Sarah Ahmed Earlier this month, 98% of workers in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) voted to authorize a strike after the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP) walked away from negotiations. On Saturday, the IATSE announced that it had reached a tentative agreement with the AMPTP, which members will vote on later this week, however many IATSE … Continue reading Movie, TV, and Stage Workers Speak on Conditions, Readiness to Strike

Worker Correspondents: Miserable Working Conditions at Amazon Warehouses

Photo credit: Maryland GovPics By a Former Employee at Amazon DPP7 in Sewickley, PA In Amazon’s distribution centers, employees are held to unattainable standards while working in a very hazardous environment. The health and safety of workers is always a far lower priority than maximizing productivity, risking serious health problems for those involved. I worked full-time at the DPP7 Distribution Center in Coraopolis as a warehouse … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Miserable Working Conditions at Amazon Warehouses

Workers Resistance Bulletin: October 15

Workers’ Resistance Bulletin provides an overview of workers’ resistance, as well as the repression of workers, taking place all across the US, from small workplaces to large factories. The growing wave of worker mobilizations makes clear that the general crisis of imperialism will be met with greater struggle from the proletariat. If you have a tip or suggestion for worker coverage, or you are a … Continue reading Workers Resistance Bulletin: October 15

John Deere Workers Go on Strike

By Sarah Ahmed More than 10,000 John Deere workers with United Auto Workers (UAW) went on strike early Thursday morning after the union failed to negotiate a contract that met workers’ demands. The strike covers seven plants in Iowa, four plants in Illinois, and one each in Kansas, Colorado, and Georgia. The strike follows weeks of attempts by the UAW to bypass the worker’s demands … Continue reading John Deere Workers Go on Strike

John Deere Workers Overwhelmingly Reject Tentative Contract

Photo: Signs posted outside of the high school where UAW vote on a proposed John Deere contract took place. (Courtesy: John Deere Worker) By Sarah Ahmed On Sunday, John Deere workers with the United Auto Workers (UAW) voted to reject a contract that was endorsed by union officials. According to a statement by UAW Vice President Chuck Browning, 90% of workers voted against the agreement. … Continue reading John Deere Workers Overwhelmingly Reject Tentative Contract

Worker Correspondents: Overcrowding, Unsanitary Conditions, No Support for English Learners at Poor Schools in Nashville

By a Nashville Teacher The schools in Nashville’s working class neighborhoods suffer from overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and a continual lack of resources, resulting in large disparities with the schools in wealthier areas. Children arriving from other countries who are learning English are especially at a disadvantage. I teach at a low-income school on the south side of Nashville where my students and I experience the … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Overcrowding, Unsanitary Conditions, No Support for English Learners at Poor Schools in Nashville

Eugene: Hospital Support Staff Strike to Protest Working Conditions, Outsourcing

By Peter Garland Last week, hospital support staff in Springfield, Oregon, initiated a two-day strike at the McKenzie-Williamette hospital to protest poor working conditions amid contract negotiations. The hospital is one of two for-profit hospitals in the state, and is managed by Tennessee-based health care corporation Quorum Health Corp. The workers, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 49, report understaffed shifts, which force the … Continue reading Eugene: Hospital Support Staff Strike to Protest Working Conditions, Outsourcing

Workers Strike, Shut Down Production at All Kellogg’s Cereal Plants

Photo: Kellogg’s Factory in Memphis, Tennessee (Source: Thomas R Machnitzki) By Peter Garland 1,400 workers at Kellogg’s cereal plants went on strike Tuesday after their contract expired, forming picket lines outside all four of the company’s cereal production facilities in the US. The workers are represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM), and are striking in Omaha, Nebraska; Battle Creek, … Continue reading Workers Strike, Shut Down Production at All Kellogg’s Cereal Plants