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

Worker Correspondents: Unsafe Conditions in an Aging Carbon Black Factory

By Michael Nolan and a carbon black worker Workers at the Tokai Carbon manufacturing plant in Borger, Texas work long hours in harsh conditions while uninvolved owners reap the profit. The plant produces a crucial industrial component called carbon black, an ultra-fine carbon powder with valuable uses. In the course of production, workers labor alongside furnaces in a hot atmosphere of dense dust inside an … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Unsafe Conditions in an Aging Carbon Black Factory

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

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

North Carolina: Over 200 Workers Face Layoffs in ABB Manufacturing Plant Closure

Photo: An ABB building located in Germany By Dontay Stevenson Over the course of the month following July 5, ABB plans to lay off all 265 workers at their electrical industrial motor plant in Kings Mountain, closing it completely on August 5. ABB is a multinational electrical equipment manufacturer headquartered in Switzerland. In statements to ruling-class media, the company cited “negative market conditions in both … Continue reading North Carolina: Over 200 Workers Face Layoffs in ABB Manufacturing Plant Closure

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

Worker Correspondents: UPS Drivers Face Video Surveillance, Heavy Monitoring

Photo: A picture of the Lytx camera posted by a UPS driver in Atlanta on an online forum By Rachel Foster UPS has begun installing surveillance systems in its delivery vehicles as a tactic to monitor drivers, speed up their work, and curtail breaks. Package cars in four fulfillment centers in Oklahoma and Texas have been fitted with cameras both inside and outside the vehicles, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: UPS Drivers Face Video Surveillance, Heavy Monitoring