Essential Workers Strike on May Day

By Sandra Harris Workers at a handful of major companies such as Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, Target, Shipt, and FedEx are calling in sick or walking out today for International Workers’ Day to demand better working conditions and hazard pay. Workers at Trader Joe’s have also showed support for the strike and announced that they will participate. Many of these workers are in low-wage jobs, … Continue reading Essential Workers Strike on May Day

Ecuador: Healthcare Workers Protest Against Reactionary Government

By Felipe Vera On April 24, approximately 100 healthcare workers from the San Vicente de Paul Hospital in Ibarra, with the support of the Defense Front for Worker’s Rights-Imbabura (FDDT-I), led a combative protest fighting for a 14-point platform to address cuts in healthcare funding, layoffs, and a lack of protective equipment and COVID-19 testing for healthcare workers among other demands. In a matter of … Continue reading Ecuador: Healthcare Workers Protest Against Reactionary Government

Meatpacking Workers Forced Back to Work

By Peter Cherry On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump used the executive order invoking the Defense Production Act to force workers in meatpacking plants back to work, marking an aggressive shift in the strategy of the ruling class to remold the economy currently in crisis. While Trump has claimed the executive order would be used to make companies produce emergency protective equipment and testing supplies, … Continue reading Meatpacking Workers Forced Back to Work

130 Years of May Day

Editorial This year marks the 130th anniversary of May 1st marches, where workers and revolutionaries have taken to the streets in combative demonstration against capitalism. The first demonstration was implemented and guided by the great revolutionary leader and close comrade of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, to celebrate workers resistance and commemorate the struggles for the 8 hour workday. The pandemic does not halt the struggles … Continue reading 130 Years of May Day

Pittsburgh: Sanitation Worker Dies from City Negligence

By Peter Cherry Weeks after sanitation workers staged a walkout not sanctioned by their union for hazard pay and greater health protections, Mayor Bill Peduto’s office announced that a sanitation worker with Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works had died from COVID-19. Sanitation workers have a life expectancy of 54 years compared to 67 for the general population. Refuse and recycling workers consistently have one of … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Sanitation Worker Dies from City Negligence

India: Government Plans to Scrap 8 Hour Workday for 12 Hour Shifts

By Marcus Alegra Using the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic while actually responding to concerns of the New Depression, the old Indian State seeks to attack the hard-earned rights of workers by extending the length of workdays from 8 hours to 12-hour days. Since Indian workers are already expected to work 6 days a week; instead of a 48-hours per week, workers would be forced … Continue reading India: Government Plans to Scrap 8 Hour Workday for 12 Hour Shifts

Worker’s Voice: Social Distancing Destroys Mariachi’s Livelihood

Tribune of the People spoke with a Mariachi who shared what it’s been like since repressive social distancing orders related to COVID-19 have put the Mariachis out of work. Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles is named for the musicians for hire who the community will contract for parties, quinciñeras, weddings, and more. With the repressive social control being carried out by the imperialist … Continue reading Worker’s Voice: Social Distancing Destroys Mariachi’s Livelihood

Update: US Unemployment Claims Reach a Record 10 Million

Cover Image: Paintings by Ronald Debs Depicting the Hunger March During Great Depression By Ester Harding The US Labor Department reports that the number of unemployment claims skyrocketed last week by 6.65 million, bringing the total number up to 10 million people filing for unemployment benefits over the past two weeks. This high number does not even reflect the total number of unemployed workers, only … Continue reading Update: US Unemployment Claims Reach a Record 10 Million

Pittsburgh: Sanitation Workers Rebel against Low Wages and Unsanitary Conditions

Cover photo, sanitation workers rallying outside of the Bureau of Environmental Services By Nélida Tello Early Wednesday morning, more than 100 city sanitation workers in Pittsburgh refused to work and rallied outside of the Bureau of Environmental Services demanding hazard pay and protective gear. The demands were sparked after one employee was sent home earlier in the week and instructed to self-quarantine after his wife had been … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Sanitation Workers Rebel against Low Wages and Unsanitary Conditions