Workers Struggles

Lessons of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s sellout: Build rank-and-file committees! Unite the working class against the Labour government!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 18 August 2018

The sellout of the nurses’ struggle by the union bureaucracy raises the need for rank-and-file committees and a fight to unite the working class against austerity and for socialism.

Sixty-one-year-old worker dies in horrific fall into vat of oil near Disney World

By Jessica Goldstein, 18 August 2018

John Korody was killed shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning when he slipped on a grate and fell into a vat of oil.

Alcoa workers strike in Western Australia

By Terry Cook, 18 August 2018

The stoppage expresses growing opposition to the corporate giant’s global cost-cutting operation.

Thousands of beedi cigarette workers strike in India, Sri Lankan tea plantation workers demand higher pay, South Korea finance workers plan national walkout

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18 August 2018

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UK rail strikes continue; non-academic staff strikes at three Nigerian universities; Kenyan teachers to strike

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17 August 2018

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Opposition mounts to UPS-Teamsters conspiracy as union announces contract for airline mechanics

By Will Morrow, 16 August 2018

There is growing support for the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter’s call for the election of rank-and-file committees in every warehouse and hub to coordinate opposition.

Despite overwhelming strike vote

Trade union at Escondida copper mine in Chile seeks to shut down 18-month struggle

By Andrea Lobo, 15 August 2018

Against the efforts by the trade unions to isolate miners from a joint struggle across Chile and internationally, workers must form rank-and-file committees to take the fight in their own hands.

Notes from the campaign trail

Socialist Equality Party candidate campaigns among UPS workers in Michigan

By Niles Niemuth, 15 August 2018

I spoke with UPS workers who expressed deep anger over their conditions and the sellout contract that the Teamsters union is seeking to impose.

Puerto Rican teachers’ anger builds against privatization, firings and lack of pay raises

By Shelley Connor, 14 August 2018

Teachers have had no pay raises in the past 10 years, classes are overcrowded and hundreds of teachers are starting the school year with no knowledge of where they will be placed.

Break the UPS-Teamsters conspiracy! Mobilize opposition to the sellout contract!

By the WSWS UPS Workers Newsletter, 14 August 2018

The Teamsters union is keeping workers totally in the dark, five days after its endorsement of the cost-cutting contract.

500 Trane Co. workers strike in La Crosse, Wisconsin

By Michael Walters and George Gallanis, 14 August 2018

The strike at Trane is in danger of being smothered by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Allentown, Pennsylvania credit union employees strike over wages and health care

By Samuel Davidson, 14 August 2018

Employees of People First Federal Credit Union went on strike against the company’s demand to shift health care costs onto the backs of already low paid employees.

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Sri Lankan unions sell out railway workers and call off strike

By W.A. Sunil, 13 August 2018

Railway workers must reject the unions’ betrayal of their longstanding salary demands and build action committees of rank-and-file workers on an alternative socialist program.

Over 400,000 West Bengal tea plantation workers strike; Alcoa workers walkout in Western Australia

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11 August 2018

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Railworkers strike in UK while Iranian rail strike continues

10 August 2018

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UPS workers: Build rank-and-file committees to organize opposition to the contract!

By the WSWS UPS Worker Newsletter, 9 August 2018

The Teamsters must not be allowed to retain the initiative and continue its conspiracy with the company against the workers unopposed.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation rams through sellout pay deal

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 8 August 2018

The union is trying to present the agreement, which fails to address the crisis in the public health system, as a victory.

Amid growing outrage from workers, Teamsters release sellout UPS Freight contract agreement

By Evan Blake, 7 August 2018

Contrary to the claims of the Teamsters, the proposed UPS Freight contract makes deep inroads into workers’ living standards and working conditions.

Mass strike erupts in Buenos Aires after two school workers die from gas explosion

By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2018

While teachers saw the tragic event as evidence of the need to unite their struggles with other workers, the trade unions are seeking it to channel them behind bourgeois politics.

Venezuelan bus drivers protest shortages, census

Workers Struggles: the Americas

7 August 2018

Bus drivers held a demonstration in front of Venezuela’s Ministry of Transport building in Caracas, Venezuela August 3 to protest shortages of supplies and parts.

As transit union continues to ignore its members’ overwhelming vote to strike

Washington, D.C. transit authority moves to privatize bus maintenance services

By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2018

The provocative move comes amid a heated dispute regarding the privatization of public services between the transit authority and 8,000 Metro workers, members of ATU Local 689.

GlaxoSmithKline workers in Bangladesh protest factory closure; Philippines police arrest picketing workers outside NutriAsia

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4 August 2018

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4 August 2018

Some 10,000 footwear workers in south Africa are in the third week of a bitter strike over wage demands.

Teamsters union keeps 240,000 UPS workers on the job as contract expires

By Will Morrow, 2 August 2018

The union is aware that there is widespread opposition to the deal and is seeking to buy time to wear down the workers and impose a contract demanded by the company.

Ryanair’s mass sacking threat raises need for globally coordinated struggle of airline workers

By Steve James, 2 August 2018

The role of the unions in the airline and other industries is to isolate any struggle, impose the demands of the companies and prevent a unified fight of the entire working class.

Washington, D.C. metro union seeks to bury members’ strike vote

By Nick Barrickman, 2 August 2018

After an overwhelming vote by its members to strike in July, ATU Local 689, with a membership of over 8,000 public transit workers, has sought to drag out discussions between it and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Autoworkers speak out against UAW corruption, voice support for Kokomo Fiat Chrysler workers

By Jessica Goldstein, 2 August 2018

The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter spoke with autoworkers in Chicago and Kokomo, Indiana about the corruption scandal which has wracked the United Auto Workers.

New Zealand nurses express frustration, anger in union broadcast

By our reporters, 2 August 2018

The union’s online event was a desperate attempt to sell the latest, widely opposed deal and shut down the rebellion among nurses.

090 Australia: Hundreds of jobs threatened by Nine-Fairfax Media merger

2 August 2018

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31 July 2018

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13,000 sanitation workers strike in Ahmedabad, India; Tamil Nadu rubber workers protest

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28 July 2018

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Biggest strike in Ryanair history; South African footwear strike continues

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 July 2018

Workers at Irish budget airline Ryanair are fighting for improved pay and seniority rights, while 10,000 South African footwear workers are continuing their strike with further factories closing.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation presents fifth sell-out pay offer

By John Braddock, 26 July 2018

The latest offer to public hospital nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives is virtually identical to offers they rejected before the July 12 nationwide strike.

UK: South Western Railway conductors to strike over Driver Only Operation

By Tom Holling, 26 July 2018

South Western Railway is Britain’s busiest commuter train network and transports more than 4 million passengers a week in and out of London Waterloo.

Verizon and CWA cut a deal to shift healthcare costs to workers

By our reporter, 25 July 2018

In an effort to prevent a repeat of the 2016 strike, the Communications Workers of America has agreed to a deal that will impose further healthcare givebacks.

Ryanair workers set to strike across Europe

By Steve James, 24 July 2018

Ryanair pilots based in Ireland are to hold a third 24-hour strike today, while on Wednesday and Thursday, Ryanair cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain are also due to strike in a coordinated action.

After overwhelming vote for strike action

Washington, D.C. transit union conspires with Metro officials while keeping members in the dark

By Nick Barrickman, 24 July 2018

Metro workers have been without a contract since 2016, when negotiations broke down over questions of pay cuts, job security and privatization of services.

New Zealand bus drivers take action over work rosters

By our correspondents, 24 July 2018

Bus drivers are facing attacks on jobs, wages and conditions by private operators contracted by the Labour Party-led Wellington Council.

1,700 Detroit janitors on poverty wages face a July 31 contract expiration

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24 July 2018

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Mexico: Goodyear fires workers for forming independent union

By Alex González, 21 July 2018

About 50 workers were fired in retaliation for a strike action that took place in April against the company’s “protection union” contract.

Strike by South African footwear workers as South African and Nigerian telecom workers walkout

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21 July 2018

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UK: Sheffield Supertram workers set to continue strike

By Tony Robson, 20 July 2018

Through its passive approach to the blatant intimidation being meted out to its members, Unite is signalling that it remains the most reliable option in blocking a resurgence of militant opposition in its ranks.

“We should be governing ourselves in this fight”

UPS workers’ opposition grows to Teamsters sellout

By Will Morrow, 19 July 2018

The proposed deal maintains poverty level wages for part-time workers, introduces a new lower-paid “hybrid” worker, and does nothing to address unsafe working conditions.

American Federation of Teachers convention devoted to boosting Democratic Party candidates

By Nancy Hanover, 19 July 2018

In the aftermath of the biggest teachers’ strike wave in 40 years, the American Federation of Teachers bureaucracy is seeking to head off a militant movement and defend its interests by promoting the Democrats in the mid-term elections.

General strike and ongoing protests in Panama against electricity rate hike

By Andrea Lobo, 19 July 2018

As militancy grows among construction workers, teachers and the public sector as a whole, the trade unions are struggling to contain social opposition against new rate hikes and social austerity.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio agrees to contract with city’s largest union

By Ali Elhassan, 18 July 2018

The three-year deal, covering 100,000 workers, contains a paltry raise that will be paid for by increased out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Washington, D.C., metro workers vote overwhelmingly to authorize strike action

By Nick Barrickman, 18 July 2018

The “yes” vote by 8,000 Washington, D.C., transit workers sets the stage for a possible strike in the US capital, the first in 40 years, amid threats of jail time by the Democratic Party city administration.

Wall Street celebrates Teamsters deal with UPS

By Kayla Costa, 17 July 2018

UPS workers are in a direct fight with the Teamsters union, which is seeking to impose management’s dictates and defend the financial interests of the union executives.

As Jeff Bezos’ wealth reaches $150 billion

Unions strangle strike efforts by European Amazon workers on Prime Day

By Will Morrow and Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2018

Prime Day is treated as a virtual public holiday by the corporate media, akin to Black Friday, but it is synonymous with increased exploitation for Amazon and other shipping workers.

Vermont Medical Center nurses fight low pay and understaffing

By Mike Ingram, 17 July 2018

Nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center held a 48-hour strike last week after months of stalled negotiations for a new contract.

Goodyear Mexico fires workers who attempted to form independent union

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 July 2018

Around 50 workers from Goodyear’s San Luis Potosi factory have been fired in the wake of attempts by workers to oust the corrupt Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM).

Thirty thousand coconut fibre workers strike in India; Chinese workers protest closure of Sanding housekeeping company

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14 July 2018

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As workers’ opposition grows

Teamsters union extends UPS contract deadline to impose sell-out deal

By Will Morrow, 13 July 2018

The union is seeking to delay any vote on the contract after more than 93 percent of UPS workers voted to authorize strike action last month.

South Africa’s shoe workers in national strike; telecom workers, transport workers strike in the UK and Belgium

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 July 2018

A national strike by shoe workers shut factories across Nigeria this week while a major strike was launched by Belgian rail workers and a series of walkouts hit British transport and telecom.

New Zealand nurses reject union-backed sellout, prepare nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 10 July 2018

Nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives in public hospitals are preparing for a nationwide strike on Thursday, after rejecting a sellout offer recommended by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

The way forward for UPS workers

By Tom Hall, 10 July 2018

The World Socialist Web Site calls on UPS workers to form rank and file committees to mobilize all UPS workers, part-time and full-time, along with Amazon, FedEx, USPS and other sections of workers.

Ontario salt-mine strikers blockade mine entry

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 July 2018

Striking workers at Compass Minerals’ salt mine in Goderich, Ontario set up a blockade last week to halt replacement workers in a job action that has been ongoing since April.

Delhi Metro rail threatened with India’s essential services laws; New Zealand teachers vote in favour of strike

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7 July 2018

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UK refuse collectors defy unions; French rail strikes continue; Uber drivers, telecom and rail strikes in South Africa

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6 July 2018

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Confrontation between Lima police and striking Peruvian teachers

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 July 2018

At least 5,000 teachers from the metropolitan Lima area have had their salaries withheld because of strike activity and authorities have begun replacing striking teachers with scabs.

Thousands of West Bengal textile workers locked out; New Zealand nurses union cancels planned strike

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30 June 2018

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Teamsters resort to lies and intimidation to push sellout deal at UPS

By Hector Cordon, 29 June 2018

Teamsters officials are slandering opponents of the deal, which will introduce a new lower-paid tier of “hybrid drivers”

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Final two days of strike action by French rail workers

29 June 2018

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Chilean copper miners to strike against layoffs; Crane workers strike in Quebec

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 June 2018

Some 1,700 copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine complex in Chile have announced a strike against layoffs while 2,000 crane operators in Quebec walked off the job in a wildcat strike.

Dutch transport workers to strike, as rail stoppages continue in France

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22 June 2018

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Argentine teachers and students occupy campus, Halifax Shipyard workers reject contract

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 June 2018

Teachers and students in Argentina occupied the Río Cuarto campus of the National University, in Córdoba province while shipyard workers in Halifax, Canada voted down a union-backed deal.

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19 June 2018

Russian steel workers protest shut-down for world cup, French and UK rail workers continue action

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15 June 2018

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Lordstown GM worker speaks out against pending layoffs

“Workers all over the world need to unite together”

By Samuel Davidson, 13 June 2018

Some 1,500 Auto workers are set to be laid off June 22 at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

Las Vegas casino workers to vote on sellout deals

By Adam Mclean and Kayla Costa, 13 June 2018

The Culinary Workers Union is pushing through contracts with Caesars and MGM without giving casino workers time to read and study the agreements before voting June 14 and 19.

Thousands of jobs to go as UK retail chains rationalise operations

By Barry Mason, 13 June 2018

The latest threats to retail jobs come on top of mounting closures and retrenchments in the retail and food industry.

Uttar Pradesh childcare workers demand teachers’ pay rates, Sri Lankan water supply workers strike for pay increase

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9 June 2018

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“If you don’t like it, they say, 'hit the road'”

UPS loaders describe working conditions and union-management collusion

By Kayla Costa and Hector Cordon, 8 June 2018

With the contract covering 230,000 United Parcel Service workers is set to expire on July 31. The WSWS spoke with two loaders who work in suburban Portland, Oregon.

Iranian lorry drivers’ strike spreads as shop and farm workers strike in South Africa

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8 June 2018

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“If they could, they would hire us for $1 an hour”

UPS workers vote to authorize strike as anger grows over company concession demands

By Shannon Jones, 6 June 2018

While the vote expresses the determination of workers to fight, the Teamsters will do everything in its power to suppress and betray a genuine struggle against the package delivery giant.

Indian garment workers demand higher pay, teachers demonstrate in China

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2 June 2018

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One million Indian bank employees and thousands of Sri Lankan railway workers strike

By our correspondents, 1 June 2018

Industrial action has erupted across the subcontinent against government austerity measures.

As French airport workers and Iranian lorry drivers strike, class struggle spreads in Africa

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1 June 2018

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New Zealand nurses vote for nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2018

Public hospital nurses and other health workers are fighting an effective wage freeze by the Labour Party-led government.

Canadian rail workers, Las Vegas casino workers set to strike as class conflict widens across North America

By Jerry White, 29 May 2018

Three thousand Canadian Pacific rail workers and 50,000 Las Vegas casino workers are the latest entering battles as strikes and protests spread across North America and the world.

Canadian Pacific Railway workers set to strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 May 2018

Some 3,000 rail workers across Canada are set to strike Tuesday evening after rejecting management’s last offer, which failed to meet worker demands for improvements in working conditions and other issues.

Indian port workers to walk out, 30,000 municipal workers remain on strike in Haryana state

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26 May 2018

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French rail and public sector workers strike, Nigerian health workers defy strikebreaking order

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25 May 2018

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Windsor casino workers reject contract, Mexico City professors strike

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22 May 2018

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Indian bank workers threaten national strike, Auckland University students and staff protest in New Zealand

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19 May 2018

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UK college lecturers in London, Bradford, Hull plan strikes as Iranian teachers protest pay in 30 cities

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18 May 2018

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As report shows teachers spending hundreds of dollars on school supplies

Wave of US educator walkouts hits North Carolina today

By Will Morrow, 16 May 2018

Today’s walkout in North Carolina is the latest in an ongoing wave of strikes by teachers across the United States and internationally.

Build rank-and-file committees! Prepare a nationwide strike to defend public education!

North Carolina and the next stage of the teachers’ revolt

By the WSWS Teacher Newsletter, 16 May 2018

Thousands of teachers and their supporters are marching in Raleigh, North Carolina today to demand decent wages and benefits and increased school funding.

Colombian teachers hold nationwide two-day strike

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15 May 2018

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Delivery drivers strike in China, Korean Airline pilots and workers demand dismissal of company chairman

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12 May 2018

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Airline and rail strikes continue in France as educators in South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe join worldwide teacher revolt

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11 May 2018

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Ford Flat Rock plant injury highlights deadly conditions for US workers

By Jerry White, 10 May 2018

The injured worker, identified by co-workers as Lynn Hagood, had her legs crushed by heavy machinery after falling into a pit on the trim and final assembly line.

“Do you work your best when you work for peanuts?” ask Pueblo teachers

First teachers’ strike in Colorado since 1994 now in third day

By Bill Kidd and Nancy Hanover, 10 May 2018

Pueblo, Colorado teachers continue their strike as District 60 begins opening schools.

University of California three-day strike ends without any resolution for workers

By Kayla Costa, 10 May 2018

The health and service workers now face the efforts of the union to isolate their struggle and push a sellout contract.

India: Tamil Nadu government arrests hundreds of protesting teachers and public sector workers

By Sasi Kumar and Moses Rajkumar, 10 May 2018

The demonstrators’ main demand is for the scrapping of a regressive new pension system.

The way forward for New Zealand nurses: Break from the unions! Unite the working class against the Labour government!

By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 10 May 2018

The fight by nurses and other health workers for decent wages and conditions must be consciously directed against the Labour Party government and the pro-capitalist trade unions.

14,000 AT&T Midwest workers still without a contract

By Samuel Davidson, 10 May 2018

More than three weeks after the April 14 deadline, the CWA is keeping AT&T workers on the job despite the telecom giant’s demands for sweeping concessions.

The global significance of the resurgence of class struggle in the United States

By Jerry White, 9 May 2018

The following speech was delivered to the ICFI’s May Day 2018 International Online Rally by Jerry White, labor editor of the World Socialist Web Site.

Educators’ struggle in US continues in aftermath of union betrayal in Arizona

By Jerry White, 8 May 2018

The strikes and protests that have erupted so far this year are initial expressions of a powerful, objective social movement that raises basic political questions for all workers.