Workers Issues in the US
By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2017
The ongoing federal corruption investigation and growing worker anger and militancy are fueling an apparent crisis in the top echelons of the United Auto Workers union.
“Ford and big companies don’t care if you live or not”
By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 December 2017
A coroner ruled that Ivan Bridgewater, 41, died of blunt force trauma under still unexplained circumstances.
By Mark Ferretti, 13 December 2017
The panel recommended reducing state employees’ health benefits to the less-generous levels common in the private sector.
By Jerry White, 12 December 2017
A 41-year-old electrician at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant is the latest victim of the relentless drive for corporate profit in America.
By Jessica Goldstein, 11 December 2017
Ivan Bridgewater III was killed while working the third shift at the Louisville Kentucky plant and leaves behind a wife and young son.
By our reporters, 9 December 2017
When reporters for the International Amazon Workers Voice interviewed part-time Amazon workers in Baltimore to discuss their attitude toward Bezos’ ill-gotten fortune, they were met with a torrent of disgust and calls for sharing the wealth.
By Jean LaChance, 8 December 2017
As Tesla ramps up production of its new, lower-priced Model 3, management is imposing an increasingly brutal regime, including the firing of 700 workers earlier this year.
By Jerry White, 7 December 2017
Autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit threatened to walk out December 2 after company and UAW officials ignored their complaints about being sickened by fumes.
By Trévon Austin, 6 December 2017
The worker’s death highlights deteriorating safety standards in the oil industry, which have only worsened due to the collaboration of the United Steelworkers union.
Halifax Shipyard workers vote 99 percent in favor of strike
5 December 2017
The union accuses management of seeking to impose a long list of concessions, including the decimation of safety rules.
By Trévon Austin, 1 December 2017
The wage theft and abysmal working conditions facing undocumented relief workers in Houston is part of the criminality and negligence of the American ruling class’s response to natural disasters.
By Adam Soroka, 27 November 2017
The construction of the facility on the site of a former Bethlehem Steel mill is indicative of the decline of American capitalism.
By Hector Cordon, 24 November 2017
Three hundred paper mill workers are slated to lose their jobs at Koch Industries-owned Georgia Pacific as hundreds of other job cuts hit Washington state and Oregon.
By Steve Filips, 22 November 2017
A worker was killed in an explosion at a cosmetics factory 60 miles north of New York City, and two others in the northern part of the state.
Ontario government orders college teachers back to work
21 November 2017
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By Michael Anders, 21 November 2017
A new report from New America think tank shows the restriction of access to higher education for students from working class families over the past two decades.
By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 17 November 2017
Charter-Spectrum workers in New York City and New Jersey have been on strike for eight months.
Another decisive repudiation
By Shannon Jones, 11 November 2017
The vote against the UAW took place in an area that was once noted for worker militancy and the scene of pitched class battles.
More revelations in UAW corruption scandal
By Shannon Jones, 7 November 2017
The reports of Marchionne’s meeting with prosecutors follow reports that the investigation of the illegal diversion of funds from training centers has expanded to Ford and General Motors.
“We are treated like garbage, like we are disposable”
By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2017
All workers confront stressful conditions at the factory, where the workday is 10 hours, and the UAW has long collaborated with the FCA bosses to cut wages and increase production.
Temp work past the age of retirement
By Evan Blake, 6 November 2017
Every year, Amazon hires thousands of temporary workers in their 50s, 60s and 70s to carry out backbreaking labor during the holiday season.
By Eric London, 4 November 2017
Workers need workplace and neighborhood committees to advance their interests against the massive corporations that dictate the policies of the government and control the unions.
By Michael Walters and Alexander Fangmann, 4 November 2017
The sudden shutdown of the popular local news websites illustrates the dangers posed by the financial aristocracy’s control over the media and the internet.
After ultimatum and threats of job loss
By George Marlowe, 4 November 2017
After the school district of Palatine, Illinois issued an ultimatum to striking support staff, their union sent them back to work without a contract.
By Warren Duzak, 4 November 2017
Years in advance of a toxic warehouse blaze that forced mass evacuations and sickened scores of Parkersburg residents, local fire officials had attempted to sound the alarm about the hazards.
By Jerry White, 3 November 2017
According to a police report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, 21-year-old Jacoby Hennings spoke with UAW officials for more than an hour before pulling out a gun.
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 November 2017
Few details have been released about the tragic death last week of an electrician who fell from a ladder at the construction site of the new $524 million stadium.
2 November 2017
By Jerry White, 1 November 2017
The apparent suicide of the 21-year-old Ford worker has revealed the oppressive conditions facing temporary part-time employees in the auto industry.
By Jerry White, 31 October 2017
Hundreds of autoworkers have shared and commented on WSWS articles about the death of 21-year-old Jacoby Marquis Hennings.
Ontario college teachers hit by vehicles as strike continues
31 October 2017
Strikers have been hit by vehicles in two separate incidents as a walkout by Ontario college teachers continues.
By Mark Witkowski, 30 October 2017
The strike has been isolated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, and the much larger telecom union, the Communications Workers of America.
By Keisha Gibbs, 30 October 2017
The closure will result in job losses for the 200 employees who work there, and signals economic distress in the center of the American textile industry.
By Trévon Austin, 27 October 2017
A signification section of the union bureaucracy is openly allied with Trump on the basis of “America First” nationalism.
By Jessica Goldstein, 26 October 2017
Melissa Stephens, a mother of four, was killed at a plant owned by Autoneum, which has repeatedly been fined for unsafe conditions.
Ontario community college staff continue strike
24 October 2017
The 12,000 professors, instructors, consultants and librarians are in the second week of a strike against the provincial college system.
By Kristina Betinis, 19 October 2017
The court and the school district are running roughshod over the democratic rights of school workers who are fighting for decent wages and benefits.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 October 2017
Proposed changes to New York State workers’ compensation regulations would severely reduce the benefits workers receive for work-related injuries and illnesses.
By Samuel Davidson, 10 October 2017
The re-hiring may seem like a small victory, but it is an indication of the strength Amazon workers have when they unite to protect one another’s rights.
By Harvey Simpkins, 9 October 2017
The plight of Carlton O. Harris is yet another example of the class-based US legal system and the erosion of fundamental democratic rights.
By Khara Sikhan, 4 October 2017
Decades of defunding public education, standardized testing and the demonization of teachers has resulted in a national crisis in education in the United States.
By Samuel Davidson, 4 October 2017
An International Amazon Workers Voice investigation reveals that the prevalence of temporary and part-time work means most Amazon workers struggle to make poverty-rate wages.
Baggage-handlers’ strike at Toronto airport enters third month
3 October 2017
Some 700 workers are striking against demands by Swissport for a three-year wage freeze, cuts to benefits and tighter control over work schedules.
By Keisha Gibbs, 29 September 2017
Workers involved in cleaning up the massive coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee, are suing after at least 17 have died and dozens more have been diagnosed with cancer.
By Glenn Mulwray, 29 September 2017
SAG-AFTRA’s strike against 11 major video game publishers has ended with agreement on a sellout contract, pending ratification. On each major point, the union capitulated to the demands of the corporations.
By Daniel de Vries, 26 September 2017
The 1,800 telecom workers are at a crossroads as the unions continue to maintain the isolation of their struggle.
Strike by Colombian pilots continues, negotiations restart
26 September 2017
The 700 pilots employed by Avianca struck September 22 for better pay and conditions affecting some 530 flights.
“We should be out on strike with them”
By Jerry White, 25 September 2017
Despite the sabotage by the auto unions on both sides of the border there is a widespread sentiment for a common struggle against the global carmakers.
By Shannon Jones, 23 September 2017
The layoffs come amid mounting signs that the seven-year boom in auto sales is collapsing.
By Shannon Jones, 21 September 2017
The latest revelations in the scandal involving funds diverted from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center further underscore the anti-worker character of the UAW.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 September 2017
A planned two-day strike potentially involving 10,000 workers was called off at the last minute by the Service Employees International Union.
By Kate Randall, 18 September 2017
The 400 teachers went out on strike Thursday after nine-hour negotiations between a mediator, the Burlington’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association broke down.
By Jessica Goldstein, 18 September 2017
After seven weeks of struggle, IAM Local 701 imposed a sellout deal on striking Chicago area mechanics.
By Shannon Jones, 16 September 2017
In yet another case of corruption by union officials, a former business manager of the Boilermakers Union pled guilty in federal court to stealing at least $1.5 million in members’ dues money.
By Jeff Lusanne, 15 September 2017
The charges follow a typical pattern in which prosecutors seek to offload the blame for disasters onto railroad workers, ignoring the role of management and government policy.
By Jerry White, 15 September 2017
More than 400 teachers walked out on strike in Burlington Thursday, after efforts by a mediator, the city’s Democratic mayor and the Burlington Education Association failed to prevent the strike.
By Carl Bronski, 15 September 2017
With contempt for workers, Unifor officials have called a “ratification/strike” meeting for Sunday without releasing any information about what workers are supposed to vote on.
By Jerry White, 13 September 2017
Chicago area car mechanics, now in the seventh week of their strike, voted down the concessions-laden contract brought back by the International Association of Machinists.
By Shannon Jones, 12 September 2017
A steelworker describes on Facebook the callous response of both management and the United Steelworkers to the exposure of a group of crane operators to a deadly gas.
Riverside, California county workers stage two-day strike
12 September 2017
Rather than mobilize the power of the working class, the Service Employees International Union used the walkout as a photo op for various Democratic Party candidates.
By Jessica Goldstein, 11 September 2017
Mechanics are not paid for the hours worked on the clock, but by the number of hours the automobile manufacturers assign to the parts they work on.
“If the Internet shuts down, we wouldn’t know anything. The union isn’t going to tell us”
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 September 2017
SEP campaign teams in the Detroit area collected scores of signatures last weekend for the petition opposing Google’s Internet censorship.
By Jessica Goldstein, 8 September 2017
US workplaces have been getting deadlier and deadlier as the stock markets soar and the wealth of society is concentrated into the hands of a shrinking number of oligarchs.
“We don’t know what kind of deal they’ve struck with the breakaway dealerships”
By Jessica Goldstein, 5 September 2017
Striking Chicago-area auto mechanics remain militant during their fifth week of struggle while the union tries to shut down the strike by making deals with independent dealerships.
4 September 2017
It's like an “early 1900s factory”
By George Kirby, 29 August 2017
The WSWS spoke to workers at Walgreens’ Specialty Pharmacies, who face similar working conditions to Amazon warehouse workers.
Striking Toronto baggage handlers reject offer, continue job action
29 August 2017
The workers voted down a proposed contract offer very similar to one they had previously rejected.
By our reporters, 28 August 2017
Autoworkers in Michigan and Chicago reacted with disgust and anger to reports of widespread sexual abuse at Ford coming alongside indictments of UAW and Fiat Chrysler officials for corruption.
CSX worker in Tennessee seriously injured due to cutbacks
By Jeff Lusanne, 25 August 2017
Railroads continue to push for concessions three years after contracts for 145,000 workers expired, while implementing cost-cutting changes to please Wall Street.
“If you don’t stand up, nothing happens”
By Jessica Goldstein and George Marlowe, 22 August 2017
Rank-and-file mechanics of in the Chicago area spoke out against poverty wages and unfair labor practices, as the union attempts to shut down the strike.
More charges in Fiat Chrysler corruption scandal
By Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2017
The multimillion-dollar bribery scheme exposes the UAW as a corrupt agent of corporate management, which has worked to impose massive concessions contracts at FCA, General Motors and Ford.
By Nick Barrickman and Alex González, 21 August 2017
As if returning to feudal times, Amazon, with billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos at its helm, is upending communities with historic ties to the great democratic gains from the American Civil War.
By Jeff Lusanne, 10 August 2017
Workers at yards across the CSX system have been pushed aggressively to speed up work, risking injury, under the threat of yards being downgraded or closed.
By Mark Witkowski, 9 August 2017
The unions have left Spectrum workers to battle the giant telecom company on their own.
“We work harder for pennies”
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 August 2017
Striking mechanics told the WSWS that after years of concessions they are determined to obtain a real wage increase and better contract terms.
5 August 2017
“I’ve read about revolutions. If you ignore the lower class long enough they’ll rise up”
By our reporters, 3 August 2017
Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site and International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to applicants in Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.
By Jerry White, 3 August 2017
With the corruption scandal threatening to ensnare wider layers of the UAW bureaucracy, union president Dennis Williams is trying to contain the growing anger of autoworkers.
“This only verifies what so many of us thought was happening before and after our so-called contract negotiations”
By Jerry White, 31 July 2017
Workers at the Kokomo casting plant spoke out on the charges that company officials handed more than $1 million to the United Auto Workers’ top negotiator between 2009 and 2014.
By George Marlowe, 31 July 2017
The Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn has worked a deal to get up to $3 billion in tax subsidies for a promise of creating 3,000 jobs.
By Evan Blake, 28 July 2017
Bezos’s ascension to the heights of society rests on the exploitation of Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of workers worldwide.
By Jerry White, 27 July 2017
A federal indictment filed in US District Court in Detroit Wednesday charges that a former vice president of Fiat Chrysler funneled more than a million dollars in bribes to United Auto Workers Vice President General Holiefield between 2009 and 2014.
“We don’t blame Mexico, we blame the company”
By Shelley Connor and Jerry White, 25 July 2017
Sacked workers at the United Technology Corporation's Carrier plant have responded with outrage and hostility, not only towards UTC, but to Trump and the United Steelworkers union.
By Robert Verdine, 25 July 2017
The multi-billion corporation is pocketing millions in investments and tax breaks from Detroit area suburbs for the building of new fulfillment and warehouse facilities.
By our reporters, 24 July 2017
The small turnout shows popular alienation from the unions, which have colluded in the attacks on teachers and public education.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 July 2017
Neither the International Association of Machinists nor the United Steelworkers have made even a pretense of fighting the threatened layoffs.
By John Marion, 24 July 2017
Governor Dannel Malloy and union executives browbeat the 40,000 state workers into accepting the deal with the threat of mass layoffs and potential bankruptcy of the City of Hartford.
By Isaac Finn, 21 July 2017
Global risk management firm Willis Towers Watson revealed the impact of the corporate-government assault on workers’ retirement and medical benefits.
By John Marion, 17 July 2017
The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and Democratic Party politicians are using stunts to pressure management into negotiations while nurses go without pay.
By Isaac Finn, 13 July 2017
Following a walkout on July 11 of roughly 700 workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, SEIU 32BJ ended a threatened three-day strike against PrimeFlight Inc., after the company agreed to negotiate.
By Jake Dean, 11 July 2017
After AT&T workers in California and Nevada rejected the sellout deal, the CWA immediately agreed to federal mediation, a blackout on information and a no-strike pledge.
“They said that to protect the company”
By Tim Rivers, 7 July 2017
Medical examiner’s report repudiates claims by police and the media that veteran electrician Michael Morrison, who plummeted 75 feet at the Little Caesars sports arena, took his own life.
By Shannon Jones, 6 July 2017
A Wednesday morning explosion at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant has left three workers injured and one hospitalized.
By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 4 July 2017
The Teamsters union shut down the strike, the 15th such walkout over the last four years, without resolving any of the critical issues demanded by the drivers.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 July 2017
The deaths of two coal miners last month put 2017 on track to reach fatality figures not seen since the relative boom period of 2011-13.
California Amazon worker speaks out:
By Evan Blake, 20 June 2017
The former Amazon employee described a climate of favoritism and abuse against older workers at the multinational behemoth's warehouses.
Los Angeles and Long Beach port truckers strike over misclassification
20 June 2017
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By E.P. Milligan, 13 June 2017
The decision will serve to further empower the major corporations while reducing their accountability and restricting the rights of workers.
By Jerry White, 6 June 2017
Stripped of the demagogy and lies, the line of the Trump administration amounts to the proposition that miners must place their full trust and confidence in the benevolence of the coal bosses.
By Evan Blake, 6 June 2017
The two companies are competing with one another to cut costs and boost profits by increasing the exploitation of their workforces.