Trade unions

Teamsters union shuts down Hunts Point strike in New York City

By Daniel de Vries, 23 January 2021

Fearing the strike was becoming a catalyst for a broader movement of the working class against social inequality and the criminal response to the pandemic, the unions and the Democrats rushed to shut down the struggle.

Australia: Reject union sell-out of Smeaton Grange Coles workers!

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 January 2021

There is substantial opposition to the betrayal, but it can be defeated only through a rebellion against the UWU and the establishment of new organisations of genuine struggle.

Vote “no” on the sellout agreement at Hunts Point! Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2021

The Socialist Equality Party urges workers at Hunts Point Produce market in the Bronx to reject any deal between the Teamsters and the employers to shut down the strike.

Chicago Public Schools brands collective action to stop in-person learning “illegal”

By Michael Walters, 22 January 2021

The district’s top human resources official issued a highly provocative letter threatening Chicago educators that any “collective failure” to return for in-person instruction “constitutes an illegal strike.”

UK strikes challenge company cost-cutting and trade union collusion

By Thomas Scripps, 22 January 2021

A growing number of strikes in Britain point to the growing demands in the working class for living standards and working conditions to be defended.

Canadian autoworkers’ union rams through concessions-laden deal at CAMI plant after secret talks with GM

By Carl Bronski, 21 January 2021

In what can only be described as an ambush, Unifor reopened the CAMI contract behind the backs of the workers, then rammed through a rotten deal, many of whose basic details are either being concealed or are yet to be determined.

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20 January 2021

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19 January 2021

What workers need to know about the Fiat Chrysler-PSA merger

By Marcus Day, 19 January 2021

The formation of the new transnational giant marks new milestones in both the global integration of production and the protracted decline of America’s industrial dominance, while heralding intensified attacks on workers’ jobs internationally.

CAMI autoworkers should reject Unifor’s attempt to reopen contract with GM Canada!

By Carl Bronski, 16 January 2021

Unifor may try as early as this Sunday to force through a new contract, replacing that scheduled to expire this fall.

Vote “No” to the UFCW-backed union at Alabama Amazon facility! Build rank-and-file committees to defend worker rights

By International Amazon Workers Voice, 16 January 2021

Workers need organization and a leadership to fight, but bitter experience has shown that the unions do not represent workers.

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15 January 2021

999 Exposure of NEU, teachers unions' "Day of Resistance"

14 January 2021

999 Amazon unionization drive in Alabama

14 January 2021

999 Exposure of NEU, teachers unions' "Day of Resistance"

13 January 2021

Google engineers form Communications Workers of America-affiliated union

By Kevin Reed, 11 January 2021

A group of 200 employees have formed a union called the Alphabet Workers Union that is open to all employees and contractors at the parent company of the tech giant Google and is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America of the AFL-CIO.

As UK death toll mounts, Corbyn and teaching unions suppress opposition to Johnson government’s murderous policies

By Julie Hyland, 9 January 2021

National Education Union joint leader Courtney pleaded that his union had done everything to keep schools open. “My union supported the opening of schools in September”, he said.

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9 January 2021

German teachers’ union backs in-person learning as COVID-19 deaths soar

By Martin Nowak and Christoph Vandreier, 7 January 2021

In enforcing their inhumane pandemic policies, the federal and state governments, consisting of a broad range of political coalitions, can rely on the close cooperation of Germany’s trade unions.

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7 January 2021

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6 January 2021

Chicago Teachers Union leader partied in Puerto Rico as teachers were herded back into schools

By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 6 January 2021

The incident exposed the class gulf between the union and rank-and-file educators, who are fighting to protect their lives as the Democratic Lightfoot administration forces a return to dangerous schools.

Quebec nurses need independent organizations of rank-and-file workers’ power, not another pro-capitalist trade union

By Laurent Lafrance and Richard Dufour, 6 January 2021

Outraged by their union’s latest sellout agreement, some nurses have voiced support for building a new, more “militant” union.

Chicago schools press ahead with reopening despite wide opposition among teachers and parents

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 January 2021

Even though only 23 percent of families opted to return their students to in-person schooling, the district has maintained its aggressive push to bring educators and children back into classrooms.

Australia: Hundreds of train drivers in Melbourne quit union to protest sell out

By Steve Streitberg, 29 December 2020

Drivers should form rank-and-file committees on every line and in every depot, with trusted workers elected to lead the fight against the new industrial agreement.

Jacobin publishes whitewash of union sell-out bid at Australian warehouse

By Jack Turner and Peter Symonds, 24 December 2020

Kelly’s article makes no mention of the role of the UWU, or indeed of any trade union, let alone their decades of betrayals.

At Daimler, German trade union leader calls for job cuts and increased profits

By Ludwig Weller, 23 December 2020

The big corporations and unions in the auto, supply, steel, engineering, chemical and other industries are using the Corona crisis to shed workers, intensify exploitation and prepare for trade war and all-out war.

Unions try to cover up their role at Australia Post

By Jim Franklin, 23 December 2020

No less than four union officials fronted about 40 workers at Sydney’s Alexandria delivery facility to attempt to stifle their anger over the Alternative Delivery Model, which has created intolerable working conditions.

As support grows among London bus drivers: Unite sabotages fight for Judith Katera’s reinstatement

By Laura Tiernan, 23 December 2020

The groundswell of support for Judith Katera across the garages must now be organised in direct opposition to Unite and the transport companies. She must not be left to fight alone!

UK: Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth Hospital staff respond to frontline nurse’s exposure of dangerous working conditions

By Ben Trent and Rory Woods, 23 December 2020

Posted on the NHS FightBack Facebook group page, the letter was read by hundreds of people and widely shared. It was also shared to various NHS based campaign groups across Facebook.

Chilean health unions conclude sellout deal with right-wing government

By Mauricio Saavedra, 23 December 2020

The unions’ grip is increasingly tenuous after a long list of betrayals.

Top union bureaucrat in Australia lashes out at WSWS article

By Max Boddy, 22 December 2020

When challenged over her claims that the article was full of untruths, ACTU secretary Sally McManus provided no evidence and told the WSWS to “Google” it.

Trade union, works council and CEO impose cost-cutting programme on Volkswagen workforce in Germany

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 21 December 2020

Representatives of the owners and trade unions at Volkswagen unanimously agreed last week to launch an initiative to take on US manufacturer Tesla. The burden of this is to be borne by the workforce—at VW itself and in the parts supplier chain.

Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Teachers Union advance deadly school reopening plans

By Kristina Betinis and Michael Walters, 21 December 2020

Amid record COVID-19 deaths, the Chicago Teachers Union is working with city leaders to begin bringing teachers back to school buildings January 4.

As it keeps them in unsafe plants

UAW lectures workers on “practicing gratitude” and keeping up “healthy habits” this Christmas

By Kathleen Martin and Tom Hall, 19 December 2020

The UAW at FCA had the audacity to post advice for its members on coping with stress during the pandemic.

Quebec unions plotting with government to impose concessions on health care workers

By Richard Dufour and Laurent Lafrance, 18 December 2020

The union that represents most Quebec nurses recently signed an agreement with the government little different from one that union delegates rejected two weeks earlier out of fear of a rank-and-file rebellion.

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18 December 2020

Attacks on Australian university jobs deepen but union boasts it is “stronger”

By Mike Head, 18 December 2020

Judging by the NTEU’s annual report, the union leadership is proud of its achievement in presiding over unprecedented job losses.

Unions voice hypocritical alarm over Australian industrial relations bill

By Max Boddy, 17 December 2020

The bill is the product of months of secretive talks between employers, the government and the unions.

IG Metall responds to planned closure of Daimler plant in Berlin: “The main thing is that we’re sitting at the table”

By Peter Schwarz, 15 December 2020

Production came to a standstill last week when several hundred of the 2,500 employees protested against the threatened plant shutdown.

US Justice Department shuts down UAW corruption investigation, praises union “reforms”

By Shannon Jones, 15 December 2020

The US attorney heading the five-year investigation into corruption in the United Auto Workers union joined UAW President Rory Gamble to announce the end of the federal probe while absurdly claiming the union is now free of corruption and suspicion.

Ventra Sandusky: Vote “No” on 2020 contract! Form rank-and-file committees to oppose UAW sellout!

By The World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, 11 December 2020

To prevent a strike and maintain the flow of profits, the United Auto Workers is attempting to impose a sellout agreement on 2,200 Ohio parts workers.

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11 December 2020

UK National Education Union calls off strike over Covid safety at primary school in Merseyside

By Margot Miller, 10 December 2020

The strike called off by the NEU would have been the first official Covid-related strike in the UK since the spring, as pressure from educators and parents mounts to close unsafe schools.

Contract pushed through after GE Appliance workers in Kentucky reject union-backed proposals

By Steve Filips, 10 December 2020

After workers twice rejected the sellout agreement, officials from the International Union of Electrical Local 83761 (IUE-CWA) pushed through a four-year deal that includes paltry raises and increased health care costs.

Airline unions try to impose wage freeze deal with Virgin Australia

By Terry Cook, 9 December 2020

The unions are trying to ram through their agreements via online ballots, while providing their members with scant and misleading outlines of their contents.

Sellout union deal in New York City creates only 4 positions to accommodate pregnant transit workers

By Daniel de Vries, 8 December 2020

The deal comes in response to mass outrage after a train conductor lost her newborn daughter after going into labor at an East New York rail yard over the summer.

What UAW President Rory Gamble is really thankful for this Thanksgiving

By Jerry White and Tom Hall, 26 November 2020

Few, if any, workers will read the trite and clichéd Thanksgiving message from United Auto Workers President Rory Gamble, published Wednesday on the UAW's web site. But it is worth mentioning for its sheer hypocrisy.

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24 November 2020

Australian university union blocks opposition as cuts to jobs and conditions intensify

By Mike Head, 24 November 2020

Every week brings new announcements of retrenchments as the managements exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate pro-business restructuring.

Backed by the union, Mercedes plans to close its oldest factory in Berlin

By Ludwig Weller, 23 November 2020

For many decades, every corporate decision affecting the workforce made at Marienfelde and all other Mercedes factories has been discussed beforehand with the works councils, which then develop strategies for their implementation.

Former UAW VP Joe Ashton gets wrist-slap prison term as workers confront rampant COVID-19 in auto plants

By Shannon Jones, 21 November 2020

Ashton, who pocketed $250,000 in kickbacks, is being sent to a country club prison with a seven-month delay for COVID-19 while workers are forced to confront the exploding pandemic every day in the factories.

German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp destroys another 5,000 jobs

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 November 2020

The IG Metall union has already agreed to a cut of 6,000 jobs, meaning that some 11,000 workers now face the scrap heap.

Swallowing camels and straining on gnats—Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group “discovers” top union leader practices “class collaboration”

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 20 November 2020

Echoing the complaints of a section of the trade union bureaucracy, Fightback has denounced Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff for nominating former Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to head the OECD.

Situation critical as COVID-19 spreads through US auto plants

By Shannon Jones, 18 November 2020

Workers are daily reporting the spread of COVID-19 cases in auto plants, with an apparent major outbreak now reported at the Ford Avon Lake, Ohio facility.

Socialist Party’s Moe Manir expels London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee leader from Facebook group

By By Laura Tiernan, 18 November 2020

The Socialist Party promotes the dangerous illusion that mass pressure from below can transform the unions into fighting organisations. But in every country the trade unions respond to mass pressure from workers by deepening their collusion with the companies and the state, and by stamping out any semblance of democracy.

German unions offer Lufthansa up to 50 percent compensation reduction

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 November 2020

According to their own statements, the unons are offering the Lufthansa board of directors a 1.2 billion euro cut in the income of union members.

Biden recruits unions to keep workplaces open as pandemic surges

By Jerry White, 18 November 2020

Biden held an online discussion Monday with top executives from GM, Microsoft and other corporations, along with the leaders of the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers and other unions.

New Zealand government rejects calls to increase welfare payments

By John Braddock, 18 November 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern again repudiates her promise to eliminate child poverty and the housing affordability crisis.

Unifor sells out militant Newfoundland Dominion grocery strike

By Carl Bronski, 17 November 2020

Unifor softened up the strikers by isolating their struggle against Canada’s largest retailer; then begged the Weston-owned Loblaws to present workers essentially the same offer they voted down 12 weeks earlier.

Truck drivers at United Natural Foods vote to strike over lack of pandemic safety measures

By Philip Guelpa, 10 November 2020

UNFI delivers groceries to a number of major retailers in New York City, New Jersey, upstate New York and Connecticut, including Whole Foods Market and Stop & Shop, from its distribution center in Montgomery, New York

German public service union ensures smooth operation of public transport despite resurgence of coronavirus pandemic

By Andy Niklaus, 9 November 2020

Last week, Verdi dropped its demand for a uniform nationwide contract and signed separate agreements in two German states.

Canadian autoworkers’ union announces tentative agreement with General Motors

By Carl Bronski, 7 November 2020

Unifor President Jerry Dias touted GM’s commitment to restart assembly production in Oshawa, but avoided mentioning that the new jobs will be filled almost entirely by low-wage, second-tier workers with vastly inferior rights.

UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, corporatist body at the center of union corruption scandal, sold for $34 million

By Shannon Jones, 6 November 2020

The Center for Human Resources and other joint program centers, funded with millions of dollars in corporate cash, epitomized the role of the UAW as a corporatist appendage of the auto companies.

National Education Union belatedly begs Johnson government to close UK schools during lockdown

By Robert Stevens, 3 November 2020

The NEU itself envisages only a temporary closure of schools, calling for “rotas to be introduced at the end of the lockdown period.”

Metroline bus ballot shows massive strike mandate as Unite runs to ACAS

By Miles Driver, 2 November 2020

Unite’s response to the overwhelming strike mandate was to scurry without delay into the government’s Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

As social anger mounts, Quebec unions issue craven appeal to Premier Legault to forego austerity

By Laurent Lafrance, 31 October 2020

Quebec’s major unions issued a joint open letter to the province’s right-wing premier earlier this month in which they put forward a series of lies to confuse workers at a time when class tensions are reaching the boiling point.

Germany: Public service workers up in arms against Verdi contract

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 30 October 2020

While politicians from all main political parties and union officials spread the fairy tale that the contract deal reached last weekend represents a victory for public service workers, those affected, however, are outraged.

Germany’s Verdi union stabs public sector workers in the back

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 29 October 2020

The deal struck by Verdi is scandalous, involving a minimal increase from the provocative initial offer made by the employers.

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29 October 2020

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28 October 2020

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28 October 2020

Chicago officials plan to reopen schools for 20,000 students

By Michael Walters, 24 October 2020

The plan to shift from online learning to a daily in-person schedule was announced as Illinois’ seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate surpassed five percent for the first time since early June.

Australian universities pseudo-left “network” postpones forum at NTEU’s behest

By Mike Head, 23 October 2020

The NHEAN is opposed to any action that would threaten the role of the unions that have presided over the destruction of 90,000 university jobs since March.

Service employees union shuts down nursing home strike in Detroit suburb

By James McDonald, 22 October 2020

While the details of the agreement have not been published as of this writing, the circumstances in which it was forced through shows it cannot be anything other than a sellout.

Australian unions offer to protect employers from “wage theft” penalties

By Max Boddy, 21 October 2020

The agreement would give a green light for companies to continue to underpay workers, a practice that is rampant throughout the country.

Unions trying to suppress workers’ opposition to pro-business restructure at Australia Post

By Jim Franklin and Oscar Grenfell, 21 October 2020

The unions are adopting a cynical posture of concern toward workers, while enforcing the “Alternative Delivery Model.”

Canadian autoworkers’ union rams through job-cutting agreement with Fiat-Chrysler despite strong worker opposition

By Roger Jordan, 21 October 2020

Behind all the hype about jobs “saved,” Unifor is conspiring with the automakers and Canadian and Ontario governments to once again restructure the auto industry at workers’ expense.

IG Metall union demands state involvement at German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 20 October 2020

The billions in state funds being called for are aimed not at saving jobs, but preserving the fortunes of the big shareholders.

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20 October 2020

Unifor deal gives FCA Canada green light to cut jobs

By Roger Jordan, 16 October 2020

The three-year deal accepts the shrinking of the workforce in Windsor and fails to secure jobs for 3,400 workers in Brampton beyond 2023.

Australian health union leader pleads guilty to corruption

By Cheryl Crisp, 15 October 2020

While they were imposing poverty-level wages and dire conditions on the workers they falsely claim to represent, several Health Services Union were looting the organisation’s treasury for their own purposes.

University and College Union moves to prevent strikes as COVID-19 cases surge on UK campuses

By E.P. Milligan, 10 October 2020

Northumbria University’s decision to move online prompted the University and College Union (UCU) leadership to call off strike action, while claiming a victory.

Anger as UAW rams through 12-hour, 7-day schedule for FCA Sterling Heights Assembly skilled trades workers

By Shannon Jones, 10 October 2020

Skilled trades workers at the Fiat Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant are livid over the move by the UAW to force them into an inhuman work schedule without the formality of a vote.

Canadian autoworkers union “rowing in the same direction” as Ford and political establishment

By Roger Jordan, 10 October 2020

While Unifor has demanded that hundreds of millions of dollars be handed over to Ford so it can continue to fund lavish payouts to its wealthy shareholders, the union is also supporting the restructuring of the auto sector at the expense of workers.

As Canada’s COVID-19 cases surge, unions and NDP expand their support for Trudeau’s reckless back-to-work campaign

By Roger Jordan, 9 October 2020

Quebec, Ontario and Canada as a whole have set new daily COVID-19 infection records this past week. Yet the entire political establishment is doubling down on its criminal back-to-work, back-to-school drive.

The way forward for NYU graduate students

Break with the unions and turn to the working class!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality at New York University, 6 October 2020

The IYSSE at NYU fully supports the fight of graduate student workers for better living and working conditions. This struggle, however, has to be based on an understanding of the socioeconomic and political crisis unfolding in the US and around the world.

Transit union shuts down job action by Detroit bus drivers

By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2020

The memorandum of understanding signed by the Amalgamated Transit Union does nothing to seriously address the needs of drivers, let alone resolve the deplorable state of public transit in the most impoverished big city in America.

Canadian autoworkers’ union, Unifor, hid major concessions in “pattern” contract with Ford

By Carl Bronski, 3 October 2020

The union deliberately avoided mentioning the introduction of the Alternative Work Schedule and an expansion of temporary part-time labour, because it feared if autoworkers were apprised of these concessions they would have rebelled against its deal with Ford Canada.

Former UAW President Dennis Williams pleads guilty to embezzlement, facing slap-on-the-wrist sentence

By Shannon Jones, 2 October 2020

The charges Dennis Williams pled guilty to are mild considering the pervasive nature of the corruption and swindling that he oversaw during his long tenure as UAW secretary treasurer and later president.

Australian waterfront union shuts down industrial action at Patrick Terminals

By Patrick Davies, 2 October 2020

The Maritime Union of Australia is determined to contain and isolate the dispute while signalling its willingness to negotiate and impose company demands.

Protest strikes in German public sector and local transport

By Marianne Arens and Andy Niklaus, 1 October 2020

As part of the collective bargaining round for 2.3 million public sector workers, protest strikes are currently taking place in day-care centres and hospitals, town halls, government offices, savings banks, refuse companies and elsewhere.

Australian unions plead for continued secretive talks with government and employers

By Mike Head, 1 October 2020

Behind closed doors, the union chiefs have been discussing how to keep suppressing working class opposition to the destruction of jobs, wages and basic conditions.

New bailout for UK corporations as COVID-19 infections rocket

By Robert Stevens, 26 September 2020

Chancellor Sunak’s announcement was unveiled outside his office in Downing Street, flanked by Trades Union Congress General Secretary Frances O'Grady and Confederation of British Industry Director General Dame Carolyn Fairbairn.

Lessons of the University of Michigan graduate student strike

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 26 September 2020

Throughout the course of the strike, many students admirably asserted that their fight was not only about the health and safety of themselves, but of the community as a whole.

Germany’s IG Metall trade union establishes fund to eliminate “overcapacity” in auto parts industry

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 25 September 2020

IG Metall established its own private equity fund earlier this summer to finance the restructuring of Germany’s auto industry.

Why is Unifor hiding details of the Ford Canada “pattern” contract?

Autoworkers must demand full disclosure prior to any ratification vote!

By Carl Bronski, 25 September 2020

If Unifor get its way, the 6,300 Ford Canada workers will not be allowed to even lay eyes on a copy of the proposed contract before being herded onto the electronic voting page at this Sunday’s online ratification meeting.

Hollywood unions ratify return to work agreement dictated by giant corporations

By Marc Wells, 25 September 2020

After months of negotiations behind closed doors, the Hollywood unions reached a return-to-work agreement that will expose entertainment industry workers to the COVID-19 contagion as television and film production resumes.

SEIU and Illinois Nurses Association announce tentative agreements with University of Illinois at Chicago

By James Martin and Marcus Day, 25 September 2020

Simultaneously with the announcement of the deal, SEIU 73 shut down the 10-day strike by 4,000 university workers without releasing the full details of the agreement.

After ordering Ford Canada workers to ignore strike deadline, Unifor announces job-cutting agreement

By Roger Jordan, 23 September 2020

The Unifor president refused to provide any details about the contract—signalling that the union has accepted further concessions and job cuts.