Workers Issues in the US
Residents, families of dead workers left to fend for themselves after chemical explosion at Houston, Texas manufacturing facility
By Jessica Goldstein, 29 January 2020
Those who had their lives torn apart by the devastating chemical explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing last week have been left without any idea of how they will pick up the pieces.
By Jacob Crosse, 28 January 2020
The decision to idle the plant for the third time in six months raises questions about the future of the facility, including the possibility of its closure
28 January 2020
By Shannon Jones, 25 January 2020
The highest unionization rate is in “protective services” (33.8 percent), including police, prison guards and border patrol agents, whose function is to suppress the working class.
By Isaac Finn, 25 January 2020
The agreement was reached two days after the SEIU issued a 10-day strike notice announcing that they planned a walkout at noon on February 4.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 January 2020
Norwood Jewell will spend 15 months in a cottage in a minimum security prison nicknamed “the University.”
By Marcus Day, 23 January 2020
The layoffs further discredit the UAW’s hollow promises of a “pathway” to full-time employment for temporary workers.
23 January 2020
23 January 2020
By Douglas Lyons, 22 January 2020
The miners had not been paid since December 27 and were owed between $2,000 and $3,000 each.
By Steve Filips, 20 January 2020
Ninety-five teachers have been laid off and 150 displaced in the Rochester City School District, due to massive over-spending, provoking immense anger among students, parents and staff.
By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2020
The appointment of UAW Region 1D director Gerald Kariem to head the union’s Ford department elevates another long-time bureaucrat into the top leadership.
By Anthony Bertolt, 18 January 2020
The county government’s proposal would slash sick leave by nearly half for new hires and create a two-tiered benefit system dividing young and old workers.
By Tom Carter, 17 January 2020
“I am confident that these uniforms are affecting many thousands of people,” lead attorney Bruce A. Maxwell told the World Socialist Web Site.
By Alan Whyte, 16 January 2020
The vast majority of New York City transit workers boycotted a vote on a concessions contact backed by the Transport Workers Union.
Northern Virginia transit union officials announce tentative deal with private bus contractor to end bus drivers’ strike
By Nick Barrickman, 16 January 2020
The Amalgamated Transit Union's information blackout and its rush to force a vote are clear indications that the agreed-upon deal is a sellout.
By Isaac Finn, 15 January 2020
The vote took place only a few days after the previous three-year contract negotiated between the SEIU and CPL administration expired on December 31.
Working through injuries, bomb threats and tornadoes: Amazon workers describe conditions at Spartanburg, South Carolina warehouse
By Tom Carter, 13 January 2020
According to OSHA, there were 57 injuries last year at the GSP1 facility—but Amazon workers suspect the real number is higher.
By Samual Davidson, 13 January 2020
Management at a metal fabricating plant near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have begun hiring scabs to replace 90 members of the United Auto Workers, on strike since September.
By Tom Hall, 13 January 2020
This move reveals the pattern for the future: a small trickle of temps hired in, with the rest strung out on a nearly unattainable “pathway” before being disposed of.
By Evelyn Rios, 13 January 2020
After union-sanctioned mass layoffs, San Diego area teachers call for rank-and-file committees in every school to mobilize students, parents and workers to defend hundreds of educators' jobs.
By Douglas Lyons and Nick Barrickman, 13 January 2020
Analysis of the past two District election cycles found that restaurant industry lobbyists contributed more than $236,000 in total to the campaigns of the Democratic mayor as well as multiple city council members.
By Steve Filips, 11 January 2020
The announcement comes only months after the UAW’s betrayal of the Mack Truck strike last year.
11 January 2020
By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2020
According to press reports Gamble and Settles may be linked to bribes paid by businessman Jason Gordon in exchange for the award of contracts for merchandise.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 10 January 2020
Amid the looming threat of war after the US killing of Iranian General Suleimani, the statement calls workers to fight against war and the environmental destruction that triggered Australia’s bushfires.
By Matthew MacEgan and Nancy Hanover, 10 January 2020
Next Monday, thousands of angry educators will descend upon Florida’s state capitol, Tallahassee, to protest the conditions of the state’s public education system.
French oil refinery workers join strikes; nurses walk out in Northern Ireland
10 January 2020
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By Samuel Davidson, 9 January 2020
Following the pattern of Blackjewel, Perry County Coal Company has refused to give miners their final paycheck and money for unused vacation days.
Montreal Airport refuelers on strike
7 January 2020
Workers in charge of refueling jets, employees of Swissport, have been on strike since December 31 over pay after overwhelmingly rejecting a management offer.
7 January 2020
7 January 2020
By Dan Conway, 6 January 2020
Shawn Jarmail Brown and Sidarieub Lozano died after becoming overwhelmed by fumes as they cleaned out a truck-mounted chemical tank at a facility near Houston, Texas, on December 28.
By Kate Randall, 4 January 2020
The shutdown of the strike is a complete capitulation by the UAW, which exploited the genuine anger of graduate student workers over their exploitation by Harvard in a nearly month-long stunt that achieved virtually nothing.
Two-day national postal workers strike in Mexico
31 December 2019
Mexican postal workers are protesting the failure of management to live up to previous wage agreements as well as deteriorating working conditions.
31 December 2019
“They treat us like cavemen. They don’t care if we live or die.”
By Evan Blake and Jerry White, 30 December 2019
On strike for 11 weeks against Asarco LLC, the miners have shown great determination in the face of a virtual blackout by the mainstream media and pro-corporate unions.
By Evelyn Rios, 28 December 2019
Amidst the continued cuts by the Sweetwater Union High School District, teachers are beginning to speak out in defense of their jobs and the future of education.
27 December 2019
27 December 2019
By Steve Filips, 27 December 2019
Fatal on-the-job injuries in the US increased by 2 percent in 2018, according to this year’s report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
DC Transit Authority and union approve public workers’ contract, isolating striking private transit workers
By Nick Barrickman, 27 December 2019
Despite the contract’s promise to end privatization at the transit authority, it does nothing to end the attacks on metro workers.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 December 2019
The findings of the Chemical Safety Hazard Investigation Board report demonstrate that AB Specialty Silicones is responsible for the deaths by willful negligence.
By Kevin Martinez and Evelyn Rios, 23 December 2019
As planned by the union, the strike ended with no new contract proposal.
By Andrew Timon, 23 December 2019
Only a parasitic mechanism that subordinates public need to profit could bring the MBTA to the point of trains literally falling apart and off the tracks.
Over 1,500 steelworkers to lose their jobs as US Steel announces idling of Great Lakes Works outside of Detroit
By Jessica Goldstein, 21 December 2019
The attack on steel industry jobs is part of a worldwide assault on manufacturing jobs and wages as corporations seek to restructure in advance of a looming recession.
At what human cost?
By Kayla Costa, 21 December 2019
The advanced techniques of workplace exploitation along with low wages and breakneck conditions that have made Amazon notorious are being set as the standard for the entire logistics industry.
21 December 2019
By Jerry White, 20 December 2019
As the strike by nearly 2,000 copper miners enters the third month everything depends on workers breaking the isolation of the struggle by the United Steelworkers and other unions.
Amalgamated Transit Union forces 130 striking Northern Virginia Transit Workers back to work without an agreement
By Harvey Simpkins, 20 December 2019
The 130 Transdev workers have been sent back to work after two months on the picket line without any agreement on key outstanding issues including wages, vacations, sick leave or retirement.
By Alex Johnson, 20 December 2019
A major cause of the increase in violence is the lack of mental health resources and treatment for a large section of the population.
20 December 2019
By Jerry White, 19 December 2019
The $47 billion deal will create the world’s fourth largest automaker by sales, trailing only Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor and the Renault-Nissan alliance.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 December 2019
The students, whose demand is a “Cost of Living Adjustment” to their wages as Graduate Teaching Assistants, are withholding submitting the final grades for Fall quarter.
By our reporters, 18 December 2019
Kaiser Permanente workers spoke to WSWS reporters about the horrific conditions in its mental health care system.
Vote “No” on the TWU sellout contract!
By WSWS Transit Worker Newsletter, 18 December 2019
To defend jobs and living standards, transit workers must build new organizations of struggle to oppose the gang-up of the MTA, the Cuomo administration and the TWU.
18 December 2019
By Ed Hightower, 17 December 2019
UAW local 2069 still has not made so much as a single Facebook post acknowledging the announced layoffs.
By George Gallanis, 17 December 2019
The newly announced layoffs come after Deere cut 163 workers in October and revealed last month plans to lay off more workers through a “voluntary separation program.” Despite this, the United Auto Workers has idly stood by, giving Deere the greenlight to continue its layoffs unabated.
“I don’t believe this stuff about ‘intrinsic differences’ between people”
By our reporters, 17 December 2019
In contrast to the Times’ dystopian portrayal of American society as riven by different races with unbridgeable differences, workers who spoke to the World Socialist Web Site expressed a broad striving for unity.
Ontario Teachers plan third one-day strike; Mexican housing agency workers strike
17 December 2019
High school teachers across the Canadian province of Ontario are planning another partial strike December 18 while workers at Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers in Mexico City have carried out a one-day strike.
17 December 2019
“We are all working people. We should be fighting together”
By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter reporters, 16 December 2019
Campaigners for the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter went to auto plants in Southeast Michigan this weekend to distribute material explaining the case of the victimized Mexican autoworkers known as the Silao Seven and appeal for support on their behalf.
Feds subpoena security camera footage and visitor logs in investigation of July fire at Detroit UAW headquarters
By Jessica Goldstein, 14 December 2019
The details of the subpoena were revealed just two weeks after US Attorney Matthew Schneider said government oversight of the UAW was a “definite possibility” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
By Steve Filips, 13 December 2019
The major logistics company closed without warning, leaving thousands of drivers stranded across the country and without jobs just before the holidays.
By Tom Hall, 12 December 2019
Fiat Chrysler workers were in no mood to be strung out and isolated on the picket line, as GM workers were two months ago, forced to subsist on $275 per week in strike pay during the Christmas holidays.
“The union bosses tell us they are fighting for us while they sell us out”
By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2019
The newly published Memorandum of Agreement between the TWU and the MTA seeks to incorporate the union into management, increase the transit agency’s exploitation of workers and financially reward the union bureaucracy.
By Steve Filips, 12 December 2019
As the holiday shipping season began, two young UPS workers were killed late last month when the cargo tugging vehicle they were riding overturned at the Ontario International Airport in California.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 December 2019
The Amalgamated Transit Union’s deal with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority leaves open the possibility of low pay and attacks working conditions.
By Evelyn Rios, 11 December 2019
Graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz are demanding raises to meet the cost of living in one of the country's most expensive regions.
“All you have given us is a slap in the face”
By Tim Rivers and K. Nahsir, 9 December 2019
The United Auto Workers is attempting to pull a fast one on autoworkers by moving to ram through the thousand-page contract less than a week before voting began.
By Jacob Crosse, 9 December 2019
Despite campaigning in 2018 against the largest state subsidy in US history, Governor Tony Evers has bent over backwards to accommodate the multibillion dollar company at the expense of the working class.
By Aaron Murch, 9 December 2019
Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma had been called a “crucial witness” to the mismanagement that caused the collapse which killed three workers in October.
9 December 2019
By Alan Whyte and Daniel de Vries, 9 December 2019
The tentative agreement agreed by the union seeks to stifle any movement by New York’s subway and bus workers against the demands of the Democratic Party for major cuts.
United Teachers Los Angeles and National Nurses Union back Democratic candidate
By Dan Conway and Matt Rigel, 7 December 2019
The United Teachers Los Angeles and the National Nurses Union have both endorsed Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.
GM sends termination notices to 48 TPT workers in Indiana less than two months after UAW signs concessions contract
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 December 2019
The contract makes clear that the so-called “pathway” to regular employment in the contract highlights touted by the UAW is a fraud.
By Kate Randall, 7 December 2019
Several academic departments have informed graduate student teaching staff that they are responsible for reporting whether they are working, and that those who are striking should not expect to be paid.
Northern Virginia transit worker strike spreads as 600 Fairfax Connector workers join 130 Metrobus workers on strike against Transdev
By Harvey Simpkins, 7 December 2019
The ATU is seeking to limit the Fairfax Connector strike as much as possible, stating that the strike is over “unfair labor practices” and “bad faith bargaining” committed by the Company. It has offered no official demands.
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 7 December 2019
The United Auto Workers is seeking to ram through a sellout contract at Fiat Chrysler which will lay the basis for the expanded use of temporary workers, further attacks on health care and integrate the union even more closely with corporate management.
7 December 2019
5 December 2019
By Tom Hall, 5 December 2019
The deal reached with FCA does not even include the fig leaf “pathway” for temporary workers to regular employment found in the GM and Ford contracts.
By Kate Randall, 4 December 2019
The HGSU-UAW has made only token appeals to other sections of workers at Harvard to support the grad student workers’ strike and has offered substantial concessions to the university on virtually all issues.
By Jerry White, 4 December 2019
The concessions forced on GM and Ford workers were imposed by the United Auto Workers, which a lawsuit by GM describes as an organization that was “acquired” by Fiat Chrysler.
By Shannon Jones, 3 December 2019
In a rare interview with the Detroit News, US Attorney Matthew Schneider, who is leading the investigation into UAW corruption, said a federal takeover of the union “shouldn’t be taken off the table.”
By Kate Randall, 3 December 2019
Harvard officials’ hard line in relation to collective bargaining on grad students’ pay is in line with a recent NLRB proposal that would curb the establishment of graduate student unions at private universities.
By Jerry White, 2 December 2019
The UAW plans to get local officials to rubber stamp the deal on Wednesday and start ratification votes by the end of the week.
By Jacob Crosse, 30 November 2019
The Port Neches plant, owned by the Houston-based Texas Petroleum Chemical Group, has been out of compliance for years and fined multiple times by the Environmental Protection Agency.
By George Gallanis, 30 November 2019
The “voluntary separation program” was announced just prior to Deere’s posting of lower net income during its fourth quarterly earnings call.
By Jessica Goldstein, 29 November 2019
The study’s finding that 44 percent of the US workforce earn low wages paints a devastating picture of the realities of capitalism and working class life in the world’s wealthiest country.
By Samuel Davidson, 29 November 2019
The USW, which leads the nine different unions that represent workers in the mines, has downplayed the company’s efforts to break the strike.
By Steve Filips and Tom Hall, 28 November 2019
TDU’s 180-degree turn behind the thuggish Sean O’Brien exposes the critical role it plays in propping up the authority the Teamsters bureaucracy.
Co-workers say Detroit Fiat Chrysler worker died after being told to pay $800 for ambulance ride to hospital
By Shannon Jones, 27 November 2019
The young autoworker suffering chest pains died after being forced to drive himself to the hospital because management said he would have to pay $828 for a ride in an EMS vehicle.
By Alan Whyte, 27 November 2019
The union organized the slowdown because it fears it will be unable to impose the demands of the Democratic Party-run transit agency without provoking a rebellion by workers.
Democratic Party calls on Washington Metro Transit Authority to intervene against striking transit workers
By Nick Barrickman, 26 November 2019
A letter by three local congresspeople to Metro executives called on the transit authority to reopen the closed routes and to “take a more proactive role” in the dispute between Transdev and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689.
By Benjamin Mateus, 26 November 2019
Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center will vote tomorrow on the new contract, which will drive a chasm between higher-paid veteran nurses and all new hires.
GM bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler fueling growing outrage among autoworkers over UAW corruption
By Tom Hall, 23 November 2019
The lawsuit is part of a ruthless struggle over market share in the auto industry, under conditions of an accelerating global downturn and an escalation of the attack on autoworkers.
“We want back all the money that was taken from us”
By Shannon Jones, 22 November 2019
The explosive allegations contained in the pending General Motors lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler, detailing the company’s buying of the UAW leadership, have further enraged FCA workers facing a new contract battle
UAW President Gary Jones resigns as GM lawsuit charges that UAW is a “controlled enterprise” of Fiat Chrysler
By Jerry White, 21 November 2019
Jones’ resignation came after the UAW International Executive Board, in an act of damage control, took measures to remove and expel him.