Posts in: workers

FSP answers the critics: Right-wing flurry over tech job opening

December 2014

In October the Freedom Socialist Party advertised to hire someone to post articles to our website, maintain the site, and design an occasional leaflet. The web content manager job was listed with pay starting at $13 per hour, a rate negotiable based on skills. The post attracted a lot of attention, especially from people not… Read more »

Soldiers are Uncle Sam’s most disposable workers

December 2014

Clearly war is still hell, since every day 22 U.S. veterans take their lives, and the suicide rate for active duty soldiers is more than 50 percent higher than for civilians. But politicians and military commanders just slap a “hero” label on those returning from battle or leaving the service. Then these same soldiers are… Read more »

Boston school bus drivers vs. Veolia — Steelworkers’ local refuses to bow to union-busting moves

April 2015

In this era of union-busting and concessions, school bus drivers are bucking the trend as they resist a wrecking operation conducted by Veolia/Transdev and Boston’s political establishment. United Steelworkers Local 8751 represents about 800 school bus drivers, the majority Black, Latino, Asian, and immigrant, including from Haiti and Cape Verde. Founded in 1977 during the… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Lessons of Wisconsin

April 2015

So-called right-to-work laws have made the U.S. South a bastion of low wages and working-class misery for more than 50 years. Now reactionary forces, bankrolled by big business and armed with lies, hope to extend their reach. And they are making progress. Also dubbed “right to starve,” these laws enable individual employees to enjoy the… Read more »

LABOR WEATHER REPORT — A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.

April 2015

February 2015 — Where’s the aloha? Kaiser Permanente health workers in Hawaii strike for six days after management offers puny pay raises, tries to end guaranteed pensions for new hires, and refuses to address safe staffing levels. A rally during the walkout garners enormous labor and community support. February 2015 — Dastardly diplomats. A report… Read more »

Tesoro oil refinery workers demand right to clock out alive

April 2015

The workers above are picketing their plant, the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., on Valentines Day. They are members of United Steelworkers, which launched a national strike on Feb. 1, 2015, over severe safety problems across the industry. Other issues were maintaining benefits and stopping outsourcing of routine maintenance. Some of these picketers remembered… Read more »

La demanda contra el sindicato de maestros de California amenaza a todo el movimiento laboral

junio de 2015

Esta primavera en el estado de Washington, miles de maestros abandonaron sus puestos de trabajo para protestar contra el desfinanciamiento de la educación pública. En Wisconsin en 2011, los maestros fueron líderes de la ocupación histórica de la capital del estado, mientras protestaban contra la campaña del Gobernador para prohibir el derecho de negociación colectiva… Read more »

“Right to work” lawsuit threatens all unions: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

June 2015

In Washington state this spring, thousands of teachers walked off their jobs to protest chronic underfunding of public education. In Wisconsin in 2011, teachers were leaders in the historic occupation of the state capitol in Madison, as they protested their governor’s push to outlaw collective bargaining rights for public workers. Given these actions and the… Read more »

Closing the gender pay gap: what will it take?

June 2015

The battle for equal pay for women has gained attention recently, although it’s simmered for decades. In the 1950s, women got 60 cents for every dollar paid to men. Sixty years later, they still earn only 78 cents for every dollar paid to men. Closing the gap by less than half a penny a year… Read more »