Labor Weather Report

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

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June 2018 — Drivers in China protest
Thousands of truckers in China demonstrated and stopped work in June in at least a dozen locations in protest of low fees, rising fuel costs, and insecure contracts. Seventy percent are independent contractors, without labor protections, who cannot make a living. Ongoing trucker protest could put the brakes on China’s vital electronics economy.

May 2018 — Persistence pays
On May 31, 176 Flight Readiness Technicians voted to join the Machinists (IAM) at Boeing’s airplane plant in Charleston, South Carolina. For the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers, the vote represents a hard-won victory and toehold for future organizing. In 2017, Boeing thwarted a union drive of the entire plant.

June 2018 — Iran truckers strike
In a strike unprecedented for its size and geographic scope, thousands of truckers idled their rigs in May and June. Like China, Iran’s truckers are mostly “independent contractors,” and without a national union. Yet they orchestrated a stoppage and knocked the economy with a fuel shortage. Their demands include pensions and repair facilities.

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