Labor Weather Report for October 2016

October 2016

In Progress — Brewery workers on strike! Thousands of Australians marched through Melbourne in September to support 55 striking maintenance workers at Carlton United Breweries. Refusing a 65 percent wage cut under a new sub-contracting arrangement, their unions have mounted round-the-clock protests at the plants. Boycotts of CUB beers spread from Australia to the United… Read more »

1916 Everett Massacre: deadly attack on Wobblies in the Pacific Northwest

October 2016

Nov. 5 of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Everett Massacre in Washington state, where members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or “Wobblies”) were shot by vigilantes. Though a tragic day in local labor history, it was one of many milestones in the growth of labor militancy in response to… Read more »

India’s general strike largest in history

October 2016

It’s almost impossible to imagine 180 million workers on strike and marching against their government. But it happened. In India. On Sept. 2, 2016. And it will happen again. It’s not impossible to understand why this strike was so mammoth and intense. Half the Indian population — 1.6 billion — live without enough food, energy,… Read more »

Court workers take the lead: Bay Area unionists gear up for contract fights

October 2016

After eight years of no pay raises and continuous short-staffing, the court clerks and janitorial staff at the Santa Clara Superior Courts were fed up. In August, over 300 workers walked off the job. In wealthy Silicon Valley, the clerks and janitorial staff at the Superior Courts have suffered continuous short-staffing and no wage increases… Read more »

Victory for Orlando Barrantes!

October 2016

For 16 years the Costa Rican government persecuted radical labor leader Orlando Barrantes (in a blue shirt, first raised, center of photo) with trumped-up charges pertaining to his political and union activities. In August, they threw in the towel and dropped all charges. This is a massive victory and a tribute to the steadfast struggle… Read more »

Fort Worth musicians walk out to save their orchestra

December 2016

Musicians rarely strike, but on Sept. 8, members of the Fort Worth Symphony packed up their instruments. After 15 months of non-productive negotiations, the American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 are striking “to save our orchestra.” Management imposed a 13.5 percent pay cut in 2010. This year its “offer” included more wage cuts, plus a… Read more »

Who’ll watch the kids?

December 2016

As a parent, finding childcare that’s affordable, high-quality, and able to fit an unconventional work schedule can be difficult to impossible. When I had my first child, it was actually easier and more affordable for me to stay home. So many parents, especially mothers, face this reality that maternity leave and daycare got some attention… Read more »

Only an independent labor party can speak for the working class

December 2016

The steep price that U.S. workers pay for having no independent political voice is hitting home with Donald Trump’s upset victory. Many voters, squeezed between shrinking paychecks and inflation, saw this election as a referendum on the beltway insiders they associate with neoliberalism. With no working class option to choose, many white working class voters… Read more »

Affirmative action = class solidarity

December 2016

This 2016 article argues that affirmative action can not only address the oppression of targeted groups, but also build working-class unity in the process.

México: Divisiones en el movimiento de derechos indígenas después de la liberación de Nestora Salgado

diciembre de 2016

Conseguir la liberación de la líder de la policía comunitaria, Nestora Salgado, presa durante dos años y medio en México bajo falsas acusaciones de secuestro, fue una emocionante victoria para la solidaridad de la clase obrera internacional, especialmente en una época de profunda reacción. La campaña “Liberar a Nestora” fue un completo repudio al lema… Read more »