Fighting for labor in the Trump Era

February 2017

Linda Averill
 Washington state is quickly becoming a major front in the war over workers’ rights. The Freedom Socialist Party, as part of the militant cross-union caucus Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS), is stepping up efforts to meet the challenge. OWLS is attracting seasoned unionists and young people new to organized labor through building… Read more »

Northwest workers face off against union-busting Freedom Foundation

October 2016

“When our unions are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” This was the chant from nearly a hundred activists greeting attendees at the Freedom Foundation’s swanky fundraising banquet Sept. 23 in Bellevue, Wash. Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) called the boisterous picket and sidewalk rally, which included a healthy Freedom… Read more »

Teach For America sabotages public schools

August 2016

School closures and teacher strikes are an almost daily occurrence, because public education is under siege. Drastic government underfunding has cut school programs, caused a severe teacher shortage, and jam-packed classrooms. Central to these developments is a group called Teach for America Corp (TFA), which over the last three decades has become a primary propagandist… Read more »

Mexico shootings of education dissidents spark public outrage

August 2016

The class struggle in Mexico is at a fever pitch. Teachers are on the front lines of a massive struggle against neoliberal devastation by privatizations, union busting and rape of the environment. Resistance spans the hemisphere from Mexico to Guatemala and Argentina. Mexican educators have been fighting Pres. Enrique Peña Nieto’s anti-labor education reform ever… Read more »

Freedom Socialist LABOR BEAT — Summer 2016

August 2016

France: Viva la strike wave! Militant strikes have swept across France since March. Students and teachers kicked off the months of demonstrations by denouncing their government’s proposed changes to the country’s strong labor laws. Striking workers have blockaded oil refineries and disrupted nuclear power plants. Half of France’s 10,000 gas stations were out of or… Read more »

Corruption and worker abuse loom over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

October 2016

They say the FIFA World Cup should be a world showcase. The quadrennial championship of what some call football — and some call soccer — brings together representatives of nations throughout the world, providing a shared cultural experience in every corner of the globe. Even in the United States, media outlets like ESPN and cranky… Read more »

Seattle OWLS challenges anti-union Freedom Foundation

October 2016

Washington state is quickly becoming a hot spot in labor’s war against “Right to Work” laws. Emboldened by court rulings and legislative victories in the Midwest, wealthy groups and individuals are bankrolling the Freedom Foundation (Foundation), a right-wing “think tank” whose stated goal is to “defund and bankrupt public employee unions.” Unionists and labor activists… Read more »

National prisoner labor strike spurs resistance to a new level

October 2016

On Sept. 9 prison inmates across the U.S. began a unprecedented nationwide labor strike to end slave labor in jails and prisons. This date commemorates the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, when a thousand prisoners seized control of the notorious New York prison and demanded political rights and better living conditions. After four days… Read more »