Posts in: workers

Freedom Socialist editorial — A sad day for ILWU

October 2014

In August, five different locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) approved a heart-wrenching contract. Key was the gutting of its hiring hall — a source of union power on the docks that members won in bloody strikes long ago. ILWU’s latest low is the bitter legacy of concessions that its International officers… Read more »

Living wage fight flourishes in California — Campaigns underway in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego

October 2014

As the cost of living in California climbs upward at a racer’s pace, alliances of progressives, socialists and trade unionists have launched intense campaigns to raise the minimum wage in cities across the state. San Francisco and Oakland have placed living wage measures on the November ballot; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, under strong pressure… Read more »

Dateline Australia — Fight-back against austerity needs union leadership

October 2014

An infamous image said it all. After drafting the largest attack on the poor in Australia’s history with a drastic budget scheme, chief finance minister (treasurer) Joe Hockey and his deputy were photographed smoking cigars outside Parliament house in Australia’s capital, Canberra. What did the image say? “Screw you!” And four days later, Australian workers… Read more »

South Africa unionists break with ANC

December 2014

After 20 years of squandered post-apartheid rule by the African National Congress (ANC), South African unionists are making historic decisions toward their liberation. On October 27, 2014 the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (the country’s largest union, representing auto, steel, and electronics workers), announced its split from the pro-business ANC. With this break… Read more »

Labor Weather Report — A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle

December 2014

November 2014 — Locked out and ticked off. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, as chair of the G20 Summit, takes the unprecedented step of excluding labor from the proceedings attended by government and financial heads of the world’s major economies. International union leaders condemn the decision as insulting. November 2014 — Ebola protection NOW! National… Read more »

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 »