February 2009: Ukraine: plant takeover Combine builders occupy a factory to get back wages. A workers’ council forms and demands nationalization of the plant without compensation to the owners, as well as public ownership under workers control of many other industries.
March 2009: Iraq: Got solidarity? Unionists from throughout Iraq and from many other countries convene in Arbil, Iraq. The goal: support Iraqi labor rights and oppose foreign occupation and privatization of the nation’s oil. The theme: “A better world can be made by workers.”
In Progress: Truckers fight on Northwest Teamsters stop Oak Harbor Freight Lines from busting their union. Employees return to work without a contract after a five month strike, but picket lines may go back up as the company tries to gut benefits and retaliates by firing 13 strikers.
Progress: AT&T can’t hear workers After netting a $12.9 billion profit in 2008, AT&T lays off 12,000 employees. At the bargaining table they push for two-tier wage scales and cuts to healthcare and retirement benefits. Resentful of fat bonuses paid to execs, workers authorize a strike.