Standing Rock: Native American land under siege

By MARTY GOODMAN Mni wiconi (water is life)! The siege at Standing Rock, North Dakota, continues the 500-year rape of Native American land, resources, and culture. Driven by a capitalist system in crisis, oil profiteers have thrown overboard any concern over human rights or disastrous climate change. Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Energy Transfer Partners…

Trades versus ‘bottom feeders’

By BILL ONASCH Along with multiple other crucial issues at stake in the struggle at Standing Rock Reservation is a growing polarization over climate and environmental issues in organized labor. Some important national unions have condemned the brutality against peaceful protesters and also oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). These include the…

Chicago teachers cancel strike and accept contract

By MARK UGOLINI — CHICAGO, Nov. 3 — On Nov. 1 the nearly 25,000-member Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced the results of a ratification vote on a new contract with Chicago’s Board of Education and Democratic Party mayor Rahm Emanuel. With all but 60 schools reporting, 72 percent of voting members accepted the new contract,…

 Labor Briefing

By BILL ONASCH Striking Nurses Vote On New Offer—At our deadline, more than 4000 RN members of the Minnesota Nurses Association were preparing to vote on a new contract offer from Allina Health Care in the Twin Cities area. After an earlier “warning strike,” the nurses began an open-ended walkout on Labor Day. They have…

Taking Sides at Standing Rock

By BILL ONASCH Socialist Action’s vice-presidential candidate Karen Schraufnagel has filed extensive reports to this paper about the confrontations last month in remote Standing Rock, North Dakota. Efforts aiming to halt construction of a pipeline from the Bakken fracking fields to refineries in Illinois drew world attention to several important issues concerning Indigenous People’s rights,…

Chicago Teachers Union sets Oct. 11 strike date

By MARK UGOLINI — CHICAGO — On Sept. 28, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates announced plans to strike on Oct. 11. Negotiations with Chicago Public Schools on a new contract have made little progress since they began over 22 months ago. The union has been without a contract since June 30, 2015.…

Trade Union Report to the Socialist Action Convention

By BILL ONASCH  Below are major portions of the trade-union report that Bill Onasch presented to the Socialist Action National Convention on Aug. 20 in Kansas City, Mo. We’re gathered here in the hometown—or at least home metropolitan area—of James P. Cannon. It’s common to personify important historical trends. Without a trace of hero worship,…

Labor Briefing

By BILL ONASCH Trump Close to White House—The highest profile current real estate project of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is the conversion of the historic Washington, D.C., Old Post Office, within sight of the president’s residence, into a luxury hotel. Trump does not own the new Trump International Hotel—he is leasing the property from…

Honeywell workers locked out

By MARK UGOLINI — CHICAGO — In South Bend, Ind., on June 30 over 200 members of UAW Local 9, family members, and supporters protested outside the main gate of Honeywell’s aerospace plant to demand the company immediately end its imposed lock-out and other union-busting activities. The protest included supporters from Service Employees International Union…

Chicago teachers union considers strike

By MARK UGOLINI Although a 30-day “cooling-off period” is now expired, and a teachers strike is allowed per state law, the May 4 Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates meeting did not set a strike date. The delegates discussed a new aspect of their campaign to press Chicago’s City Council and Mayor to provide…

Verizon gets a shock

By BILL ONASCH Strikes are the most basic and common expressions of clashes between workers and employers. Cartoonists often illustrate these fights as heavyweight boxers slugging it out in the ring. But within this metaphor there are few knockouts. Winners and losers are usually determined on points for the best punches and most adept footwork.…

Low-wage workers demand $15 and a union

  By WILLIAM WOOD — CHICAGO — Despite a torrential downpour and thunderstorms, more than 2000 low-wage workers and supporters marched up 22nd St. in Oak Brook, Ill., to the McDonald’s national headquarters on May 25 to demand a $15 minimum wage and union rights. The company’s annual shareholders’ meeting was held there the following…

Nabisco workers protest layoffs and downsizing

By MARK UGOLINI A spirited and determined group of about 150 current and former Nabisco bakery workers and their supporters demonstrated on May 18 at Mondelez International’s annual shareholder meeting in Lincolnshire, Ill. Workers protested the company’s decision to lay off 600 of the 1200 workers at its Southwest side Chicago plant. Mondelez International is…

Verizon workers fight corporate greed

By MIKE PINHO and BILL ONASCH On April 13, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers on the East Coast, from Maine to Virginia, walked off the job. In the largest U.S. strike in five years, workers from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) walked out in response to the…

Connecticut march protests austerity budget

By CHRISTINE MARIE — HARTFORD — On April 4, nearly 1000 union workers, community organizations, Fight for Fifteen activists, and allies organized as the Democracy, Unity and Equality Coalition marched on the Connecticut state legislature to protest two austerity budgets in front of the representatives.

Fight for $15 in Chicago

By MARK UGOLINI — CHICAGO — Low-wage workers and their supporters turned out in force at over 300 locations in the U.S. and over 40 countries on April 14 demanding a $15 minimum wage and union organizing rights. The prime target was McDonald’s Corporation, referred to as a “poster-child” for unfair labor practices and poverty…

Day of Action for Chicago teachers

On April 1, the solidarity of Chicago Teachers, along with the solidarity of more than 50 union, community, and student organizations, was on full display before the entire city and state, and across the country. Nearly 20,000 teachers and supporters flooded the streets in a late-afternoon rally and march in Chicago’s “Loop,” capping a powerful Day of Action on the theme “Fund Our Futures.”

Argentina strike against Macri gov’t

This report first appeared on the Left Voice website. It is an adaptation of an article by Josefina L. Martínez in La Izquierda Diario, a publication that reflects the views of the Argentine Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas (PTS).  The Public Workers’ Association (in Spanish, the Asociación de Trabajadores del Estado, ATE) called the first public sector strike,…