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Garment Workers Protest Nov/Dec 2015 in Port-au-Prince!

UPDATE:  On morning of December 9, 2015 garment workers in Port-au-Prince continue their protest against nonpayment of wages by the manufacturer. The Labor Minister came out to speak to them. This is what an autonomous workers' movement looks like!   Report from Haiti on November 30, 2015: The Korean-owned garment factory gave paychecks [...]

Worker Testifies: Overnight Stocker at Walmart

Andy Vidual works full-time graveyard at Walmart as a stocker, filling shelves in the xxxxxxxxxxxxxx section. He has worked at Walmart for the past three years and he makes $13.25/hour, which includes a $1/hour graveyard premium. The main areas of struggle in Andy’s workplace are: • A dick for a boss • Work pace [excerpted below] [...]

Interview with Postal Worker Phil Marsh

Phil Marsh is a militant postal worker with Canada Post with nineteen years seniority. Postal workers have a militant history and are currently unionized with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Phil has organized for years with the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (S-CAP). He and a small group of militant postal workers are currently [...]

Support strike in Haiti today & tomorrow — by ESPM-BO

MAY 1ST UNION FEDERATION - BATAY OUVRIYE (ESPM-BO) Port-Au-Prince November 6, 2015 The government’s objective is to make matters worse every day for the workers and the popular masses in general while tending to the interests of big commerce, industrialists, financiers and all the other big thieves in the country. Today, the two (2) recent [...]

A Brief Note to Workers Starting to Organize

By Lowlander October 2015 (The author is a truck driver in the U.S. with union organizing experience) Go to the website of NLRB (National Labor Relations Board: www.nlrb.gov) and read about what rights you have and what the company can and can’t do. You need to keep a low profile until you can get a [...]

Worker Testifies: Food Production (USA)

by Paul Sumner [Name of worker and company are changed to protect his job]. Illustration by Paul Sumner “This is actually a classic don’t give a fuck about workers story. I work in front of three 6 ft grills that have had the regulators taken out so instead of only 500 degrees, they [...]

Interviews with Workers

Read full interviews at links below: Sue Vival: Storefront clerk of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Sue Vival has been a storefront clerk at Eat Local Sudbury (ELS) for over a year. Her hourly wage is $13 per hour. She has also struggled to find work in her field as a farm worker which is forcing her [...]

“Everything you see around you came here on a truck.”

Lowlander is a truck driver for Con-Way Freight. A conversation between him and an organizer for Workers Struggle was partly by talking and partly by text. It took place over several days. Excerpts: L: A major problem in the trucking industry is the pay structure. Personally, I would ONLY work by the hour but that’s [...]

Worker Testifies: Miner (Sudbury, ON)

The Interview Saul Idarity works for Vale as a miner. He is unionized with United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6500. With twenty-five years seniority, he’s done it all: drilled, blasted, mucked and bolted – but he has worked right at the face, on the jumbo, for more than twenty of those years working underground. The jumbo [...]

Recommended film: 10,000 Black Men Named George

During the Great Depression, jobs were scarce for working class people, especially African-American workers. Working as a porter for the Pullman Rail Company was one option that came with compounded pay discrimination as darker complexion employees took home a third as much pay as their lighter complexioned counterparts and sometimes made to work for no [...]

Rememory: reclaim our history of fortitude!

by Izzi Creo REMEMORY is to re-remember the world within us, the fact that we do indeed have roots of strength and resiliency. We can only know where we are going if we know where we’ve been. We are not formless scattered peoples with no direction and compass. We have a history of fortitude against [...]

Unions Seek Lower Pay for Workers—WTF?

The entire purpose of a union is to assert and defend the interests of its members. The reason that workers organized themselves into unions in the first place was because we can assert more social power collectively than individually. Historically, unionized workers have fought heroically and righteously for the 8-hour (as opposed to the 16-hour) [...]

firestone strike

Robert Allen July 2015   every action, or inaction, is political in a degree. What we thought was happening was far from what was really happening, literally. A world apart, in fact.   “free will is for the lower classes – the ruling class acts out of necessity.” – Adam Kotsko, religious scholar Shimer College [...]

Report from Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), Haiti

July 28 Events — Batay Ouvriye To mark the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 American occupation, at Batay Ouvriye, we either organized many activities or participated in some in various localities in Haiti. In Port-Au-Prince, because the workers were not off on July 28, we organized a meeting on Sunday July 26 in our hall [...]

Non-Jobs Don’t Count: The Working Class Perspective on the Unemployment Rate

Last week there was some debate over how many Americans are actually out of work, i.e., the “real” unemployment rate. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, an agency within the US Department of Labor, put the official number at a laughable 5.3%, down from 6.1% the previous year. (When counting those who have given up but [...]

Overtime Pay: They Gave Us a Crumb—We Want the Whole Damn Cake

A new rule being proposed by an Obama Administration executive order will update salary regulations frozen since 1975. 5 million salaried workers who’ve been bullied and coerced to provide countless hours of overtime labor without compensation are now (well, next year) supposed to actually get paid for work they do that exceeds 40 hours a [...]

Worker Testifies: Waste Management, Sudbury ON (Canada)

The Interview: Al Ternative works at Waste Management, a garbage and recycling collection contractor, in residential collection. There are approximately 40 workers working for this company in Sudbury. The workers for the garbage collection and recycling collection departments of this company are represented by two different unions.  There are approximately 30 workers in Al’s bargaining [...]

The Disease

by Ricardito Ramos Concentration to monopoly, privatization and the property, cops maneuver sloppily, enforcing rules of robbery, pacify the mass, the workings of a brutal class. Water poisoned till it’s worse than what’s in the flask, but why? Don’t even ask, triggers squeezing in our direction, yet we stuck on shoes, the disease progresses from [...]

We Need To Make a Change

• Why do such a small number of people—whether 500 or 2000—control more wealth than the world’s poorest 3 billion? • Why are a tiny minority of wealthy people allowed to have so much control over domestic politics, foreign policy, and media, we lack real power and our standards of living shrink? • Why are [...]

Worker Testifies: Truck Driver, Sudbury ON (Canada)

the interview Otto Nommy is a truck driver for a large local transportation company, which he did not want to name. He’s been working for this company for two years. He hauls cement powder to a mine in Timmins, with a stop in Birch Island, and back, every working day. That trip is 600 miles [...]

Worker Testifies: Laundry Worker, Sudbury ON (Canada)

The interview: Milly Tancy has worked for over ten years in Sudbury Hospital Services as a laundry worker. In February of 2013, fifty percent of the workers in her department were laid off due to the loss of a major contract. Milly just barely kept her job. Down from 120, there are now approximately 60 [...]

March and Activities of the Sugar Cane Cutters Union in the Dominican Republic

Attached is a report with pictures of the activities of the Union of Sugar Cane Cutters in the Dominican Republic, the sit-in they have maintained in front of the national palace beginning on February 25 and also the march, which as predicted, occurred on Wednesday March 18 of this week. One must say that the [...]

The Minimum Wage Adjustment

We as workers and laborers are faced with countless hardships. We have to constantly worry about food, clothing, rent and medical expenses. Recently, people have been getting more and more fed up. So, in response, the official unions and NGOs have been trying to get us to “fight for $15”. The fast food industry makes [...]

The Wage Struggle of Garment Workers in Bangladesh

Statement from Faiezul Hakim, President of the Bangladesh Trade Union Federation May 30, 2014 In Bangladesh, the garment workers are now very much class conscious. Especially, this has increased after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, a suburb near the capital Dhaka last year, on 24th April 2013. In addition, the people [...]