George Floyd Rebellion, Labor

July 20 labor actions for Black lives an important step for the movement

Sean Cumming reports on the nationwide labor actions for Black lives on July 20, arguing that they are a crucial first step towards deeper labor solidarity with the anti-racist rebellion. On July 20 thousands of workers across the United States went on strike in what was one of the largest cross sectional, or national strikes,… Continue reading July 20 labor actions for Black lives an important step for the movement

Anti-racism, George Floyd Rebellion, Labor, Police

Labor in the Black Lives Matter Movement

Sean Cummings looks at the role of organized labor in the ongoing anti-racist rebellion, arguing that rank and file organizing is the key to deepening labor’s role in the resistance. On Sunday, June 7th, 200 hundred postal workers and supporters, carrying a banner that read ‘Postal Workers Demand Justice for George Floyd,’ marched from the… Continue reading Labor in the Black Lives Matter Movement

Covid-19, Editorial, Labor, US Politics

COVID Class Struggle: One Month of US Workplace Actions

They say the working class can’t run society. But look at the mess governments around the world have made of the coronavirus pandemic. Even in traditionally unorganized industries like food service and grocery delivery, workers on the ground are using their power to get things done. We saw that early on in the pandemic with… Continue reading COVID Class Struggle: One Month of US Workplace Actions

Labor, US Politics

How we shut down the schools • Interview with NYC teacher

With strikes, sick-outs, sit-downs and other kinds of industrial action sweeping the country, Marx21 sits down with Frankie Lamar to look back at one of the earliest US worker mobilizations to combat COVID-19 — when New York City teachers shut down their schools. With New York lawmakers now fighting over when to reopen schools, lessons from the teachers’ struggle are more important than ever.

Covid-19, Health, Interviews, Labor

“We feel like cannon fodder” • Nurse Elizabeth Lalasz on fighting COVID-19 in a broken healthcare system

Elizabeth Lalasz is a Registered Nurse of 11 years working in Chicago’s largest public safety net hospital. As the busiest hospital in Illinois mainly serving working class people, the uninsured, and communities of color, her hospital is on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis. Marx21 interviewed Elizabeth about what it’s like handling COVID-19 in our broken medical system, she and her co-workers’ fight for life-saving equipment, and how we can show solidarity with healthcare workers through this pandemic.

Anti-racism, Labor

Chicago teachers are fighting for social justice

On October 17 more than 25,000 Chicago Public School teachers in the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), along with 7,000 special education classroom assistants and other support staff from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73, started to strike, demanding the newly elected Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot fund their schools. As we finish out the first… Continue reading Chicago teachers are fighting for social justice

Labor

Contract vote still up in the air as GM workers continue to picket

The United Auto Workers’ National Council approved a tentative deal with General Motors last Thursday. Locals were fed back information, voting by the union membership started this Saturday and will continue till Friday, October 25th, with individual locals setting their own voting times. Eirc Fred reports on what the current contract on offer would mean… Continue reading Contract vote still up in the air as GM workers continue to picket

Anti-fascism, Anti-racism, Immigration, Labor

Immigrants are welcome here • Fight the right, smash the fascists

Building broad anti-racist, anti-fascist resistance in the US today is imperative, write Iannis Delatolas and Clare Lemlich The horrors of the Trump era seem to have no end. Family separations at the border, kids having to appear and defend themselves in front of judges, thousands of refugees and immigrants locked up in concentration camps in… Continue reading Immigrants are welcome here • Fight the right, smash the fascists