By Lukas Alder On January 27, workers and their supporters rallied outside a Starbucks location in Eugene, Oregon, where workers have filed a petition to unionize. The striking workers have continued their union drive in the face of tactics meant to intimidate them from the corporation’s upper management. The unionization effort is part of a larger trend among Starbucks workers in New York, Ohio, and … Continue reading Eugene: Starbucks Workers and Community Members Rally to Support Unionizing Efforts
Photo credit: @oso_campeon on Twitter By Michael Nolan High school students from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) walked out January 14 in protest of the city’s failed handling of student and teacher safety during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anger at Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has actively retaliated against unionized teachers and ignored student concerns, was central as the crowd marched in the streets … Continue reading Chicago: Students and Teachers Protest the State’s Failed Response to Pandemic
Photo credit: Linh Do By Jakob Stein On August 5, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Richard Trumka died of a heart attack at the age of 72. In the wake of his death, several leading figures of US imperialism like Joe Biden mourned his death with public statements, portraying Trumka as a hero and friend of the … Continue reading Opinion: Richard Trumka, No Friend of the Working Class
By Blake Garrison On Saturday, activists, workers, and union organizers demonstrated outside a Whole Foods in support of Amazon workers attempting to unionize in Bessemer, Alabama. The rally was organized by the New Afrikan Workers Union (NAWU). Khalid Raheem, representing NAWU, spoke on the history of class struggle in Pittsburgh in “the steel mills, coal mines, and the construction trade,” and linked that to the … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Workers and Activists Hold Rally in Solidarity with Amazon Workers
How should revolutionaries deal with unions? How should we deal with union reform movements like Labor Notes and movements to develop “union democracy” in unions? It seems as though workers who are initially politicized in the workplace want to develop a union or become affiliated to one. In my own workplace there has been a lot of excitement amongst a few workers about the news … Continue reading Letter to the Editors: How Do Revolutionaries Deal with Unions?
Photo credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times By Mike Talavera Workers at an Alabama warehouse moved one step closer this week towards forming the first union at a United States Amazon facility. If successful, it would be a blow to the monopoly corporation’s efforts to squash labor organizing in the country. The last time workers came close to creating a union at Amazon was in 2014 … Continue reading Alabama: Warehouse Workers Move to Unionize in Defiance of Amazon