Written by David May
Thursday, 17 November 2005
In a first in US Labor history, nearly 100,000 grocery workers are on strike
or locked out in California, St. Louis, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky,
demanding a halt to the ever-increasing bosses' assault on one of the
working class' most essential needs: health care. Under the heavy skies of
recession, these multi-billion dollar companies want to make the workers pay
the full bill for the economic downturn. In order to maintain their huge
profits, the capitalists are more than willing to put the physical health of
the working class to the ax. This is a threat that the Labor Movement cannot
tolerate, despite the braking action of their own leadership and the
pernicious influence of the Democratic Party.
Written by David May in the USA
Tuesday, 18 October 2005
This summer the Teamsters, SEIU, UFCW, and UNITE HERE split from the AFL-CIO union federation at their annual convention in Chicago. For the first time in half a century, the US trade unions are officially divided into large, separate camps. The break up of the AFL-CIO came as a shock to many trade unionists and activists. These four unions alone represent over one third of the federation’s 13 million members. But is it a step forward for US workers?