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Belgian railroad workers protest austerity plans

By November 2, 2014

Railroad workers and the services they supply to their passengers are under attack all over Europe. In September and early October, German railroad workers walked out. The third week of October, Belgian train engineers walked out in a series of spontaneous strikes and blocked the tracks in place like Liège and Charleroi. They were upset […]

 

New York faculty, staff demand contract

By October 31, 2014
New York faculty, staff demand contract

The Professional Staff Congress union represents 25,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York. It has not had a contract since 2010, although New York state law keeps the provisions of the old contract in effect. It is the only union in New York whose contract must be approved by both the […]

 

Workers in Europe reject austerity

By October 25, 2014

The grumbling about austerity in Europe, ordained and enforced by Germany, grew louder this week at a meeting of Western Europe’s political leadership in Milan, Italy. Most of the large countries there, other than Germany, were openly worried about falling into a deflationary trap that could wipe out their very weak recovery from the 2008 […]

 

Haiti mourns loss of trial as ‘Baby Doc’ dies

By October 14, 2014

Any Haitians with a progressive bone in their body regretted Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s Oct. 4 death. They would have preferred a trial in open court to expose his corrupt, grisly and extensive brutality to the world — especially to younger Haitians born after Duvalier was forced to flee to France in 1986. Of course, the reactionaries […]

 

NYC faces crisis over tunnel repairs

By October 11, 2014

Superstorm Sandy has not finished disrupting life in this city, even though it blew out to sea two years ago. Its storm surge — along with a high tide made higher because of a full moon and a general rise in sea levels indisputably due to global warming — flooded four Amtrak tunnels. Two of […]

 

Morocco public workers strike

By October 9, 2014
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Moroccan workers in the public sector are under attack by the state, which has decided not to talk to their unions, just to impose pension cuts and other changes that will make the workers much poorer. Four of the five major public sector unions walked off the job on Sept. 23. The only one that […]

 

PSC members demand raise and contract

By October 4, 2014
PSC members demand raise and contract

The Professional Staff Congress represents 25,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York, who educate 270,000 students. Union members have had neither a contract nor a raise for the past four years. Led by PSC President Barbara Bowen, 100 or so members went inside the Board of Trustees meeting at Baruch College’s […]

 

Laundry workers celebrate third anniversary

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Laundry workers celebrate third anniversary

It was a warm and classy – in all senses of the word – event to celebrate the Laundry Workers Center’s third anniversary on Sept. 27. The LWC addresses the need for community-based leadership development geared toward improving the living and working conditions of workers, as well as their families. Its work aims to combat […]

 

Lessons of the Air France strike

By October 1, 2014

An airlines strike in France highlighted the French bosses’ attempt to attack or evade French labor laws, which are stronger in protecting workers’ rights than other countries in the European Union, let alone in the anti-labor United States. The strike also provided a lesson in the bosses’ tactics aimed at dividing the working class. These […]

 

Haiti: A tenacious resistance arises

By September 27, 2014

For over a month now, the residents of Petit Goâve, a small city on the southwest coast of Haiti, have been out in the streets in struggle. They are demanding that the deputy representing the town in the Haitian parliament, Jacques Stevenson Thimoléon, and the town’s mayor, Sandra W. Jules, both resign. The protesters claim […]

 
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