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Articles by Joseph Piette

Philadelphia adjuncts march for union rights

February 28, 2015

Temple adjuncts andsupporters march, Feb. 23.WW photo: Joseph Piette Philadelphia — Temple University adjunct faculty, tenured and nontenured, as well as students marched for justice on Feb. 23 despite frigid weather. Half of Temple’s faculty are adjunct part-time professors, at-will [...]

Philadelphia: Vigil for three killed in Carolina

February 13, 2015

Some 100 students and community members came out despite frigid weather for a vigil on Feb. 12 in Philadelphia. They gathered at the base of Temple University’s Bell Tower in solidarity with Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, three Muslim students who were murdered two days [...]

NYPD charged with illegally targeting Muslims

January 24, 2015

WW photo: Joseph Piette Over 100 people rallied and heard testimony in Philadelphia Federal Court on Jan. 13 in support of Muslim civil rights and against surveillance by the New York Police Department based on religion. The case against the NYPD’s warrantless surveillance program was argued by [...]

As postal bosses meet in D.C., unions rally against downsizing

November 20, 2014

Officials at the headquarters of the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C., kept an angry, overflow crowd in the lobby during a Postal Board of Governors meeting on Nov. 14. After chanting “Whose post office? The people’s post office!” and other slogans for over an hour, the boisterous [...]

Thousands in Philadelphia protest attack on public education

October 24, 2014

The battle of Philadelphia students and teachers has intensified in the wake of the shocking Oct. 6 School Reform Commission decision to cancel its collective bargaining agreement with Philadelphia public school teachers. The largest rally so far in the 15-year-long battle for education funding [...]

Another protest hits Staples

October 17, 2014

Cindy Heyward, American Postal Workers Union Philadelphia local recording secretary, led chants.WW photo: Joseph Piette A Staples store in Center City, Philadelphia, was picketed Oct. 7 by members of the American Postal Workers Union, the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National [...]

Postal workers target privatization

August 3, 2014

Letter carriers protest at Staples, July 23. The threat of privatization hung in the air as thousands of postal worker union members met in separate conventions July 21-25. More than 6,000 National Association of Letter Carriers delegates met in Philadelphia, while 2,000 delegates attended the [...]

Free Palestinian prisoners!

July 2, 2014

Activists protested outside the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia during rush hour on June 27, as an emergency response to the raids, bombings, demolitions, murders and kidnappings by Israeli Defense Forces against occupied Palestine over the previous week. Participants especially focused on the [...]

‘NO’ to privatization in Philadelphia

June 26, 2014

A large crowd of Philadelphia Gas Works workers and their supporters rallied outside City Hall on June 19 to stop the privatization of the city-owned utility. Utility Workers Local 686 organized the demonstration, which included a number of politicians and labor leaders, including Pat Eiding, [...]

Transit workers conduct one-day strike in Philadelphia

June 16, 2014

Bulletin: The workers went back to work on June 15 by order of the Obama administration.   June 14 — Workers that run 13 of Philadelphia’s regional rail lines are walking picket lines instead, the first such strike in 31 years against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority [...]
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