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Chicago postal protest previews April 24 rallies

By April 12, 2014

Chicago — Over 700 postal and other workers walked a picket line in front of a Chicago area Staples store on April 5.  The protesters marched back and forth over the block-long sidewalk for an hour and a half, chanting “Whose Postal Office?  The People’s Post Office!” Many wore T-shirts that read: “Stop Staples. The […]


Postal unions unite against privatization

By March 29, 2014

In the face of unprecedented attacks from Congress, corporations and postal management, the four major postal unions have created a fightback coalition with the goal of saving the people’s postal service. The presidents of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) and […]


Philadelphia’s workers and oppressed denied education, jobs

By February 27, 2014

Why does Philadelphia, a major center of university education in the U.S., have so much poverty? This city has the second-largest student concentration on the East Coast, with over 420,000 college and university students in the metropolitan area. Temple University is one of more than 80 colleges, universities, trade and specialty schools that together have […]


Postal workers, supporters in D.C.: ‘Don’t let another life be taken’

By January 24, 2014

Washington, D.C. — Letter carriers and community supporters assembled in the midst of hundreds of people at the recently dedicated national Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial statue in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, the official Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. King’s life was dedicated to making change, and the letter carriers and their supporters […]


Philadelphia rally for school funding

By December 20, 2013
WW photo: Joseph Piette

Hundreds of students, teachers and parents marched in Philadelphia on Dec. 9 as part of national protests to demand fair funding for schools. The marchers started at the Philadelphia office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and ended at the offices of Jim Reynolds, CEO of Loop Capital, which made millions of dollars in dirty profits […]


Meeting on Philippine disaster

By December 9, 2013

What role did global warming play in creating the most powerful typhoon in recorded history? How helpful is Pentagon “humanitarian intervention” complete with missile cruisers and 5,000 troops to the 15 million people who need food, clothing, medical help and infrastructure repair? At a Nov. 26 International Action Center meeting in Philadelphia, Christina Hilo of […]


Solidarity with Rasmea Odeh

By December 3, 2013
Philadelphia, Nov. 13.

At a Nov. 13 rally called by the Philadelphia Boycott, Divest and Sanctions group and the Philadelphia International Action Center, activists stood in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh to demand all charges against her be dropped. On Oct. 22, Odeh, a Palestinian-American community activist, was arrested by Department of Homeland Security agents. Her supposed “crime”? U.S. […]


Boston Solidarity Day: Reinstate fired bus union leaders!

By November 13, 2013
Members of the Boston Bus Drivers Union USW Local 8751

Nov. 9 — Solidarity Day for the Boston School Bus Union 5 drew hundreds of drivers from Steelworkers Local 8751, in addition to supporters from near and far today. An immediate measure of its success could be seen on the nightly television news. For the first time since Oct. 8, when the union was illegally […]


Reinstate fired labor leaders — Solidarity with Boston bus union

By November 5, 2013

Nov. 4 — The notorious Veolia Corporation fired two leaders of Steelworkers Local 8751 on Nov 1. “You are discharged, effective immediately” read the letters to Grievance Chair Stevan Kirschbaum and Vice President Steve Gillis. Three other members of the Boston School Bus Union 5 — Recording Secretary Andre ­Francois and Stewards Garry Murchison and Richard […]


Struggle against Crown Holdings crosses borders

By October 31, 2013

Philadelphia — A busload of 50 strikers from United Steelworkers Local 9176 in Toronto joined 50 other USW members and local labor activists outside the Philadelphia headquarters of Crown Holdings on Oct. 16. Chanting, “One day longer, one day stronger!” the workers from Canada and the United States demonstrated their unity against one of the world’s […]