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Postal workers target privatization

By 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 American Postal Workers Union convention in Chicago. Both unions organized marches to nearby Staples stores responding to […]

 

Free Palestinian prisoners!

By July 2, 2014
Free Palestinian prisoners!

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 demand to free the thousands of Palestinians held in prisons, including hundreds of […]

 

‘NO’ to privatization in Philadelphia

By June 26, 2014
‘NO’ to privatization

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, president of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO. Speakers emphasized that the […]

 

Transit workers conduct one-day strike in Philadelphia

By 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 (SEPTA). The 220 engineers in the Brotherhood of […]

 

Embattled bus drivers’ union shifts into high gear

By June 13, 2014
Steve Kirschbaum

Boston’s school bus drivers are entering the most intense phase yet of their struggle against the notorious labor-busting Veolia Corporation. Four leaders of the drivers’ union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, remain fired and have exhausted their unemployment benefits. Veolia and the city of Boston have blatantly violated contract rules in giving out more than 100 […]

 

March demands union at charter schools

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WW photo: Joseph Piette

Philadelphia, June 4 — Today, teachers, parents and community members marched up and down North 5th Street, a largely Latino/a neighborhood, to demonstrate their resolve to have a staff union at ASPIRA of Pennsylvania, a network of four charter schools. ASPIRA teachers accused the charter and its community organization of $3.3 million in financial irregularities, […]

 

Unions picket: Staples Corporate octopus threatens postal jobs

By June 12, 2014
Postal workers at Atlanta Staples store.Photo: APWU

American Postal Workers Union members and Stanford University students picketed outside a meeting of the board of directors of Staples in Palo Alto, Calif., on June 2. The reason: the U.S. Postal Service has subcontracted with Staples to sell postal products at its retail stores. Recognizing this deal as a major step toward privatization, the […]

 

Postal workers and students picket Staples’ board meeting

By June 5, 2014

American Postal Workers Union members and Stanford University students picketed outside a meeting of the board of directors of the office supply chain Staples in Palo Alto, Calif., on June 2.  (Postal Reporter, June 2)  The reason: the United States Postal Service has subcontracted with Staples to sell postal products at its retail stores. Recognizing […]

 

Philadelphia protest demands U.S. out of Ukraine

By May 12, 2014
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Demonstrators in Philadelphia on May 9 handed out hundreds of fliers  and spoke out on a sound system explaining to passersby why they should oppose any U.S. interference in Ukraine.  The 90-minute rally was co-sponsored by the International Action Center, Philly Against War and the Philadelphia branches of Socialist Action, the Answer Coalition, the Party […]

 

Chicago postal protest previews April 24 rallies

By April 12, 2014
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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 […]

 
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