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Articles by Joseph Piette

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 [...]

Embattled bus drivers’ union shifts into high gear

June 13, 2014

Garry Murchison 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 [...]

March demands union at charter schools

June 13, 2014

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 [...]
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