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Articles by Martha Grevatt

Detroit auto parts workers say ‘Union yes’

May 14, 2015

When we think of low-wage workers, it’s often service workers who come to mind — fast food and retail workers in particular. Yet growing numbers of workers are toiling in non-union factories, supplying the auto industry with parts, for little more than minimum wage. Over 70 percent of these [...]

Mujeres combatientes quieren lograr la paz

May 12, 2015

La Habana Las conversaciones de paz entre las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP) y el gobierno colombiano, que tienen lugar en La Habana, Cuba, están progresando a pesar de muchos desafíos. Del 11 al 18 de abril, 33 activistas de Estados Unidos, Colombia, [...]

Supreme Court pressed to grant right to marry

May 8, 2015

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments for and against legalizing same-sex marriage. Plaintiffs from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee — where state courts upheld same-sex marriage bans — brought cases opposing the bans before the high court. The court’s ruling, [...]

Women combatants want to achieve peace

May 6, 2015

Colombia talks — in Cuba Victoria Sandino, a leading FARC-EP representative. Peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the Colombian government, taking place in Havana, Cuba, are making some progress despite many challenges. From April 11 through [...]

Cop charged for autoworker’s near-lynching

April 29, 2015

Floyd Dent Detroit — All too often racist police get away with murder. Brutal physical assaults against people of color go unpunished. Rarely are violent police charged for the crimes they commit, and in most cases they don’t even lose their jobs. Instead, the victims are treated as [...]

Young autoworker dies at hands of Detroit police

April 7, 2015

Anthony Clark Reed On March 30, 24-year-old Anthony Clark Reed died at the hands of Detroit police. The young African-American nursing student, also an autoworker, was stopped by police for an alleged traffic violation for having tinted windows on his vehicle. The windows, however, were [...]

Mass outrage over cops’ near-lynching of Black autoworker in Detroit

April 6, 2015

Solidarity with Floyd Dent, April 1. WW photo: Martha Grevatt Detroit — Millions of people around the United States have seen the video of the brutal beating and choking of Detroit resident Floyd Dent by police in nearby Inkster, Mich. A squad car’s dashboard camera documented the Jan. 28 [...]

At UAW convention, autoworkers show they want equal pay for equal work

March 30, 2015

This year, the United Auto Workers union will negotiate new contracts with auto and truck manufacturers General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, as well as with tractor and farm equipment maker John Deere, and other major corporations. On March 24 and 25, the union held its “Special Bargaining [...]

Oil strike breakthrough

March 26, 2015

Workers march in Findlay, Ohio, home of Marathon, on Feb. 24.WW photo: Martha Grevatt March 22 — The U.S. oil refinery strike, which began Feb. 1, appears to be moving toward a resolution. The Steelworkers union has been negotiating to achieve an industrywide contract to cover 30,000 workers at [...]
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