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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 [...]

UAW and VW: Workers need a fighting union

March 9, 2015

At the VW Chattanooga plant, Lauren Feinauer shows her support of the UAW. Just over a year ago the National Labor Relations Board conducted a union representation election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Presumably, with the company’s signed pledge not to engage in anti-union [...]

Women and the Flint sit-down strike of 1937

March 5, 2015

The Flint, Mich., sit-down strike achieved victory 78 years ago on Feb. 11, 1937. After a 44-day occupation of General Motors plants, the company was forced to recognize the United Auto Workers. Critical to the strike’s success was the Women’s Emergency Brigade, formed by a striker’s spouse, [...]

Oil strikers march on Marathon Petroleum as strike expands

February 26, 2015

Findlay, Ohio — Over 200 oil strikers and supporters demonstrated on Feb. 24 in Findlay, Ohio, where the Marathon Petroleum Company has its international headquarters. Despite harsh winds and near-zero temperatures, the crowd waited to begin the rally until a busload of Marathon strikers from [...]

Boston union under siege

February 26, 2015

Drop the bogus charges! “There’s no such thing as neutral. You have to be on one side or the other. In Harlan County there wasn’t no neutral.” This is how Florence Reece, spouse of National Miners Union organizer Sam Reece, described life in the Kentucky coal fields in 1931. Sheriff J.H. [...]

5.000 obreros petroleros en huelga

February 24, 2015

Toledo, Ohio – Desde el 1º de febrero, miles de trabajadores petroleros alrededor del país – miembros del sindicato United Steelworkers [USW por las siglas en inglés] – han estado en huelga a causa de prácticas laborales injustas. Esta es una huelga grande que involucra a 5.000 [...]

5,000 oil workers on strike

February 17, 2015

Job safety is a major strike issue. WW photo: Martha Grevatt Toledo, Ohio — Since Feb. 1, thousands of oil workers across the country — members of the United Steelworkers union — have been on an unfair labor practice strike. This is a big strike involving 5,000 workers at 11 refineries in [...]
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