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‘Raise minimum wage, no food stamp cuts’

By April 18, 2014

Labor and community activists marched through the Near West Side neighborhood of Cleveland on April 12, protesting against recent cuts in food stamps and unemployment benefits and for raising the minimum wage. People came out of their homes and workplaces, giving a thumbs up and joining the chanting. The march and rally were organized by […]


Anti-equality backlash in Michigan

By April 3, 2014

Ding dong! The wicked reverend is dead! Fred “god hates f**s” Phelps died on March 19. Unfortunately, the spirit of hatred that Phelps embodied is alive and well among Michigan politicians. Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Tea Party bigot, refused to accept the March 21 ruling of federal Judge Bernard Friedman that Michigan’s ban on […]


Judge allows same-sex couples to marry in Michigan

By March 24, 2014

On March 21, Michigan became the 18th state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Federal Judge Bernard Friedman, appointed to the bench in 1988 by then-President Ronald Reagan, ruled that the so-called “Michigan Marriage Amendment” was unconstitutional. The ruling came two weeks after a nine-day trial, ordered by the judge to hear “experts” from both […]


Michigan fight for marriage equality continues

By March 15, 2014

Detroit — As of this writing, 17 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government have recognized the right of same-sex couples to marry. These victories came about after decades of hard struggle for basic civil rights by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer movement. It is a breathtaking achievement, considering that some […]


UAW loss at VW: unions must not vacillate on racism

By March 6, 2014

Several weeks after the United Auto Workers lost a close election at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., the discussion continues on why workers rejected union representation. The setback has prompted a healthy discourse — online and on the shop floor — among rank-and-file autoworker activists. With the union’s national convention set to begin June 1, […]


UAW & VW: Class struggle versus class collaboration

By February 27, 2014

Following the vote against union representation at Volkswagen’s plant in Tennessee, the United Auto Workers filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board. The union is challenging the results based on “a firestorm of interference from politicians and special interest groups,” submitting a detailed description of a “coordinated and widely publicized coercive campaign” to […]


Volkswagen workers lost. Why?

By February 20, 2014

From Feb. 12 to 14, hourly workers at Volkswagen’s four-year-old plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted on whether or not to be represented by the United Auto Workers. The final tally showed an unexpected 712-626 rejection of the UAW. Business writers are calling this a “devastating” (Detroit Free Press) and “crushing defeat.” (Wall Street Journal) It […]


Colombian GM workers sew their lips shut

By February 18, 2014
Jorge Parra outside the Detroit auto show, Jan. 14.WW photo: David Sole

On the 77th anniversary of the Flint, Mich., sit-down strike in the U.S., fired GM workers in Colombia accelerate their struggle. After 930-plus days of occupation outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, injured workers fired by General Motors are stepping up their fight for basic justice. Day 925 came on Feb. 11, the 77th anniversary […]


Chrysler workers must resist ‘culture of poverty’

By February 7, 2014

Chrysler became 100 percent owned by Fiat on Jan. 20, when the trust fund responsible for United Auto Workers retirees’ health care sold its 41.5 percent stake in Chrysler to the Italian auto company. In five short years — since the 2009 bankruptcy, when President Barack Obama’s Auto Task Force put Fiat in charge of […]


Autoworkers, community activists demand ‘people’s recovery’

By January 17, 2014
WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

For the fifth year in a row, the rank-and-file autoworker advocacy group Autoworker Caravan protested outside the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall, in Detroit, on Jan. 12. This protest’s theme was the demand for a “people’s recovery.” In an Occupy-style mike check and skit, the question of “whose recovery?” was asked several […]