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UAW Convention: Is the union ready to fight?

By June 19, 2014

On June 5, the United Auto Workers — a union founded in 1935 in a period of tumultuous class struggle — concluded its 36th Constitutional Convention in Detroit. The convention marked the departure of President Bob King, a champion of “partnership” with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. The acceptance speech of Dennis Williams, the new […]


Motor City Pride

By June 11, 2014

“Motor City Pride,” a June 7-8 festival with a march the second day, drew tens of thousands from all over southeast Michigan to downtown Detroit this year. Even more than in previous years, the struggle for marriage equality took center stage. Same-sex couples won a huge victory in March when Federal Judge Bernard Friedman ruled […]


Detroit auto parts plant strike threat wins union

By May 18, 2014

Detroit — Kace Logistics is one of many companies that function near or inside a major auto assembly plant. Workers at these logistics facilities “sequence” auto components in kits that facilitate an autoworker’s job mounting these parts to a vehicle. Generally, their wages are nowhere near what a UAW worker at Chrysler, Ford or General […]


GM ignition scandal continues

By May 15, 2014

Months after the link between a faulty ignition switch and car crash fatalities made front-page news, General Motors’ reckless disregard of public safety, and its web of denials and cover-ups are still in the public eye. GM management knew in 2005 that an ignition switch eventually used in millions of small Chevrolet and Saturn cars […]


Protests in 50-plus cities say: ‘U.S. mail is not for sale’

By May 1, 2014
Philadelphia postal workers picket low-wage Staples store. The postal service wants to outsource jobs there.WW photo: Joseph Piette

More than 50 protests were held in 27 states on the April 24 “National Day of Action Protest to ‘Stop Staples!’” Postal worker unions demonstrated outside Staples stores with the theme “The U.S. mail is not for sale.” They were protesting an ominous privatization agreement between this office supply chain and the U.S. Postal Service. […]


‘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, […]