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Drop frame-up charges! Rehire four Boston school bus drivers!

By July 7, 2014

The city of Boston and the Veolia Corporation have responded to the Boston school bus drivers’ union show of strength at its June 30th Solidarity Day III demonstration with an outrageous set of trumped-up charges against one of the union leaders: driver and union founder Stevan Kirschbaum. With contract negotiations taking place, these frame-up tactics […]


Spike Lee said the right thing

By March 3, 2014
Spike Lee

Brooklyn, N.Y. — When filmmaker Spike Lee made a series of pithy, crowd-pleasing observations opposing the racist effects of gentrification in Brooklyn, the capitalist media wasted no time in attacking him. Lee’s comments — which received multiple rounds of applause and laughter at a Feb. 25 Pratt Institute Black History Month event in Brooklyn — […]


Solidarity Day 2 versus unionbuster

By January 31, 2014

The attempt by Veolia, an international conglomerate, to bust the Boston School Bus Drivers Union has created a widespread fightback movement. Its next focus is Solidarity Day 2 (SD2), a demonstration set for Feb. 1 outside the company’s headquarters. The struggle to rehire the four illegally fired leaders of United Steelworkers Local 8751 has become […]


Massachusetts labor movement intervenes for school bus drivers

By January 21, 2014

Veolia Transportation, the giant transnational conglomerate, is finding itself increasingly isolated in its attempt to break the leadership of United Steelworkers union Local 8751, the Boston school bus drivers union. A week after the union-busting, anti-labor firm lost its commuter rail contract, Boston area labor leaders issued a joint call for “Solidarity Day 2” — […]


Setback for Veolia boosts Solidarity Day 2 for bus union

By January 17, 2014

The fight to reinstate the wrongly fired leaders of United Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, got a boost on Jan. 8 when Veolia Transportation lost the contract to run Massachusetts’ commuter rail system. The loss by Veolia, the vicious French-based, global union-busting company that runs Boston’s school bus system, of the […]


Veolia guilty of union-busting! Contribute to campaign to reinstate the fired Boston school bus drivers

By December 4, 2013
USW Local 8751 members point to illegal lockout on Oct. 19.

On Dec. 2, “Friends of the School Bus 5” launched a crowd-sourcing fundraising effort to raise money for the families of the four fired Boston school bus drivers’ union leaders. Go to the Friends of the School Bus 5 fundraising link at bit.ly/1invSKE. Already, District 35 of the Painters and Allied Trades in Boston has led the way […]


Workers pack Boston hearing, expose union busters

By November 28, 2013
Boston school bus drivers testify against Veolia’s violations at Nov. 21 city council meeting.WW photo: Joseph Piette

If Veolia Transportation’s union-busting crackdown on the United Steelworkers Local 8751 Boston school bus drivers’ leadership was meant to intimidate the rank and file, it is having the opposite effect. On Oct. 8, the company locked out the drivers after they held a legally protected protest of the company’s many unfair labor practices. Since then, […]


Emergency protests held against Veolia

By October 23, 2013

When Veolia Transportation committed an unfair labor practice lockout of 700 school bus drivers in Boston on Oct. 8 and suspended five leaders of Steelworkers Local 8751, the city’s corporate media began attacking the union leaders. Boston newspapers used every name imaginable to slander the leaders of a fighting union known for having some of […]


Worldwide protests condemn U.S. plans to attack Syria

By September 9, 2013

On the Sept. 7-8 weekend, reflecting deep opposition to the U.S. plans to attack Syria, anti-war demonstrations erupted in dozens of cities around the country and worldwide. New York, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta are just a few of the U.S. cities where people demanded “Hands off Syria!” and “Money […]


Hands off Tawana Brawley

By August 14, 2013

U.S. capitalism can’t function without racism. The not-guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case has shone a gigantic spotlight on that fact. As other injustices surface in the wake of the verdict, one more deserves attention in the Trayvon-inspired movement against racism: the continued attacks on Tawana Brawley. Led by the notoriously racist New York […]