Unions hit education cutbacks

By March 30, 2014
Teachers at all levels protest in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The United Federation of Teachers, which represents kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and staff, and the Professional Staff Congress, which represents higher education teachers and staff in New York City, mobilized about 300 of its members on March 21 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, for a demonstration. They were protesting across the street from state Sen. [...]


Ruling says university football players are workers, can form union


The following is an abridged version of “The Northwestern University Football Union and the NCAA’s Death Spiral” written by Dave Zirin. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lyx99vl to read the entire article.   By Dave Zirin The experts said that the efforts of the Northwestern University football team to form a union would crash and burn. The experts scoffed [...]


Solidarity shown with East Harlem residents in wake of killer gas explosion

By March 29, 2014
WW photo: Joyce Chediac

New York — A group of people from several New York City-based organizations came to East Harlem on March 23 to show their solidarity and support for the community in the wake of the March 12 gas explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. They also demanded reparations for this mostly Latino/a [...]


Postal unions unite against privatization


In the face of unprecedented attacks from Congress, corporations and postal management, the four major postal unions have created a fightback coalition with the goal of saving the people’s postal service. The presidents of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) and [...]


Anti-fascists organize resistance as crisis grips Ukraine coup regime

By March 28, 2014
Marchers in Odessa defy threats, demand a referendum on autonomy and an end to political repression, March 23.Photo: Borotba

Just a month after a U.S.-backed coup d’état in Ukraine brought to power a regime dominated by neo-Nazis and pro-Western capitalist politicians, the ruling junta finds itself in deep crisis. Threats from the government in Kiev and its U.S. and Western European patrons were unable to intimidate the people of the Crimean autonomous region, who [...]


‘Fight for 15’ kicks off in Appalachia

Ethan Young, president of Students for Appalachian Socialism, addresses the audience March 25.WW photo: Benji Pyles

Huntington, W.Va. — A coalition of activists from Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST), Workers World Party, Students for Appalachian Socialism, the Jewel City Solidarity Network and Service Employees union Local 32BJ held a public meeting on March 25 to kick off a “Fight for 15 at Marshall University!” campaign. The meeting was attended by campus [...]


McDonald’s icon busted for wage theft

WW photo: Anne Pruden

New York — A large group of fast-food workers and their supporters held a flash protest on March 18 in a midtown Manhattan McDonald’s and shut it down. Workers joined members of the community and immigrant rights activists to fight for a $15-per-hour minimum wage and union rights for fast-food workers. As they went in, [...]


Marxism explains long-term jobless growth


Five years into the capitalist recovery, the crisis of mass, long-term unemployment will not go away. The Labor Department defines long-term unemployment as being 27 weeks or longer without a job. The official number of long-term unemployed in February was 3.8 million workers. (Los Angeles Times, March 20) “To grasp what that means for the [...]


Protesters tell looters for 1%: ‘Detroit is NOT for sale’

WW photo: Brenda Ryan

The ultra-right-wing, anti-union, anti-people Manhattan Policy Institute hosted the notorious looters of Detroit’s pensions and treasury, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, on March 24 at the Roosevelt Hotel. New Yorkers with the People’s Power Assembly Movement welcomed them only as they should be — with a “Detroit is NOT for sale” [...]


Stop the anti-people legislation in Georgia


Atlanta, March 20 — For the ninth consecutive week, Moral Monday Georgia staged actions on March 18 opposing reactionary legislation and demanding expansion of Medicaid for some 650,000 low-income workers in the state. The coordinated acts of civil disobedience throughout the day — in the Senate gallery, blocking the governor’s office door and sitting in [...]