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By Emil McDonald On Saturday, July 22, 2023, fifty workers and community members rallied at San Francisco City Hall in solidarity with 340,000 UPS Teamsters. Since UPS walked away from the bargaining table earlier in the month, UPS workers had been busy preparing for a potential August 1 national strike with the potential to shut […]
By Jonathan Martin On August 4, 1997, 185,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) led by president Ron Carey began a fifteen-day strike that would cost the United Parcel Service (UPS) over $600 million. They won 10,000 full-time positions with higher salaries and benefits, and preserved Teamster’ pensions from UPS takeover. John Sweeney, […]
Teachers and Community Defeat Stealth OUSD School Closure and Layoff Plan By Michael Sebastian On Tuesday February 28, with only 24 hours notice, OUSD board president Mike Hutchinson called a special meeting to consider resolutions relating to “Budget Adjustments” and a “Classified Employee Reduction in Work Force.” These resolutions, which Hutchinson negotiated in private with the […]
By Michael Sebastian As the Oakland Education Association bargains a new contract, it has raised a comprehensive set of common good demands to help strengthen Oakland’s public schools and support students. OEA rallied hundreds of teachers and community members in support of these demands at the February 8 school board meeting. At the rally outside […]
By: The People’s Transit Alliance 5 minute read tw: racism, sexual assault This past Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2023, was Transit Equity Day, “a collaborative effort of several organizations and unions to promote public transit as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change…” organized by Labor 4 Sustainability. For Transit Equity Day 2023, […]
By Michael Sebastian Parker students marched with teachers and DSA members to Markham Elementary School last year to protest the closure of their school. (Photo: Stephanie Hung) On January 11, Oakland’s educators and the community scored a signal victory in their years-long fight to end the closure and privatization of public schools. Within days of […]
Photo credit: Ian Castro The historic strike of 48,000 academic workers across the ten campuses of the University of California and the Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory came to a close on December 23, when the two remaining bargaining units of the United Auto Workers – UAW Local 2865 and SRU-UAW – voted to ratify new contracts. […]
By Anthony Migliacci and Luca Dhagat To many of the University of California’s nearly 300,000 students, strikes are distant news, simply actions reserved to the industrial workplaces of the Midwest. All that started to change last Monday, when nearly 50,000 academic workers across ten UC campuses began striking in response to the University’s numerous unfair […]
By Becca Roskill, Eva Schultz, and Richard Marcantonio On Monday, November 14, 48,000 academic workers at the University of California will begin an open-ended strike. Locals of the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced earlier this month that over 36,000 members voted by 98 percent to authorize the strike. In addition to seeking improved wages, benefits, […]
Two Workers Talk About Organizing at REI By Eva Schultz and Richard Marcantonio After workers at REI’s SoHo store in New York City filed a petition for an NLRB election, the company published an “Our.REI.com” webpage. Later taken down by the company, it included an interview by CEO Eric Artz (preserved in this archived transcript) […]