Author: Ben Fredericks

The Days the City Stood Still: Lessons From the 2005 NYC Transit Strike

Fifteen years ago this week, 34,000 members of Transportation Workers Union Local 100 went on strike, shutting down train and bus service and bringing New York City to a screeching halt. Eric Josephson, interviewed here, is a retired transit worker and member of the League for the Revolutionary Party who participated in the strike and was active in the union for 30 years.

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Justice for Daniel Prude, Heinously Murdered by Rochester Police

In one of the most horrific police murders in recent times, Daniel Prude was asphyxiated to death as he lay naked and handcuffed. The gruesome brutality against Prude is symptomatic of the broader violence of the American government. Now, more than ever, the working class must fight for justice.

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The Po-Po Are a No-Go at SEIU Drop the Cops Town Hall

More than a hundred people from across the United States participated in the “SEIU Drop the Cops” virtual town hall. Panelists reported on organized labor’s struggle to kick out police and security guards and elaborated a list of broader anti-racist demands. Speakers called on the broader labor movement to take up the fight against police terror and revitalize the unions through democratic debate and mass, anti-racist struggle.

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GM Strike at the Crossroads: the Strength is in the Picket Lines

Almost 50,000 striking UAW members at General Motors may return to work in the next few days, but much is uncertain. Does the (still secret) Tentative Agreement between GM and the union represent the type of gains workers have sacrificed so much for over the last month? Or will the agreement represent yet another bureaucratic sell-out?

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GM Workers Need International Unity

The strike at General Motors in the U.S. is entering its third week. GM is a global corporation that employs workers in 140 countries. International strikes are necessary to win real gains.

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UAW Workers Need Solidarity… and a Strategy to Win

The nationwide strike at GM can change the landscape of class struggle in the US. GM has escalated by cutting workers’ health benefits. A strategy to win would involve empowering the rank-and-file, democratizing the decision-making, and building international links with GM workers fighting abroad.

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