Author: Cody R. Melcher

3,000 Volvo Workers Are on Strike Again

After rejecting a second contract offer, Volvo workers at the Mack and Volvo Truck of North America manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia are on strike again. They say that this time they are not going back until a new contract is ratified.

Working Class Tunisians Rise Up against Police Violence

Protests began in the working-class districts of Sidi Hassine and Séjoumi in Tunis, Tunisia, after a young man died in police custody and videos of police beating a minor went viral on social media. Police violence is endemic in Tunisia, and the masses suffer unemployment, poverty, and misery a decade after the fall of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s regime and the beginning of the Arab Spring.

Wildcat Strike at Gorillas, a Grocery Delivery Startup in Berlin

Workers at the on-demand grocery delivery service Gorillas have gone on a wildcat strike. They have been blocking warehouses after one of their colleagues was fired. This is an intense, exemplary struggle that demands international attention.

American Exceptionalism or the Trump Aberration? Race and Class in American Politics

The rise of Trump and the lack of development of a major political party that represents the interests of the working class in the United States has led many to ask if there is something peculiar about American society. Goldfield and Melcher argue that the question, and its answer, are rooted in the organization of southern workers and a united front against white supremacy.