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Labor Movement

“We Need to Take Back Our Union”: An IATSE Worker on Organizing for Change

A retired member of IATSE Local 80 describes the transformative process of organizing for union democracy in the wake of a disappointing contract fight.

Left Voice

November 23, 2021

“We Feel Angry, We Feel Unheard”: IATSE Workers Speak Out on the Betrayal of Their Leadership

Left Voice reached out to IATSE workers and asked for their thoughts on the newly ratified contract. Despite an overwhelming vote to strike and a majority “no” vote, union bureaucracy and undemocratic voting rules betrayed the rank-and-file worker’s demands for better working conditions.

Left Voice

November 22, 2021

Don’t Mourn … Organize! Remembering Joe Hill and His Music

Today marks the day 106 years ago that Joe Hill was executed by the state of Utah. An immigrant, worker, Wobbly, and songwriter, we celebrate his legacy with some of his best songs. His work lives on today, still performed widely with the same witty, fierce lyrics that rail against the capitalist system.

Kimberly Ann

November 19, 2021

Healthcare Workers at Kaiser in Northern California Set To Strike in Solidarity with Striking Engineers

Kaiser Permanente has recently averted a strike of over 50,000 healthcare workers in Southern California, Oregon, and Hawaii after reaching a tentative agreement with workers. In Northern California, though, thousands of healthcare workers from various sectors are still set to strike this week. Striking Kaiser engineers in Stationary Engineers Local 39 have been picketing since September 18. Now, starting this week, around 40,000 workers from multiple unions will walk off the job in sympathy with Local 39. Healthcare worker Mike Pappas speaks with a mental health worker who will be striking.

Mike Pappas

November 17, 2021

IATSE Members Vote No, Contract Passes Anyway

By using undemocratic voting measures, public pressure, and delaying tactics, the IATSE bureaucracy overrode the wishes of the membership to ram through a terrible contract. This is a betrayal of Halyna Hutchins, and all the IATSE members who voted to strike and who are demanding safe working conditions.

Ezra Brain

November 16, 2021

Voices from the Second Biggest Strike in the United States

3,000 Columbia University student workers are on strike. It’s the second biggest strike in the United States.

Left Voice

November 10, 2021

Wealthy Liberal Arts Colleges Are Exploiting International Students for Cheap Teaching Labor

Left Voice spoke to a teacher at Grinnell College about the working conditions of the severely underpaid “language assistants,” student workers who teach for-credit classes. Such practices are widespread across the United States.

Olivia Wood

November 9, 2021

Wyndham Hotel Workers in Philadelphia Vote to Authorize Strike

After being called “essential” during the pandemic, another set of workers is being offered an insulting contract by management. In response, they are preparing to strike. They deserve the support of every union in Philadelphia.

Jason Koslowski

November 5, 2021

Blueprint for a Strike in the Entertainment Industry: Lessons from the 2007 WGA Strike

On this day in 2007, 12,000 screenwriters began a strike that lasted 100 days — halting production on several TV shows, forcing the cancellation of the Golden Globes ceremony, and costing the studios an estimated $2.1 billion in lost revenue. How the union waged that strike has important lessons for today’s IATSE struggle.

Cal Berry

November 5, 2021