What’s Next for French Workers After Thursday’s National Mobilization?
Yesterday, a coalition of unions held a national strike day over wages and jobs. Despite the deep anger among French education workers that crystallized two weeks ago, and local conflicts over wages, participation was limited. As union leaders meet to consider next steps, what conclusions can be drawn so far?
Antoine BordasJanuary 28, 2022
One Year Later: Biden Is Still No Friend of Labor
Joe Biden claims to be one of the most pro-labor presidents to ever hold office, but while he has talked a good game, he has conspicuously failed to deliver for working people and unions. Worse, Biden’s embrace of labor was and remains a cynical, and so far highly successful, attempt to co-opt and further tie unions to the Democratic Party.
James Dennis HoffJanuary 21, 2022
CUNY Rank-and-File Activists Fight for Safe Reopening
At the City University of New York (CUNY) tens of thousands of students are petitioning for more online classes, and in-person sections are getting canceled left and right due to low enrollment, leading dozens of part-time faculty to lose their jobs. Dissatisfied with the union leadership’s response, rank-and-file union members are taking matters into their own hands.
Left VoiceJanuary 21, 2022
Mine Workers in Peru Protest Over Covid-19 Infections
Faced with the inaction of the Ministry of Labor, mine workers in Peru staged a massive protest on Tuesday demanding that Anglo American mining company cover quarantine expenses for those infected with Covid-19 caused in the mining camps.
La Izquierda Diario PéruJanuary 19, 2022
“I Want to Thank the Staff That Held the Line”: Interview with a Chicago Teacher
Earlier this month, teachers in Chicago voted to resume remote learning rather than return to unsafe working conditions. In response, Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot locked the teachers out of their classes and threatened to stop paying them. After a few days, the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates voted to suspend the teachers’ action and called them to in person classes. We spoke to a Chicago teacher about this struggle and what it means for educators across the country.
Left VoiceJanuary 17, 2022
The Jewish Museum in New York Joins the Fight for a Unionized Art World
The workers of this prestigious and historic institution have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for a union election.
Sarah Frankie SigmanJanuary 12, 2022
Two Stores and Counting: Starbucks Unionization Wave Picks Up
Following the unionization of one Starbucks store in Buffalo, NY, over half a dozen stores around the U.S. have filed with the National Labor Relations Board for elections of their own.
Rose LemlichJanuary 11, 2022
“I Can’t Afford Not to Work”: Workers on the Omicron Surge
Workers tell Left Voice about safety measures at their workplace
Left VoiceJanuary 11, 2022
Buffalo Starbucks Workers Strike over Unsafe Working Conditions
Workers at the recently-unionized Starbucks store in Buffalo, New York walked off the job last week, citing concerns over safety measures and staffing shortages. Against the backdrop of a ripple of Starbucks unionization drives in stores across the country and surging coronavirus cases, the Buffalo baristas’ collective action shows a path forward for workers to return to work on their own terms.
Madeleine FreemanJanuary 10, 2022
Student Workers of Columbia Reach Tentative Agreement
After more than two months on strike, the Student Workers of Columbia reached a tentative agreement for their union’s first contract with Columbia University.
Olivia WoodJanuary 8, 2022