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Labor Movement

Bosses Don’t Keep Us Safe — We Need Workers’ Safety Committees

During the deadly tornadoes last weekend, workers were not allowed to leave. Incredibly, this is completely legal. Laws and safety protocols protect businesses, not workers. We need workers’ committees to manage safety on the job.

Adnan Ahmed

December 17, 2021

Columbia Seeks Scabs. NYC-Area University Educators Refuse

Columbia is trying to hire scabs to replace student workers for spring semester in an effort to break their 7-week-long strike. Student workers at NYU-GSOC have organized a pledge that no academic worker will cross the picket line by applying for or accepting these jobs. We reprint the pledge here and urge readers who work in higher education to sign on as individuals and ask their unions to do the same.

Left Voice

December 14, 2021

Unions Need to Be On the Frontlines of the Struggle for Abortion Rights

The right to an abortion is under attack. That right is a crucial one for the working class. So why have our union leaders been so quiet?

Jason Koslowski

December 13, 2021

Workers at Video Game Company Activision Blizzard Lead Week-Long Work Stoppage

Workers at video gaming company Activision Blizzard entered a five-day work stoppage and are making moves to unionize. This worker action could have powerful effects for the industry.

Otto Fors

December 12, 2021

Dear Columbia: Denying Student Workers Healthcare and a Living Wage Is the Real Violence

Columbia University’s administration has denounced the “violence” at this week’s completely peaceful picket by student workers. Do not be fooled: the real violence is the university denying student workers healthcare, a living wage, and neutral third-party arbitration.

Mike Pappas

December 10, 2021

It’s Time to Keep the Scabs Out of the Kellogg Plants

The rejection by Kellogg workers of a tentative agreement, which means they’ll continue the strike they began in early October, demands a response by the entire working class. It’s time to show what solidarity really means.

Scott Cooper

December 8, 2021

Kellogg Workers Reject Tentative Agreement, Continue Strike

After nine weeks on strike, workers at four Kellogg plants have rejected a temporary agreement that doesn’t meet their demands. They’ll continue to fight the bosses — and need the entire U.S. labor movement to join their struggle.

Scott Cooper

December 7, 2021

Why Are There So Few Large Strikes? Blame the Democratic Party

The number of large strikes has plummeted since the 1970s. The main reason is the link between union leaders and the Democratic Party. That link has to be cut.

Jason Koslowski

December 7, 2021

The Shorter Workweek and a Revolutionary Program for Working Hours

Shortening the workweek has become an issue in the French presidential campaign. Workers there won a 35-hour standard in 2000, but the bosses circumvent the law. Many workers are now demanding a 32-hour workweek. While the French system differs that of the United States, the Marxist argument for reducing working time spelled out here — and how to win that demand — applies to workers everywhere.

Camille Münzer

December 6, 2021