Fight for 15
Biden Betrays Promise to Fight for $15
In a conference call with governors last week, Biden assured them that a federal increase in the minimum wage will not pass congress and that he has no intention of fighting to make it happen. This statement is only the latest in a series of compromises and broken promises that reveal the real priorities of the new administration.
James Dennis HoffFebruary 19, 2021
Fast-Food Workers and SEIU Plan Actions to Demand Higher Federal Minimum Wage and Union Rights
Fast-food workers in 15 cities, led by the Service Employees International Union, are planning work actions today demanding a $15 hourly federal minimum wage, union rights, and increased Covid-19 protections. These are important demands, but SEIU’s top-down, bureaucratic-led efforts are no way to build real workers’ power.
Maryam AlanizJanuary 15, 2021
Seattle’s Sawant Faces Corporate-Backed Recall Campaign
Socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant has been a thorn in the side of corporate interests in Seattle for more than six years. Now they are attempting to recall her on trumped up charges of misconduct.
James Dennis HoffOctober 4, 2020
Disney Workers Win Battle for Increased Starting Wage
After months of struggle, 10,000 Disney workers in California won a $15 an hour starting wage and improved working conditions.
Left VoiceAugust 10, 2018
United Front and the Fight Against the Union Bureaucracy
The workers’ united front does not mean peaceful coexistence with the union bureaucracy. It warrants knowing when to break with it. The positions achieved by leftists or socialist groupings within unions or shop-floor committees cannot be prioritized over principled fights.
Juan CSeptember 19, 2016
Sanders, a Third Party, or a Working Class Party?
Without a doubt, the Bernie Sanders phenomenon offers new opportunities as well as potential pitfalls for the left in the U.S. We intend to discuss the positions of various socialist left parties vis-à-vis the presidential elections and the Sanders candidacy in the coming weeks and months. In our first article in this series, we will examine the position of Socialist Alternative, which made a major statement in 2013 by winning a seat on the Seattle city council, the biggest electoral victory by any socialist group in decades.
Robert BelanoApril 2, 2016
Socialist Council Member Re-Elected in Seattle, Defeating Democratic Challenger
Kshama Sawant, the nation's only openly socialist city council member was re-elected last Tuesday with more than 52% of the vote in the city of Seattle. Sawant, a member of Socialist Alternative, has held the council seat since 2013.
Robert BelanoNovember 7, 2015
“Labor Needs to Get its Own House in Order Around Race”
In this interview, economist and labor educator Michael Yates* talks about the crisis of the labor movement, its relationship with the anti-racist movement, FightFor15 and much more.
Michael D YatesAugust 12, 2015
Victory in the fight for $15 in New York
An advisory board has recommended that New York State raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast-food workers. The national movement for $15 has recently won important fights in some cities and gained nationwide momentum. However there remain some important unresolved questions about the potential of this movement.
Juan CJuly 28, 2015
‘The key is the organization of the supply-chains for fast food and the new retail stores’
Charlie Post is a Professor at City University of New York and a socialist activist. He is the author of the book American Road to Capitalism. In this interview originally published in Esquerda Diario, he talks about the concept of Precariat, the novel ways of workplace organizing and the challenges for the Left.
Left VoiceJuly 16, 2015