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 MünzerDecember 6, 2021
Reflections on Teaching When Your Classroom is 30 Degrees
I take pride in continuing to show up, open the windows, and teach as best I can. Also, it’s freezing.
K.S. MehtaFebruary 14, 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
My Mom Got COVID-19 and I Can’t Even Socially Distance From Her
This interview was conducted with Jean Francois, a medical student in New York, whose mother is a Patient Care Associate at a New York hospital. Her mother contracted COVID-19 due to her exposure at her job and because of the inadequate PPE she was provided.
Left VoiceMay 20, 2020
Mexico´s New Working Class
Terremoto–earthquake. Economists, political scientists and analysts thus describe the effects of Trump’s arrival to the White House on the neighboring semi-colony of Mexico.
Jimena VergaraOctober 13, 2017
Free Trade Agreements and the Dynamics of Capitalism
The new Trump Administration has officially pulled out of the TPP and announced plans to renegotiate NAFTA. Are these the first signs of a reconfiguration of the neoliberal world order?
Pete DolackJanuary 30, 2017
Unemployment and Poverty, Inherent Features of Capitalism
Millions of workers in the U.S. and around the world struggle to survive, often working low-wage, part-time jobs with no benefits. These victims of capitalism's drive for profits must be at the center of a working class fightback. Without a working class alternative, rightists like Trump will step in to masquerade as champions of working people.
John LeslieJuly 7, 2016
The Night Shift: Capitalism’s Silent Killer
Millions work night shifts to satisfy the capitalist system’s around-the-clock drive for profits, which poses a serious threat to the health of night workers. Time for a fight back to reclaim the daylight and our health.
John LeslieJune 21, 2016