Tag: Strike

Nearly 40,000 Verizon Workers Go On Strike

For updates go to standuptoverizon.com After ten months trying to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia walked off the job at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The Verizon strike is by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years. Despite making record profits — $39 billion in profits over the last three years — Verizon executives have been pushing to offshore jobs to the Philippines, Mexico and other locations, outsource work to low-wage contractors and transfer workers away from their families for months at a time. Verizon workers, who are ready to ... Read more

Spain: thousands join march against trade unionist trial

An estimated 5,000 people braved the wind and rain on a three-hour march in Madrid on 9 February to protest against the trial of eight trade unionists facing a total 66 years in prison for going on strike. The eight workers, who belong to IndustriALL Global Union affiliates, CC.OO de Industria and MCA-UGT, were charged after joining a picket at the gates of Airbus in Getafe, in the Madrid suburbs, as part of a general strike on 29 September 2010. As the trial began today, IndustriALL joined Spanish unions, as well as industriAll Europe and members of Airbus unions in ... Read more

Teamsters President Hoffa Pledges Solidarity with UAW Members

In remarks at the Detroit Labor Day Parade today, International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa pledged solidarity with the United Auto Workers (UAW) in their contract negotiations with the Big Three: Ford, Chrysler and GM. “I know you haven’t picked a target yet, but it’s one of those three,” Hoffa said. “If the UAW goes on strike, I make a pledge on behalf of the 1.4 million Teamster members – we will honor your picket lines. We will walk with you every day. The Teamsters and the UAW are together. They aren’t going to haul those cars if ... Read more

78 years ago today, 400 black women stood up for their rights … and won!

May 6, 1937, 400 black female tobacco stemmers spontaneously went on strike at I.N. Vaughan in Richmond, Virginia. The women often worked more than 80 hours a week for a total of $3. They toiled in a cramped factory with tobacco dust coating the air and their lungs. With the help of the Southern Negro Youth Congress and a show of solidarity from white female workers in the CIO’s Clothing and Textile Workers Union who walked the picket lines with them, they won their battle. They gained a wage increase, eight-hour work day and recognition of their union. Their victory ... Read more