DSI Tunneling strikers in Louisville win support

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — “We’re here to support our union brothers fighting for their first contract,” UPS worker Adam Hedges said as he joined them picketing outside DSI Tunneling Sept. 18. When the 13 DSI workers won union recognition last November,…


Hospital workers strike continues at University of Illinois

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
Striking members of Illinois Nurses Association and SEIU Local 73 join forces at rally in Chicago, Sept. 18. Central issue for both unions is bosses’ insistence on understaffing and overwork.

CHICAGO — Some 4,000 members of Service Employees International Union Local 73 are in the second week of their strike at the University of Illinois Hospital here and several of its other facilities around the state. Members of the Illinois…


Louisville: DSI Tunneling workers strike for first union contract

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020
Teamsters Local 89 members on strike against DSI Tunneling in Louisville, Kentucky, picket Aug. 21 for their first contract. Workers won bitter fight for union representation last November.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Driving down East Chestnut Street Aug. 21, we could hear a steady stream of honking cars, expressing solidarity with members of Teamsters Local 89 on strike at DSI Tunneling for a contract. The unionists walked out Aug.…


Newfoundland grocery workers strike for full-time jobs, wages

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020

MONTREAL — Some 1,400 unionized grocery workers at 11 Dominion stores across the Canadian province of Newfoundland went on strike Aug. 22. The members of Unifor Local 597 set up pickets at stores from St. John’s to Stephenville. They’ve been…


UK: Workers strike over low wages, multitier conditions

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020
Sanitation workers, members of Unite union on strike in south-east London, stop refuse truck March 18. Two-day walkout won sick pay. Workers are also demanding end to multitier wages.

LONDON — Seventy refuse workers picketed the Thames Road Serco waste disposal depot in Bexley, in south-east London, March 18. Unite union members were taking strike action against low wages, lack of sick pay and multitier wages and conditions. Truck…


Teachers in Minnesota strike 3 days, demand more hiring

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Teachers ended a three-day strike March 13 that shut down public schools here, the first such walkout since 1946. The St. Paul Federation of Educators, with 3,600 members, picketed schools each morning and held spirited rallies…


Airline catering workers stage nationwide protest

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

SEATTLE — Nearly 100 airline catering workers and supporters rallied and marched at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Feb. 14 demanding their bosses negotiate a new contract. The workers are part of 20,000 union members at  LSG Sky Chefs and Gate…


French workers continue protest against Macron’s pension assault

Vol. 84/No. 7 - February 24, 2020
Sailors march in Marseille, France, Jan. 29 as part of a national day of protest against government plans to raise retirement age from 62 to 64 and to cut back workers’ pensions.

PARIS — Sizable union-led protests have continued against French President Emmanuel Macron’s attack on workers’ pensions, despite the end of a six-week national rail strike Jan. 29 called to oppose the assaults. The strike was joined by workers walking out…


East Bay transit workers fight bosses’ takebacks, seek support

Vol. 84/No. 7 - February 24, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. — Bus drivers, mechanics and clerical workers employed by the AC Transit system in the East Bay held a midday rally outside the agency’s headquarters Feb. 5, seeking to win more support for their fight against the company’s…


Seattle hospital workers strike for ‘patients before profits’

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020
Members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW rally in Seattle Jan. 29 during three-day walkout at Swedish-Providence hospitals demanding increased staffing for patient care and a wage raise.

SEATTLE — Some 8,000 workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and other unions went on strike against the Swedish-Providence hospital system Jan. 28-30. Picket lines were set up 24 hours a day at seven facilities in the greater Seattle area.…