Quebec state workers fight gov’t attacks on unions, public services

Vol. 85/No. 15 - April 19, 2021
Public sector workers protest in Montreal March 31, part of fight for a contract, to stop government attacks on wages and working conditions, for more funds to schools and other services.

MONTREAL — Under the slogan, “Sound the alarm for public services,” over 1,000 teachers, nurses and other government workers simultaneously rallied at the Quebec National Assembly in Quebec City and at Premier Francois Legault’s office here in downtown  March 31.…


Oregon medical workers win first union contract

Vol. 85/No. 15 - April 19, 2021

BEND, Ore. — Medical technicians, therapists and other workers at St. Charles Medical Center overwhelmingly ratified their first union contract March 31. They had voted to join the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals in 2019 and had been…


Rally marks five weeks of bus drivers strike in Manchester

Vol. 85/No. 15 - April 19, 2021

MANCHESTER, England — Determined to win further support for their fight, hundreds of striking bus drivers at Go North West and their supporters gathered at the Queen’s Road depot in north Manchester April 3 to mark five weeks on the…


Amazon India delivery workers strike over payments, benefits

Vol. 85/No. 15 - April 19, 2021

Over 8,000 Amazon workers at 20 delivery hubs in Delhi and Pune, India, stopped work March 16, a day after the bosses at the giant e-commerce company slashed pay for parcel deliveries. The drivers, mainly hired through subcontracting firms, are…


Montreal longshore workers fight for safety on the job

Vol. 85/No. 14 - April 12, 2021

MONTREAL — By an almost unanimous vote March 21 longshore workers at the Port of Montreal rejected the latest “final” concession contract demands by the Maritime Employers Association. The online strike authorization vote by members of Canadian Union of Public…


Steelworkers in Farrell, Pennsylvania, end strike

Vol. 85/No. 14 - April 12, 2021

Over 400 members of United Steelworkers Local 1016-3, who had been on strike for six months against NLMK Steel in Farrell, Pennsylvania, voted up a four-year contract March 1. At the center of the strike was workers’ efforts to keep…


Manchester bus drivers strike solid after three weeks

Vol. 85/No. 13 - April 5, 2021

MANCHESTER, England — Three weeks in, the strike by 400 drivers at Go North West is going strong and winning solidarity. Dozens of Unite members show up for picket duty, lining union flags along the busy Queens Road. The drivers…


Bus drivers strike wins solidarity in UK

Vol. 85/No. 12 - March 29, 2021

MANCHESTER, England — Workers in Manchester and beyond have joined the picket line of Go North West bus drivers here, to bring solidarity to the striking Unite union members. The drivers walked out Feb. 28 to fight a company move…


Nurses strike in Massachusetts over dangerous understaffing

Vol. 85/No. 12 - March 29, 2021
Hundreds of members of Massachusetts Nurses Association picket St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester March 8 as strike began over understaffing and unsafe working conditions.

WORCESTER, Mass. — Eight hundred union nurses at St. Vincent Hospital here went on strike March 8 over dangerous understaffing and unsafe working conditions. The workers, members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, have been in contract negotiations with Tenet Healthcare…


New Zealand home-care workers picket in fight for union contract

Vol. 85/No. 12 - March 29, 2021

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Home-care workers and their supporters were on the picket line again March 12 in their ongoing fight for a union contract. “We’re doing this for the next lot of workers coming up, not just for those…