Students picket with striking Crimson Ride bus drivers at Univ. of Alabama (Fight Back! News/Staff)
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Network to Fight for Economic Justice on the important victory by bus drivers in Alabama.
Alabama Bus Drivers Win Union Contract!
Statement from the Network to Fight for Economic Justice (NFEJ)
Union bus drivers at the University of Alabama are celebrating today! They voted to accept their first union contract late last night, March 8, 2010. All the members and supporters of the Network to Fight for Economic Justice are rejoicing with them!
Organizing a union and winning a first contract are difficult enough. To organize in the South where racism and intimidation are strong factors, is spectacular! The union workers and leaders of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1208 are to be congratulated for their grit and determination. They stood up and sent a message across the country, “We’re NOT going to take it anymore!”
Posted in Labor Movement, Student Movements
Tagged African Americans, Alabama, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), ATU Local 1208, Class Struggle, Fight Back!, First Transit, Mario Harmon, Network to Fight for Economic Justice, NFEJ, Robert Witt, Students for a Democratic Society, Tuscaloosa
The following article is from the website of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE):
The new 24-hour strike held on February 24th against the plans of the social-democrat government of PASOK to place the burdens of the capitalist crisis on the shoulders of the workers was a great success.
Millions of workers resisted to the intimidation by the capital’s parties (the social democrat PASOK, the conservative ND, and the extreme-right, racist LAOS) which argue that workers must submit in order to “rescue the country from bankruptcy”. The “patriotism” of these political forces has only one goal: to maintain and expand the profit making of the capital at the expense of the workers’ gains by means of raising the retirement ages, cutting salaries and pensions, further dismantling of the social-security system, deteriorating the working relations and increasing the anti-people taxes.
Posted in Greece, Labor Movement, Political Economy
Tagged Aleka Papariga, All Workers' Militant Front, Class Struggle, Class Struggle Unionism, Communist Party of Greece, economic crisis, European Union, general strike, KKE, PAME, Students Struggle Front, Trade Unions
Fight Back New Service is circulating the following statement from the Workers Party of Belgium (WPB) on the dramatic victory won by Belgian workers at Anhauser-Busch InBev, who defeated a restructuring plan that would have resulted in layoffs.
Background – Anhauser-Busch InBev
The Anhauser-Busch InBev multinational (Belgian-Brazilian) is the world’s largest beer brewer. It employs about 120,000 workers in 25 countries with a total sales number of 39 billion US dollars. It is among the top 10 consumer products multinationals. Beginning this year, the company announced that it planned to cut 10% of its 8,000 workforce in Europe. In Belgium, AB InBev announced 300 layoffs at its breweries in Jupille and Leuven.
Posted in Labor Movement, Marxism-Leninism
Tagged Anhauser-Busch, Anhauser-Busch InBev, Class Struggle, General Motors, GM, InBev, Opel, PTB/PVDA, Raoul Hedebouw, Workers Party of Belgium
Protesters block road to protest factory closure in Moline, IL. (Fight Back! News/Staff)
The following article, by Masao Suzuki, is from Fight Back! News:
San Bruno, CA – On Feb. 5 the Department of Labor released their report on the January 2010 job market. The good news in the report was that the official unemployment rate fell from 10.0% in December to 9.7% in January. This is the biggest drop in the unemployment rate since the recession began in December 2007.
There was also a fair amount of bad news in the jobs report. Some 20,000 payroll jobs were lost in January, and the job loss in December was revised up to 150,000 jobs. There was an increase of 52,000 temporary jobs in January, which means that 72,000 permanent jobs were lost.
The following article by Laura Langley is from Fight Back! News:
Tuscaloosa, AL – Bus drivers, with the support of students at the University of Alabama (UA), are organizing a union campaign to win a living wage. The bus drivers shuttle students, football fans and others around the UA campus. Student activists are riding the buses to sign up student supporters for the bus drivers. The 62 Crimson Ride Shuttle Bus drivers work for FirstGroup PLC, a huge British multinational corporation. The union drivers and students are exposing the British company’s big ripoff of Alabama workers and taxpayers.
The bus drivers, most of whom are African American women, make only $9.50 per hour. This salary puts the drivers and their families below the poverty line. In May of 2009, the Crimson Ride Shuttle Bus Drivers at the University of Alabama unanimously voted to join the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1208, but still do not have a contract. Without a contract there are few benefits. The drivers have no job security. There are no guidelines regulating termination. The drivers are paid nothing during university holidays. Many work two jobs to make ends meet.
Posted in Black Liberation, Labor Movement, Student Movements
Tagged African American National Liberation, Alabama, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), ATU Local 1208, Class Struggle, Crimson Ride, Crimson Ride Shuttle Bus Drivers, Fight Back!, FirstGroup PLC, Jenae Stainer, Laura Langley, living wage, racism, Students for a Democratic Society, Tia Brown, Trade Unions, Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama