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
This interview was originally posted on npr.org. For more on these questions, please see The Marxist-Leninist’s archive of the writings of Harry Haywood, the principal theorist of the African American National Question. See also, “The Third International and the Struggle for a Correct Line on the African American National Question” by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
How ‘Communism’ Brought Racial Equality To The South
Tell Me More continues its Black History Month series of conversations with a discussion about the role of the Communist Party. It was prominent in the fight for racial equality in the south, specifically Alabama, where segregation was most oppressive. Many courageous activists were communists. Host Michel Martin speaks with historian Robin Kelley about his book “Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression” about how the communist party tried to secure racial, economic, and political reforms.
To listen to the interview, go here: Interview with Robin D.G. Kelley.
Transcript: Continue reading
Posted in Black Liberation, Books, Marxism-Leninism
Tagged African American National Liberation, Alabama, Artur Davis, Black Belt, Civil Rights Movement, Communist Party of the United States, CPUSA, economic crisis, Great Depression, Hosea Hudson, Michel Martin, NAACP, Nate Shaw, national oppression, National Public Radio, Ned Cobb, NPR, Robin D. G. Kelley, Rosa Parks, Scottsboro, Sharecroppers Union, SNCC
Students in solidarity with the Crimson Ride bus drivers
The following call to action is from the Network to Fight for Economic Justice. See also Jenae Stainer’s article Bus drivers continue fight for living wage from Fight Back! News:
In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, bus drivers are in the midst of a struggle for a living wage. Fed up with earning poverty wages, the bus drivers are demanding their first union contract. Nearly a year ago, the Crimson Ride bus drivers voted unanimously to join Amalgamate Transit Union (ATU) Local 1208.
The University of Alabama contracts out to First Transit, a division of the massive British multinational FirstGroup PLC, which runs the Crimson Ride bus service on campus. The university pays the company $55.50 an hour, and in turn, the company pays the drivers a paltry $9.50 an hour – poverty wages. The union drivers are demanding $14 per hour and benefits comparable to university bus drivers in other states.
Posted in Action Alerts, Labor Movement, Student Movements
Tagged Alabama, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), ATU Local 1208, Crimson Ride, Crimson Ride Shuttle Bus Drivers, Fight Back!, FirstGroup PLC, Jenae Stainer, national oppression, Network to Fight for Economic Justice, NFEJ, Robert Witt, Students for a Democratic Society, Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama
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
The following is from Fight Back! News:
by Chapin Gray
Murfreesboro, TN – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held its fourth annual national convention here, July 11 -12, bringing together around 100 students and youth activists from across the country.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Labor Movement, Students for a Democratic Society
Tagged Afghanistan, Alabama, Chapin Gray, Colombia, education, G20, Labor, Murfeesboro, Quad City Die Casting, Ryan Costello, sds, SDS National Conventions, Tennessee, Tuscaloosa, Wells Fargo