The following article by Mick Kelly is from Fight Back! News:
Ray Rogers speaking at P-9 strike commemoration. (Fight Back! News/Mick Kelly)
Austin, MN – About 200 veterans of the famous Hormel strike – members of Local P-9, along with their families and supporters – gathered here at the American Legion Hall to commemorate strike’s 25th anniversary. Among those in attendance were P-9 President Jim Guyette, Vice-president Lynn Huston, Pete Winkles and Ray Rogers. The event was sponsored by the United Support Group.
Participants in the strike spoke about the necessity of it and of their pride in participating in this historic battle of labor. Many, who paid dearly for their efforts, said if given the opportunity, they would do it again.
The following is from Fight Back! News:
Fight Back! reporters interviewed Sal Rosselli on April 21, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was in Minneapolis to speak at a fundraiser for the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
The following is from the website of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE):
On Thursday 6th May, one day after the massive strike demonstrations, PAME organised new dynamic demonstrations across the country.
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
Richard Berg speaks at a rally in solidarity with the workers of Republic Windows and Doors as they occupy their factory
The following is from Fight Back! News:
Chicago, IL – Chicago Teamster bosses ousted reformers Richard Berg and Gina Alvarez from union office today in a power struggle between grassroots reformers and old guard Teamster officials over one of the largest Teamster local unions in Chicago and the country.
Joint Council 25 officials suspended Richard Berg from union membership and removed him as president of Teamsters Local 743 on false charges that he violated Teamster procedures. Alvarez was also suspended from membership and removed as secretary-treasurer.
The 11,000 members of Local 743 voted Berg and his New Leadership Slate into office in 2007 on a reform platform. His election was bitterly opposed – for years – by Chicago’s top Teamster officials, who used every means at their disposal to prevent a reform victory in Local 743.
Following on the heels Kari Lydersen’s book, Revolt on Goose Island and Michael Moore’s new documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, here comes another documentary film featuring the heroic Republic Windows and Doors factory occupation – Andrew Freund’s Workers Republic:
See also the outstanding pamphlet on class struggle unionism by the Labor Commission of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, “Build a Fighting Workers’ Movement.”
Posted in Labor Movement, Political Economy
Tagged Andrew Freund, Books, Class Struggle Unionism, economic crisis, FRSO, Kari Lydersen, Labor Movement, Michael Moore, Movies, Republic Windows and Doors, video
Click on the image for a PDF flyer for the conference
The following is the call to the “We Say Fight Back” conference, a very important national working class conference that will take place October 3rd in Chicago:
We are now in the midst of the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Millions of homes are in foreclosure. Unemployment is growing. Massive cuts are taking place to the programs that benefit poor and working people, while the government tries to balance budgets on our backs. Inequality is growing, oppressed people–African-Americans, Chicanos, and Latinos are the last hired and the first to lose their jobs.
The rich and powerful are waging a war on working people and many of us have decided to respond by fighting back. In cities around the country there are sharp struggles to stop evictions and to demand a moratorium on home foreclosures. At places like Chicago’s Republic Windows and Doors there have been intense battles in response to plant closures. From California to New York, people have taken to the streets to protest cuts to programs that serve our communities.
On October 3, 2009, trade unionists, immigrant rights activists and members of low-income, community, housing, student and other progressive organizations will come together in Chicago for a conference that will help build our collective movements. We will take this opportunity to learn from one another’s experience. We will lend support to key struggles. Importantly, we will make common plans. Together we can make a difference and build a more powerful fight back.
Go to the Conference website for a list of endorsers and other important info: http://wesayfightback.com/
Posted in Action Alerts, Labor Movement, Political Economy, U.S. Oppressed Nations and Nationalities
Tagged Chicago, Class Struggle, Class Struggle Unionism, conference, economic crisis, housing, Immigrants Rights, low-income, Student Movement, Trade Unions
Click the image for a PDF pamphlet version
The following review of FRSO’s Build a Fighting Workers Movement (also here at the Marxist-Leninist) is from Fight Back! News Service:
Review: Build a Fighting Workers Movement
A review of the pamphlet Build a Fighting Workers Movement by the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
By Joe Iosbaker
This past Dec. 5, 250 workers occupied the Republic Windows and Doors factory on Goose Island in Chicago. They had been told a few days earlier that the company was closing and that there would be no severance pay, or even payment of wages or sick or vacation pay owed them. Their protest, targeting their company and the Bank of America, became a national symbol of working people’s anger at the rich and powerful. “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” they chanted as their story was reported across the world.
Now over three months later, there has been no wave of labor action in the U.S. to follow up this spectacular beginning. Why? Aren’t millions of workers just as angry? Don’t they want to strike blows against the billionaires on Wall Street?
Posted in Books, FRSO, Labor Movement
Tagged Andy Stern, Bank of America, Class Struggle Unionism, crisis, Fight Back!, FRSO, Joe Iosbaker, militant minority, political economy, Republic Windows and Doors, SEIU, Trade Unions, UAW, William Z. Foster
Click the image for a PDF pamphlet version
The following is a new pamphlet on class struggle unionism from the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization. It helps give the lay of the land in the labor movement in the U.S. today and gives some particular guidance to communists intending to organize in the trade unions.
Build a Fighting Workers Movement
A pamphlet by the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Posted in FRSO, Labor Movement, Political Economy, Theory, U.S. Oppressed Nations and Nationalities, Women's Liberation
Tagged AFL-CIO, Andy Stern, Change to Win, Class Struggle Unionism, crisis, Employee Free Choice Act, FRSO, James Hoffa, John Sweeney, LGBT liberation, Mass Line, militant minority, national question, SEIU, Solidarity Center, Teamsters, UAW, UNITE-HERE, Women's Liberation
A Fight Back! Editorial
The whole world is watching
Working people across the country are holding up newspaper photos and declaring, “Did you see this!” Like us, they are rooting for the Chicago workers waging a militant fight-back in the midst of the economic crisis. 260 union members are occupying their factory, owned by the Republic of Windows and Doors on Goose Island in Chicago. The workers were fired last Friday, two weeks before the holidays. Now the workers dare to set an example to millions of others. Instead of going to the unemployment lines with their heads down and pockets empty they are fighting back.