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.
SK Hand Tools Teamsters strike for health care
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‘We Say Fight Back!’ national conference to be held in Chicago
By Chapin Gray
In the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, leaders and organizers across the country are gearing up for the “They Say Cut Back, We Say Fight Back!” national conference planned for Oct. 3 in Chicago, Illinois. From California to New York, people who for the past years have been fighting back against cuts to programs that serve our communities, against home foreclosures and evictions and against plant closures will come together to share experiences and make plans to work together in the coming years.
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Tagged Armando Robles, Carlos Montes, Chapin Gray, conference, David Biedrzycki, Fight Back!, Republic Windows and Doors, Rosemary Williams, SK Hand Tools, Teamsters
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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
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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
Here is a great video from Labor Beat about the Teamsters Local 743 from Chicago at the protest of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN. Teamsters Local 743 was a yellow-dog, mobbed-up union for decades. In October of 2007, a rank & file insurgency within the union took power, removing the old-guard crooks and putting the local in the hands of the workers.
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Standing up at the RNC
Voices from the protest
These are statements from some of the many people who will protest against the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN on September 1-4, 2008.
Carlos Montes, Latinos Against War
I am marching on the RNC to unite with thousands of people who will be there to expose the Bush-McCain politics of war, racism and anti-immigrant attacks. I am marching to represent the Chicano-Mexicano people’s struggle for self-determination and equality. Our struggle has a long history of resistance to U.S. oppression of our land, culture and economic and political power. We as Chicanos stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq in their fight against U.S. occupation. The RNC agenda represents a pro-corporate anti-people politic. It is also an agenda that promotes the increased attacks and oppression against Chicanos and Mexicanos in our own homeland in the Southwest U.S. and other major cities.
Anh Pham, Anti War Committee, MN
When I first started protesting, it was amazing to me how much it mattered to other anti-war protesters; especially those who protested the U.S. war in Viet Nam War, to have me – a Vietnamese American woman join them. When I had the chance to go to Palestine after the start of the second intifada, I was deeply moved and inspired by the Palestinian people’s struggle for the right of return and an end to the occupation. They saw their struggle as part of a whole movement against injustice worldwide. Drawing inspiration from them and others that I know are in the struggle with me, I march on the RNC to say no to the Republican agenda, no to racism and to any agenda that seeks to oppress the many to serve the needs of the few.
Steff Yorek, Freedom Road Socialist Organization
I am marching on the RNC to stop the war in Iraq and to defeat the Republican agenda. U.S imperialism is devastating the Iraqi people. John McCain is an advocate of war and occupation. A movement in this country to oppose the war and defeat McCain will help the Iraqi people free themselves. I am also marching to stop the devastation that capitalism is causing here at home. Homelessness and hunger are rising and New Orleans is still a disaster three years later. The rich care nothing about the people of this country and the Republicans are a big
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Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Chicano Liberation, Electoral Politics, FRSO, Immigrants Rights, Labor Movement, Student Movements, Students for a Democratic Society
Tagged Anh Pham, Antiwar Committee, Carlos Montes, Chapin Gray, Colombia Action Network, Fight Back!, Guillermo Cohen, Hatem Abudayyeh, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Jacob Flom, Juzel Sanders, Larry Davis, Latinos Against War, Protest RNC, Steff Yorek, Teamsters, Welfare Rights Committee