Worcester Telegram & Gazette Attacks Striking Nurses

by Sarah Beth Gable SEIU Local 509 (Personal Capacity) “What You Need to Know about the St. Vincent Strike” ran in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette (T&G) on March 31. A more accurate title would have been “Why you should feel bad for Tenet Healthcare.” Tenet, a multibillion-dollar, multistate conglomerate, owns and operates St. Vincent HospitalContinue reading “Worcester Telegram & Gazette Attacks Striking Nurses”

St. Vincent Nurses’ Strike is a Fight for the Soul of Worcester’s Future

By Bryant William Sculos, Ph.D.Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Worcester State UniversityMSCA Worcester and Independent Socialist Group (ISG) member (writing in his personal capacity) Op-ed written for publication in the Worcester T&G as one of the solidarity actions requested by the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) & striking nurses. Having spent hours on the picketContinue reading “St. Vincent Nurses’ Strike is a Fight for the Soul of Worcester’s Future”

Solidarity with the MNA strike at St Vincent’s – from Nottingham in the UK

Dear MNA, Nottingham Socialist Party has heard about the strike at St Vincent’s through the Independent Socialist Group and have seen the powerful video at End Understaffing at St. Vincent’s Hospital! We want to express our complete solidarity with your struggle. The health, welfare and dignity of patients should be paramount; that requires management to ensureContinue reading “Solidarity with the MNA strike at St Vincent’s – from Nottingham in the UK”

Nurse and Patient Well-being Is On the Line – Strike at St. Vincent’s!

Updated Solidarity Statement March 8, 10am Worcester Independent Socialist Group (ISG) stands in solidarity with union nurses at St. Vincent hospital who are on strike as of Monday, March 8th. Workers everywhere, including essential nurses, have real power in the workplace, and using that power is the only reliable way to win safe patient limits,Continue reading “Nurse and Patient Well-being Is On the Line – Strike at St. Vincent’s!”

Texas Ice Storm Hits Working Class Hardest

By Jacob Aguillard A recent ice storm and freezing temperatures have created extremely difficult and deadly conditions for millions of Texans. Record low temperatures caused over 4 million Texans to lose power and exposed again just how capitalism fails and exploits the working class. In Texas, a state where “about 56 percent of Texas’ energyContinue reading “Texas Ice Storm Hits Working Class Hardest”

St. Vincent’s Nurses Authorize Strike – ISG Stands in Solidarity

Worcester Independent Socialist Group (ISG) stands in solidarity with union nurses at St. Vincent hospital who voted Wednesday to authorize a strike. Workers everywhere, including essential nurses, have real power in the workplace, and using that power is the only reliable way to win adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), safe staffing ratios, and COVID-19 protections.Continue reading “St. Vincent’s Nurses Authorize Strike – ISG Stands in Solidarity”

No Evictions! Fight for Housing Justice

The coronavirus pandemic has been grossly mishandled in capitalist countries throughout the world, and as a consequence, it has had devastating effects on the lives of millions of poor and working people. In the United States, millions of people who were laid off or furloughed in the early months of the pandemic remain unemployed, and costs for essential products and services like food have risen. Tens of millions of Americans have lost whatever degree of economic security they had before the pandemic. One consequence of this is that there are millions of people who are behind on rent and in danger of getting evicted once the federal eviction moratorium (or temporary ban on evictions) is lifted, which is currently set to happen on March 31st.

Vaccines Alone Will Not End the COVID-19 Crisis

by Jai Chavis As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase and hospitals continue to be understaffed and overwhelmed by patients with coronavirus complications, it is clear that the pandemic is far from over. The recent flurry of reports says that at least three major pharmaceutical companies based in the US and UK have highlyContinue reading “Vaccines Alone Will Not End the COVID-19 Crisis”

Worcester Community Opposes Proposed Amazon “Last-Mile” Station

by Elisabeth Wichser and Claire Bayler On December 9th, the City of Worcester Planning Board held a public “Webinar” meeting to discuss permitting the redevelopment of the defunct Greendale Mall site into a warehouse and distribution center heavily speculated to be intended for Amazon. Over 80 members of the community, including a number of IndependentContinue reading “Worcester Community Opposes Proposed Amazon “Last-Mile” Station”

The Impending Housing Crisis and How to Fight It

by Beau Monast and Elisabeth Wichser A resurgent coronavirus is raging across the country. For some, it’s a question of when they can return to gathering with friends or finally put an end to monotonous Zoom meetings, but for a startling number of Americans, it’s a constant worry as to whether (and for how long)Continue reading “The Impending Housing Crisis and How to Fight It”