Supply Chain Crisis Deepens – Interview with a Rail Worker

by Sam Skinner Nicholas Wurst is a freight conductor in Massachusetts for CSX and is a member of SMART-TD, one of the rail unions. Previously he worked in an intermodal yard for CSX and was a member of TCU/IAM. He is a  member of the Independent Socialist Group.  The news is full of stories aboutContinue reading “Supply Chain Crisis Deepens – Interview with a Rail Worker”

Reform Coalition Wins High School Division in NYC Teachers Union Elections

by Danny Neuman (United Federation of Teachers, personal capacity) On May 19th, the American Arbitration Association finished tallying the results of the 2022 United Federation of Teachers (UFT) leadership election. The election occurred against the backdrop of record high job dissatisfaction among school staff, much of which is due to failures among government and administratorsContinue reading “Reform Coalition Wins High School Division in NYC Teachers Union Elections”

Maine Med Nurses Picket for Good First Contract

by M. Germon April 27 2022: Union nurses and supporters picket for first contract at Maine Med. (National Nurses United) After eight long months of negotiations, the nurses at Maine Medical Center are turning up the heat. Hundreds of people showed up in solidarity to an informational picket organized by the Maine Med nurses’ unionContinue reading “Maine Med Nurses Picket for Good First Contract”

International Workers Day 2022: Momentum at Amazon & Starbucks

By Nicholas Wurst (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Local 1473) and Evren Pallares Ó Laoghaire (Teamsters Local 170) A version of this article was originally published in the May issue of Socialism Today, available now! Subscribe here. This year, there is something more to celebrate on International Workers Day, May 1st. A seriesContinue reading “International Workers Day 2022: Momentum at Amazon & Starbucks”

Education in Crisis: A Conversation Between Educators

Emery A., a union paraeducator in Saco, ME recently spoke with B, a union public school IT worker in Worcester, MA about the current work conditions in public education. Both are members of ISG. E: Many educators across the country have spoken out about severe staffing and resource shortages which have been worsened by theContinue reading “Education in Crisis: A Conversation Between Educators”

St. Vincent Nurses End Historic Strike

The longest strike in the U.S. in 2021 and the longest nurses strike in Massachusetts history ended in January 2022 when union nurses voted to ratify a new contract. 700 members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) were on strike for 10 months against Tenet  Corporation, owners of St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. The courage and tenacity of the nurses in this strike needs to be publicly acknowledged and remembered. It’s crucial for working people to discuss the strike for future struggles around better healthcare and a stronger labor movement. 

Solidarity with the Clark University Graduate Worker Union Drive!

Clark University Independent Socialist Group (ISG) and Worcester ISG stand in solidarity with ClarkU Graduate Workers United-Teamsters (ClarkU GWU-T) in their push towards union recognition. With working people bearing the brunt of the current health and economic crisis, it is more important than ever to organize against exploitation and for labor rights.  Clark University onlyContinue reading “Solidarity with the Clark University Graduate Worker Union Drive!”

No Pay Cuts During the Pandemic – Reinstate Hazard Pay!

On January 3rd, Portland City Council betrayed the front-line workers of the city who have kept Portland running during the COVID pandemic. City Council voted to repeal the COVID state of emergency, put in place earlier in the pandemic, which allowed for mandatory hazard pay for workers. In the same breath, they voted to reinstateContinue reading “No Pay Cuts During the Pandemic – Reinstate Hazard Pay!”

ISG In Action: Solidarity with the Nurses

by Jay Verchin ISG members in Worcester, MA, have supported the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) throughout the 10-month long strike against Tenet Healthcare, the corporation that owns St. Vincent Hospital. It was the longest nurses’ strike in state history. On March 8th, 2021, 800 nurses with the MNA walked out of the hospital. The nursesContinue reading “ISG In Action: Solidarity with the Nurses”

After Teamsters Elections, Rank-and-File Must Continue to Organize for Change

by Evren Pallares Ó Laoghaire, Teamsters Local 170 (personal capacity) This article was originally published in Socialism Today, the paper of the Independent Socialist Group. Subscribe to the paper to receive each issue in print and read the articles before they’re published online! This past November Teamsters Union members voted in new national leadership afterContinue reading “After Teamsters Elections, Rank-and-File Must Continue to Organize for Change”