Solidarity with UPS Workers: Prepare to Strike for a Strong Contract!

by Evren Pallares Ó’Laoghaire & Nicholas WurstWorcester, MATeamsters Local 170 (personal capacity) / SMART-TD Local 1473 (personal capacity) The Independent Socialist Group stands in solidarity with the 350,000 workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in the opening stages of a contract battle with United Parcel Services (UPS). UPS is one of theContinue reading “Solidarity with UPS Workers: Prepare to Strike for a Strong Contract!”

Unite Educator Strikes To Win Better Contracts

by Miranda Alpert & Peggy WangISG members in theMassachusetts Teachers Association / National Education Association Educators are at a breaking point. Stagnant pay, increased workloads, and decreased teacher autonomy are forcing many education workers – both new and veteran – out of the field. A 2022 National Education Association survey reported 55% of educators wantContinue reading “Unite Educator Strikes To Win Better Contracts”

Why I’m Voting for the Union: UChicago Graduate Workers Mobilize for Recognition

by Parker Robbins, Graduate Students United – United Electrical Workers (personal capacity) Graduate workers are the backbone of American universities: we teach classes, conduct research, and are severely overworked and underpaid. According to a survey of University of California (UC) workers by the United Auto Workers, 92 percent of graduate workers spent more than 30Continue reading “Why I’m Voting for the Union: UChicago Graduate Workers Mobilize for Recognition”

Mass Joint Strike at University of California

by Cass Zegura, former UAW Local 2865 member On Monday, November 14, 2022 graduate and postdoctoral workers across the University of California system began their historic strike in response to the system’s bad-faith bargaining and pitiful offers during contract negotiations. At its peak, the strike was 48,000 workers strong across the UC’s ten campuses andContinue reading “Mass Joint Strike at University of California”

What Way Forward for Rail Workers?

by Nicholas Wurst (SMART-TD Local 1473, personal capacity) On December 2, 2022 the Independent Socialist Group (ISG) published a statement opposing the decision by Congress and President Biden to impose a concessionary contract on rail workers who struggled for over 3 years for a new agreement.  “The Independent Socialist Group opposes the decision by BidenContinue reading “What Way Forward for Rail Workers?”

Railroad Workers, Socialists, Union Members and Other Activists Protest Strikebreaker-in-Chief!

On Friday December 2nd, 2022 Independent Socialist Group (ISG), Railroad Workers United, and Democratic Socialists of America worked together to protest a visit by Biden to Boston. The protest happened shortly after Biden signed legislation from Congress that imposed a contract that was rejected by the majority of Class 1 freight railroad workers. See ourContinue reading “Railroad Workers, Socialists, Union Members and Other Activists Protest Strikebreaker-in-Chief!”

Democrats Lead Bipartisan Assault on Right to Strike

Congress imposes rotten contract on railroad workers by the Executive Committee of the Independent Socialist Group and Nicholas Wurst (CSX Conductor, member of SMART-TD personal capacity) The Independent Socialist Group opposes the decision by Biden and Congress to force an unfair, unsafe, and unlivable contract on railroad workers who have already voted to reject it!Continue reading “Democrats Lead Bipartisan Assault on Right to Strike”

Protest Strikebreaker-In-Chief Biden in Boston!

Solidarity with railroad workers fighting against the unfair contract being imposed by Congress! At the urging of the Democratic Party, President Biden, House Speaker Pelosi, and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has voted to take away railroad unions’ right to strike and force railroad workers to work under a contract thatContinue reading “Protest Strikebreaker-In-Chief Biden in Boston!”

Temple University Graduate Workers Poised to Strike for Fair Contract

The Independent Socialist Group spoke with a second year graduate student and Teaching Assistant (TA) in the Physics Department who is a graduate worker union activist.  When did you become involved with the grad worker union at Temple? I first joined the union, Temple University Graduate Students’ Association (TUGSA), in March of this year, allowingContinue reading “Temple University Graduate Workers Poised to Strike for Fair Contract”

Solidarity With Portland Starbucks Union!

In a historic win on October 17, the Portland Starbucks location on 176 Middle Street voted to unionize. The 10-3 win makes the Middle Street location the first Starbucks to unionize in Portland, and the second Starbucks in Maine, right after the Biddeford location that successfully organized back in July. Both now join the ranksContinue reading “Solidarity With Portland Starbucks Union!”