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!”

Sysco Boston Teamsters Strike and Win a Better Contract!

By Peggy Wang (APA, MTA/NEA – personal capacity) Among the industries most vital to the economy is logistics and distribution, and one of its biggest players is Sysco. Sysco is the largest food distributor in the world, with an estimated 30% of the sector’s market sales in the U.S. alone [American Economic Liberties Project, 10/6/2022].Continue reading “Sysco Boston Teamsters Strike and Win a Better Contract!”

Clark Graduate Students Win First Contract After Successful 5-Day Strike Action

By Evren Pallares O Laoghaire, Teamsters Local 170 (personal capacity) On October 3rd at 10:30am, Clark University Graduate Workers United-Teamsters (CUGWU-Teamsters) in Worcester, Massachusetts went on strike after months of bad faith negotiations by Clark’s administration and legal team. The picket line, which interrupted deliveries and construction on campus, forced the administration back to theContinue reading “Clark Graduate Students Win First Contract After Successful 5-Day Strike Action”

Pawtucket Police Try to Break DHL Strike

By Jai Chavis On September 9th, 2022, Teamster Local 251 hosted a rally in support of striking Teamsters at the DHL shipping warehouse in Pawtucket, RI. The workers were on Day 82 of the strike, fighting for a starting wage increase to $23/hour and access to actually affordable healthcare benefits (since currently, the workers cannotContinue reading “Pawtucket Police Try to Break DHL Strike”

National Rail Contract: Vote No and Prepare to Strike!

Informational Picket Burlington System Division – BMWED By Nicholas Wurst (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers—Transportation Division Local 1473, personal capacity) The threat of a nationwide freight rail strike is back on the table. Railroad corporations and union representatives reached a tentative agreement on September 15th, less than 24 hours before the expiration ofContinue reading “National Rail Contract: Vote No and Prepare to Strike!”

Workers and Youth Need Fare-Free Public Transit Now!

By Katt McCann This article was originally published in the September issue of Socialism Today! Subscribe here. In June of this year, gas prices went up to an average of nearly five dollars a gallon for residents of major cities nationwide, causing many workers to abandon their cars and look towards their local public transit.Continue reading “Workers and Youth Need Fare-Free Public Transit Now!”

ISG Stands with Unionizing Starbucks Workers

by Sam Skinner This article was originally published in the September issue of Socialism Today! Subscribe here. In mid-July, the Starbucks workers in Biddeford, Maine, joined the ranks of over 200 other recently organized Starbucks locations by winning their union vote, officially joining Starbucks Workers United (SBWU). Workers across the country have said no toContinue reading “ISG Stands with Unionizing Starbucks Workers”

Union Power for Reproductive Justice: Rank and File Union Members Organize Campaign

by CJ White & Peggy Wang (APA, MTA/NEA – personal capacity) This article was originally published in the September issue of Socialism Today! Subscribe here. Three months ago, thousands of working people took to the streets to express their outrage at the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade. Since then, there has been littleContinue reading “Union Power for Reproductive Justice: Rank and File Union Members Organize Campaign”

Unions Gain Popularity – Corporations Panic

by Claire Bayler and Elisabeth Wichser A Gallup poll in early September recorded a 71% approval rating for unions, the highest since 1965. Large corporations previously untouched by unions are now facing organizing drives. The successful union elections at 245 Starbucks locations nationwide are one highly visible example of union success this year. Workers withContinue reading “Unions Gain Popularity – Corporations Panic”

Why ISG Supports the Massachusetts Fair Share Amendment

By Josh B.  The Massachusetts Fair Share Amendment is a ballot question up for vote in the November 2022 elections. It would introduce a tax on residents of Massachusetts making more than $1 million in annual income, raising the state tax rate from 5% to 9% for every dollar earned after the first million. ThisContinue reading “Why ISG Supports the Massachusetts Fair Share Amendment”