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”
Category Archives: Issues & Struggles
Why Elections Matter in the Fight for Socialism
Independent Socialist Group Executive Committee In the context of the U.S. midterm elections, what is the relevance to the fight for socialism? In an election where over $9 billion has been spent on advertising for the two corporate parties, the Republicans and Democrats, and their candidates, working people have no political party of their ownContinue reading “Why Elections Matter in the Fight for Socialism”
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”
Why I Support Question D: Tipped Worker Responds to Local Businesses’ Lies
By Lauren Gamble (Barista and Shift Lead) This November, there was a minimum wage referendum on the ballot in Portland, Maine. It quickly became a contentious issue. The referendum, drafted by the Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), seeks to both raise Portland’s minimum wage to $18 per hour and end theContinue reading “Why I Support Question D: Tipped Worker Responds to Local Businesses’ Lies”
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!”
Kansas Abortion Ban Referendum Defeated
by Elizabeth Rogers In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v Wade to federally protect abortion rights in the United States. Less than 50 years later, the Supreme Court overturned it in June 2022. This landmark decision means states now have the individual power to determine if abortion is legal. As a result, 136Continue reading “Kansas Abortion Ban Referendum Defeated”
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!”