Maine Med Nurses Picket for Good First Contract (6/20/2022) - 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"
Inflation Crisis Hurts Workers (6/1/2022) - by Gray Hauff & Milena Germon With the prices of everyday goods on the rise and wages failing to keep up, working-class people are looking for answers and economic alternatives. Essentials are rising in cost—gas, groceries, and rent, to name a major few—and nobody in power seems to be doing anything to help working people. Continue reading "Inflation Crisis Hurts Workers"
Healthcare in Crisis: Interview with a Hospital Worker (4/4/2022) - S is an ASCP-certified Medical Laboratory Technician from Ohio and a member of the Independent Socialist Group Can you describe what you do and what working conditions were like prior to the pandemic? I work in a large regional hospital with a Level 1 trauma center, so we have always been very busy. We handleContinue reading "Healthcare in Crisis: Interview with a Hospital Worker"
Can’t Rent, Can’t Buy: Nationwide Housing Crisis (1/31/2022) - by Peggy Wang (APA, MTA/NEA – 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! For years construction of unaffordable luxury units has displaced workers already struggling to getContinue reading "Can’t Rent, Can’t Buy: Nationwide Housing Crisis"
ISG In Action: Solidarity with the Nurses (1/28/2022) - 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"
Who Will Pay for the COVID Crisis? (1/21/2022) - by T.R. Whitworth 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! The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the contradictions of capitalism. Widespread death (over five million worldwide), unemployment, homelessness, andContinue reading "Who Will Pay for the COVID Crisis?"
Over 200 Days on Strike – Working Class and Union Solidarity Needed to Win St. Vincent Nurses’ Strike (11/28/2021) - The St. Vincent nurses’ strike can still be won. The nurses’ demands can still be met, and all striking nurses can return to their old positions. All that is required is a shift in strategy, away from relying on Democratic Party politicians and staying within the bounds of labor law that was written to weaken unions. Real solidarity, mass support from organized labor and the broader working class of Massachusetts, and unified strike action are what it will take to defeat a huge corporation like Tenet.