At the stroke of midnight, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers shut down the West Coast’s largest urban rail system, crippling essential infrastructure throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. But already, union leaders from SEIU, ATU, and AFSCME are seeking to control the strike’s natural momentum, limit its impact, and dictate its message. We as […]
Occupy Wall Street as seen by AFFECT. The following questions were posed by e-mail by Ana Bigotte Vieira and Miguel Castro Caldas between November 2012 and January 2013.
We’ve decided to postpone tonight’s event, “Labor and the Strikes to Come,” to instead join the struggles currently taking place in East Flatbush. Here’s a statement from two of the panelists: “We planned for tonight a talk on austerity: how it is intrinsic to capitalism, and how it impacts different segments of the working class […]
All across the country, the bosses are burning our contracts. Documents that once offered a guarantee of steady if modest raises and some measure of protection against arbitrary employment policies today find better use as kindling. Only one question remains: Will we choke on the ashes or dance on the flames?
[A text we received at the beginning of the strike, in response to our “Strike Lessons:”] When the company pays us to drive in circles, they call it work. When the union pays us to walk in circles, they call it not-work. But either way, we always seem to end up back where we started. […]
The school bus drivers strike by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 continues, now in its 18th day, with less than a third of its routes running last week, and attendance of special needs students down 20%. Of those eighteen days, sixteen have featured temperatures below freezing, with picketers ostensibly still called to be present for […]
The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 called for a strike to begin Wednesday January 16th at 6am. The strike includes almost 9,000 yellow school bus drivers and matrons, and will affect upwards of 150,000 students who regularly use the buses to get to school. The strike hinges on the Employee Protection Provision, where any new […]
15 July 2012 – 3:30PM The Brecht Forum 451 West Street, New York, NY 10014 A full-day screening program organized with the Our Lives Are Not Negotiable reading group. Please join us for discussion, food, and drink (please bring things to share!). OLANN, organized through the Public School New York, has met 25 times since […]
via Strike Everywhere: Management of Consolidated Edison demonstrated complete contempt for its workforce, locking out 8,500 members of the Utility Workers Union of America the morning of Sunday July 1st. The lockout continues, now 6 days later. Managers have opted to do the work themselves, in a full take-over of the utility, already resulting in […]