Market Basket Workers Claim Victory

marketbasketAn air of open jubilation has seized Market Basket workers and their supporters as restocking of shelves throughout the 71-store New England grocery chain begins. A deal was reached August 27 under which ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas would buy out the interests of his hated family rivals, regaining control over operations.

Market Basket Strike Passes 1-month Mark

marketbasketstrikeBoston, MA, August 20, 2014—Over 25,000 retail, warehouse, and transportation workers have paralyzed the operations of New England-based Market Basket supermarkets for more than a month now.

 

SEPTA Strike: Strength in Unity

twu234At 12:01 AM, Saturday, June 14, two unions representing 430 electrical workers and locomotive engineers working for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) went on strike. The strike shut down 13 regional rail lines that carry 60,000 passengers daily in the Philadelphia area.

 

Workers Unite to Save Postal Service

uspsstopstaplesThe existence of the US Postal Service is anathema to capitalist and free market ideologists in the US. Here stands a colossal, unionized organization of workers—once nearly a million strong—working in what essentially is a nationalized industry, bringing universal service at the lowest price possible, without trying to make a profit or paying shareholder dividends. At the time of its revolutionary beginnings—it was created by the 2nd Continental Congress in 1775—there was no real concept of socialism other than primitive communism. And yet, it seemed perfectly natural—even to the rising bourgeois class of the time—to implement a communication system for all people, long before the advent of the telephone, and two full centuries before the internet. It was especially important to create a system in which all first-class mail—especially political propaganda—was protected by law from search by agents of the government.

Cuomo and De Blasio Attack Public Sector Workers

deblasiouftIt is said that one little pigeon in NYC creates 25 pounds of excrement per year—but that is nothing compared to what comes out of the mouths of capitalist politicians! Recently, two major public sector unions have reached tentative contract settlements: the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). Mayor Bill de Blasio, who some have called a “radical Democrat,” negotiated this deal with the teachers’ union.  Governor Cuomo, also a liberal Democrat, had a decisive role in the Transport Workers' tentative settlement.