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Workers run the city: The Seattle General Strike

Workers run the city: The Seattle General Strike

To justify their rule, capitalists and their politicians tell us that we need them to organize society for us. They tell us that our suffering is not their doing, but the doing of other workers and oppressed people in the US and elsewhere. From February 6-11, 1919,...

The Bread and Roses strike of 1912

The Bread and Roses strike of 1912

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day, A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray, Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses, For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!” — Bread and Roses by...

A history of LGBTQ workers’ struggles

A history of LGBTQ workers’ struggles

Decades of fighting discrimination on the job On February 16, 1991 when Cheryl Summerville was called into the manager’s office, she had already heard that the Cracker Barrel had formalized a policy to fire lesbians and gay men, and were interrogating workers...

Seven steps towards power on the job

Seven steps towards power on the job

Basics on how to organize a union What do the following workers all have in common? • Greyhound Bus Lines in New York, N.Y. • Aramark in Boston, Mass. • Atmos Energy in Flowood, Miss. • Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, Penn. • Washington Hospital Center in...

Silicon Valley monopolies conspired against high-tech workers

Silicon Valley monopolies conspired against high-tech workers

In early 2005, as the most recent boom phase of the capitalist industrial cycle came into sight, Apple’s Steve Jobs arranged a secret and illegal pact with Google’s Eric Schmidt to hold down their workers' wages by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees,...

Behind the defeat in the Walker recall election

Behind the defeat in the Walker recall election

The recall election in Wisconsin was won by organized Big Money. Lots will be said by many pundits about various aspects of the election, but the most important issue is how Big Money or the 1 percent were able to shape the electoral environment. Looking at that...

A general strike can lead to victory in Wisconsin

The writer is a union organizer. Workers across most of Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America have experience in using general strikes in order to press for political demands. For example, in 1995, French workers forced the government to retreat at least temporarily...