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Chicago Teachers Take Wildcat Action in the Face of Unsafe COVID Conditions

Report from Chicago IWW about recent wildcat strike actions by Chicago area teachers in the face of unsafe working conditions.

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The Political Party System: No Friend of the Working Class

The question of state government elections and running a workers or socialist political party continues to be raised in the working-class movement and the Left globally. As we may know, there was excitement about the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party in Britain, about the successes of left political parties in certain parts of Europe and Latin America and, more recently, certain shifts to more centrist positions in the United States amongst a section of the Democratic Party calling themselves “Democratic Socialists.” In South Africa, many workers and some activists seem cautiously optimistic about NUMSA’s formation of the Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party that participated in the 2019 general elections, but did not manage to get a seat in Parliament.

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UK: Heathrow Strike Report – Day 1

“Did you see the HAL lot out Monday? It’s out of order what the company is doing to them. Totally support them. I was called off another job to go over to central and cover in case of emergencies.”

Heathrow contractor

“I’ve seen communities torn apart when their industries are destroyed overnight. I don’t think people around here realise what’s coming down the tracks, unless we start getting our act together.”

Heathrow worker from South Wales

UK. On the 1st December, Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) staff took part in the first of four strikes against the company’s attacks on their pay and conditions. It was great to see workers, in these tough times, in the middle of a pandemic that has hit their industry so severely, willing to stand up to their bosses, take a further hit to their pay packet, and muster the bravery required to go on strike.

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#Vermont AFL-CLO Votes to Authorize General Strike

At the 2020 Vermont AFL-CIO Convention, held via zoom on November 21, delegates of this 10,000 member labor federation voted to authorize their Executive Board to call for a Vermont General Strike in the event that Donald Trump were to refuse to engage in a peaceful transfer of power or otherwise carries out a coup. Trump lost the election to Democrat Joe Biden by any measure. By the U.S. Constitution a transfer of power is to occur on January 20, 2021.

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Supporting suffering textile workers in #Bangladesh

Bangladesh. As has been reported, in March 2020 the Dragon Sweater factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh closed down and laid off 6,000 workers, using the CoViD-19 pandemic as a pretext.

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Economic Policy from Below: an Anarchist Critique of the #COSATU Unions’ “Radical Reform” Project

South Africa. Centred on the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and within it, key unions like the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the unions developed an ideological and strategic orientation described by scholars (e.g. Eddie Webster and Glenn Adler, 2000) as “radical reform” or “structural reform.” The thinking of the main unions in South Africa remains, to this day, profoundly shaped by the “radical reform” (RR) model.

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Dragon Group workers in #Bangladesh vow to continue their fight. Global solidarity spreads

Bangladesh. On August 27th, the protesting Dragon Sweater garment workers held a meeting to decide on the next steps for their ongoing movement for the payment of their wages and benefits. Since the negotiations are not proceeding and the owners are making no concessions, they decided to take to the streets again in future dates, to be decided.

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#Vermont: #VT AFL-CIO Continues To Turn Left

Vermont AFL-CIO: United! Candidates capture all eleven leadership positions following special election. Leftist Shift In VT Labor Affirmed By Locals.

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VT AFL-CIO Members: Vote The UNITED! Slate This week!

This week a special election will be held for District Vice President positions within the Vermont AFL-CIO.  Nominations will be done via zoom on August 12th (5:30pm).  Official delegates will receive the call in information via email. Voting will be conducted on-line until Friday.

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