Stickers

If anyone would like a couple of Workers Power stickers, send us a self addressed stamped envelope to: PO Box 460673 Ft Lauderdale FL 33346 Send us pics of where you stick them !!!

Open meeting: Fort Lauderdale, Saturday Feb. 25, 2017

Working people in Fort Lauderdale, please join us for open discussion. Bring your ideas! If we complain about abuse, low pay and victimization at work, if we’re alone we’re simply fired. Let’s come together so we can plan how we might begin to back each other up! Print out these leaflets for your coworkers and …

My Favourite Book of 2016

Many of you are sharing your favourite books from last year on Facebook, and that prompted me to share my favourite book from 2016 too: Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement by Jane McAlevey. I read it in the summer, and it’s not only my favourite book from last …

Overworked? Underpaid?

We’re all feeling the squeeze. What can we do? ORGANIZE! Profits are higher than ever, but we aren’t paid enough to make a living! We can’t afford basic necessities like food, clothing, rent and medical expenses while our wages are too low. Many of us need two or three jobs just to feed our kids. …

¿Demasiado Trabajo? ¿Gana Poco dinero?

Todo el mundo esta bajo presión. ¿Que podemos hacer? ¡Organizar! Las ganancias empresariales son más altos que nunca, ¡pero no estamos pagado suficiente para sobrevivir! No podemos darnos el lujo de las necesidades básicas, como alimentos, ropa, alquiler, y gastos médicos, mientras que nuestros salarios son demasiado bajos. Muchos de nosotros necesitamos dos o tres …

If Workers Take Power:

– Instead of the small class of capitalists controlling society, we can make our own decisions about work and social life. – Instead of some of us being forced to work too many hours while others are unable to find a job at all, the work can be divided so everyone works a reasonable amount. …

Take the Hard Road to the High Road

I had a brief late night text conversation with another worker that I’ve been in contact with over the last few weeks and he said something that really made me look back on things…and I agreed. I dropped out of high school in the twelfth grade for my own personal reasons and went to work. …

Kiss My Ass: Your Boss is Not Your Friend

All too often I have seen my coworkers, regardless of what job it was, cozy up to the manager or direct supervisor to gain some sort of favor. For some it’s blatant. But for most, I don’t think they even realize what they’re doing. The blatant ones are “ass kissers” “suck ups” or “brown nosers” …

Confessions of a Petit Bourgeois Radical Striving to Assist the Working Class in the Fight Against Capitalism

An old comrade of mine died last spring. Around 25 years ago we were part of a team distributing “Revolutionary Worker” newspapers in Miami neighborhoods. After I left the RCP a few years later, we ceased working together but remained friends. He left behind a box of pamphlets from the mid- to late-1970s issued by …

Rally Report: Laundry Workers Rally #2, November 2, 2017 at MPP’s Office

The laundry workers’ second rally was better than their first in that workers improved their level of organization. Some workers, as well as officials, greeted and engaged supporters as we arrived. And workers spoke at this rally, and more importantly, they were prepared. They did well, but they didn’t stray from the union officials’ talking …

Worker Report: A Talk with Another Laundry Worker Raises Questions Health Sciences North, Local Media and Even CUPE/OCHU Officials Are Not Asking

Laundry workers have learned that the new contract Health Sciences North (HSN) signed with Mohawk Shared Services (MSS) is for half the laundry Sudbury Hospital Services (SHS) currently launders. Presently, laundry workers process two fifty foot trailers of laundry per day, and this includes folding and loading the carts needed for each floor. The new …

Migrant Dreams Exposes Capitalism’s Nightmare But Finds No Alternative

As foreshadowed by the opening shot of sprawling greenhouses in Leamington, the strength of Migrant Dreams is its documentation of the working conditions migrant farmworkers face in Ontario. The film represents an important advance in our understanding of these conditions, which include: inadequate training, long hours of work without overtime and/or holiday pay, wage theft, …

The Red Teamster

This poem was written by Chris while driving his truck. Then Stephanie illustrated it. We were inspired by a book we’re reading together about the strikes that rocked Minneapolis in 1934, “Teamster Rebellion” by Farrell Dobbs. Spanish translation below. *** The Red Teamster Behold him, the mighty Teamster Red Wielding that baseball bat Standing proud …

“HSN is taking away my life.” Laundry workers rally in Sudbury, Ontario

Rally Report: Sudbury Laundry Workers Rally, Tuesday, October 18, 2016 We interviewed a laundry worker who works at Sudbury Hospital Services (SHS) in May 2015 for Workers Struggle. You can read that interview here: http://www.workersstrugglesudbury.com/WorkersStruggle-Sudbu… When we arrived at the laundry workers rally yesterday, supporters were gathering on the road that leads up to SHS. …

“We need to speak with one voice!”

We spoke with several independent operator truck drivers in Fort Lauderdale recently. A driver for XX (company names witheld to protect worker anonymity) explained that he has to pay for all the upkeep of his truck, fuel, etc. It costs him about $30 just to come out and wait for work. That day he had …

“¡Tenemos que hablar con una sola voz!”

Un camionero que trabaja con la Empresa “X” (nombre de la empresa declarado desierto para proteger el anonimato) en Ft. Lauderdale habló con nosotros acerca de sus condiciones de trabajo. Nos explicó que él tiene que pagar todo el mantenimiento de su camioneta, incluyendo combustible diesel, seguro, etc. Le cuesta $ 30 sólo para salir …

Are You Misclassified?

Job misclassification seems to be increasingly plaguing our workforce. To cut down on overhead and labor costs, companies are hiring workers as independent contractors instead of employees, so they can avoid paying for equipment, insurance, paid sick leave, overtime etc. Independent contractors, which essentially means workers own their own business, are still often made to …

¿Está mal clasificado?

La clasificación errónea de empleo (mal clasificación) parece estar aumentando en nuestra fuerza de trabajo. Para reducir los gastos generales y de mano de obra, las empresas son contrayendo con trabajadores como contratistas independientes en lugar de empleados, para que las empresas puedan evitar el pago de los equipos, seguro, licencia por enfermedad, horas extras, …

Truck Drivers Pushed Too Far!

In spite of a growing nationwide truck driver shortage (due to retirement and the unwillingness of the younger generation to enter into the industry), truck drivers are being exploited more than ever. Pay cuts, loss of benefits, vacation time, etc. are plaguing the industry. We’re finding that the independent truck drivers (aka owner operators) are …

¡Camioneros Empujado Demasiado Lejos!

A pesar de la creciente escasez de camioneros en todo el país (debido a la jubilación y la falta de voluntad de la generación más joven para entrar en la industria), los camioneros están siendo explotados más que nunca. Recortes salariales , pérdida de beneficios, tiempo de vacaciones, etc. están plagando la industria. Estamos encontrando …

What is Capitalism?

Capitalism is a mode of production – a totality of social relations that shapes how the society as a whole reproduces itself, how we all meet our needs, how we get from one day to the next. There are different modes of production, distinguished from one another by what drives the economy. This economic foundation …

Struggle Transforms Us

There are some exciting developments in the railroad industry, an insular world perfectly described by Eugene Debs in his essay “You Railroad Men” which can be easily googled. One of its several colorful passages reads: “Poor, dumb giant, you could in a breath extinguish your pigmy exploiter, were you only conscious of your overmastering power!” …

The Fight is Still On!

I’ve been working full time in the blue collar sector for over 30 years. I have over 20 years in the transportation industry and another 6 on a factory floor, with a few other jobs during my first few years in the labor force. From early on I started to hear and experience the same …