Category «Viewpoint»

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. …

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 …

“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 …

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 …

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 …