The new sparks of labor resistance

From Socialist Worker: http://socialistworker.org/2011/09/28/sparks-of-labor-resistance

There’s a new surge of labor struggles in the U.S.–and what unites them is the activism and solidarity on display, despite a hostile media and aggressive employers.

Editorial
September 28, 2011

PICKET LINES are popping up with greater frequency across the U.S.–and strikers are displaying a new, fighting mood that exists among growing numbers of working people fed up with being forced to pay for an economic crisis caused by Wall Street and Corporate America.

These struggles represent a challenge and an opportunity for working-class activists and socialists to put forward a strategy for taking on Corporate America and the business-backed attack on public-sector workers.

The struggles are varied. They include teachers who defied a judge’s order to win a strike in Tacoma, Wash.; hospital workers who struck the Kaiser health care system in California for two days, with nurses honoring the walkout; professors on the picket line at Long Island University in New York; Hyatt hotel workers carrying out a weeklong strike at six hotels in four cities; members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) blocking trains filled with scab cargo at the port of Longview, Wash.; a strike at the Central Park Boathouse restaurant in New York City against a notorious union-buster; and the beginnings of a campaign by postal workers’ unions against the assault on their members at the U.S. Postal Service.

All this follows the two-week strike at Verizon in August, where roving pickets and demonstrations at the company’s wireless stores caught management by surprise–and, earlier this year, the uprising in Wisconsin against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting attack on public-sector workers.

Workers haven’t yet prevailed in all of these struggles, nor will all of them win in the future. But what unites these fights is the activism and solidarity on display, despite a hostile corporate media and aggressive employers.

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