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The Teamsters-UPS Contract Campaign: A rank and file strategy — with Joe Allen and Howie Hawkins

Sun, 2022-10-30 09:56

The Teamsters-UPS Contract Campaign: A rank and file strategy — with Joe Allen and Howie Hawkins

November 5, 2022, Saturday — 6:30 pm ET; 3:30 pm PT — A Zoom webinar

Join us in a webinar discussion regarding the struggle for a new contract between the Teamsters and UPS (United Parcel Service).

The Teamster-United Parcel Service contract ends July 31, 2023, and the Teamsters union under a new administration of Sean O’Brien (President) and Fred Zuckerman (GST) are mobilizing for a renewed and greatly improved contract. UPS has made billions during the Covid epidemic. The current, five-year agreement is a national contract covering more than 350,000 Teamsters —the largest private collective bargaining agreement in the country.
How can the left work in support of the Teamsters in a rank and file approach? What is the rank and file strategy going forward in 2022-2023?

Joe Allen: a former Teamster, UPS and logistics industry worker, socialist, author, having worked in the Watertown, Mass. and Chicago, IL UPS shops, as well as Yellow Freight and others. He offers deep insight in the rank and file working conditions at UPS and of the logistics industry.
Read his book: The Package King: A Rank and File History of UPS

Howie Hawkins: is also a former UPS worker; a Green Party (U.S.) founder, activist, socialist and Green Party candidate. A member of the Socialist Party USA, TDU and the Green Party. Hawkins supports independent political action, and a rank and file organizing strategy in labor.

For further information, and to preregister, contact: Bill Shakalis, Labor Work Group Chair, Socialist Party USA 

Railroad Workers Solidarity Meeting – TUESDAY 11/1/22

Fri, 2022-10-28 09:45

Rail Workers Solidarity Organizing Meeting 11/1/2022

Register for the November 1st Event Here

Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 2022 – 7:00 PM Central Time We, railroad workers, are currently engaged in one of the most important struggles in recent labor history, in an industry that is at the heart of the functioning of society. The rail industry has seen massive deregulation, lean production, and persistent undermining of working conditions that have made the work all but intolerable. Worsening conditions is something that is being felt in all sectors and industries for working people!Despite enormous political pressure, we remain fed up, evidenced by the sections of workers who are voting NO on a Tentative Agreement that they feel doesn’t address the basic quality of life issues, issues they are apparently willing to strike over. Our organization, Railroad Workers United (RWU), a cross-craft grouping of rails that first came together in 2008, composed of railroad workers from all unions and all crafts has launched a Vote No Campaign, insisting that this Tentative Agreement offers very little given the conditions we face and the role we play in the economy. If railroad workers strike, it will have immediate implications – economically and politically – for every sector of US society, and most importantly for the labor movement and the working class as a whole. Featuring: Working Railroaders from various crafts/unions. Facilitated by Max Alvarez from The Real News who has covered this struggle extensively this past year. Please Come and hear our members speak about the struggle, the situation on the rails, and how you can get involved in efforts to support our efforts!

Register for the November 1st Event Here

To date (10/26/22), 44 organizations have signed on as co-sponsors along with Railroad Workers United! View an Updated List of Co-Sponsors Co-sponsorship simply means officially endorsing the event, willingness to be part of the coalition, use of your organization’s name and logo, and commitment to spread the word and build for the event. Sign On as a Co-Sponsor of the Event Here Organizations who wish to send a brief (no more than 60 seconds) Statement of Solidarity (written or video) are highly encouraged to do so! Send us Your Short Statement/Video of Solidarity Here Questions & More Information Here Railroad Workers UnitedSolidarity — Unity — Democracy Visit our Website Subscribe to the RWU News and Information Service Get Stickers, Buttons, T-Shirts & More at the RWU Store Join RWU R/ailroad Workers United | P.O. Box 221191, Chicago, IL 60622