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Chicago, Illinois rail conference report-back

Chicago rail infrastructure

On 19 September 2015, at least a dozen rank-and-file railroad workers gathered at the United Electrical Hall in Chicago, Illinois for a conference of 80 people with the purpose of building bridges with ecologists, especially given the recent spate of oil train derailments and explosions.

Language workers got Tallents!

The Angry Language Brigade and the London IWW have officially ended their dispute with the Leicester Square School of English and its wage-stealing owner, Craig Tallents.

Seeing past the luxury label part II: H&M in Hamburg, Germany and their suppliers in Delhi, India

Interesting look at the working conditions and workers' resistance in H&M warehouses in Germany and factories in India.

Happy birthday to Recomposition!

A short article by John O’Reilly & Monica Kostas, celebrating five years of Recomposition.

China crash: the faltering of economic transition

Chai - destruction of housing in Beijing

The stock market crash happens at a time when the Chinese development model has reached a turning point, and the financial turmoil reflects underlying structural problems of the economy.

Concrete examples of non-Labor Relations Board union: part 1 - Phinneas Gage

A piece by Phinneas Gage detailing some examples of labour struggles that happened outside of state labour board strategies.

The experiences of Kamunist Kranti and Faridabad Majdoor Samachar

The comrades in Faridabad (an industrial area on the outskirts of Delhi) reflected critically on their former Marxist-Leninist trajectories, e.g. the trade union question, in light of both practical experiences in their industrial area and theoretical efforts to re-read Marx and to familiarise themselves with the international left communist debate since Lenin.

5 reasons to steer clear of the Labour Party bandwagon

After a campaign that seemed to drag on endlessly in the wake of the general election, Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour Party leadership by a landslide. The most immediate consequence of this has been a surge in membership. Here are some reasons not to get caught up in the tide.

The schoolchildren's strikes, 1889 - Steven Johns

Contemporary engraving depiction of the 1889 schoolchildren's strike

A brief history of walkouts of schoolchildren across the UK in October 1889 against corporal punishment and excessive workloads.

Rail safety conference #3, Chicago Illinois, 19 September 2015

Chicago Rail Yard map

After two well-attended Rail Safety Conferences, the first on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Richmond, California and the second on Saturday, March 21 in Olympia, Washington, a third -- titled "Railroad Safety: Workers, Community & the Environment" -- will be held on September 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

Necessary steps in tough economic times: New York students take to the streets in the wake of Occupy

A piece by Marianne LeNabat that takes us through an overview of how students in recent decades have become saddled with debt, how a student movement rose up in NY during the height of Occupy Wall Street, some of the lessons we can draw from organized resistance, and the ripples that student fights caused spreading solidarity throughout various sectors of society.

Solidarity in action: housing and labor groups support workers at Janus negotiations

Housing and labor groups come to support the workers of the Janus Youth Shelters as they challenge the boss during IWW negotiations. Workers and organizers confront the director of Janus, asking why he pays poverty wages while making $150k a year.

On the ‘social strike’: Contribution for the Plan C Fast Forward Festival September 2015

We send the following thoughts ahead of the Plan C festival hoping that it will allow people who attend the meeting to prepare and people who cannot attend to take part in the debate.

On America, part 4: I hate my job

When it comes to problems on the job, we're generally given few options: quit, vote, join a union. Here's why that's not good enough.

The final part in a series challenging some of the underlying assumptions of American political thought, earlier parts here, here, and here.

Housing for all: the tenants movement takes the streets

Video from the Housing for All March, uniting Pacific Northwest tenant organizers against no-cause eviction, houselessness, rising rents, and landlord control.

On America, part 3: Solidarity

Part 3 of a now 4 part series looking at some of the 'common sense' too often taken for granted. This section looks at the ways we already support each other at work and how we can build on that. Parts 1 and 2 can be found here and here.

They called a strike and no one came

A few thoughts on the fake strike of Polish immigrants.

Reflections on "Straight Outta Compton"

I just saw Straight Outta Compton near my home, in a tiny theater that dates back to the silent era (1913) and which has miraculously survived the wrecking ball. It brought up so many vivid memories and thoughts since N.W.A.'s music was kinda the soundtrack of my life as I grew into adulthood and was politicized by events depicted in the film.

On America, part 2: Of myths and markets

The second in a three part series examining to some of the underlying assumptions of American political thought. Part 2 looks at the market and explores why, despite what we're told by politicians and bosses, the market fails to meet our needs as workers and consumers.

On America, part 1: Making millionaires

The first in a three part series examining to some of the underlying assumptions of American political thought. Part 1 focuses on our working lives, the contradictions of the economy, and why too many of us struggle to get by.