wildcat strikes

The national US Postal Service wildcat strike, 1970 - Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher's short history of the successful nationwide illegal wildcat strike of American postal workers: the first major strike of federal government workers.

Akron rubber workers' struggles, 1933-1936 - Jeremy Brecher

Strikers clash with police, Akron 1936

Jeremy Brecher's account of the struggles of rubber workers in Akron, Ohio, the centre of the American rubber industry. Growing disillusioned with the failure of the unions to improve their situation, the workers developed the sitdown strike.

Workers, employers and unions in the US sitdown strike wave, 1933-1937 - Jeremy Brecher

Sitdown strikers at Flint, 1937

Jeremy Brecher's excellent history and analysis of the wave of sitdown strikes in US from 1933-1937 from their origins amongst Akron rubber workers to the great Flint sitdown strike and to their eventual co-optation by the CIO unions and subsequently in part the employers.

What happened at Fords - Ken Weller and Ernie Stanton

Solidarity pamphlet 26 containing three articles about the defeat of the workers in a dispute at the Ford Dagenham plant in 1962, and what workers can learn from it.

The US miners' strikes, 1919-1922 - Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher's account of the strike wave in American mines from 1919 to 1922, where coalminers fought the bosses, the government and even the unions in often pitched battles involving guns, dynamite and on one occasion a makeshift air force.

The US national railroad strike, 1919 - Jeremy Brecher

A short history of the nationwide wildcat strike of US rail workers in 1919, which won pay increases despite being viciously undermined by the trade unions.

Brazil protests continue as strikes and occupations begin

Protesters shut down an expensive toll bridge

A riveting person account from a libcom poster in Vitória with updates on the protest movement which has swept Brazil, as demonstrations have begun to turn into wildcat strikes, occupations and direct action.

The legacy of the dead - the Savar collapse, part 2

A woman, Shefali, learns of the discovery of her sister's corpse.

The site of the Dhaka factory collapse is now cleared; new concessions and reforms are announced. Some further reflections...

The great upheaval of 1877 - Jeremy Brecher

Contemporary illustration of the blockade of engines at Martinsburg.

Jeremy Brecher's vivid history of the first mass strike in US history: the great upheaval of 1877 where workers took over the railways and took on police and federal troops.

1982 South African Grand Prix strike

Short account of the only strike in Formula One history, an almost unanimous 24 hour sit in in response to contractual changes.