What is it about October that has employers spooked? This Halloween, we’re going dressed as worker solidarity, because there’s nothing scarier to capitalists than that.
All month long, we’ve been seeing workers coming together and using their leverage to demand better, fairer jobs. The 60,000+ entertainment workers of IATSE threatened a historic work stoppage that would have brought Hollywood production to a standstill, and in return they’ve won a new contract. Americans are quitting their jobs at a higher rate than ever before, a trend The Guardian has likened to “an unofficial general strike.” And the power of the official strike is on full display, with collective action from Kaiser Permanente nurses, Kellogg’s and Nabisco workers, Seattle carpenters, Kentucky whiskey-makers, Alabama miners, and many more.
For those of us who are not involved in direct labor action, we can help maintain this momentum by standing in solidarity with those engaged in the fight. Workers are treated as disposable, until the moment when they rise up and show just how essential they really are. EWOC is here to support workers who are demanding real change, this month and every month. So let’s get spooky.
USA – Across industries, workers are rejecting a two-tiered payment system that would allocate lesser wages and benefits to new employees. This issue affects workers at Kellogg’s, Kaiser Permanente, and John Deere, to name a few, and is one of the core grievances fueling recent strike actions.
NY – Are food delivery apps finally getting regulated? The New Yorker explores recent legislation intended to limit predatory fees and require better workplace conditions for drivers, in what appears to be the beginning of a trend.
Image: The General Strike of 1934.