Transport Workers Struggles

“Now we’re all slaves, no matter what color you are”

UPS workers oppose sellout contract, warn of union fraud to pass agreement

By Kayla Costa, 14 July 2018

The union and company are seeking to impose a major new concession on workers after UPS posted $7.5 billion in profits in 2017.

As workers’ opposition grows

Teamsters union extends UPS contract deadline to impose sell-out deal

By Will Morrow, 13 July 2018

The union is seeking to delay any vote on the contract after more than 93 percent of UPS workers voted to authorize strike action last month.

Teamsters resort to lies and intimidation to push sellout deal at UPS

By Hector Cordon, 29 June 2018

Teamsters officials are slandering opponents of the deal, which will introduce a new lower-paid tier of “hybrid drivers”

Petrobras chief resigns as Brazilian truckers end strike

By Miguel Andrade, 4 June 2018

The truckers' blockades were supported by an overwhelming majority as an act of resistance against the economic suffering endured by hundreds of millions of Brazilians.

French rail workers strike at a crossroads

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 1 June 2018

As the unions begin calling to put an end to the strike, the strike must be taken out of the hands of the unions and waged on an independent, revolutionary perspective.

Teamsters scuttle Canadian Pacific Rail strike, laud Trudeau

By Keith Jones, 31 May 2018

The Teamsters have provided no details of the proposed four-year agreement, let alone given the striking train drivers and conductors the opportunity to study and vote on it prior to forcing them back to work.

French rail workers protest privatization plans

By V. Gnana and Senthooran Ravee, 31 May 2018

Rail workers were sympathetic to the Socialist Equality Party’s call for the formation of committees of action to unify the struggles against President Macron.

Brazilian truck drivers reject union-government attempt to shut down strike

By Eric London and Miguel Andrade, 30 May 2018

The government has sought to block the spread of social unrest with a ruling Tuesday that a planned strike by oil workers is illegal.

Three thousand Canadian railway workers strike against long hours and speed-up

By Roger Jordan, 30 May 2018

The strike pits the CP Rail workers not just against a ruthless corporate giant, but also against Canada’s big business Liberal government, which stands poised to criminalize the strike.

Truckers strike brings Brazil to brink of collapse

By Gabriel Lemos, 28 May 2018

The Temer government has granted authority to the military to exercise police powers throughout the country, in a bid to break the strike.

Dekalb County Georgia school bus drivers continue fight for reinstatement of fired colleagues

By Kranti Kumara, 26 May 2018

Workers are continuing their courageous and principled fight in the face of arrogant and provocative statements by the district’s superintendent.

Needed upgrades to Boston transit system threatened by capitalist financing schemes

By John Marion, 23 May 2018

The unelected board that governs the MBTA recently reviewed upgrades that would take 15 or more years to complete while funneling hundreds of millions into the coffers of Wall Street.

The referendum at SNCF: The unions seek to strangle French rail strike

By Alex Lantier, 12 May 2018

The referendum on Macron’s reforms being prepared by the unions for May 14-21 represents a dead-end for railway workers.

Three Chicago Transit Authority workers injured in subway electrical explosion

By Michael Walters, 8 May 2018

Despite the seriousness of the incident, few details have been made public by the unions and the CTA or reported on by the press.

New report exposes unsafe working conditions at Long Island Rail Road

By Alan Whyte, 1 May 2018

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has named a Long Island Rail Road freight provider one of the 12 most dangerous employers in the country.

Georgia school bus drivers face discipline after mounting sickout-action over pay and benefits

By Kranti Kumara, 30 April 2018

Dekalb County school bus drivers, who earn as little as $21,000 annually, were provoked into walking out by the callous disrespect shown them by the school superintendent.

New Zealand rail union rams through pro-company collective agreement

By our correspondent, 26 April 2018

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union has imposed a deal that attacks wages, jobs and conditions.

Second New York City transit worker killed in a week

By Alan Whyte, 3 April 2018

Stephen Livecchi, 59, was directing traffic in the depot when a bus operator, who failed to see him while driving in reverse, ran over him.

Australian train workers denounce NSW rail sellout

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2018

Workers question the legitimacy of the postal ballot and condemn the sordid manoeuvres of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

Unions impose sellout deal on Australian rail workers

By Oscar Grenfell, 26 March 2018

The New South Wales rail unions could only secure a razor-thin margin through a months-long campaign to stifle and suppress opposition.

No to talks with Macron on the privatisation of French railways!

For a political struggle against austerity and militarism in Europe!

By Alex Lantier, 22 March 2018

Workers taking part in a nationwide strike in France on March 22 are confronted with an international political struggle.

Australian rail union prepares sellout in NSW train dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 March 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union confirmed yesterday that workers will be balloted on an enterprise agreement that will intensify the assault on jobs and conditions.

Unprecedented shutdown of Baltimore Metro system due to hazardous track conditions

By Adam Soroka, 27 February 2018

Officials announced earlier this month the closure of the rail system for emergency repairs until March 11 after it was discovered that over a dozen track segments posed imminent derailment risks to trains.

Macron launches campaign to privatise French railways

By Kumaran Ira, 20 February 2018

The report calls for the privatisation of the French National Railways, aiming to eliminate basic social rights of the working class to finance Macron’s militarist policies.

Australia: The 2014 union sell-out of NSW rail workers

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 February 2018

The last enterprise agreement imposed by the rail union created the conditions for mass sackings and continuous pro-business restructuring.

Australian transport workers forum discusses the necessity for a new political perspective

SEP holds online meeting on the New South Wales rail dispute

By our reporter, 19 February 2018

The meeting created the conditions for public transport and other workers in Australia and New Zealand to grapple with the political issues raised by the fight to defend jobs, wages and conditions.

Australia: NSW government privatises Sydney’s inner-west bus services

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 February 2018

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union directly facilitated the sell-off by suppressing widespread opposition among bus drivers over the past 12 months.

Seattle, Washington school bus drivers enter second week of strike

By Hector Cordon, 9 February 2018

The Teamsters union agreed to federal mediation Thursday with management arrogantly holding fast to its concession demands.

Australia: Union pushes sell-out deal in NSW rail dispute

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 February 2018

The New South Wales government has made clear that its offer of marginal wage increases is tied to sweeping cuts to working conditions.

Australia: Labor and unions responsible for banning of NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 February 2018

The January 29 strike was banned by the Fair Work Commission, the pro-business industrial tribunal created by Labor, with the support of the unions.

Seattle schoolbus drivers walk out in indefinite strike

By Hector Cordon, 2 February 2018

After a one-day strike in November failed to yield an improved contract offer, schoolbus drivers walked off the job Thursday in what is being billed as an indefinite strike.

Australia: Fair Work Commission bans Monday’s NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 January 2018

To combat the ruling, workers must break with Labor and the unions, and reject their bogus claims that the big business tribunal is an “independent umpire.”

Australia: Workers reject union-government attempts to cancel NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 January 2018

Rail workers responded with hostility to the union’s attempt to call off Monday’s stoppage, on the basis of an “offer” providing no details of the government’s demands for cuts to jobs and conditions.

Seattle school bus drivers reject second contract proposal by First Student

By Jean LaChance and Hector Cordon, 23 January 2018

Drivers voted by 85 percent to reject a concessions deal brought back by the Teamsters union

Australian rail accident causes 16 injuries

By Eric Ludlow, 23 January 2018

The train crash in Sydney highlights the deterioration of the city’s rail network, which is creating the conditions for new disasters.

Australian rail workers, bus drivers and commuters support NSW train strike

By our reporters, 22 January 2018

Train staff, passengers and other sections of workers speak out in favour of a planned stoppage to fight the attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

Australia: Union officials desperately trying to prevent NSW rail strike

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 January 2018

The union has held backroom discussions with the government to suppress the stoppage, fearing it could become the focal point of a broader movement of the working class.

Boston Transit: Control Board fiddles while the Red Line burns

By John Marion, 18 January 2018

Three years after a series of snow storms shut down Boston’s public transportation system, no real improvements to the decrepit infrastructure have been made.

UK rail workers continue strikes against Driver Only Operated train plans

By Michael Barnes, 8 January 2018

As dangerous incidents begin to escalate, the rail companies and the Tory government refuse to retreat in their war against conductors’ jobs.

Australian rail union collaborating with Pacific National to impose sell-out agreement

By Terry Cook, 8 January 2018

The RTBU deal further erodes working conditions, real wages and opens the way for increased casualisation.

Massachusetts public transportation workers’ wages, benefits, and safety under attack

By John Marion, 29 December 2017

A report by the transport authority’s Fiscal and Management Control Board hints at plans to continue privatizing the nation’s fifth-largest public transportation system.

At least three dead as Amtrak train derails over Interstate 5 in Washington

By Trévon Austin, 19 December 2017

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in the accident, which resulted in at least three deaths and scores of injuries.

UPS worker killed at Atlanta hub

By Steve Filips, 18 December 2017

William Stubbs, 51, a 17-year UPS employee was killed while unloading a trailer parked at a dock.

Sri Lankan unions betray railway workers’ strike

By W.A. Sunil, 14 December 2017

Rail unions axed the strike because it represented a direct challenge to the government’s austerity policies and threatened to draw in other sections of workers.

Reports highlight the crisis of New York mass transit

By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2017

Three recent reports reveal mounting crisis of the New York metropolitan area’s mass bus, subway and railroad systems.

Betrayal of UK rail workers’ fight against driver only operations reveals treacherous role of unions

By Michael Barnes, 4 December 2017

The sellout of Southern rail workers—with conductors holding 39 days of strikes and drivers many days of walkouts—demonstrates there is no line the unions will not cross.

Seattle, Washington school bus drivers launch one-day strike

By Hector Cordon, 30 November 2017

Several hundred school bus drivers walked out Wednesday morning in Seattle, against First Student’s unilateral imposition of its “last, best and final” contract offer.

CSX continues cuts, botches relocation of train dispatchers

By Jeff Lusanne, 23 November 2017

Along with more cuts and closures, CSX has put the lives of train dispatchers in disarray with many being forced to sleep in their cars.

US railroad union coalition agrees to contract with health givebacks

By Jeff Lusanne, 9 October 2017

Widespread workers’ opposition is not only to the increased health care costs, but to decades of concessions to the railroads while they continued to make billions.

Boston area transit riders and workers imperiled by inadequate maintenance funding

By John Marion, 13 September 2017

The unelected Financial and Management Control Board has accelerated its plans for the privatization of public transportation, rather than providing safe transportation.

Why aren’t trains evacuating people from the path of Hurricane Irma?

By Jeff Lusanne, 9 September 2017

Hundreds of thousands need to flee the path of Hurricane Irma. Instead of fleets of trains carrying them away, residents are left to fend for themselves in their own cars on congested roads.

Boston area transit privatization plan goes forward amid allegations of corruption/mismanagement

By John Marion, 2 September 2017

Lack of rational planning combined with out-and-out corruption are the main contributing factors to the crisis of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority serving greater Boston.

CSX worker in Tennessee seriously injured due to cutbacks

Railroads push cost-cutting and contract concessions

By Jeff Lusanne, 25 August 2017

Railroads continue to push for concessions three years after contracts for 145,000 workers expired, while implementing cost-cutting changes to please Wall Street.

CSX railroad closes and downgrades major facilities

By Jeff Lusanne, 10 August 2017

Workers at yards across the CSX system have been pushed aggressively to speed up work, risking injury, under the threat of yards being downgraded or closed.

CSX railroad workers denounce Wall Street plundering

By Jeff Lusanne, 4 August 2017

As the CEO blames employees for the failure of his policies, CSX workers have denounced years of eroding working conditions.

New strikes in the UK against Driver Only Operated trains

By Thomas Scripps, 15 July 2017

Recent talks have enabled Southern, Northern and Merseyrail management to escalate strikebreaking plans and impose regimes of intimidation.

Chicago Transit Authority train operators vote to strike

By Jeff Lusanne, 12 July 2017

In a preliminary poll of train operators, 98 percent voted to strike the against the Chicago Transit Authority after 18 months without a new contract.

The way forward for West Coast port truck drivers

By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 4 July 2017

The Teamsters union shut down the strike, the 15th such walkout over the last four years, without resolving any of the critical issues demanded by the drivers.

Truck drivers strike at Los Angeles-Long Beach ports

By our reporters, 21 June 2017

Port truck drivers are fighting to be classified as full-time employees, not “independent contractors” without guaranteed wages, health benefits or job protections.

New York agency details crisis of subway signal system

By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 20 June 2017

In a city that is home for 82 billionaires, the subways are still using a signal system with technology that dates back to 1904, posing significant dangers.

New York mayor rejects discount transit fares plan for poor residents

By Isaac Finn, 19 June 2017

New York Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio declined last week to fund a $50 million pilot program to provide half-priced fares for poor New Yorkers, as part of the fiscal 2018 budget.

Sydney bus drivers strike against privatisation

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 May 2017

The transport union has appealed to the government for “consultation,” underscoring its willingness to collaborate with privatisation.

Washington, D.C. public transit authority proposes major offensive against workers

By Harvey Simpkins, 1 May 2017

Employees in the national capital’s transit system are being threatened with millions of dollars in wage and benefit cuts.

Irish unions scuttle Bus Eireann strike

By Dermot Quinn, 19 April 2017

Strike action by transport workers against Bus Eireann’s cost-cutting measures has been foiled by the unions twice since February.

Indian bus workers strike against privatisation

By Arun Kumar, 19 April 2017

The Haryana bus stoppage underscored the intensifying class tensions across the state and India as a whole.

Southern GTR train drivers in UK vote down union sell-out again

Build new organisations of struggle to unify rail workers

By Michael Barnes, 6 April 2017

Rail workers must break the stranglehold of the unions by creating their own rank-and-file organisations of struggle.

Irish bus workers defy unions and continue strike

By Dermot Quinn, 5 April 2017

To the consternation of the unions and political establishment, Bus Eireann workers set up pickets at city bus depots and trains last Friday.

For a unified struggle of drivers and conductors

Vote “no” to the ASLEF sell-out deal at UK’s Southern GTR rail!

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 22 March 2017

Another “no” vote in opposition to the ASLEF/Southern deal would represent a powerful blow against the plans by the train companies and government to impose DOO.

Not guilty verdict for Merseyrail guard Martin Zee deals blow to state witch-hunt

By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2017

Dragging Zee into court was a politically motivated move, taken as rail companies seek to impose Driver Only Operated trains.

Verdi union shuts down Berlin airport workers strike

By Gustav Kemper and Marianne Arens, 17 March 2017

The union stopped a strike by ground crew at the Berlin airports, despite the employer’s refusal to submit a new offer.

UK train conductors strike three rail companies

By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2017

The strike by 2,000 conductors proves the willingness of transport workers to fight the destruction of their working conditions and livelihoods.

UK striking rail conductors explain: “This is about the public and their safety”

By our reporters, 14 March 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to striking rail conductors during Monday’s strikes.

UK rail conductors strike at three companies to defend jobs and safety conditions

By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2017

Claims by the government and rail companies that removing conductors and eventually drivers will have no impact on public safety have been proven false by several recent incidents.

Boston mass transit privatization scheme proceeds through bullying and tricks

By John Marion, 9 March 2017

The crisis of the MBTA caused by years of deferred maintenance and a massive February 2015 snow storm is being used to implement a prolonged assault on workers.

Sordid inter-union dispute over Toronto transit union’s dues-stream

By Carl Bronski, 25 February 2017

Both factions in the dispute pitting the ATU against its Toronto local president and Unifor have a long record of imposing concession contracts.

New York transit union pushes through concessions contract

By Alan Whyte, 20 February 2017

Less than one-third of those eligible to vote actually ratified the 28-month-long contract, which does nothing to improve wages, health and pension benefits and work conditions.

New York transit workers’ opposition builds against contract sellout

By Alan Whyte, 13 February 2017

With ratification ballots due back February 15, workers have expressed substantial opposition to the tentative deal pushed by the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

“The working class should defend immigrant rights”

New York transit workers denounce contract, Trump

By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017

A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers and found a lot of hostility to the contract.

Germany: What does arbitration mean for the Hesse bus drivers strike?

By Marianne Arens, 28 January 2017

The bus drivers in Hesse carried out their strike with great determination because they viewed it as a principled struggle against intolerable living conditions.

New York raises transit fares as train and bus workers vote on concessions deal

By Alan Whyte, 27 January 2017

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation voted Wednesday to increase its fare and tolls about 4 percent.

“We should take a stand and reject this contract”

New York transit workers denounce sellout agreement

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 January 2017

New York transit workers will be voting on a tentative agreement that will continue the erosion of their living standards and working conditions.

Union reaches deal to block New York transit workers from recouping concessions

By Alan Whyte, 18 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 announced an agreement Monday that will do nothing to stop the erosion of living standards for 38,000 bus and subway workers in New York.

New York transit workers denounce sellout

By our reporting team, 18 January 2017

Transit workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site after the Transport Workers Union announced a deal for a new four-year agreement covering 38,000 bus and subway workers employed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).

Dayton transit workers set to vote on sellout contract

By Shannon Jones, 17 January 2017

Published details of the agreement include a major attack on health care benefits and a derisory pay increase.

New York City transit workers and riders made to pay for system’s ballooning debt

By Philip Guelpa, 16 January 2017

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs New York City’s buses and subways, is tens of billions of dollars in debt.

Union reaches deal, moves to end Dayton, Ohio transit strike

By Vernon Stevens, 12 January 2017

Transit workers, who have not had a raise since 2014, will be voting on the agreement, which undoubtedly contains major concession on pay and out-of-pocket health expenses.

Dayton, Ohio transit workers strike over wages, health care

By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2017

The walkout by 463 drivers and mechanics is the first by transit workers in Dayton in nearly 60 years.

As contract expiration nears, union moves to block fight by New York transit workers

By Alan Whyte, 9 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 officials have praised state Democrats who have overseen the attack on workers’ wages and pensions.

“The working class needs better health care, wages, and retirement.”

New York transit workers discuss issues in contract battle

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 January 2017

Transit workers who came to the mass membership meeting spoke to the WSWS about their most pressing concerns.

Chicago transit workers protest concession demands

By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 28 December 2016

Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA officials are pressing ahead for even deeper concessions, knowing the ATU has buckled under recently in Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia.

Washington DC Metro officials punish half of transit system’s inspection team for safety lapses

By Harvey Simpkins and Nick Barrickman, 22 December 2016

The ultimate responsibility for Metro’s state of disrepair lies with years of underfunding of the transit system.

Boston public transit union agrees to open contract and impose wage cuts

By John Marion, 22 December 2016

In the face of threats from MBTA management that jobs will be privatized, Boston Carmen’s Local 589 has agreed to wage cuts in the middle of the contract period.

Anger and opposition expressed over New York transit agency’s proposed fare hikes

By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2016

In a public hearing held Thursday night in Manhattan, one of eight, workers and students expressed their anger and hostility to the New York transit agency’s proposed fare hikes.

Significant opposition as Philadelphia transit workers ratify contract

By Alan Whyte, 21 November 2016

After shutting down a six-day strike to boost the vote for Hillary Clinton, the Transport Workers Union imposed a concessions deal on Philadelphia transit workers.

Philadelphia transit workers must reject sellout deal

By Alan Whyte, 17 November 2016

Nearly 5,000 Philadelphia transit workers are voting on a sellout deal this Friday, after the union shut down their six-day strike on the eve of Election Day.

Injunction threat in Philadelphia transit strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 5 November 2016

As the walkout by 4,700 Philadelphia transit workers entered its fourth day the media and Democratic politicians stepped up their attacks on the strikers.

Officials threaten court action against Philadelphia transit strikers

By Alan Whyte, 2 November 2016

Transit workers are in a battle against the attack on health benefits, which is being spearheaded by the Obama administration.

Philadelphia transit workers go on strike

By Alan Whyte, 1 November 2016

The nearly 5,000 transit workers are seeking improvements in pensions and resisting management demands for increased health care costs.

Massachusetts: Consulting firm hired to begin privatization of transit system

By John Marion, 21 October 2016

The speed and secrecy of the privatization drive should stand as a warning to workers.

Philadelphia transit workers vote to strike

By Alan Whyte, 19 October 2016

Nearly 6,000 bus, subway and trolley operators, cashiers and mechanics have voted to stop work if a new labor agreement is not reached by October 31.