Janus vs AFSCME
World Federation of Trade Unions 17th Congress in Durban, South Africa
- "The U.S.:
- "A delegation of about 20 union activists came from the United States. It included a broad range of unions and workers including public employees, longshoremen, healthcare union representatives, an auto worker, roofers, musicians and community organizers.
- "Cherrene Horazuk, president of AFSCME Local 3800 gave a presentation to the congress on behalf of the delegation. She recounted some of the recent union struggles and pointed to the small but important number of unions beginning to join with the Black Lives Matter movement against racist police brutality. She talked about the unions that were joining with Native activists in Standing Rock in the battle against the pipeline. And she brought awareness to the struggle to free political prisoners Oscar Lopez Rivera, Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu Jamal and others, something that SEIU representatives played a particularly important role in.
- "Finally, she talked about how the U.S. government blocked World Federation of Trade Unions representative Valentine Pacho from traveling to Chicago to place a plaque at the Haymarket site. A statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions was read by Kay Tillow, however, and was received enthusiastically.
- "Cliff Smith, business agent for the Roofers Local 36 also spoke. His local just voted to affiliate with the World Federation of Trade Unions, the first union in the United States to do so. He expressed solidarity with the national strike being carried out by COSATU on the same date, demanding decent work and an end to labor contractors. He talked about the need to fight racism and national oppression in the U.S. and around the world. He also talked about the election and the need to build a People’s Democratic Workers’ Party."
Agitates for $15 minimum wage in Los Angeles
Jeff Bigelow, veteran labor leader and member of the Party for Liberation and Socialism, discusses his involvement in the Los Angeles fight for $15