First published by Occupy.com
National Labor Relations Board data indicate that 2018 marked a huge upsurge in strikes by workers across the U.S. The year saw 21 major work stoppages involving 485,000 workers, compared with 25,000 in 2017. The most obvious takeaway is this: In the year of the Janus Supreme Court decision that prevented unions from charging fees to non-union workers who still benefit from union-negotiated contracts, workers were anything but cowed.
Teachers in several so-called red states, starting with West Virginia, organized and walked out of their schools, winning significant victories and asserting that they were fed up with the underfunding of education, going back years, all while states were cutting taxes and giving fossil fuel corporations more and more concessions.
Other workers struck across the country, including hotel workers, university graduate students, United Steelworkers locals, and staff of the University of California Medical Centers up and down the state.Continue reading Workers Strike Back: 2019 Sees the Resumption of Labor Activism