It’s quite the spectacle watching Republicans eat their own with the ouster of Liz Cheney — a new milestone in the deepening disintegration of the two parties and mainstream politics in general. I know it seems like the GOP is uniquely fucked up, to be blunt, but the Democrats have their own problems. Does anyone really expect the Democrats to pull us out of this collective tailspin? Obama was the beacon of hope and change for many. After eight years as President there were some improvements — Obamacare for one — but when the 2016 elections rolled around the overall conditions and prospects in people’s lives had not improved. Clinton came off as arrogant and entitled, slamming workers as “deplorables,” so they decided to take a chance on Trump. And here we are now.
We’ve been going ‘round and ‘round this vicious circle our whole lives, cycling through the two parties over and over. Our parents did the same. Remember when it was said that each generation would do better than the last? You don’t hear that now! The two parties have had ample opportunity to make good. It’s time to break free of this vicious circle. It’s time for a Labor Party not beholden to the established powers or to the employers. It’s time we take our collective fate into our own hands. In just the past 45 days these labor struggles have been taking place around the country. These actions are admittedly scattered and only involve a relative handful of workers so far, but they point the way forward:
- 1,300 United Steelworkers members strike against Allegheny Technologies in Pennsylvania.
- Over 1,100 coal miners in United Mine Workers strike against Warrior Met Coal in Alabama.
- Teamsters Local 120 is locked-out by Marathon Petroleum in Minnesota.
- Over 1,000 food-delivery workers protest in Manhattan demanding a livable wage and decent working conditions.
- Over 200 UAW members strike against Prysmian Group in East Texas.
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and supporters picket Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis demanding a contract.
- 800 nurses strike in Worcester, Massachusetts. (See image)
- Medical technicians, therapists and other workers at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon, win their first union contract.
- United Steelworkers Local 1016-3 signs a 4-year contract with NLMK Steel in Pennsylvania after a 6-month strike.
- Teamsters Local 89 strikes against DSI Tunneling for a contract in Kentucky.
- Amazon workers conduct a widely-publicized election in Bessemer, Alabama. They lost this round but gained experience for next time.
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