Labor Weather Report
A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.
Lois Danks
volume 38
issue 4
August 2017

June 2017 — Sakuma workers win! Farmworkers in Washington state won a colossal victory after fighting four years for an independent contract. It took many strikes and a national boycott against Driscoll Berries to win a $15 average wage, seniority rights, and protection from retaliation.

In Progress — Women on strike. In Morocco, women are leading a two-year strike of 500 cannery workers sacked by abusive and retaliatory bosses. The strike has been ongoing since 2015 when a wave of layoffs ignited a shutdown. An international support campaign is underway.

June 2017 — Dress accordingly. Male bus drivers in France defied dress codes and gender norms by wearing skirts during a heat wave in June. Shorts were “unsuitable” to company standards so the men slipped into uniform skirts to protest the bosses in comfortable air-conditioned offices.

Also see: “Right to work” moves to US Supreme Court