Long live the wave of workers' strikes in US!

By La Marx United States 10/15/21 

United States is experiencing a huge wave of workers' strikes, and a deep process of unionization, as an expression of the revolutionary process that the country has been going through for 15 years. At midnight Wednesday, more than 10,000 John Deere farm machinery workers went on strike in several central U.S. states Last week, more than 90 percent of Deere workers rejected a delivery contract presented by the UAW. 

The Deere workers' rebellion is an intensification of the strike movement that is spreading across the United States: 500 workers at a distillery in Kentucky went on strike on September 11; 2,000 hospital workers from Buffalo, New York, have been on strike since October 1; 1,400 Kellogg's workers in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee went on strike on October 5; and 2,000 workers at the Frontier telecommunications company in California went on strike on October 6. More than 1,000 Warrior Met coal miners in northern Alabama have been on strike since April. 

A series of local walkouts and protests indicate the scope and depth of labor militancy: a strike Tuesday morning of 185 workers at 28 nursing homes and community programs in Connecticut over their wages and poverty benefits; stoppages of dozens of school bus drivers using sick leave in Bullitt County, Kentucky, and Calvert County, Maryland, this week; a two-day strike last week by 400 healthcare workers at the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Oregon; and a five-day strike last week by 350 healthcare workers in Antioch, California, over working conditions and understaffing. 

Carpenters strike in Seattle, Sisco in Chicago, Kellogs in Milwaukee, strikes are sweeping the country 

Tens of thousands of workers in other industries have voted to authorize strikes in staggering numbers, including 60,000 television and film production workers in California who plan to go on strike Sunday night; More than 40,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses and healthcare workers almost unanimously authorized a West Coast strike; and 3,500 workers at auto parts maker Dana Inc. 

The strike at Deere will give Dana workers a boost to go on strike, given that they have been working without a contract after massively rejecting a UAW-backed contract last month. The International Alliance of Stage Staff Theatrical (IATSE) has reached a dead end in negotiations with the Film and Television Alliance on their new contract. Over the weekend, union members voted for a strike authorization, paving the way for one of the largest labor lawsuits in Hollywood history. 

The union needed 75% of the votes in favor to authorize the strike. In response, 90% of eligible voters participated in the authorization ballot, and 98% in favor of the strike. The AFL-CIO union bureaucracy adopted the hashtag #striketober (something like "October strike"), especially with Black Lives Matter, a new wave of strikes and worker mobilization has resurfaced across the country. 

Images of the strikes in South Korea

The strike movement in the US is part of a boom in workers' struggles that stretches from South African metalworkers to Sri Lankan healthcare workers, German transport workers to Turkey's auto parts workers. 

This, not to mention the strike of half a million workers in South Korea, from the construction, transport, services and other sectors, in South Korea on October 20, which will continue with massive demonstrations in centers. urban and rural farmlands, which will lead to a national mobilization of all the Korean people, called for January 2022. 

Since 2019 we have lived a second revolutionary wave that has a great role for the working class, which began with the irruption of the yellow vest movement in France. This powerful wave of strikes is the expression of the powerful revolutionary movement that shakes the country, after the defeat of imperialism in the Iraq war in 2006 as a product of the mass mobilization of the Middle East, Europe and the United States. 

Since then different revolutionary movements have erupted in the United States such as Occupy Wall Street, the mobilization of women, the mobilizations, Black Lives Matter and now a powerful wave of workers' struggles that moves the country. The North American working class is the most important in the world, and its emergence impacts the class struggle at the global level. Long live the struggle of the American working class! 

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