Fight Back! - News and Views from the People's Struggle http://www.fightbacknews.org/ This newspaper exists to build the people's struggle! We provide coverage and analysis of some of the key battles facing working and low-income people. en Teamsters Local 79 UPS workers are voting no on tentative agreement http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/25/teamsters-local-79-ups-workers-are-voting-no-tentative-agreement <p>Tampa, FL - With the vote count a little less than two weeks out, west Florida UPSers will be voting ‘no’ on the tentative agreement. Despite retaliation from the company, rank-and-file militants have been informing the membership of Local 79 throughout the contract negotiation process. Now that balloting information has been mailed out and the vote is underway they are making sure UPS Teamsters have received their ballots and voted. </p> <p>“Between the efforts of the company and the union to push this contract through, we need to inform the rank and file and get them to vote this deal down,” said Jerrica Hoey, one of the lead organizers for the education campaign. Local 79’s executive board, which represents UPS employees in nine counties of western Florida, has neither endorsed a ‘yes’ vote nor a ‘no’ vote on the tentative agreement. For the 2013 contract, then-president Kenneth Wood and Local 79 leadership urged the membership to vote yes. </p> <p>Although the vote count will not be until Oct. 5, Jerrica Hoey is confident in a ‘no’ vote from her building. “I work at the Acline building in Tampa and we are definitely going to be a solid ‘no’ vote.” she said. Chris Lovins, a temporary cover driver in Tampa, feels the contract is bad for UPSers. “I’m voting no because of the loss of pension protection, two-tier drivers and the 70-hour work week during Christmas.” </p> <p>Part-timers inside the warehouse are also voting no. K.C. Hernandez, a sorter with 19 years seniority, is tired of concessionary contracts. “This is my fourth contract and every time we have conceded more while they continue to have record profits.” UPS made over $6 billion in profits last year. </p> <p>If you have not yet received your balloting information in the mail or need new materials, call your local union as soon as possible. Voting will end Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and the count will take place later that day at 8 p.m.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/25/teamsters-local-79-ups-workers-are-voting-no-tentative-agreement#comments Teamsters Teamsters Local 79 Vote No Vote No On UPS Contract Labor Tue, 25 Sep 2018 23:03:20 +0000 Fight Back 6972 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Look back with anger: The 2010 FBI raids on anti-war and international solidarity activists http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/24/look-back-anger-2010-fbi-raids-anti-war-and-international-solidarity-activists <p>Eight years ago, on Sept. 24, 2010, more than 70 FBI agents took part in a series of coordinated raids that were aimed at activists of the anti-war and international solidarity movements, and also members of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). In a bogus investigation of “material support of terrorism” charges, seven houses and an office in Minneapolis and Chicago were raided. While the raids were underway, FBI agents approached and attempted to intimidate activists in Michigan, California, North Carolina and Wisconsin.</p> <p>Also on that day, the FBI delivered grand jury subpoenas to many of the raided activists. More activists were served with subpoenas in the following weeks; a total of 23 people were commanded to appear before a Chicago grand jury - and the government threatened jail for those who refused. The charge of material support of terrorism carries 15 years in prison per count, and federal prosecutors repeatedly stated that they intended to indict “multiple people on multiple charges.” </p> <p>After these raids, the attacks kept on coming. On May 17, 2011, the home of a longtime leader of the Chicano liberation movement, Carlos Montes, was hit with a no-knock raid in Los Angeles. Montes was jailed, hit with trumped up weapons charges, and faced 22 years in prison. Then on Oct. 22, 2013, Homeland Security arrested the well-respected Chicago Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh, who stared down a decade in prison as well as deportation.</p> <p>Court documents show that all these attacks by the federal government were linked and that they stemmed for a common ‘investigation’ that involved the same cast of FBI agents, police and sheriffs working with the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Forces, and federal prosecutors. Taken as a whole, this repression ranks as one of the largest attacks launched against progressive and left movement since the 1970s. </p> <p>In the end it was the wall of resistance and an outpouring of popular support that defeated and blunted these assaults on the right to speak out and organize. Not one of those called to testify in front of the grand jury did so. In that refusal, the grand jury resisters put principal and doing the right thing above their freedom. Prosecutors said they were looking for someone “inside” FRSO to testify in a trial. Their threats yielded them no one. Carlos Montes and Rasmea Odeh waged heroic courtroom battles against the false charges leveled against them. The case of Carlos ended with a victory. In court, Rasmea put the Israeli occupation on trial for its crimes and beat the jail time – but sadly was deported to Jordan, where she continues her activism. </p> <p>Unions representing millions of workers, countless progressive organizations and individuals, and even politicians stood up to this campaign of repression. Rallies took place in more than 100 cities across the world. Those actions, hard work, and a sound legal strategy, explains why this resistance was met with success. </p> <p>Sometimes victories can be assessed by what does not happen. FBI documents, including the Justice Department’s “interrogation questions for FRSO members,” affidavits for search warrants, and defense lawyer conversations with federal prosecutors, indicate that the government planned, at least in part, to hold an anti-communist trial for FRSO leaders and supporters. In so doing they aimed to criminalize the very idea of international solidarity. Yet here we are, eight years later, and FRSO and other subpoenaed activists are still building the movements against Trump, for justice and are making contributions to the people’s struggle. </p> <p>The U.S. is not the free country it claims to be. For decades the U.S. government has been trying to criminalize organizations in other countries that fight for national and social liberation – like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Communist Party of the Philippines, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). It is wrong to call those who fight for freedom ‘terrorists,’ and it is unacceptable for the government to make it a crime for people to point this out.</p> <p>In the years ahead, it is vital that we resist each and every attack on our democratic rights and that we stand with those facing repression. </p> <p>The powers that be are not going to transform themselves. Exploiters and oppressors are true to their nature, and repression is what they do. We are activists and we are certain that change will come. And we are revolutionaries and socialists – we are certain this system cannot last.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/24/look-back-anger-2010-fbi-raids-anti-war-and-international-solidarity-activists#comments People's Struggles Antiwar Movement Opinion Anti-War 23 FBI Repression Freedom Road Socialist Organization Grand Juries Political Repression September 24 FBI Raids Editorials In-Justice System Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:02:35 +0000 Fight Back 6971 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Duterte must be held responsible says NDFP leader http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/23/duterte-must-be-held-responsible-says-ndfp-leader <p>Fight Back News Service is circulating the following presentation by Luis G. Jalandoni, Senior Adviser, Negotiating Panel, of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), to the International People’s Tribunal on the Philippines, which was held in Brussels, September 18-19, 2018.</p> <p>PRESENTATION TO THE INTERNATIONAL PEOPLES’ TRIBUNAL ON THE PHILIPPINES</p> <p>Distinguished Jurors of the International Peoples’ Tribunal on the Philippines, Claimant People’s Organizations, Lawyers, Solidarity Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.</p> <p>One of the biggest opportunities, if not the biggest, for President Rodrigo Duterte to serve the Filipino people is to foster the peace negotiations. This could not only solve the almost 50 year-old armed conflict but also lay the basis for responding to the deepest aspirations of the 75 million peasants for land and the entire nation for justice, democracy, progress and lasting peace.</p> <p>Duterte’s termination of the peace talks on November 23, 2017 was a crushing blow to the people’s aspirations. The Lumad in Mindanao were shouting: “Bigas, Hindi Bala!” (“Rice not bullets!”), the children, “Lapis at papel, Hindi bomba at bala!” (Pencil and paper, not bombs and bullets!). Duterte ordered: “Bomb the schools!”</p> <p>On November 22, negotiators of the government were with us in Utrecht. Bilateral teams of both Parties had met several times earlier in the month and completed and initialed the bilateral agreements on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ARRD) and National Industrialization and Economic Development (NIED), the first two major parts of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER). Both Parties were preparing for the resumption of the GRP-NDFP formal talks on November 25-27, 2017.</p> <p>“We are being ordered to go home!”, so sounded the heartbreaking news from Secretary Silvestre Bello and Hernani Braganza of the GRP Negotiating Panel.</p> <p>The proclamation on November 23 (Proclamation 360) was followed by President Duterte’s declaration of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations on December 5, 2017 (Proclamation 374).</p> <p>This was followed in February 2018 by the proscription by a Regional Trial Court of more than 600 individuals as officers, members, and supporters of the CPP and NPA.</p> <p><strong>Back Channel Talks, March to June and Stand-Down Agreement on June 9, 2018</strong></p> <p>Despite these crushing blows, the NDFP agreed to hold back channel talks with the GRP from March to June 2018. On June 9, 2018, the GRP Panel Chairperson, Silvestre Bello signed together with NDFP Panel Chairperson Fidel Agcaoili the Stand Down Agreement. This would be announced by both in Manila on June 15.</p> <p>This is the initial Ceasefire that would develop into a Coordinated Unilateral Ceasefire (CUC) that would in turn lead to a Bilateral CF. The back channel talks also agreed to have the Amnesty for all (503) political prisoners to be done at the scheduled resumption of formal talks in Oslo on June 28!</p> <p><strong>Duterte Cancels Talks on June 15, 20</strong></p> <p>Alas, on June 15, after attending a meeting of the top military and police officers, President Duterte cancelled the talks, stating that he needed to review all the past agreements, and consult the public. Defense Secretary Lorenzana rejected the Stand Down Agreement, claiming that the NPA would take advantage of it. Duterte declared that talks must be held in the Philippines, the CPP-NPA must stop revolutionary taxation, and the NPA be put in encampments.</p> <p>These demands of Duterte are of course rejected by the NDFP. These in effect call for the surrender of the revolutionary movement. Already in The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992, surrender or capitulation is excluded. This agreement declares that no precondition shall be made to negate the inherent character and purpose of the peace negotiations.</p> <p><strong>Major Peace Achievements</strong></p> <p>Other major achievements followed The Hague Joint Declaration. The Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (1995) provides safety and immunity to all participants in the peace talks.</p> <p>Then, the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL,1998) was signed.</p> <p>and the Joint Secretariat (JS) of the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) under CARHRIHL was formed in 2004. The JS holds office in Metro Manila, with staff members nominated by both Parties. The JS assists the JMC which monitors the implementation of CARHRIHL.</p> <p>In accord with The Hague Joint Declaration, work on social and economic reforms, political and constitutional reforms, proceeded. Both Parties would aim to attain the End of Hostilities and Disposition of Forces which would work for a General Amnesty for all combatants of both Parties.</p> <p><strong>High Hopes for Success of Peace Talks Under Duterte</strong></p> <p>After Duterte won the elections in May 2016, the hopes for the success of peace talks were very high, perhaps higher than ever before. He promised to amnesty all political prisoners on May 16, 2016. In August 2016, he released 21 NDFP Consultants to join the peace talks. Also in August 2016, the GRP and the NDFP reaffirmed all past peace agreements.</p> <p>At the end of the August talks, the longest simultaneous unilateral ceasefires were held for five months from August 2016 until January 2017.</p> <p>In January 2017, the third round of formal talks resulted in an agreement to distribute land free to the farmers, a landmark advance in land reform.</p> <p><strong>Ceasefire Violations by the AFP and EJKs in Duterte’s Drug War</strong></p> <p>During this period, however, extrajudicial killings started to multiply in Duterte’s so-called war on drugs.</p> <p>The CPP issued a strong statement in August 2016 condemning the anti-people and anti-national policies of the Duterte government.</p> <p>The CPP denounced the ceaasefire violations of the AFP and PNP in more than 500 barangays in 43 provinces, declaring that these were rendering the ceasefire untenable.</p> <p>Hence, on February 1, 2017, the CPP announced that it would terminate its unilateral ceasefire in ten days.</p> <p>Duterte went wild in cancelling the talks. He ordered his troops “to flatten the hills”and Defense Secretary Lorenzana declared “All Out War” against the CPP-NPA.</p> <p><strong>Back Channel Talks and Pattern of Cancellations by Duterte</strong></p> <p>NDFP Chief Political Consultant, Prof. Jose Maria Sison enjoined President Duterte to engage in back-channel talks. These took place in Utrecht on March 11-12 and both Parties agreed to a ceasefire on March 31 and hold formal talks on April 2-5 in Oslo.</p> <p>The CPP was ready with its ceasefire declaration, but Duterte refused to issue the GRP ceasefire, claiming that the NPA had launched a military operation.</p> <p>The scheduled formal talks got postponed and then proceeded but could not make any advance.</p> <p><strong>Volatility of Duterte in Peace Talks and Horrendous Human Rights Violations</strong></p> <p>This pattern of on again, off-again has continued until Duterte’s cancellation of the talks last June 15. His volatility in the peace talks was accompanied by horrendous human rights violations amounting to mass murder of tens of thousands of victims of his drug war.</p> <p>Numerous killings of Lumad and other indigenous and mass organizations suspected as supporters of the NPA were perpetrated by the regime.</p> <p>Hundreds of attacks against Lumad schools and forced evacuation of Lumad communities ensued as the military encamped in their barrio halls, health centers, schools and even residences.</p> <p>The economy deteriorated with laws favoring the rich and causing big losses to the poor who are subjected to skyrocketing prices of basic commodities.</p> <p>Workers are still plagued with contractualization despite his promise of eradicating it. Striking workers and their supporters are subject to military attacks as in Nutriasia.</p> <p>Massacres of civilians and non-combatants continue to be perpetrated by the military and police as in the case of the Anique Seven on August 15, 2018 and the Patikul Seven a few days ago. The killings of priests has aroused condemnation from Church leaders and the public.</p> <p>Solidarity persons like Sr. Patricia Fox and Lawyer Gil Boehringer of Australia are subjected to deportation and other violations of their rights.</p> <p><strong>People’s Response to Grievous Crimes of President Duterte and His Government</strong></p> <p>The grievous crimes of President Duterte and his government against the people, including his sabotage and destruction of the peace negotiations, are compelling proof that he must be held accountable.</p> <p>The people have every reason to reject him and his regime and struggle to build the strongest and broadest united front to overthrow him, in order to build a Philippines that is free, democratic, independent and sovereign</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/23/duterte-must-be-held-responsible-says-ndfp-leader#comments People's Struggles Antiwar Movement Duterte International National Democratic Front of the Philippines Philippines Philippines Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:37:22 +0000 Fight Back 6970 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Tampa protests Jon Burge, Chicago PD torturer http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/22/tampa-protests-jon-burge-chicago-pd-torturer <p>Tampa, FL - Tampa activists protested at a Tampa area funeral home, Sept. 21, the location of the remains of torturer Jon Burge. The protesters demanded that the torture victims of Jon Burge be freed. They also called for the conviction of killer-cop Jason Van Dyke. </p> <p>Jon Burge oversaw the torture of over 100 African-Americans from 1972 to 1991. By tying the victims to chairs, using electric shocks, putting bags over their heads, mock executions and attacks to their genitals, Jon Burge and his Chicago Police Department torture ring were able to obtain forced confessions.</p> <p>Although he was charged with lying about the torture, he was never charged for the actual acts of torture he committed. Burge spent the last years of his life in a Tampa area halfway home, still receiving his $54,000 a year pension. His victims, however, oftentimes received the death penalty or life in prison based on the false confessions gathered from torture. Some 20 of his victims are still in prison today.</p> <p>“We are here to protest legacy of Jon Burge,” said Gage LaCharite, an organizer of the protest. “We are also standing with the ongoing struggle in Chicago to convict Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke is the most notoriously racist Chicago cop since Jon Burge. There is a broader pattern of violence against African Americans and other nationalities by CPD and police across the country. This is why we need Civilian Police Accountability Councils now!”</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/22/tampa-protests-jon-burge-chicago-pd-torturer#comments People's Struggles Police Brutality African-American Anti-racism Chicago Police Department Jason Van Dyke Jon Burge Racism in the Criminal Justice System In-Justice System Oppressed Nationalities Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:01:17 +0000 Fight Back 6969 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Teamster militants pushing ‘Vote NO’ on UPS contract as balloting continues http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/22/teamster-militants-pushing-vote-no-ups-contract-balloting-continues <p>Jacksonville, FL – A critical vote is underway on the largest private-sector union contract in the United States. Beginning on Sept. 11, hundreds of thousands of Teamsters at UPS and UPS Freight began receiving ballot information in the mail to vote on their respective tentative agreements, regional supplements and local riders. </p> <p>But unlike previous years, the outcome of this contract vote is anything but certain. UPS Teamster militants across the country have hit the gates of their warehouses and urged coworkers to vote no on the contract. Both the Teamsters United movement and the Teamsters for a Democratic Union reform caucus have spearheaded these efforts, along with Fred Zuckerman, president of Local 89, and Sean O’Brien, president of Local 25 and the Teamsters United candidate for general president in 2021.</p> <p>Citing the introduction of a two-tier, lesser-paid package driver scheme - the so-called 22.4 drivers - pitiful and insulting raises for part-timers, and more, the Vote No movement has brought together rank-and-file militants and reform-minded local union leaders fighting for a better contract.</p> <p>“We’ve flyered at our building, as well as most buildings in western Florida,” said Bill Aiman, a UPS Teamster in Local 79 out of Tampa, Florida. “By and large, Teamsters here feel this is a bad contract. And we deserve a whole lot better.”</p> <p>UPS made $4.9 billion in profit in 2017 and received an extra $1 billion in the tax bill passed by President Donald Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress. UPS Teamsters, whose labor created these profits, went into contract negotiations hungry for a better contract. </p> <p>Negotiations between the companies and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) began earlier this year. The union brought a set of serious proposals submitted by the rank and file, which would have substantially raised wages for part-timers, protected package car drivers from forced overtime, added harsh monetary penalties for harassment and more. </p> <p>Over time, however, IBT chief negotiator Denis Taylor abandoned these proposals in favor of massive concessions to the company. Even after taking a strike authorization vote in June, on which 93% of UPS Teamsters and over 90% of UPS Freight Teamsters voted in favor, Taylor still brought forward a tentative agreement full of givebacks for the company.</p> <p>“We’ve stood outside our building and talked with everyone – part-timers and full-timers,” said Fernando Figueroa, a UPS Teamster in Jacksonville. “There’s so much outrage at this contract that it’s driven a lot of folks to get more involved in our local union and spread the word to vote no. When your manager or supervisor is telling you to vote yes, you have to ask yourself, ‘When has my manager ever looked out for my best interest?’ It’s clear who benefits and who loses from this contract.”</p> <p>Both the IBT leadership and UPS management have pulled out all the stops to convince UPS Teamsters to approve the contract. They have sent out expensive glossy pamphlets in the mail and repeatedly robocalled members’ phones with invitations to vote-yes conference calls. Both the company and the union bureaucrats developed their own propaganda apps – UPSGo and UPS Rising, respectively. But the Vote No movement has countered these efforts with boots on the ground.</p> <p>“We have been hitting the gates and speaking to the members one-on-one about the importance of voting no, especially part-timers,” said Dave Loobie, a UPS part-timer in Teamsters Local 804 out of New York. “If this contract gets passed, all the part-timers in NYC will be at $15 per hour come January 1, 2019 anyway. The only raise they will get from the contract is $0.50 the last year of the contract – 2023!”</p> <p>In many parts of the country, including New York, the minimum wage has already risen above the proposed $13 per hour starting wage. The new contract does not include any catch-up raises for part-timers with three or more years of seniority, who already at least $13 per hour. </p> <p>For Loobie and his coworkers in New York, the city’s minimum wage reaches $15 per hour next year, meaning new part-timers in NYC will only receive a $0.50 raise in 2022 at the end of the contract’s five-year starting rate progression.</p> <p>“Some newer part-timers think the contract is good because of the starting rate increase to $13,” says Aiman speaking about their experience talking to part-timers in Tampa. “But when we tell them that higher seniority part-timers will get just a $0.70 raise, they agree it’s unfair. They want more anyway since $13 isn’t a living wage, but they’re also willing to support their coworkers. That’s solidarity.”</p> <p>Voting will continue through October 5, when a third party will count ballots and announce the results. If the UPS contract does not pass by a majority, the company and the union will likely return to the negotiating table.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/22/teamster-militants-pushing-vote-no-ups-contract-balloting-continues#comments People's Struggles Teamsters Teamsters UPS contract Vote No On UPS Contract Labor Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:39:11 +0000 Fight Back 6968 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Four Roses Bourbon workers win strike, reject two-tier system http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/22/four-roses-bourbon-workers-win-strike-reject-two-tier-system <p>Lawrenceburg, KY - On Sept. 21, Four Roses Bourbon workers ended a two week strike and successfully prevented the creation of a two-tier system at their workplace. The strike came after workers rejected a concessionary contract offered by the company. Over 50 workers were involved with the work stoppage and are represented by UFCW Local 10D, UFCW Local 23D and NCFO Local 320. </p> <p>The proposed two-tier system would have prevented new hires from gaining and using sick time like current employees do, instead only offering them short-term disability. With the new tentative agreement, employees would be offered a choice of the current sick time system or short-term disability. The tentative agreement received unanimous union board approval.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/22/four-roses-bourbon-workers-win-strike-reject-two-tier-system#comments People's Struggles Four Roses Bourbon strike Strikes UFCW Labor Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:44:52 +0000 Fight Back 6967 at http://www.fightbacknews.org On “Black Marxism” and the Black Radical Tradition http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/21/black-marxism-and-black-radical-tradition <p>Black liberation is a not a state of mind that can be characterized as “Black Marxism” or the “Black Radical Tradition.” Nonetheless, there is an ideological need to settle accounts on this question of the identity between the “Black Radical Tradition” and Marxism.</p> <p>My initial response to the formulation “Black Marxism” is that it is unscientific. And then I read this from the introduction of Cedric Robinson’s book<em> Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition</em>:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“This study attempts to map the historical and intellectual contours of the encounter of Marxism and Black Radicalism, two programs for revolutionary change. I have undertaken this effort in the belief that in its way each represents a significant and immanent mode of social resolution, but that each is a particular and critically different realization of a history. The point is that they may be so distinct as to be incommensurate. At issue is whether this is so. If it is, judgements must be made, choices taken.” (See <em>Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition</em>, p. 1)</p> <p>If this is the first order of business, then according to Robinson, Marxism and Black Radicalism must be examined and cross-examined from two different standpoints, namely: 1) Marxism from the standpoint of “its profound but ambiguous indebtedness to Western civilization” and 2) Black Radicalism from standpoint that the “…very circumstances of its appearance has required that it be misinterpreted and diminished.” (This is what DuBois accuses the capitalist ruling class of doing.)</p> <p>In other words, Robinson sets out to demonstrate to us by way of scholarly investigation whether or not Marxism and Black Radicalism are commensurate. Somehow, we suspect that through this peculiar construction we will come to understand how the making of the Black Radical tradition is related to Black Marxism.</p> <p>Well, Robinson doesn’t waste time. He offers up his conclusions before the proof in the outline to the construction of his study. In his study, summing up the better part of two centuries of the intellectual left of Europe opposing capitalist class rule, Robinson makes a number of assumptions regarding the works of Marx, Engles and Lenin. However, the assumption I wish to speak to is his first one.</p> <p>First assumption: Marxism was founded on the study of the expropriation and exploitation of labor taken up by Engles and later elaborated by Marx’s materialist theory of history; his recognition of the evolving systems of capitalist production and the inevitability of class struggle.</p> <p>Marxism as a doctrine was partially founded on the study of capitalism as a system of expropriation and exploitation or what Lenin called British political economy. As a doctrine, according to Lenin, Marxism “…emerged as the direct and immediate continuation of the teachings of the greatest representatives of philosophy, political economy and socialism.”</p> <p>How does one even begin to understand Marx’s “materialist theory of history” if one doesn’t recognize that “historical materialism” came about as a result of Marx and Engles settling accounts with German ideology, French socialism and English political economy.</p> <p>In fact, Robinson avoids dealing with the sources and component parts of Marxism by simply declaring that Marxism is a Western construction, “a conceptualization of human affairs that is emerged from European peoples mediated, in turn, through their social orders and their cultures. Certainly, the philosophical origins are indisputably Western.” Not really, for what emerged in Europe during the so-called Renaissance was passed on to them by the Arabs and Islamic culture dominant in North Africa and Spain. That is, mediated through the non-Western cultures of North Africa and the Moors. European peoples did not develop their culture in isolation, but in fact drew much knowledge from the more advanced non-Western cultures of Africa and the East.</p> <p>So, rather than speaking specifically to the sources of Marxism, as Lenin did, Robinson is saying Marxism is stamped with certain inherent limitations due to it emerging from the historical experiences of European peoples. But Marxism as a science is no more uniquely European isolated from the high road of human civilization than mathematics, medicine and chemistry.</p> <p>Robinson’s declaration is an abstraction because every idea or system of ideas is born in a particular culture at a particular time, and therefore, reflects the economic system and social knowledge at that historical moment. Neither Marxism or any system of social knowledge exists independently of social knowledge as a whole. This is especially true given the way civilizations develop and interact with one another. For example, Islamic culture in North Africa developed science and mathematics ahead of modern European states. Ibn Khaldun, a North African philosopher and scholar was a pioneer in the development of the social sciences and some of the same ideas that originated with him can be found in the works of Marx.</p> <p>The principal question here is: did Marxism provide humankind and especially workers and oppressed peoples with instruments of knowledge to be used in achieving liberation from class, race, gender and national oppression? And the answer is a resounding yes.</p> <p>Marxism and Black liberation are indeed historically related radical traditions that spring from the common soil of capitalism. But they are not of the same measure. The struggle for Black liberation is longer. There was Haiti in the Caribbean and Quilombo in Brazil before there was Robert Owen’s Utopian communes, the Paris Commune or the Great October Revolution. Yet the historical fact of the matter is that Marxism recognized from its inception that the emancipation of the working class is the emancipation of all humanity and that, so long as Black workers and the colonially and nationally oppressed are held in bondage, white workers or workers as a class cannot be free. This is part of the revolutionary essence of Marxism.</p> <p>This revolutionary essence is what was missing with the Utopian Socialists for whom the abolition of Black slavery was not a primary issue. And it is this revolutionary essence that was betrayed by the Second International or the Social Democrats.</p> <p>The Bolshevik Revolution reclaimed the revolutionary essence of Marxism and ended the era of socialism being wedded to the white, national chauvinism of Europeans. The Manifesto of the Communist International, in 1919, declared: “Colonial slaves of Africa and Asia! The hour of proletarian dictatorship in Europe will strike for you as the hour of your own emancipation!”</p> <p><strong><em>Frank Chapman is a member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization’s central committee.</em></strong></p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/21/black-marxism-and-black-radical-tradition#comments People's Struggles African-American Black Marxism Frank Chapman Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:29:43 +0000 Fight Back 6966 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Interview: 50 years of Young Lords with founder Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/20/interview-50-years-young-lords-founder-jose-cha-cha-jimenez <p><em>Fight Back!</em> interviewed Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez, the founder of the Young Lords. A Young Lords 50 Year Commemoration is taking place at DePaul University in Chicago, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez and freed political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera will be speaking together on the struggle of the Puerto Rican people. Also, there is a Young Lords 50 Year Memorial Tour to honor the church people, Young Lords, and Black Panthers who died in the struggle, starting at noon, Saturday, Sept. 22.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!:</strong></em> Who were the Young Lords?</p> <p><strong>Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez: </strong>The Young Lords were a turnaround street gang, which saw their community being evicted or displaced and decided to stand up and fight city hall. They recruited from the entire community and mobilized them into pickets, occupations of local institutions; protest marches and organized with others into coalitions. These included coalitions with Black Active and Determined; the North Side Cooperative Ministry - pastors of several churches; the Lincoln Park Poor People’s coalition -neighborhood wide group of businesses, churches, organizations and street youth groups; Latino gang clubs; and the Rainbow Coalition - Black Panthers, Young Patriots and Young Lords and later joined nationally with AIM, Red Guard, Brown berets and others.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!: </strong></em>How were the Young Lords founded?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>You cannot separate the Young Lords from world events at the time. The ‘68 Democratic Convention took place down the street in Lincoln Park and Grant Park and that had a tremendous effect on the adjacent Lincoln Park Neighborhood where the Young Lords were located with several ‘gang’ branches. The Latino community, specifically the Puerto Rican community, had just been displaced from other areas near downtown and pushed into Lincoln Park. Growing up, families faced discrimination from city hall and from local white ethnic communities who feared their neighborhood was being taken over by the new Puerto Rican immigrants. Puerto Rican youth had to form gangs to protect themselves.</p> <p>There were physical wars in the community with several on both sides killed and beaten. In the meantime, the parents formed organization and created a more stable environment. They began helping their children hoping to steer them away from natural urban problems. Though the neighborhood stabilized, Mayor Richard J. Daley saw a way to build patronage systems and saw profit in the near lakefront and near downtown areas. He decided to kick the Puerto Ricans out to the suburbs and create a “suburb within the city in Lincoln Park.”</p> <p>All this had an impact on people’s lives. We got into gang fights and drugs. I went to jail for drugs and began reading. Since I was still the president of the Young Lords gang, I was able to educate myself in jail and steer the gang into a different direction. However, it was the times and conditions, along with examples from many groups including the Chicano movement, the Puerto Rican Independence movement, The Black Power movement, the anti-war movement - Lincoln Park was a haven for hippies - which contributed to helping us change together. The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, Movimiento Pro Independencia and Black Panthers played a major role. See the Schomburg museum article on what happened when I was in jail to lead me to changing the mission of the Young Lords gang.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!:</strong></em> What type of community organizing did the Young Lords do?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>I began doing street corner to street corner and bar to bar visits and then used my living room as a study group and sleep pad, since I was being evicted for non-payment of rent. We then studied right on the street corner by discussing news events or reading Mao Tse Tung’s Red Book while drinking wine, beer and smoking weed. Groups like LADO and especially Concerned Citizens of Lincoln Park were instrumental in helping to educate the members. It started like the size of a bean and grew like the size of a watermelon. It then spread to other cities via the then tabloids owned and published by all left-wing organizations.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!:</strong></em> What successes did you have?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>Everything we did was a success because our philosophy was always to turn all negatives into positives. Our people needed self-sustaining leaders to help them stay motivated and not leeches. We were kicked out of Lincoln Park but we built and sustained a Puerto Rican national liberation movement. It is why the U.S. will never be able to steal Puerto Rico from us because the Young Lords trained a new generation. It is why the Young Lords are role models.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!:</strong></em> How did Young Lords see the world? Did your ideas develop over time?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>We are a part of an international struggle as well as a local struggle. As Chairman Fred Hampton once said, “How can you go all the way to Vietnam without first crossing through the West Side of Chicago?” You cannot fight for Free Puerto Rico without fighting Mayor Richard J. Daley and his gentrification policies. But that is what our local leaders did. They even attacked the Young Lords to get crumbs from the Daley machine but the people will one day see right through their sellout boot-licking policies.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!:</strong></em> Did Young Lords work with the African American movement? What about others?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>Of course. Of course Puerto Rico is a direct colony of the United States the internationalist capitalist oppressor of the working class all over the world. Both the Black Panthers and Young Lords stand for working people especially the lumpen class that is the most oppressed section of workers. Everything progresses or degrades via a process, which is inter-related to time, conditions and place. You cannot compare the nation of Cuba to the nation of Puerto Rico. Cuba has already made a great revolution. But Puerto Ricans as a whole are only beginning to realize that they are a colony of the United States. They live under a system of capitalism not socialism. I cannot ask them to join the 10th International without first realizing that they are Puerto Ricans and that their names are supposed to be Pedro, Maria and Jose and not Peter, Mary and Joe. Puerto Ricans must go through a struggle for self -determination first; a nationalist struggle. In the process, they will realize the need for a class struggle. This involves practice not theory.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!: </strong></em>What happened to the Young Lords?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>The question is what happened to the white left, who decided to abandon the Black Panthers and Young Lords when things got hot, as if these groups who risked everything were just, some kind of a fad or that their movement was just some kind of entertainment. Think about this. The Black Panther Party Offices are blown away by police bullets, burned down and replaced by a Walgreens and their leader Chairman Fred Hampton is assassinated by a goon squad from Mayor Daley, the FBI and the Illinois state’s attorney’s office. And so now there is no office and the entire chapter of the Black Panthers is forced to break up and go underground.</p> <p>Think about the Pastors of the Young Lords People’s Church are stabbed and the police is trying to insinuate that maybe it was the Young Lords. I have 18 felonies on me and the Young Lords entire central committee is forced underground to Tomah, Wisconsin. Can you imagine that environment and conditions?</p> <p>Yet the Young Lords went only in retreat only to preserve themselves to be able to fight again because we believe like Mao that the object of any battle is to “preserve yourself while you destroy the enemy.”</p> <p>The Young Lords did not run away like some in the white left did. We came back and fought Daley and COINTELPRO directly by uniting with others and mounting a successful aldermanic campaign that raised the morale of the entire movement. This campaign led to other campaigns in the Latino community and coalesced with other campaigns in the Black community and progressive white communities and this movement led to Harold Washington’s campaign and finally to Barack Obama’s victorious presidential campaigns. The Young Lords are a skeleton group today due to repression not only by the pigs but also by some opportunists from the left. Yet we have never stopped fighting and every year I do an event, and I am still head of the Young Lords no matter what city that I live in. I call the shots.</p> <p>There are many Black Panthers still left in jail or underground and in exile, in places like Cuba. The cases of Reverend Bruce Johnson and his wife Eugenia Johnson and Reverend Sergio Herrera, who were stabbed multiple times are still unsolved cases. These were United Methodists pastors but the Young Lords entire central committee was forced underground then and unable to show support for them. Young Lords Manuel Ramos, Pancho Lind and Julio Roldan were also killed without justice being carried out. We will not forget them. We will always be reminded of how COINTELPRO and others have worked to split our movement so that we cannot organize together to free our nation of Puerto Rico. We will always work for unity. “Unidos venceremos” or “United will win!” It is not just a saying for us. It is a goal.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!: </strong></em>What lessons do you want to convey as 50 years of Young Lords approaches?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>That ours is a protracted struggle until victory and beyond!</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/20/interview-50-years-young-lords-founder-jose-cha-cha-jimenez#comments People's Struggles Jose Puerto Rico Young Lords Party Fri, 21 Sep 2018 04:43:44 +0000 Fight Back 6965 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Interview: 50 years of Young Lords with founder Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/20/interview-50-years-young-lords-founder-jose-cha-cha-jimenez <p><em>Fight Back!</em> interviewed Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez, the founder of the Young Lords. A Young Lords 50 Year Commemoration is taking place at DePaul University in Chicago, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez and freed political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera will be speaking together on the struggle of the Puerto Rican people. Also, there is a Young Lords 50 Year Memorial Tour to honor the church people, Young Lords, and Black Panthers who died in the struggle, starting at noon, Saturday, Sept. 22.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!:</strong></em> Who were the Young Lords?</p> <p><strong>Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez: </strong>The Young Lords were a turnaround street gang, which saw their community being evicted or displaced and decided to stand up and fight city hall. They recruited from the entire community and mobilized them into pickets, occupations of local institutions; protest marches and organized with others into coalitions. These included coalitions with Black Active and Determined; the North Side Cooperative Ministry - pastors of several churches; the Lincoln Park Poor People’s coalition -neighborhood wide group of businesses, churches, organizations and street youth groups; Latino gang clubs; and the Rainbow Coalition - Black Panthers, Young Patriots and Young Lords and later joined nationally with AIM, Red Guard, Brown berets and others.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!: </strong></em>How were the Young Lords founded?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>You cannot separate the Young Lords from world events at the time. The ‘68 Democratic Convention took place down the street in Lincoln Park and Grant Park and that had a tremendous effect on the adjacent Lincoln Park Neighborhood where the Young Lords were located with several ‘gang’ branches. The Latino community, specifically the Puerto Rican community, had just been displaced from other areas near downtown and pushed into Lincoln Park. Growing up, families faced discrimination from city hall and from local white ethnic communities who feared their neighborhood was being taken over by the new Puerto Rican immigrants. Puerto Rican youth had to form gangs to protect themselves.</p> <p>There were physical wars in the community with several on both sides killed and beaten. In the meantime, the parents formed organization and created a more stable environment. They began helping their children hoping to steer them away from natural urban problems. Though the neighborhood stabilized, Mayor Richard J. Daley saw a way to build patronage systems and saw profit in the near lakefront and near downtown areas. He decided to kick the Puerto Ricans out to the suburbs and create a “suburb within the city in Lincoln Park.”</p> <p>All this had an impact on people’s lives. We got into gang fights and drugs. I went to jail for drugs and began reading. Since I was still the president of the Young Lords gang, I was able to educate myself in jail and steer the gang into a different direction. However, it was the times and conditions, along with examples from many groups including the Chicano movement, the Puerto Rican Independence movement, The Black Power movement, the anti-war movement - Lincoln Park was a haven for hippies - which contributed to helping us change together. The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, Movimiento Pro Independencia and Black Panthers played a major role. See the Schomburg museum article on what happened when I was in jail to lead me to changing the mission of the Young Lords gang.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!:</strong></em> What type of community organizing did the Young Lords do?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>I began doing street corner to street corner and bar to bar visits and then used my living room as a study group and sleep pad, since I was being evicted for non-payment of rent. We then studied right on the street corner by discussing news events or reading Mao Tse Tung’s Red Book while drinking wine, beer and smoking weed. Groups like LADO and especially Concerned Citizens of Lincoln Park were instrumental in helping to educate the members. It started like the size of a bean and grew like the size of a watermelon. It then spread to other cities via the then tabloids owned and published by all left-wing organizations.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!:</strong></em> What successes did you have?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>Everything we did was a success because our philosophy was always to turn all negatives into positives. Our people needed self-sustaining leaders to help them stay motivated and not leeches. We were kicked out of Lincoln Park but we built and sustained a Puerto Rican national liberation movement. It is why the U.S. will never be able to steal Puerto Rico from us because the Young Lords trained a new generation. It is why the Young Lords are role models.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!:</strong></em> How did Young Lords see the world? Did your ideas develop over time?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>We are a part of an international struggle as well as a local struggle. As Chairman Fred Hampton once said, “How can you go all the way to Vietnam without first crossing through the West Side of Chicago?” You cannot fight for Free Puerto Rico without fighting Mayor Richard J. Daley and his gentrification policies. But that is what our local leaders did. They even attacked the Young Lords to get crumbs from the Daley machine but the people will one day see right through their sellout boot-licking policies.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!:</strong></em> Did Young Lords work with the African American movement? What about others?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>Of course. Of course Puerto Rico is a direct colony of the United States the internationalist capitalist oppressor of the working class all over the world. Both the Black Panthers and Young Lords stand for working people especially the lumpen class that is the most oppressed section of workers. Everything progresses or degrades via a process, which is inter-related to time, conditions and place. You cannot compare the nation of Cuba to the nation of Puerto Rico. Cuba has already made a great revolution. But Puerto Ricans as a whole are only beginning to realize that they are a colony of the United States. They live under a system of capitalism not socialism. I cannot ask them to join the 10th International without first realizing that they are Puerto Ricans and that their names are supposed to be Pedro, Maria and Jose and not Peter, Mary and Joe. Puerto Ricans must go through a struggle for self -determination first; a nationalist struggle. In the process, they will realize the need for a class struggle. This involves practice not theory.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!: </strong></em>What happened to the Young Lords?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>The question is what happened to the white left, who decided to abandon the Black Panthers and Young Lords when things got hot, as if these groups who risked everything were just, some kind of a fad or that their movement was just some kind of entertainment. Think about this. The Black Panther Party Offices are blown away by police bullets, burned down and replaced by a Walgreens and their leader Chairman Fred Hampton is assassinated by a goon squad from Mayor Daley, the FBI and the Illinois state’s attorney’s office. And so now there is no office and the entire chapter of the Black Panthers is forced to break up and go underground.</p> <p>Think about the Pastors of the Young Lords People’s Church are stabbed and the police is trying to insinuate that maybe it was the Young Lords. I have 18 felonies on me and the Young Lords entire central committee is forced underground to Tomah, Wisconsin. Can you imagine that environment and conditions?</p> <p>Yet the Young Lords went only in retreat only to preserve themselves to be able to fight again because we believe like Mao that the object of any battle is to “preserve yourself while you destroy the enemy.”</p> <p>The Young Lords did not run away like some in the white left did. We came back and fought Daley and COINTELPRO directly by uniting with others and mounting a successful aldermanic campaign that raised the morale of the entire movement. This campaign led to other campaigns in the Latino community and coalesced with other campaigns in the Black community and progressive white communities and this movement led to Harold Washington’s campaign and finally to Barack Obama’s victorious presidential campaigns. The Young Lords are a skeleton group today due to repression not only by the pigs but also by some opportunists from the left. Yet we have never stopped fighting and every year I do an event, and I am still head of the Young Lords no matter what city that I live in. I call the shots.</p> <p>There are many Black Panthers still left in jail or underground and in exile, in places like Cuba. The cases of Reverend Bruce Johnson and his wife Eugenia Johnson and Reverend Sergio Herrera, who were stabbed multiple times are still unsolved cases. These were United Methodists pastors but the Young Lords entire central committee was forced underground then and unable to show support for them. Young Lords Manuel Ramos, Pancho Lind and Julio Roldan were also killed without justice being carried out. We will not forget them. We will always be reminded of how COINTELPRO and others have worked to split our movement so that we cannot organize together to free our nation of Puerto Rico. We will always work for unity. “Unidos venceremos” or “United will win!” It is not just a saying for us. It is a goal.</p> <p><em><strong>Fight Back!: </strong></em>What lessons do you want to convey as 50 years of Young Lords approaches?</p> <p><strong>Jimenez: </strong>That ours is a protracted struggle until victory and beyond!</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/20/interview-50-years-young-lords-founder-jose-cha-cha-jimenez#comments People's Struggles Jose Puerto Rico Young Lords Party Fri, 21 Sep 2018 04:43:44 +0000 Fight Back 6965 at http://www.fightbacknews.org Los Teamsters luchan en UPS http://www.fightbacknews.org/node/6964 <p>Washington, D.C. - Alrededor de 250,000 Teamsters recibirán una boleta a principios de septiembre sobre la ratificación del principal acuerdo UPS nacional de cinco años entre UPS y la International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Los Teamsters de UPS en todo el país se están movilizando para rechazar el acuerdo, firmado por el Comité Nacional de Negociación de UPS de Teamsters, el 21 de junio. Los únicos dos locales de UPS no afectados por el acuerdo son Local 705 y Local 710, que actualmente se encuentran en negociaciones.</p> <p>El acuerdo tentativo ofrecerá una serie de concesiones para una de las compañías más grandes y lucrativas de los Estados Unidos. UPS anunció a los inversionistas en abril que obtendrá más de $6 mil millones en ganancias en 2018, después de haber recabado consistentemente más de mil millones de dólares en ganancias por cada trimestre de cada año desde el último contrato.</p> <p>“Podemos sacar a más de 130,000 trabajadores de medio tiempo de la pobreza, revertir el empeoramiento de nuestros 40,000-algunos conductores de camión semi, poner en circulación a más conductores y asegurar la jubilación de todos, pero solo si aquellos bajo el acuerdo principal nacional votan ‘no’”, Comentó Gabriella Killpack, administradora de automóviles del paquete de Utah, local 222.</p> <p>Killpack amplió las concesiones: “Queríamos terminar con el acoso y básicamente no obtuvimos nada. Queríamos alivio del exceso de horas extras y recibimos conductores de dos niveles a cambio. Queríamos que los trabajadores a tiempo parcial salgan de la pobreza, pero seguiremos viendo nuestros camiones descargados y cargados por un ciclo de personas a las que no se les paga un salario digno. Queríamos terminar la subcontratación y consiguieron más subcontratación. Es un mal negocio; no hay nada que refleje los mil millones de dólares en ganancias que hacemos de esta compañía todos los años.”</p> <p>El presidente general de Teamster, James P. Hoffa, actualmente trabaja mano a mano con la administración de UPS para aprobar el acuerdo. Hoffa eliminó al director de la división de paquetes, Sean O’Brien, oficial principal del Local 25, en septiembre de 2017, cuando O’Brien mostró signos de enfrentarse a la empresa y cruzó el pasillo para construir unidad con los opositores políticos de Hoffa dentro del sindicato.</p> <p>Fred Zuckerman, oficial principal del Local 89, el mayor local de UPS en el país, se presentó contra Hoffa como presidente general en la última elección de Teamster, en gran parte debido al concesionario del último contrato. Hoffa no tenía intención de incluir a Zuckerman en el comité de negociación.</p> <p>Dennis Taylor, un conocido títere de Hoffa y presidente del Local 355 en Baltimore, reanudó las negociaciones después de que O’Brien fuera removido. Numerosas personas fueron eliminadas del comité de negociación, incluyendo el vicepresidente del sindicato internacional Avaral Thompson, Local 89. Los miembros fueron mantenidos en la oscuridad durante la duración de las negociaciones.</p> <p>Un movimiento que se hace llamar UPS Teamsters United organizó de forma independiente una campaña de contrato. Las propuestas iniciales de los Teamsters parecían verdaderas mejoras, incluyendo incrementación en pago para trabajadores de tiempo parcial, duras penas por el acoso, la fijación de 9,5 para el alivio del exceso de horas extraordinarias, una vuelta a los viejos beneficios de cuidado de la salud, y varios otros temas.</p> <p>UPS Teamsters United, junto con varios líderes locales y líderes de Teamster, ahora está pidiendo un voto ‘No’ porque el nuevo contrato no alcanzó todos los temas planteados en la mesa de negociaciones.</p> <p>El movimiento está creando disensión en los niveles más altos en el liderazgo de Teamsters. Esto fue más evidente en la reunión de ‘dos personas’, el 9 de agosto. En esta reunión, cada representante de Teamsters que representa a UPS envía dos personas para finalizar el acuerdo tentativo antes de enviarlo para la ratificación de los miembros. Según testigos, cerca de la mitad de la sala votó en contra del envío del contrato. Este nivel de desunión entre los líderes de Teamster no tiene precedentes.</p> <p>Dos de los locales más importantes que piden un “No” incluyen el local UPS más grande del país, Local 89, que representa a más de 10,000 trabajadores de UPS y Local 344, que representa a todos los trabajadores de UPS en el estado de Wisconsin.</p> <p>Problemas con el nuevo contrato incluyen salarios de pobreza a empleados de tiempo parcial, subcontratación de conductores de camión semi, concesiones sobre horas extras excesivas, poco o nada sobre acoso en el lugar de trabajo y una nueva posición de entrega de paquetes híbridos que marca el comienzo de un sistema de dos niveles entre los controladores de paquetes.<br /> El empleado a tiempo parcial Michael Ruppel, del Local 344 en Milwaukee, ha estado trabajando en UPS por varios años. “Ningún aumento en los tiempos parciales actuales es una bofetada”, dijo. “No aceptaremos menos”. Estoy votando ‘no’”.</p> <p>Ruppel estaba esperanzado con la demanda inicial del sindicato de $15 por hora comenzando y un aumento de $5 para todos los empleados a tiempo parcial. El nuevo acuerdo tentativo se quedó corto, no ofreciendo aumentos de para ponerse al día y ofreció solo $13 por hora a partir del primer año del contrato.</p> <p>El conductor de camión semi, Lloyd Owen Reed, en el Local 135 en Indianápolis, ha sido parte de un equipo en su localidad que está impulsando un voto de “no”. Sintió, como un conductor alimentador de alta señoría, que el contrato no le estaba lastimando tanto como a los conductores de menor señoría en su área.</p> <p>“Hay aproximadamente media docena de fallas graves en el lenguaje que afectarán gravemente a muchos de mis hermanos y hermanas del los Teamsters, y no puedo votar ‘sí’ hasta que no se solucionen”, dijo. “No se trata de mí o del dinero, se trata de cuidar a la generación más joven.”</p> <p>Andrew May, del Local 344, es parte de la generación más joven de los camioneros más severamente afectados por la subcontratación y los despidos. May explica: “El lenguaje para eliminar cargas de los trenes es a favor de UPS, no de nosotros los Teamsters. Le permitirá a UPS subcontratar estas cargas ferroviarias bajo un bajo requerimiento de capacitación de conductores. Hay cargas que no se pueden agraviar fácilmente y no existe un lenguaje para cuál será la multa si UPS no cumple con los requisitos establecidos en el contrato.”<br /> Una de las propuestas más amenazadoras en el contrato son los conductores híbridos. UPS quiere una nueva clasificación de conductores que funcione tanto entregando paquetes como trabajando en el almacén, donde sea necesario. Al nuevo conductor se le pagará $6 menos, no tiene protección de horas extra y puede verse obligado a tomar un almuerzo de 1.5 horas entre turnos.</p> <p>“No quiero joder a mis futuros hermanos. Voy a votar que no, y protegeré a la generación futura al igual que los conductores mayores que cuidaron mi trabajo”, comentó Ty Forsman, conductor de paquetes de Dallas, Local 767.</p> <p>Las negociaciones entre los Teamsters y UPS han estado en curso durante seis meses y no se parecen a ninguna otra en los últimos tiempos. El último contrato, de 2010, se demoró casi un año a medida que surgió un movimiento que rechazó las concesiones y rechazó un número récord de suplementos regionales. El uso de las redes sociales, como la página de Facebook “Vote No On UPS Contract” ayudó a conectar Teamsters y expandir el alcance entre los trabajadores que quieren luchar. Más tarde, este movimiento abrió el camino a la votación restringida de Hoffa, que perdió el 70% de los votos de los Teamsters de UPS, perdió la mayoría de los votos en los Estados Unidos y perdió varios puestos de vicepresidentes regionales.</p> <p>Si se rechaza la propuesta de contrato en septiembre, los negociadores se verán obligados a volver a la mesa de negociaciones para ofrecer a los miembros un nuevo contrato. Después de una segunda votación, se puede avecinar una huelga. UPS Teamsters votó más del 90% para autorizar una huelga en junio pasado.</p> <p>“Estamos listos para una huelga si es necesario para ganar un contrato justo”, comentó Reed, Local 135.</p> http://www.fightbacknews.org/node/6964#comments Comité Nacional de Negociación de UPS de Teamsters Strikes Teamsters Teamsters UPS Vote No On UPS Contract Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:42:03 +0000 Fight Back 6964 at http://www.fightbacknews.org