Sunday, March 15, 2015

Train Wrecks & Workers' Rights

The world’s toilers have the same problems with work safety, like the Ukraine mine workers, Turkey’s mines and West Virginia’s mines. Then there are the oil refinery workers and the train workers hauling Bakken shale oil from the Canadian tar sand, which are wrecking at an alarming rate in the North American. So far in 2015 there have been eight so far in 2015 train wrecks, four in Oregon Illinois, West Virginia and two in Ontario. All these wrecks at a time when owners want to cut staff to one on the trains. This is just a fight to stay safe and alive on the jobs. Then we get to wage inequality and a living wage along with toiler’s rights in the work place like the West Coast dockworkers all 20,000 of them. The airport workers, who are making $8 to $10 an hour, should be making $15 just to make it. Also, Israel’s chemical workers walked out to block layoffs of about 840 workers—and the fight goes on and on. A meeting about the future of railroads’ safety, workers, community and the environment will be held at the Longhouse Education Cultural Center 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, Washington on Saturday, March 21. People can check out the railroad workers’ United and Backbone Campaign website at: www.railroadconference.org We must keep our eye on the ball and keep advocating for $15 minimum per hour, free education, pensions, universal healthcare and work toward payment of rent for our Commons. This is what is owed to us and the world’s toilers. Are we ready to collect?