At an auto parts plant in Avon, Ohio, all 60 workers were temps—until they threatened to strike.
The Verizon strike could energize workers to pick new fights and take new risks. Let’s seize the chance.
The Verizon strike is both a test and an opportunity for the whole labor movement. Will we rise to the occasion and back our striking brothers and sisters at Verizon?
If there’s one value the labor movement holds highest, it’s solidarity.
A brilliant recent example is Kohler, Wisconsin, where 2,100 factory workers struck against two-tier wages. Most strikers were top-tier workers standing up for their lower-tier brothers and sisters—a point of pride for the union.
This kind of solidarity generally doesn’t make national headlines, though. Instead we’re fed a steady diet of billionaire Donald Trump’s attacks on Mexicans, Muslims, and other working people.