National Workers Conference to Organize the Fightback
National Workers Conference to Organize the Fightback and Build a Solidarity Network
October 6,7&8 Chicago, IL
UAW Local 551 Union Hall
The new government is increasing attacks on immigrants, pitting workers against each other. We urgently need to communicate and unite our struggles. The attacks against workers and our unions are escalating and it is time to organize a national fight back from within our ranks!
In Chicago and the State of Illinois, key sectors of the labor movement are resisting regional attacks: ATU transit workers are still out of a contract. CTU teachers are still fighting against school closures and furloughs of teachers. UAW workers fought contracts that abuse temporary workers, incentivize outsourcing and scheduling that ignores our humanity.
Public services, in particular public education, are facing new assaults. The new administration has announced cuts to key public departments while devising plans for outsourcing and privatization. This has been combined with attacks on our pensions. Workers are being disrespected and overworked, and real wages cannot support our real lives. We need to unite workers and join with our communities to defend union jobs and public services for all working people.
Workers who are forced to go on strike have been allowed to be isolated and coerced into concession contracts to give up more on wages, healthcare and pensions. Workers have been locked out by profitable companies craving higher profits at our expense. We can no longer allow our struggles to be isolated – we must unite nationally and internationally because that is how we can win.
The goal of this Workers Conference is to bring together fighting sectors of the workers movement from around the U.S. On March 25, 2017 trade unionists, workers and students as well as international delegates met at an Illinois workers conference. We voted to build a National/International Labor Solidarity network and meet in Chicago this autumn. On April 15, the Emergency Education Conference in California endorsed this Chicago gathering.
This conference will build a communication network that will link up the struggles of workers, support workers going on strike, coordinate joined participation in important national days of mobilization to bring workers and unions out, and begin a national political education campaign. It will also develop a national and international network to directly link up all our struggles, and build a united front of all working people that can build the power to win.