The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Profits First, Safety Last

Jun 1, 2020

According to their Teamsters local, at least 36 workers at a UPS facility in Tucson, Arizona tested positive for the virus and three of them are in intensive care. The company’s main concern was that the outbreak was delaying deliveries, so they brought in workers from out of state, exposing them to the virus as well. According to the union, both UPS and the Arizona Department of Public Health “refused to disclose the extent of the outbreak.”

That’s because both UPS and the government put profits first. It’s obvious: workers can rely only on ourselves and each other to protect our health and safety.