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

Workers on Strike

Sep 18, 2023

Here are some strikes that are currently going on in the U.S. These strikes may remain isolated and separated today. But others could join them. New strikes arise almost every week.

Unite HERE Strikes Homegrown in Seattle

Local 8 of UniteHERE struck five locations of the Homegrown restaurant and catering company in Seattle. The restaurant boasts “sustainable sandwiches”, but the 150 workers say their low wages, long hours, and lack of sick pay and safety are definitely NOT sustainable for their families!

Ascension Hospital Workers Strike

In Rochester, Michigan, 270 nurses and radiology techs, members of OPEIU Local 40, are on strike against low pay and unsafe workloads. The Local has filed more than a dozen Unfair Labor Practices charges against the hospital management, which simply refuses to bargain and runs the hospital by threats and intimidation of staff.

The hospital’s response to the strike is to hire a company specializing in breaking healthcare workers’ strikes, to supply contract nurses and X-ray techs. The workers point out that a reasonable settlement would cost far less than the hospital is paying this outside company.

Strike at Dometic Manufacturing in Pennsylvania

Local 644 of the UAW in Royersford, Penn., is on strike to bring all of the 103 workers up above poverty-level wages. The workers make steering and throttle control cables sold to boat and RV manufacturers. The company has offered less than half of what the workers need, and also demands that the workers pay a bigger share of their health insurance.