Tiffany Ten Eyck

"Irresponsible" Striking


We’ve known for a while now that the economic crisis has dampened the willingness of workers to head out on strike (with some courageous exceptions). That’s partly due to the business class and the corporate press, who take every opportunity to poison the atmosphere against rank and filers who dare to resist corporate demands.

Some 10,000 Teamsters covered by the National Master Freight Agreement did not return to work when the official strike/lockout ended on April 10. They are the steelhaulers—a group which has caused headaches for the carriers and union officials before.
Most steelhaulers own their own rigs, but drive for a major carrier; others drive company-owned trucks.