Ben is a member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and has been active in anti-imperialist and labor activism.
Brooklyn Oil Workers At United Metro Energy Enter Second Month of Strike
The workers of United Metro Energy Corp. in New York City have been striking for two months to win a first contract. Against a billionaire boss who continues to delay negotiations, it will take militant action to break this deadlock.
Ben FredericksJune 23, 2021
The Days the City Stood Still: Lessons From the 2005 NYC Transit Strike
Fifteen years ago this week, 34,000 members of Transportation Workers Union Local 100 went on strike, shutting down train and bus service and bringing New York City to a screeching halt. Eric Josephson, interviewed here, is a retired transit worker and member of the League for the Revolutionary Party who participated in the strike and was active in the union for 30 years.
Ben FredericksDecember 28, 2020
Justice for Daniel Prude, Heinously Murdered by Rochester Police
In one of the most horrific police murders in recent times, Daniel Prude was asphyxiated to death as he lay naked and handcuffed. The gruesome brutality against Prude is symptomatic of the broader violence of the American government. Now, more than ever, the working class must fight for justice.
Ben FredericksSeptember 4, 2020
The Po-Po Are a No-Go at SEIU Drop the Cops Town Hall
More than a hundred people from across the United States participated in the “SEIU Drop the Cops” virtual town hall. Panelists reported on organized labor’s struggle to kick out police and security guards and elaborated a list of broader anti-racist demands. Speakers called on the broader labor movement to take up the fight against police terror and revitalize the unions through democratic debate and mass, anti-racist struggle.
Ben FredericksAugust 31, 2020
No, Cuomo Is NOT the Leader We Need. He’s Been Bleeding Us Dry for Years.
Andrew Cuomo has developed a cult following across the country, with many lauding him as the strong leader working people need. In reality, New York’s governor rules on behalf of the wealthy and continuously sacrifices working people. He won’t do what is necessary to address the crisis and save working people’s lives.
Ben FredericksMarch 31, 2020
Squandered Power: The UAW and the GM Workers’ Strike
In order to win, the working class needs democratic unions, internationalism, and a leadership oriented towards class-struggle.
Ben FredericksFebruary 16, 2020
GM Strike at the Crossroads: the Strength is in the Picket Lines
Almost 50,000 striking UAW members at General Motors may return to work in the next few days, but much is uncertain. Does the (still secret) Tentative Agreement between GM and the union represent the type of gains workers have sacrificed so much for over the last month? Or will the agreement represent yet another bureaucratic sell-out?
Ben FredericksOctober 16, 2019
UAW Workers Need Solidarity… and a Strategy to Win
The nationwide strike at GM can change the landscape of class struggle in the US. GM has escalated by cutting workers’ health benefits. A strategy to win would involve empowering the rank-and-file, democratizing the decision-making, and building international links with GM workers fighting abroad.
Ben FredericksSeptember 19, 2019
California Gig Workers Win Historic Victory: Now It’s Time To Nationalize Big Tech
Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash claim their millions of workers are “independent contractors," but that's really just an excuse to pay them less. Now these workers have won an important victory: In California, they will now be considered employees. The bill was signed into law today. But this is only the beginning.
Ben FredericksSeptember 18, 2019
Massachusetts Teachers Union Calls for a Strike to Win Green New Deal
The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), representing 110,000 education workers, has called for a strike to curtail climate change through a Green New Deal. This militant initiative shows the way forward: Working people can stop capitalism’s destruction of the planet.
Ben FredericksAugust 6, 2019
From Debs to the DSA? Rescuing America’s Revolutionary Tradition
As Trump vows to keep America safe from socialism, people’s ears are starting to perk up. What is socialism? Who was Eugene Debs, and what is the DSA? In this article, we explore the often-ignored revolutionary socialist tradition and draw lessons for today.
Ben FredericksJuly 30, 2019
Nurses Speak: “We Want a Union that Cares for Nurses and Patients”
Left Voice spoke with Diana Torres, a nurse who works full time in a rehab/medicine unit at Mount Sinai West. Torres is an elected member of the hospital’s Executive Committee and has consistently advocated for the union to win demands through militant collective action including strikes, as well as transparency and democracy.
Ben FredericksMay 10, 2019
Nurses Have the Power to Strike and Win
After voting overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, upwards of 10,000 NYSNA members are waiting to hear from union leadership whether the walk-out is actually going to happen at four hospitals run by the three largest hospital systems in New York City.
Ben FredericksMarch 16, 2019
Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Legitimize Regime Change in Venezuela
U.S. foreign policy has never been about fostering "democracy" or helping the masses take their destiny in their own hands.
Ben FredericksFebruary 28, 2019
Interview with a 30 Year UTLA Militant Teacher and Socialist
On the first day of the LA teachers strike, Left Voice spoke with Jeff Pott, a retired 30-year UTLA activist, 1989 striker, and socialist. The interview was conducted on the picket line at Marshall High School where Jeff worked for many years.
Ben FredericksJanuary 18, 2019
Trabajadores del Hotel Sheraton Stamford logran la sindicalización
A pesar de una furiosa campaña anti sindical realizada por la gerencia; los trabajadores y trabajadoras votaron a favor de unirse a UNITE HERE.
Ben FredericksDecember 15, 2018
Sheraton Workers in Stamford Win Union Recognition
Despite a rabid anti-union campaign by the management, Stamford Sheraton workers voted in favor of joining UNITE-HERE.
Ben FredericksDecember 14, 2018
Black Radicalism on Screen: “The Hate U Give”
It is not every day that the music of Tupac Shakur and the politics of the Black Panthers are harmoniously woven into a tale about a modern black family. But in a society still marred by racial and class inequality, normalcy isn’t an option for black Americans like the Carters, the protagonists of “The Hate U Give.”
Ben FredericksNovember 9, 2018
Keep Fred on the Ballot! Protest Exclusionary Vote Tampering in Connecticut
Socialist Action (SA) Senatorial candidate, Fred Linck, faces the threat of bureaucratic exclusion from the upcoming November election.
Ben FredericksSeptember 15, 2018
New York Drivers Pushed to Suicide in the “Gig” Economy
On Monday morning, long-time professional driver Douglas Schifter drove to City Hall and shot himself. Brother Schifter took his life out of desperation, but also out of protest.
Ben FredericksFebruary 8, 2018
What Will It Take to Beat the Bosses at the Hilton Hotel?
On November 9 a 100-person delegation of housekeepers, cooks, servers, front-desk agents, and other workers occupied the Hilton's main lobby and demanded that the general manager recognize the union.
Ben FredericksNovember 23, 2017
Hurricane Harvey and the Humanitarian Crisis in Houston
On the need for a working-class response, six days into the disaster unfolding in Texas.
Ben FredericksAugust 31, 2017