Workers are starting to act up today. Join in!

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

The strikes and protests by teachers and other school workers from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona and now North Carolina is something new. We have not seen a working-class fight like this in decades. “It’s a class of…

Cuba May Day shows resolve to defend revolution

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018
Hundreds of thousands joined International Workers Day mobilization in Havana, May 1.

HAVANA — Hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched here May 1, expressing their ongoing support and determination to advance Cuba’s socialist revolution. Contingents of trade unionists and members of the mass organizations of women, youth and others paraded past the…

May Day Brigade does volunteer work on Cuba’s farms

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018
May Day Brigade does volunteer work on Cuba’s farms

CAIMITO, Cuba — Some 290 participants in the 13th May Day International Brigade to Cuba are meeting with workers, farmers, youth, and representatives of the country’s mass organizations, and learning firsthand about the revolution here. The April 22-May 6 brigade,…

Nicaraguan workers protest social security cuts, censorship

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

After five days of protests by tens of thousands of students, workers and others across the country, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega revoked his April 16 directive to raise social security payroll taxes and cut benefits. But even after the reversal…

W.Va. workers proud of victory of teachers strike there

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

BLACKSVILLE, W.Va. — A team of Socialist Workers Party members and supporters returned to the coal mining region in West Virginia April 27-30 to speak with miners and other workers the party had met during the recent school workers strike…

After nearly 45 years Herman Bell released from prison

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

In a victory for political rights, former Black Panther Herman Bell was released from Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill, New York, April 27 after spending nearly 45 years behind bars. Bell was freed despite furious opposition and a media blitz…

South Africa workers strike, protest for wage raise, rights

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

Tens of thousands of workers joined in a one-day strike and protests in cities and rural areas across South Africa April 25 called by the South African Federation of Trade Unions. They demanded a significant raise in the African National…

Conference on challenges facing labor held in Havana

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018
Conference on challenges facing labor held in Havana

HAVANA — Among the events here in the days surrounding the massive working-class mobilization on May Day was a conference addressing challenges facing workers and the unions in Cuba and the world. Plenary sessions and panels took up topics ranging…

Denver rallies demand school funding, pay raises

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018
Denver rallies demand school funding, pay raises

DENVER — Teachers, school workers and their supporters rallied outside the state Capitol here April 27. Some 10,000 turned out to demand more funding for public schools, higher wages and to oppose efforts by legislators to cut their pensions. The…

‘Hardhat Mass’ marks deaths of construction workers

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018
‘Hardhat Mass’ marks deaths of construction workers

NEW YORK — Hundreds of construction workers from across the city gathered after work outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral to attend the 10th annual “Hardhat Mass” on Workers Memorial Day April 26. They were commemorating the lives of 19 construction workers…