Albany SWP runs on ‘program that can defend working people’

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019
Abby Tilsner, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Albany County Executive, speaks with Christopher Conroy, a truck driver, about party’s program in Waterford, New York, Aug. 24.

ALBANY, N.Y. — “I am running for Albany County Executive for the Socialist Workers Party to put forward a program that can defend working people from the carnage of the crisis-ridden capitalist system and unite the working class in struggle,”…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

October 3, 1994 ROSETOWN, Saskatchewan — Unionized since 1936, the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, Canada’s largest grain-handling company, had never been struck by its employees. But after months of rancorous negotiations marked by the big cooperative’s demands for contract concessions, the…


Anti-union outfit targets UAW as auto workers strike

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

As nearly 50,000 United Auto Workers union members battle GM bosses, government raids and attacks in the big-business press, they are also being targeted by an anti-labor outfit that calls itself the Socialist Equality Party and its so-called Autoworker Newsletter.…


Over 150,000 attend Manila book fair in Philippines

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Over 150,000 people took part in the 40th Manila International Book Fair here Sept. 11-15. Above, fairgoers line up outside the exhibition hall on opening day. Many were high school and university students, and other youth. Because…


Cops fire Taser on customer in Walmart, drawing outrage

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — When a customer at the Walmart store here argued with cops after mistakenly leaving a $4 item at the bottom of his cart, the cops “settled” the dispute by stunning the man with a Taser,…


In race to speed up deliveries, retail bosses squeeze workers

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019
Workers at Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2017. Retail rivals Walmart and Amazon are ramping up the pressure on workers as they compete for ever faster deliveries.

Retail giants Amazon and Walmart, the two biggest employers, are racing to speed up order delivery times as they seek to crush rivals and squeeze out of workers more profits for the bosses. In the latest step in their cutthroat…


NYC forces homeless workers to turn over ‘savings’

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

NEW YORK — Officials here have come up with a new schema they claim will help homeless workers dependent on the city’s shelters “transition to permanent housing.” And it has nothing to do with building more homes or organizing workers…


Walmart is just ‘a modern day sweatshop’

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — “You can’t make people work in total darkness,” one Walmart worker told the Militant after managers at the store here demanded employees continue working after a power outage shut down the lights from midday to almost…


Health care workers rally against two-tier contract, for wage hike

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. — Thousands of Kaiser Permanente health care workers protested here and in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Denver and Portland, Oregon, on Labor Day. They were rallying to press demands for a pay raise, an end to understaffing and against…


Los Angeles truck drivers strike for right to join a union

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019
Truck drivers employed by NFI Industries’ California Cartage picket port in Wilmington, California, Sept. 9 during weeklong strike, demand to be treated as workers, not “contractors.”

WILMINGTON, Calif. — Port truck drivers employed by NFI Industries’ California Cartage Express subsidiary began a weeklong strike Sept. 9 to protest discrimination against workers fighting to establish a union at the company. NFI bosses claim the drivers are not…