New Zealand Maritime Union fights deaths at Auckland Port

Vol. 85/No. 20 - May 24, 2021

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “It’s what we said would happen. Bonus chasing, productivity chasing, it was all going to lead to disaster, and it has,” Carl Findlay, vice president of Local 13 of the Maritime Union, which organizes dockworkers at…


Get the word out! Support mine, steelworker strikes!

Striking coal miners rally, reach out for solidarity
Vol. 85/No. 20 - May 24, 2021
United Mine Workers of America Striking coal miners and supporters join together at weekly rally May 5 in McCalla, Alabama.

MCCALLA, Ala. — A third weekly solidarity rally for 1,100 United Mine Workers of America union members on strike at Warrior Met Coal in nearby Brookwood drew several hundred miners, family members, union retirees and other supporters to Tannehill State…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 85/No. 20 - May 24, 2021

May 27, 1996 MIAMI — “How come they didn’t even know that one day this was going to happen? They wait until after this happens and then figure out what to do?” Dionne McClain raised these questions following the crash…


Recognize Palestinian state and Israel

Vol. 85/No. 20 - May 24, 2021

Róger Calero, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New York mayor, released this statement May 12. The latest violence in East Jerusalem, Israel and the Gaza Strip highlights the necessity for the Israeli and Arab governments and the leadership of Palestinian…


Anti-labor group attacks workers and our unions

Vol. 85/No. 20 - May 24, 2021

Workers on strike have been running into an anti-labor outfit that calls itself the Socialist Equality Party. The group — which maintains the so-called World Socialist Web Site — claims to back the fight for better wages and job conditions.…


Witch hunt against Trump, political rights continues

Vol. 85/No. 20 - May 24, 2021

Liberals — in Congress and media editorial offices — backed by local prosecutors, cops and more, continue to search for ways to silence and punish former President Donald Trump, his family and former administration allies, even though he left office…


Striking Massachusetts nurses win solidarity

Vol. 85/No. 20 - May 24, 2021
Striking Massachusetts nurses win solidarity

WORCESTER, Mass. — A group of workers from Albany, New York, came to bring solidarity to Massachusetts Nurses Association members on strike at St. Vincent Hospital here May 5 on the 60th day of their walkout. Over 700 nurses are…


Capitalist crisis weakens UK rulers’ hold on North Ireland

Vol. 85/No. 20 - May 24, 2021
In October 1968, Belfast University students joined Northern Ireland civil rights movement against anti-Catholic discrimination in jobs, housing, education and political representation. In 1969, London sent British troops to repress movement with deadly force.

LONDON — Social and political turmoil came to the surface in Northern Ireland days before the April 28 resignation of Arlene Foster as its first minister. As is the case elsewhere in the United Kingdom, working people face the carnage…


First US general strike in 1877 showed power of labor

Vol. 85/No. 20 - May 24, 2021
Rail strikers blockade engines at Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1877. Karl Marx called their strike “the first uprising against the oligarchy of capital which had developed since the Civil War.” The working class together with oppressed toilers who are Black and exploited farmers would be the class forces of revolution in the U.S., he said.

The “Great Strike” of 1877, sparked by starvation wages and brutal working conditions, started among rail workers and then drew in more than half a million others. It alarmed the capitalist rulers. Federal, state and city governments unleashed troops, cops…


What are the lessons from the fight for a union at Amazon?

Vol. 85/No. 20 - May 24, 2021
Rally in Philadelphia Feb. 20 backs Amazon workers’ fight to win a union in Bessemer, Alabama. Key is to rely on the strength of the workers themselves, backed by working-class solidarity.

On April 9 the National Labor Relations Board released the results of the union vote at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, where a union drive had been underway since last year. Of the 5,876 workers eligible to vote, 738…