Anti-labor outfit demands workers quit their unions

Vol. 85/No. 26 - July 5, 2021

Thousands of members of the United Steelworkers, United Mine Workers, United Auto Workers and Teamsters unions are on picket lines across the U.S. and in Canada, the beginnings of stirrings in the labor movement. They’re fighting against attacks by the…

Locked-out refinery workers reject Marathon ‘final’ offer

Vol. 85/No. 26 - July 5, 2021
Display of solidarity messages to Teamsters Local 120 strikers against Marathon Petroleum at American Legion hall in St. Paul Park, Minnesota, an organizing center for union members.

ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. — Teamsters Local 120 members, locked out by Marathon Petroleum here for over five months, voted June 21 on what bosses say is their “last, best and final contract offer.”  “The contract was overwhelmingly rejected,” Teamsters…

Int’l Active Workers Conference in Ohio July 22-24

Vol. 85/No. 26 - July 5, 2021
Joel Britton, SWP candidate for California State Assembly, and campaign supporter John Chandler talk to Nakeisha Williams in Oakland as she subscribes to Militant, June 11. Chandler will be attending his first SWP-sponsored Active Workers Conference.

The 2021 Active Workers Conference at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, July 22-24, is fast approaching. It is the first Socialist Workers Party-sponsored international gathering in nearly two years due to government pandemic lockdowns and travel restrictions. The party is…

Beijing control over family size is attack on women

Vol. 85/No. 26 - July 5, 2021

Worried that its population is aging and there won’t be enough young workers to exploit to maximize state profits, the Chinese government announced last month that it was raising the limit on the number of children a family is allowed…

South Carolina pushes for execution by firing squad

Vol. 85/No. 26 - July 5, 2021
Picket May 29 in Greenville, South Carolina, protesting two scheduled executions and forcing prisoners to “choose” between electric chair and firing squad. Right, firing squad execution chamber at Utah State Prison in Draper.

Hoping to jump start resumption of the death penalty, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill May 14 legalizing firing squads and making killings with the state’s 109-year-old electric chair the default method of execution.  No one has been…

‘Domestic terrorism’ plan is threat to workers’ rights

Vol. 85/No. 26 - July 5, 2021

The President Joseph Biden administration released its new “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism” June 15, setting the stage for increased attacks on free speech and the political rights of working people.  The 30-page report issued by the National Security…

Independent truckers in Puerto Rico on strike for rate raise

Vol. 85/No. 26 - July 5, 2021
Camioneros Unidos encampment outside V. Suárez Group warehouse in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since June 8, truckers have been refusing to make deliveries until they get a rate increase.

“We often have to choose between buying a tire for our trucks and shopping for the basic needs of our families,” truck driver Carlos Schettini told the Militant  by phone from San Juan June 14. “Fuel is going up, the…

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Vol. 85/No. 26 - July 5, 2021

Statement by Joanne Kuniansky, Socialist Workers Party candidate for New Jersey governor, June 22. As workers face bosses demanding speedup, givebacks in wages and attacks on safety, more of my fellow workers ask why is this happening? What can we…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 85/No. 26 - July 5, 2021

July 1, 1996 The following statement was released June 19 by James Harris and Laura Garza, Socialist Workers candidates for president and vice president of the United States. Responsibility for the escalating racist burnings of Black churches throughout the South…