Kansas: Frito-Lay strikers win community support

Vol. 85/No. 29 - July 26, 2021

Over 600 members of Local 218 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union, who went on strike at the Topeka, Kansas, Frito-Lay plant July 5, are winning widespread solidarity in the area. The bosses there are notorious…

After 10 weeks on strike, Olymel meatpackers seek new talks

Vol. 85/No. 29 - July 26, 2021
Olymel meatpackers carry “on strike” banner in Quebec City march July 7 demanding bosses negotiate a new contract. Bosses seek to keep steep wage cuts imposed on workers in 2007.

MONTREAL — Over 250 striking meatpackers, members of the Union of Olymel Workers at Vallee-Jonction, marched to the Labour Ministry in Quebec City July 7 to demand the arbitrator take steps to end the bosses’ refusal to negotiate. More than…

Quebec laws divide French, English-speaking workers

Vol. 85/No. 29 - July 26, 2021
Protest against Law 21 in Montreal, 2019, that bans public sector workers from wearing religious symbols at work. New Bill 96 introduced in National Assembly in May would limit access to English in schools, government matters, at a time French-English bilingualism has increased.

MONTREAL — Under the pretext of defending “Quebec’s values,” the government of the Coalition for the Future of Quebec here introduced a bill in the National Assembly May 13 that attacks workers’ rights. Bill 96 claims to “curb the decline…

Teamsters strike Bellingham Cold Storage in Washington state

Vol. 85/No. 29 - July 26, 2021

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Some 110 forklift drivers, members of Teamsters Local 231, went on strike July 1 at the Bellingham Cold Storage and processing facility here near the Canadian border. The company forced the walkout by making an insulting “offer”…

Rose Knight, 50-year-long builder of communist movement in UK

Vol. 85/No. 29 - July 26, 2021

LONDON — Rose Knight, a 50-year veteran of the communist movement, died June 26 after a yearslong illness. She was 76. Knight was a founding member of the Communist League in 1988 and served on the party’s Central Committee in…

Freedom Rides built fight to topple Jim Crow segregation

Vol. 85/No. 29 - July 26, 2021
Freedom Riders Ken Shilman, left, and Joe McDonald being escorted by authorities out of “colored waiting room” at Trailways bus station under arrest in Jackson, Mississippi, June 2, 1961. They were among hundreds thrown in jail. Inset, Jimmy Allen Ruth, who died last month at 83, was Trailways driver who volunteered to take Freedom Riders from Nashville, Tennessee, to Jackson.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, one of the high points of the Black-led proletarian civil rights struggle that overturned Jim Crow and decisively changed social relations in the U.S. Despite U.S. Supreme Court rulings in…

25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 85/No. 29 - July 26, 2021

August 5, 1996 BELFAST — The crisis of British rule in Northern Ireland intensified as nationalists staunchly resisted rightist marches through their streets and the intimidation of their communities. On July 12 in Derry, the police fired 1,000 plastic bullets…

Cuba protests US intervention as it tackles challenges from embargo

Vol. 85/No. 29 - July 26, 2021
New York Times ran this article in Spanish and English on protests in Cuba with this image, which the paper claimed was of an anti-government protest. In fact, it is a march in Havana in support of the revolution! In the baseball cap behind the Cuban flag is Gerardo Hernández, a well-known leader of the Committees in Defense of the Revolution and one of the Cuban 5, who spent 16 years in prison in the U.S., framed up for his work helping to stop terrorist attacks on Cuba.

If you follow the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, or virtually any of the U.S. capitalist media, you saw front-page reports that Cuba was convulsed July 11 by a massive, spontaneous anti-government “uprising.” That the Cuban…

Steelworkers at ATI ratify contract, end 3-month strike

Vol. 85/No. 29 - July 26, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ohio — The United Steelworkers union announced July 13 that striking workers had ratified a new four-year contract with Allegheny Technologies Inc. The union said it “raises wages, provides lump-sum payments and protects affordable, high-quality health care for current…