Back locked-out oil workers standing up to ExxonMobil

Bosses seek to bust union at Texas refinery
Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021
Locked-out unionists from ExxonMobil refinery in Beaumont, Texas, picket in Houston Aug. 18, getting out facts on oil bosses’ demands for concessions that gut seniority, divide workers.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Over 650 oil workers, members of United Steelworkers Local 13-243, have been locked out at the ExxonMobil Refinery and Lubricant Blending and Packaging plant here since bosses marched them out of the facility four months ago. They…


Longshore union in LA: ‘End US embargo of Cuba!’

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021

LOS ANGELES — Floyd Bryan, president of the Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, reads the resolution passed by the union at its June convention demanding an end to the U.S. government’s embargo against Cuba.…


In Defense of Land and Labor

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021

The following excerpt is from the opening section of “The Stewardship of Nature Also Falls to the Working Class: In Defense of Land and Labor,” a Socialist Workers Party resolution published in New International no. 14. Copyright © 2008 by…


25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021

September 30, 1996 The “Defense of Marriage Act” advances the reactionary, antilabor goals of the U.S. rulers. The law bars federal recognition of marriages among gays and lesbians. The bill is part of the employers assault on the social wage…


Che Guevara: ‘Other nations summon my assistance’

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021
Delegates from revolutionary organizations in the Americas clap as Cuban President Fidel Castro addresses August 1967 conference of Organization of Latin American Solidarity in Havana. The slogan beside the image of Che is from the Second Declaration of Havana. It reads, “The duty of every revolutionary is to make the revolution.”

Below is an excerpt from The Bolivian Diary of Ernesto Che Guevara, one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September. The diary recounts the political and military campaign Argentine-born Guevara, a leader of Cuba’s socialist revolution, led in 1966-67…


Fair Play for Cuba Committee built defense for socialist revolution

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021
Fair Play for Cuba Committee published, distributed inexpensive pamphlets of speeches by leaders of Cuba’s socialist revolution, eyewitness accounts of steps forward by working people.

On Sept. 7 President Joseph Biden signed off on extending the U.S. embargo of Cuba for another year under the capitalist rulers’ Trading With the Enemy Act. This is no surprise since every president — Democrat and Republican alike —…


Indian sanitation workers strike for equal pay, permanent jobs

Vol. 85/No. 35 - September 27, 2021

Over 400 sanitation workers staged a sit-in outside the Patna Municipal Corporation’s headquarters in Patna, India, Sept. 12, part of a strike by sanitation and some maintenance workers that began Sept. 6. The strike is the latest in a series…


Social disaster from hurricane is a product of capitalist greed

Vol. 85/No. 34 - September 20, 2021
Volunteers organized by Cajun Navy group travel through flooded LaPlace, Louisiana, Sept. 2. Groups aided people, distributed food and supplies, showing power of working-class solidarity.

The deaths and social disaster left in the wake of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, New York, New Jersey and elsewhere are the result of the workings of capitalism and the class-divided realities it imposes on working people. The liberal media,…


Quebec meatpackers approve contract, end four-month strike

Vol. 85/No. 34 - September 20, 2021
Union of Olymel Workers at Vallee-Jonction was strengthened and the 1,000 packinghouse workers won hard-fought gains during four-month strike. Above, rally July 7 in Quebec City.

VALLEE-JONCTION, Quebec — After a hard-fought, four-month-long strike here, the 1,000 members of the Union of Olymel Workers at Vallee-Jonction voted by 78% to accept a new contract Aug. 31. They have seen their union strengthened through the battle and…


Oppose US military assaults, curbs on democratic rights!

Vol. 85/No. 34 - September 20, 2021

This issue marks the anniversary of two events that impacted the class struggle in the U.S. — the al-Qaeda attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., in 2001 and the social catastrophe unleashed on working people following Hurricane Katrina in…