Ironworkers end strike at Erie Strayer, win dental plan

Vol. 86/No. 2 - January 17, 2022

PITTSBURGH — After 75 days on strike, the 40 members of Ironworkers Regional Shop Local 851 at Erie Strayer Company approved a new contract Dec. 19. It includes a dental plan for the first time and higher wage raises than…


California hospital engineers end strike

Vol. 86/No. 2 - January 17, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif. — After 90 days on the picket line, with Kaiser management still refusing to budge on its insulting concession demands, the 700 stationary engineers on strike at 24 Northern California hospitals ended their strike Dec. 18. Officials of…



NY Teamsters strike at United Metro Energy enters ninth month

Vol. 86/No. 2 - January 17, 2022
Teamsters Local 553 members and supporters picket United Metro Energy in Brooklyn, New York, Dec. 14. Workers are demanding pay equal to other area fuel-terminal operators.

NEW YORK — Fourteen workers, members of Teamsters Local 553 in Brooklyn, have been on strike against United Metro Energy Corp. since last April. They are fighting to win wages and conditions that match what workers at other fuel-terminal operators…


Sanitation workers strike for safety, pay in California

Vol. 86/No. 2 - January 17, 2022

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Some 250 sanitation workers in the San Diego area continue to walk picket lines here since going on strike Dec. 17 against Republic Services. Members of Teamsters Local 542, many in rain gear for the winter…


Colorado fire disaster is result of capitalist greed

Houses built for profits, not safety, fire protection
Vol. 86/No. 2 - January 17, 2022
Anthony D’Amario, 18, looks through home’s remains in Louisville, Colorado, Dec. 31. Almost 1,000 homes were destroyed as residents were left on their own to escape fast-moving fire.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — By the end of the day Dec. 30 nearly 1,000 homes and businesses had been burned to the ground in Superior and Louisville, Colorado, leaving thousands homeless and two Denver suburbs in ruin. Nearby towns, like here…


Fight for workers control of production!

Vol. 86/No. 2 - January 17, 2022

“This is all about control for them, control over union rights,” locked-out oil refinery worker Darrell Kyle told the Militant, referring to ExxonMobil bosses’ assault on the United Steelworkers union in Beaumont, Texas. Like other workers walking picket lines, Steelworkers…


Pharma bosses, US gov’t fight over patents, millions lack vaccines

Vol. 86/No. 2 - January 17, 2022
Striking sanitation workers picket Republic Services in Chula Vista, California, Dec. 29. Union fight to get workers vaccinated would strengthen labor and struggles against bosses’ attacks.

“All working people should get vaccinated, including getting booster shots. This is in the interests of strengthening the unity and fighting capacity of the working class,” said John Studer, Socialist Workers Party national campaign director, Jan. 5. “Our unions must…


‘End Washington’s economic embargo of Cuba!’

Vol. 86/No. 2 - January 17, 2022
‘End Washington’s economic embargo of Cuba!’

A vigil at Miami International Airport, Dec. 23, above, protests the U.S. rulers’ six-decade-long embargo against Cuba. Similar actions were held the same day in Albany and New York, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Seattle. Actions were also held in Havana…


Larry Herman, photographer, supporter of Communist League

Vol. 86/No. 2 - January 17, 2022

LONDON — Larry Herman, 79, a longtime supporter of the Communist League in the U.K., died suddenly Dec. 29. Herman, born to a Jewish family in New York, moved here in 1968. He joined the Communist League’s forerunner, the International…