10 months on the picket line, Vancouver hotel workers rally

Vol. 86/No. 9 - March 7, 2022

BURNABY, British Columbia — “Ten months on the picket line is too long!” UNITE HERE Local 40 member Lisa Secretaria told 40 locked-out workers at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel here Feb. 14. It’s a favorite destination for weddings in…

San Francisco city workers rally, demand more staffing

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SAN FRANCISCO — Chanting “Staff it up or we’ll shut it down!” over 500 city workers held a spirited lunchtime rally Feb. 16 outside City Hall here. The central demand was for city officials to hire more workers.  Eight unions…

As Islamist attacks batter West Africa, Mali government orders French out

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President Emmanuel Macron announced the withdrawal of French troops from Mali Feb. 17 after a nine-year failed effort to crush Islamist terrorist groups operating there and in other former French colonies. This comes on top of growing political instability, including…

SWP takes truckers’ fight in Canada to working class

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Eleanor García, SWP leader and candidate for U.S. Senate from California, speaks to driver Chris Weber at a truck stop in Castaic, north of Los Angeles, Feb. 20. With high fuel prices, low freight and long unpaid hours waiting, he said. “I’m for the Canadian truckers.”

Members of the Socialist Workers Party have been building on the momentum of the recently concluded successful renewal campaign to introduce the paper and the party’s election campaign to workers and farmers at plant gates, strike picket lines, political events…

Machinists in Iowa strike in struggle over wages, respect

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — “It’s a wonderful feeling to be in a room with 242 union members and 98% vote to go on strike and reject the company’s ‘first, last, best and final offer,’” striker Scott Lang told this Militant worker-correspondent…

Defend the independence of Ukraine! Moscow out now!

Get Washington out of Eastern Europe!
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Russian tank in Donetsk Feb. 22. Flagrantly violating Ukraine sovereignty, Moscow claims that Ukraine is part of Russia and sends troops, tanks into eastern provinces, surrounds country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Feb. 21 declared that the Moscow-backed “People’s Republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk set up in Ukraine in 2014 were independent countries and ordered Russian troops to go in as “peacekeepers.” The Kremlin’s invasion is backed by…

Jon Donaire strikers rally in hard-fought California battle

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Members of bakery workers’ union, on strike at Rich’s Jon Donaire Desserts since Nov. 3, rally in front of factory Feb. 12 in fight for wage raise, affordable health care and respect.

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — Some 200 people rallied here Feb. 12 in support of striking bakery workers, members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Local 37, at Rich’s Jon Donaire Desserts factory. “I’ve been working for Jon…

Art exhibit gives graphic picture of Nazi Holocaust in Latvia

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“Roll Call in Concentration Camp,” one of several paintings by Boris Lurie, portraying his experiences during Holocaust in Latvia. Lurie’s early work is on show for first time at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.

NEW YORK — Nov. 30 and Dec. 8, 2021, marked the 80th anniversary of the Nazi execution by firing squad of 25,000 Jews in the Rumbula Forest outside Riga, Latvia. It was the beginning of the Holocaust in that Baltic…