Working people in East Palestine fight for control over their future

Vol. 87/No. 11 - March 20, 2023
After derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, burnt-out tank cars flank both sides of rebuilt double track Feb. 12. Norfolk Southern bosses rapidly began shipping again to boost profits. Residents, rail workers committees are needed to take control over cleanup, defend their class interests.

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio — Working people, family farmers and small-business people in this area continue to seek a way to defend their families’ health, homes and livelihoods in the wake of the Feb. 3 derailment of a Norfolk Southern train,…

‘Politically correct’ publishing bosses censor Roald Dahl

Vol. 87/No. 11 - March 20, 2023

“Taking care for the imagination and fast-developing minds of young children,” the editors at Puffin, a division of Penguin Random House, pontificated Feb. 24, “is a responsibility.” This was why they had to bowdlerize 17 titles by children’s author Roald…

End of decadeslong retreat of labor opens new opportunities

Oberlin conference will discuss strengthening unions, building Socialist Workers Party
Vol. 87/No. 11 - March 20, 2023
School bus drivers strike in Wasilla, Alaska, Jan. 26, demanding adequate heating, headlights, windshield wipers and pay. More workers today are using their unions to fight attacks of bosses and their government

“Our experiences in the United States confirm that the low point of working-class and labor resistance is behind us,” said Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, in his report on the draft political resolution before the party’s…

Illinois UAW members strike Metal-Matic for union contract

Vol. 87/No. 11 - March 20, 2023

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. — Some 120 members of United Auto Workers Local 588 went on strike against Metal-Matic here Feb. 22 in a fight over wages and health insurance. This is the union’s first contract fight since workers voted to…

Quebec bus drivers strike for better wages, conditions

Vol. 87/No. 11 - March 20, 2023

QUEBEC CITY — School bus drivers from union locals B.R.-CSN (Confederation of National Trade Unions) and Tremblay & Paradis-CSN who are on strike met together at the Club Social Victoria here for a solidarity lunch Feb. 24. Their strike against…

Masonite strikers in Quebec win solidarity in contract fight

Vol. 87/No. 11 - March 20, 2023

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — Two dozen pickets at the Masonite plant here warmly greeted this Militant  worker-correspondent and three others who made the three-hour trip from Montreal to bring them solidarity and donuts Feb. 27. The factory is located up the…

Nurses in Toronto rally for wage raise, improved conditions

Vol. 87/No. 11 - March 20, 2023
Hundreds of members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association picket outside contract negotiations in Toronto, March 2, demanding increased wages, more staffing and better working conditions.

TORONTO — Hundreds of nurses and their supporters took to the streets here March 2 to demand better wages, more staffing and improved conditions. Chanting “Enough is enough!” and “If we can’t get it, shut it down!” nurses protested outside…

Protests in Iran demand answers, end to poisoning of schoolchildren

Vol. 87/No. 11 - March 20, 2023
Karaj, Iran, protest, one of many initiated by teachers union in Iran March 7, called for commission independent of regime to investigate reports of poisoning at girls schools.

Angry parents, teachers and students protested across Iran March 7 in the face of widespread reports of poisoning by toxic gases of more than 1,000 students at over 125 primary and secondary girls schools in more than a dozen provinces…

Communist League in Canada advances working-class program

Vol. 87/No. 11 - March 20, 2023
“We can’t rely on parties that defend the interests of the bosses,” Beverly Bernardo, the Communist League candidate in Canada, inset, told audience of 65 at candidates debate sponsored by the Solidarity Saint-Henri community organization in Montreal Feb. 28.

MONTREAL — Beverly Bernardo, Communist League candidate in the March 13 provincial by-election in the Montreal electoral constituency of Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne, brought her fighting working-class program to some 65 people at a candidates’ debate Feb. 28, sponsored by the Solidarity Saint-Henri…