Protest hits campus worker layoffs at San Francisco State

Vol. 84/No. 38 - September 28, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — Over 200 workers, students and supporters rallied at San Francisco State University here Sept. 12 to protest layoffs of 131 campus workers. Among those slated for layoff are maintenance workers who are members of the Teamsters, as…

SWP candidate in Calif. backs nurses’ protests for safety gear

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020
March 24 protest at Richmond, California, Kaiser Permanente, demanding immediate action to get needed protective gear. Nurses protested at other Kaiser hospitals earlier in the week.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Holding signs reading, “PROTECT NURSES, PATIENTS, PUBLIC HEALTH,” nurses protested outside more than a half-dozen Kaiser Permanente-owned hospitals in northern California March 19. They demanded immediate action to end the scarcity of N95 masks and other gear…

Nurses, workers lead fight against hospital shutdown

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Above, nurses opposed to closing of Seton hospital in Daly City, California, after county hearing on “alternatives” March 10. Inset, SWP vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett talks with Mee Chen. He and presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy spoke at hearing, saying workers need cradle-to-grave health care for all.

DALY CITY, Calif. — Nurses and hospital workers, members of the California Nurses Association and the National Union of Healthcare Workers, have been organizing protests here against the closing of Seton Medical Center, the largest employer in this working-class city…

‘We need to stand up to the bosses’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
SWP presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy and nurse Christina Ware talk near San Leandro housing complex where residents are fighting landlord’s moves to nearly double their rent..

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy and vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett campaigned at a housing complex here March 11. Residents are fighting against efforts to force them out of their low-rent apartments. The visit…

‘Workers need to rely on themselves in fight for safety’

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. — Joel Britton, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Congress in the 13th District here, campaigned Feb. 29 in West Oakland, where trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent linked to increased cancer risk, has been found in the groundwater under McClymonds…

SWP campaign: Back workers’ fights for better wages, working conditions

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Dennis Richter, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Congress in California, discusses party’s working-class program with dental assistant Mayra Mejía in Lathrop Feb. 16.

LATHROP, Calif. — Socialist Workers Party candidates campaigning for the party’s national ticket headed by Alyson Kennedy for U.S. president and Malcolm Jarrett for vice president are talking with workers about the party’s platform to confront the economic, social and…

Strikers hang tough in battle against Asarco

Solidarity crucial in fight against union busting
Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019
Copper workers on strike against assault by Asarco bosses picket Ray Mine in Arizona Dec. 9.

KEARNY, Ariz. — “This strike is about whether they can take away what earlier generations have fought for,” retired Asarco miner Susan Miller-Middaugh told these Militant worker-correspondents outside an IGA grocery store here after we stopped her to ask directions…

PG&E cuts power to 700,000 homes in Northern California

Vol. 83/No. 39 - October 28, 2019
Burned, mangled power lines in Santa Rosa, California, Oct. 2017. PG&E faces millions of dollars in damages over responsibility for fire for poor maintenance, failure to clear vegetation.

OAKLAND, Calif. — “It’s outrageous what PG&E is doing,” Crystal Perdiguerra, a resident of East Oakland whose husband uses a home dialysis machine, told the Militant. Perdiguerra, like many others, is angry at the disdain shown by Pacific Gas &…

Health care workers rally against two-tier contract, for wage hike

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. — Thousands of Kaiser Permanente health care workers protested here and in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Denver and Portland, Oregon, on Labor Day. They were rallying to press demands for a pay raise, an end to understaffing and against…

‘Amnesty for immigrants is in interest of all workers’

Vol. 83/No. 29 - August 12, 2019

“The capitalists need to keep millions of immigrant workers here who are undocumented, so they can superexploit them,” Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate in 2016, told Richard Maya, a customer service worker as she was campaigning door…