Massachusetts nurses fight for safety, patients

Vol. 85/No. 15 - April 19, 2021
Nurses’ strike “is about safe care,“ nurse Bill Lahey, right, told rail workers Jacob Perasso, left, and Joe Allen, second from right, in Worcester, Mass., March 31.

WORCESTER, Mass. — “This strike isn’t about the money, it’s about safe care,” Bill Lahey, a nurse for 44 years at St. Vincent Hospital here, told Joe Allen and myself, two rail workers who came to show solidarity from Albany,…

New York nurses strike for safety, patient care, better wages

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020
Members of New York State Nurses Association picket Albany Medical Center during Dec. 1 strike demanding more staff to ensure safety and for the health of patients, higher pay.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Hundreds of nurses organized by the New York State Nurses Association struck Albany Medical Center here Dec. 1. Many picketed the entire day, dressed in red and carrying signs reading, “On strike for safety” and “Fair contract…

Support fight to defend victory won by Ohio small-shop owners

Vol. 84/No. 49 - December 14, 2020
Working people, students have been visiting Gibson’s store in Oberlin, Ohio, since 1885. Oberlin College is trying to use its wealth, power to reverse unanimous jury verdict in favor of the Gibsons.

ALBANY, New York — “The Gibson family, owners of a small bakery and store in Oberlin, Ohio, fought back against a billion-dollar institution and won a $44 million award in a unanimous jury verdict after a six-week trial in 2019,”…

Laid off NY Remington workers fight for severance, vacation pay

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020
Laid-off members of United Mine Workers of America rally outside Remington plant in Ilion, New York, Oct. 28, as bosses use bankruptcy to deny severance pay, unused vacation benefits.

ILION, N.Y. — “We’ll be out here until we get paid what we are owed,” Jamie Rudwall, United Mine Workers of America District 2 representative, told 100 people at an Oct. 28 rally here. Most were among the 585 workers…

Albany nurses fight for union contract, against short staffing

Vol. 83/No. 38 - October 21, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. — “What do we want? Contract! When do we want it? Now!” chanted hundreds of nurses and their supporters outside Albany Medical Center here Sept. 25.  “We nurses love to take care of our patients but, at this…

Albany SWP runs on ‘program that can defend working people’

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019
Abby Tilsner, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Albany County Executive, speaks with Christopher Conroy, a truck driver, about party’s program in Waterford, New York, Aug. 24.

ALBANY, N.Y. — “I am running for Albany County Executive for the Socialist Workers Party to put forward a program that can defend working people from the carnage of the crisis-ridden capitalist system and unite the working class in struggle,”…

Troy protest: Prosecute cop who killed Edson Thevenin!

Vol. 83/No. 34 - September 23, 2019
Pastor Tre Stanton speaks at Aug. 22 rally in Troy, New York, demanding firing, prosecution of cop Randall French, who killed Edson Thevenin in 2016. City officials tried to cover up killing.

TROY, New York — Carrying signs and chanting “Justice for Edson” and “Prosecute killer cops,” some 60 people demonstrated Aug. 22 outside a council meeting to protest the city’s cover-up of the cop killing of Edson Thevenin in 2016.  City…

Gov’t to give pork bosses sole power over line speed

Vol. 83/No. 33 - September 9, 2019
Dakota Premium meatpacking workers march and rally in St. Paul, Minnesota, in June 2000 during fight that won a union and workers’ right to monitor line speed in the plant.

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is threatening to eliminate its current limit of slaughtering 1,106 hogs per hour in the nation’s pork packing plants and turn inspection there over to the company bosses. This is an…

Albany forum panel discusses fight against police brutality

Vol. 83/No. 21 - May 27, 2019
Panel at May 4 public meeting against police brutality in Albany, New York, co-sponsored by Militant Labor Forum and Stolen Lives Project. From left, Samantha Hamlin, Juanita Young, Hawa Bah, Beverly Hoggs (speaking), Jacob Perassso (chair) and Messiah James Cooper.

ALBANY, N.Y. — “I will never stop fighting for the rights of my children,” Beverly Hoggs told an audience of 50 people at a public meeting here May 4, co-sponsored by the Militant Labor Forum and the Stolen Lives Project.…