Midwest farmers face crisis of mounting debt, bankruptcies

Vol. 84/No. 40 - October 12, 2020
Nebraska hog farmer Jim Bartling feared he would have to euthanize pigs like fellow farmers when packinghouse bosses shut plants in April. More farmers are filing for bankruptcy today.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Rising debts and plummeting incomes are forcing more farmers to file for bankruptcy, despite the likelihood that federal payments supposedly to compensate farmers will hit record levels. About 580 farmers filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy protection in…

Free Ed Poindexter!

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. — Supporters of freedom for former Black Panther Edward Poindexter urge all those who care about justice to back his application for commutation of his sentence, filed on Aug. 17. Aug. 31 marked 50 years Poindexter has been…

Nebraska meatpackers, union speak out in battle for job safety

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
Steps by bosses at Smithfield, above, may “make companies look good,” but don’t protect workers, meatpacker Geraldine Waller, inset, told July 28 protest in Lincoln, Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. — In the face of a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 in meatpacking plants in Nebraska, workers are speaking out, demanding that bosses slow down the line speed, increase the distance between work stations and improve ventilation, to protect…

Rail workers speak out against job cuts, threats to safety

Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019
Members of rail union SMART Transportation Division Local 1409 picket in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 5, protesting rail bosses’ layoffs that threaten workers’ safety.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Members of International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers — known as SMART — Transportation Division Local 1409 organized an informational picket Nov. 5 in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to tell people about how…

Railroad workers need to fight for workers control over trains, safety

Vol. 83/No. 25 - July 15, 2019
Coal train near Powder River Basin area of northeast Wyoming. BNSF bosses recently began running dangerously extra-long coal trains from Wyoming mines to Wisconsin. SWP program calls for trains with no more than 50 cars and crew of four, two on each end of the train.

LINCOLN, Neb. — A Union Pacific freight train containing cars carrying military munitions, including hand grenades, bombs and highly volatile ammonium nitrate, commonly used in explosives, from Nebraska to the U.S. Army Depot in Nevada, derailed June 19 as it…

Workers, farmers face social disaster in floods

Catastrophe is product of workings of capitalism
Vol. 83/No. 14 - April 8, 2019
Volunteers from McCook, Nebraska, organize “flood buckets” of supplies to take to areas battered by flooding. Government officials had left those hard hit to fend for themselves.

LINCOLN, Neb. — The government on all levels has left farmers, ranchers and other working people to fend for themselves in the face of flooding that destroyed crops, silos full of grain and livestock on hundreds of thousands of acres…

May Day brigade: “I saw power of Cuba’s revolution”

Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. — “I never felt freer as a worker than the two weeks learning about the Cuban Revolution on the May Day Brigade there,” Carl Tyler told a dozen people meeting at the Meadowlark Coffee Shop here May 8.…