Hospital workers strike continues at University of Illinois

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020
Striking members of Illinois Nurses Association and SEIU Local 73 join forces at rally in Chicago, Sept. 18. Central issue for both unions is bosses’ insistence on understaffing and overwork.

CHICAGO — Some 4,000 members of Service Employees International Union Local 73 are in the second week of their strike at the University of Illinois Hospital here and several of its other facilities around the state. Members of the Illinois…


Univ. of Illinois workers strike over staffing, safety, higher pay

Vol. 84/No. 38 - September 28, 2020
Members of Illinois Nurses Association, above, and other hospital workers at University of Illinois Hospital systems are out on strike, demanding increased staffing and safer conditions.

CHICAGO — Members of the Illinois Nurses Association walked off the job at the University of Illinois Hospital and its clinics here Sept. 12, five days after their contract expired. The strike vote was 995-12. Their central demands are for…


Violent course of antifa, Black Lives Matter threat to working class

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020
Lauren Victor threatened at Washington, D.C., restaurant Aug. 24. Actions seeking to silence, “shame” and intimidate people are on a political course toward anti-working-class thuggery.

In recent weeks there has been an escalation in deadly street violence  led by antifa and leaders of Black Lives Matter, as well as by some rightist vigilantes – from Portland, Oregon, to Kenosha, Wisconsin. The looting, intimidation, arson, street…


‘Workers need a union in every workplace, and a labor party!’

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020
Doreen Dempsey in Rochester, Minnesota, subscribed to Militant, bought book on revolutionary politics from SWP vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett, signed to put party on ballot.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In a little over two weeks, supporters of the Socialist Workers Party’s presidential ticket of Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett collected 2,674 signatures, turning them in Aug. 18 to place the party on the ballot in…


Workers need a labor party, control of production, safety

Join drive to put Socialist Workers Party on the ballot
Vol. 84/No. 32 - August 17, 2020
Gabby Prosser, left, gets signatures from five women at Walmart in Federal Way, Washington, to put SWP presidential ticket on ballot. Socialist Workers Party presents a fighting working-class program to build the union movement to defend our jobs, wages and working conditions.

FARIBAULT, Minn. — Socialist Workers Party campaigners are knocking on doors and meeting working people in Minnesota, New Jersey, Tennessee and Washington to win support for the fight to get a working-class party on the ballot in 2020. Thousands are…


Cops’ brutalities ‘serve and protect’ capitalist exploitation

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020

CHICAGO — The videos were shocking enough to briefly break through the coronavirus media barrage and make national headlines. Two Chicago cops used a Taser, pepper-sprayed and then shot an unarmed man in a downtown subway station during rush hour…


Rail bosses slash jobs, safety in drive to maximize profits

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020

CHICAGO — Rail bosses in North America have slashed thousands of jobs — from engineers and conductors to track maintenance and equipment repair workers — in recent months, with more cuts in the works. At the same time they brag…


Striking Chicago teachers, school workers win support

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019

CHICAGO — After two weeks on strike, 25,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union are picketing and holding nearly daily rallies around the city. They’ve won broad support in their fight for smaller class sizes and more support staff like…


Autoworkers at GM win support in working class

Vol. 83/No. 39 - October 28, 2019

TOLEDO, Ohio — Morale is high on General Motors workers’ picket lines at 33 factories and 22 parts warehouses around the country, one month into the strike by some 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers union. “The solidarity we’ve…


Cuban Revolution ‘put workers in the best position to take on racism’

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

CHICAGO — The advances made by the Cuban Revolution in combating racial discrimination inherited from a legacy of slavery, colonialism and capitalism there; and the continuing challenges to meet and overcome remaining racial prejudice and inequality were discussed and debated…