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…


Amnesty for immigrants is key for working-class unity

Vol. 83/No. 18 - May 6, 2019
Rally in Bridgeton, New Jersey, March 17, organized by Cosecha to demand right to driver’s licenses for immigrant workers without papers. The fight for this necessity for a normal life strengthens the battle for amnesty, which would advance unity of the whole working class.

“Our country is full,” President Donald Trump told Fox News April 5. He was trying to justify new obstacles the White House is pressing on the right of asylum for those fleeing violence and other moves aimed at discouraging immigrants…



What are lessons for workers from the LA teachers strike?

Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019
Retired mine workers bring solidarity to 9-day strike by teachers and school workers, Kanawha County, West Virginia, Feb. 22, 2018. Strike took on aspects of a social movement, impacted by the fighting traditions of miners union in that state going back decades. It set an example for the kind of labor movement workers will need to build to respond to the bosses’ attacks.

The six-day strike in Los Angeles by more than 30,000 teachers deserves further assessment. This is in the interest of all those in the working class who participated in the walkout, and all those across the country interested in how…


Gangs, drugs and violence are built into capitalist rule

Vol. 82/No. 35 - September 24, 2018
Civil rights fighter Gloria Richardson pushes aside National Guardsman’s bayonet at July 21, 1964, Cambridge, Maryland, protest. Crime rate dropped 75 percent after start of Black rights protests there. Working-class solidarity counters dog-eat-dog morality of capitalism.

CHICAGO — As of Sept. 7, some 2,074 people have been shot here this year, and 381 of those died. The impact, especially in largely African-American neighborhoods on the South and West sides, has been devastating. And there have been…


Amnesty for all immigrants in the US! No deportations!

As I See It
Vol. 82/No. 25 - July 9, 2018
Demonstrators in Chicago, May 1, 2006, march demanding amnesty for all undocumented workers in the U.S.

Debate over the U.S. rulers’ immigration policies jumped back on the front burner since Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ May 7 announcement that from now on there would be “zero tolerance” of “illegal” immigration. Not only could those caught without papers…


Attacks by NY contractors grow, how can construction workers fight back?

Vol. 82/No. 18 - May 7, 2018
April 4 Times Square march against bosses’ moves to step up nonunion construction in N.Y.

NEW YORK — “All workers need unions, they make us stronger,” said Wilmer Serrano, a construction worker who takes part in daily protests here organized by Ironworkers Union Local 46 outside the Hudson Yards development. Bosses at Related Companies, the…


Higher taxes or attacks on teachers? A fake trade off

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

The victorious strike by teachers and other school workers in West Virginia, and the preparations put in place beforehand to effectively organize it, unified workers and built a broad social movement. School workers were inspired by the history of independent…