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…



Workers fight boss attacks on jobs, wages, conditions

Workers’ problem today is crisis of capitalism, not a virus
Vol. 84/No. 29 - July 27, 2020
Tens of thousands protest July 11 in Tel Aviv, Israel, against government’s failure to deliver aid promised to workers classified as self-employed. Sign reads, “Out of touch! We’re fed up!”

Speedup and dangerous working conditions enforced by bosses at Los Angeles Apparel and at nearby meatpacking plants highlight the employers contempt for workers’ safety and lives. Four workers at L.A. Apparel have recently died from coronavirus and over 300 working…


Fight for gov’t-funded public works program to create jobs

Vol. 84/No. 21 - June 1, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party 2020 candidate for president, issued the following statement May 19. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s candidate for vice president. Strikes by workers at fruit packing plants in Washington state and independent truckers protesting in…


How can rail workers unite and meet the bosses attacks?

Vol. 84/No. 16 - April 27, 2020
Canadian National workers waged eight-day “strike for safety” last November. Rail bosses across North America are laying off workers, speeding up work and running longer trains.

Facing what they claimed were coming “labor shortages” due to potential employee coronavirus cases, U.S. rail bosses demanded and were quickly granted waivers on maintenance and safety rules by the pro-employer Federal Railroad Administration. These include cutting back track and…


Go to work and join shop floor struggles!

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020

The Militant urges its readers to join on-the-job actions for safer working conditions and higher wages being organized on shop floors around the country. And to join with your co-workers to emulate the initiative and example set by those standing…


Protests, job actions hit bosses’ disdain for safety

Workers’ fights today are road to force gov’t action
Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020
Workers at Perdue chicken processing plant in Kathleen, Georgia, walked off the job March 23 to demand bosses clean, disinfect factory to defend them from coronavirus.

As the bosses and their governments at a federal, state and local level seek to manage growing depression conditions and impose lockdowns in the U.S. and elsewhere, working people are beginning to respond with protests and job actions. Starting with…


New Zealand: Edwards’ death ‘should never have happened’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “This should never have happened,” Hilton Rohe, a retired meatpacking worker, told the Militant Feb. 20 in a phone interview. He was talking about the death of fellow union fighter Alfred Edwards, known as Baldy, who…


‘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…


Indigenous people debate building Canada pipeline

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020
Construction of Coastal GasLink pipeline to transport natural gas to port in British Columbia. Most Indigenous people on the route support project to take jobs that it will create.

MONTREAL — A Feb. 24 raid by dozens of armed Ontario Provincial police on a 18-day-long Tyendinaga Mohawk First Nation camp blocking the Canadian National Railway line near Belleville, between Montreal and Toronto, resulted in a new round of demonstrations…