Quebec oil terminal, airline catering workers fight lockouts

Vol. 85/No. 3 - January 25, 2021
Members of Unifor union picket at Shell oil terminal in Montreal Dec. 10. The workers, fighting Shell bosses’ union-busting lockout, held joint action with locked out Gate Gourmet workers.

MONTREAL — Locked-out Shell Canada oil terminal workers in Montreal-East and Gate Gourmet airline caterers in the Dorval suburb here, all members of the Unifor union, are joining together to fight moves by their bosses to roll back decades of…


Quebec workers fight Gate Gourmet’s union-busting lockout

Vol. 85/No. 2 - January 18, 2021
Airline catering workers organized by Unifor Local 698 protest eight-week lockout by Gate Gourmet at airport in Montreal Dec. 31. Placard on right says, “If we are on the outside, something is wrong on the inside.” One on left says, “You don’t get rich on our earnings.”

MONTREAL — After almost eight weeks on the picket line, locked-out Gate Gourmet workers here organized a march from their picket line in front of the airline-catering plant where they work to the Montreal-Trudeau international airport Dec. 31. Chanting “So,…


How the Teamsters union organized their 1934 strike to win

Vol. 85/No. 2 - January 18, 2021
Teamsters Local 574 Women’s Auxiliary volunteers serve meals during 1934 Minneapolis strike. They also treated wounded picketers in strike hospital, spoke widely in region to win support.

Teamster Rebellion by Farrell Dobbs, a Pathfinder Book of the Month in Spanish for January, is the story of the 1934 Teamster organizing drive in Minneapolis. Through hard-fought strikes, rank-and-file workers defeated strikebreaking efforts by the trucking bosses and the…


Support Alabama Constellium strike over seniority, conditions

Vol. 85/No. 2 - January 18, 2021
Jan. 2 Constellium picket line in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — Over 400 members of United Steelworkers Local 200 here have struck major aluminum beverage can recycle company Constellium since Dec. 15. Workers on the picket line said the company wants to gut seniority, giving bosses complete…


Ala. Amazon workers win right to vote to have a union

Vol. 85/No. 1 - January 4, 2021

ATLANTA — Despite objections from Amazon, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Dec. 16 that workers at Amazon’s warehouse and distribution center in Bessemer, Alabama, have shown enough support for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union to hold a…


New Rochelle nurses fight for more staff, new contract

Vol. 84/No. 51 - December 28, 2020

After a spirited two-day strike by 200 nurses at Montefiore Health System’s hospital in New Rochelle Dec. 1 and 2, the New York State Nurses Association and the bosses are back at the negotiating table. Front and center is the…


Teamsters show ‘with proper leadership, workers can overcome’

Vol. 84/No. 51 - December 28, 2020
In May 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters rout cops, special deputies from bosses’ Citizens Alliance that were sent to break their strike. Class-conscious leaders organized workers defense to win.

Teamster Bureaucracy, by Farrell Dobbs, is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for December. It is the last in a four-volume series on how a class-struggle union was forged in Minneapolis and across the Midwest trucking industry in the…


NY Remington workers march for severance pay, new jobs

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020

ILION, N.Y. — Some 30 people participated in an informational picket here Dec. 5 to show support for United Mine Workers Local 717 members demanding Remington Outdoor Co. honor their union contract. Remington bosses filed for bankruptcy in July, terminated…


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…


Chicago nursing home workers win pay raise after 12-day strike

Vol. 84/No. 50 - December 21, 2020

CHICAGO — After nearly two weeks on strike, 700 members of Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois ratified a contract with Infinity Healthcare Management that includes an immediate raise of at least $1 an hour. The strike involved certified nursing…