2020 vote shows ongoing crisis of rulers’ two-party system

Vol. 84/No. 48 - December 7, 2020
Hundreds wait to file for unemployment benefits in Frankfort, Kentucky, June 17. Only solutions both Democrats and Republicans advance to solve jobs, health crisis attack working class.

“The U.S. rulers and their government have begun to fear the working class.” That’s because “working people are beginning to see that the bosses and their political parties have no ‘solutions’ that don’t further load the costs — monetary and…


Pennsylvania nurses strike over patient safety, wages

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020
Pennsylvania nurses strike over patient safety, wages

Nearly 800 nurses, members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals union, began a two-day strike Nov. 17 at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, over inadequate staffing levels, patient safety and low wages. The union…


Rolls-Royce jet engine workers strike to stop job cuts

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020

BARNOLDSWICK, England — After being furloughed, prescribed a 10% wage cut and now facing 350 job losses, workers at jet engine maker Rolls-Royce here have had enough. Ninety-four percent voted for a strike called by their union, Unite, to oppose…


Dominion strikers in Canada ratify pact, end 12-week strike

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020

The over 1,400 workers at Dominion grocery stores in Newfoundland, who belong to Unifor Local 597, voted to end their spirited 12-week-long strike. Voting on what Loblaw, Dominion’s parent company, called its “final” contract proposal was conducted on the picket…


Unionists at GE in Louisville reject company’s contract offer

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of International Union of Electrical Workers-Communications Workers of America Local 83761 at GE Appliances here voted down the bosses’ second contract offer by 57% on Oct. 29. They had rejected their first offer Sept. 16 by…


Visually impaired unionists fight layoffs, for safety

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

CINCINNATI — Teamsters-organized workers at the factory run by the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired here are fighting back against layoffs, wage cuts and unsafe working conditions. Two-thirds of these 65 workers, members of Teamsters Local 100,…


Newfoundland strikers vote on Dominion’s ‘final offer’

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

The 1,400 workers who belong to Unifor Local 597 on strike at the Dominion supermarket chain in Newfoundland started voting on a “final” contract proposal from the company Nov. 9. The balloting continues at the picket lines until Nov. 13.…


Primary care nurses strike across New Zealand

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020
Primary care workers in New Zealand Nurses Organization rally in Auckland Nov. 9 as part of 24-hour strike backing equal pay with nursing counterparts in public hospitals nationwide.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Over 100 primary care workers held a lively picket here Nov. 9. It was part of a 24-hour strike and protest actions by over 3,000 nurses and administration and reception staff from family doctor offices and…


Chicago feed workers strike for better pay and conditions

Vol. 84/No. 46 - November 23, 2020

CHICAGO — Twenty-eight members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881 at ReConserve went on strike Nov. 2 for better pay and conditions. The company takes food scraps and converts them into feed for pigs and chickens. The plant…


Dominion strike continues, as workers win solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 45 - November 16, 2020

Negotiations resumed Oct. 29 between Loblaw Companies Limited, which owns the Dominion grocery store chain, and Unifor Local 597, representing 1,400 workers on strike at Dominion stores in Newfoundland. These talks, the first since the strike began Aug. 22, ended…