Gov’t tries again to frame up Amtrak engineer in 2015 crash

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020
July 2014 Seattle protest against rail bosses’ plans to impose one-man crews. Inset, Brandon Bostian, Amtrak engineer. Government is trying a third time to scapegoat Bostian for 2015 Philadelphia train crash, to take eyes off real source of problem — rail bosses’ drive for profits.

PHILADELPHIA — For the last five years Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian, a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, has been hounded by prosecutors and government officials determined to frame him up for a 2015 passenger train derailment…

For second time in 2 months, CP oil train derails and burns

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020
Derailed Canadian Pacific oil train burns near town of Guernsey, Saskatchewan, Feb. 6.

MONTREAL — A Canadian Pacific oil train derailed, crashed and burned near the small community of Guernsey, Saskatchewan, Feb. 6, the second time this has happened there in two months. With toxic smoke spewing into the air 80 people were…

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…

CP’s oil train wreck raises specter of new Lac-Mégantic

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

MONTREAL — Two weeks after 3,200 Canadian National Railway workers carried out their Nov. 19-26 strike targeting unsafe conditions pushed by the bosses, a Canadian Pacific crude oil train derailed and caught fire Dec. 9 near the town of Guernsey…

Rail workers in UK strike to defend jobs and safety

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

Some 800 guards (conductors), members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, began a monthlong strike Dec. 2 against government and bosses’ attacks on their union and to defend jobs and safety for both rail workers and passengers.  The workers’…

Welcome new readers! Help get out books, the ‘Militant’

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019
SWP member Leroy Watson, right, talks to Joshoa Gantile on his doorstep in Hometown, Illinois, Dec. 8. SWP says workers need to build a labor party to defend our class interests.

The Militant extends a warm welcome to the 1,208 readers who subscribed to the paper during the Socialist Workers Party fall drive to win new readers that concluded Dec. 10. Party members also raised over $100,000 for the party’s annual…

CN rail workers ‘strike for safety’ won broad backing

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019
More than 50 Teamster rail strikers picket Canadian National headquarters in Montreal Nov. 26 before tentative agreement was announced. Now debate over contract begins before vote.

MONTREAL — Following a Nov. 26 tentative agreement between Teamsters Canada Rail Conference officials and Canadian National Railway bosses, the 3,200 CN conductors, including yardmen and yardmasters, returned to work Nov. 27 after an eight-day “strike for safety.” The workers…

‘Strike for safety’ at CN wins widespread support

Teamsters union announces tentative agreement
Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Rail workers picket CN headquarters in Montreal Nov. 26 shortly before tentative agreement announced. Fight for safety for workers and surrounding communities was at center of strike.

MONTREAL — “I believe that this strike is important for my safety as well as the community,” conductor Yohan St-Amant told Militant worker-correspondents bringing solidarity to the Canadian National Railway picket at the rail yard in Shawinigan, Quebec, Nov. 23.…

Support Canadian rail workers strike!

Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019

All workers have a stake in backing the strike waged by unionists at Canadian National Railway against bosses’ attempts to cut rest periods, increase overtime and continue dangerous remote control operations in rail yards. Use the Militant’s coverage to let…

Back CN rail workers, Asarco strikers fights!

3,200 Canadian National rail workers strike for safety
Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019
Canadian National rail workers picket in Brampton, Ontario, Nov. 19, part of strike for safety.

MONTREAL — Carrying Teamsters union placards and homemade signs saying “Strike for safety” and “We’re tired of being tired,” more than 3,000 Canadian National Railway train conductors, trainpersons and yard workers went on strike across the country Nov. 19, bringing…