Workers will develop a movement of their own, a labor party

Vol. 84/No. 28 - July 20, 2020
Workers in Baltimore battle state troopers as 1877 rail workers battle became first nationwide strike in U.S. history. Karl Marx called it “first eruption since the Civil War against the associated oligarchy of capital.” Out of 1884-86 struggles, unions took steps to form a labor party.

Revolutionary Continuity: The Early Years 1848-1917 by Farrell Dobbs is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for July. This is the first of two volumes that document the birth and growth of the communist movement in the U.S. Dobbs…


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…


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 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’…


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…