Liberals attack on ‘taking the Fifth’ threat to workers’ rights

Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018

If your media gazing is confined to the New York Times, NPR, “Saturday Night Live” and the late-night “talk” shows, you would think all right-minded people are determined to oust President Donald Trump and that they’re on the verge of…


May Day brigade: “I saw power of Cuba’s revolution”

Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. — “I never felt freer as a worker than the two weeks learning about the Cuban Revolution on the May Day Brigade there,” Carl Tyler told a dozen people meeting at the Meadowlark Coffee Shop here May 8.…


Lessons from Chernobyl disaster on 32nd anniversary

Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018

The worst nuclear disaster in history took place in Soviet Ukraine 32 years ago when the Chernobyl power plant exploded April 26, 1986. The explosion blew apart the top of reactor No. 4, releasing large amounts of radiation, the core…


Workers look to ‘Militant’ for news on teacher fights

Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018

As we approach the final week of the Socialist Workers Party campaigns to sell 1,400 subscriptions to the Militant, 1,400 books by SWP leaders and raise $112,000 for the Militant Fighting Fund, reports coming in from SWP members and supporters,…


Help fund ‘Militant’ fact-finding trip to Puerto Rico!

Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018

The Militant is sending editor John Studer and correspondent Martín Koppel on a fact-finding trip to the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico May 25-28. A few weeks later Studer will speak for the Socialist Workers Party at the June 18…


Gov’t backs off moves to bar books to prisoners

Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018

After an outburst of criticism from supporters of political rights, the bosses at the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced May 3 they were halting their new policy severely restricting workers behind federal prison bars from being able to get and…


Teacher victory in Pueblo is victory for all workers

Colorado win spurs teachers’ fight in N. Carolina
Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018
Teachers, students, supporters march 20,000-strong in Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital, May 16, part of teacher uprisings in West Virginia, Kentucky, Arizona and Colorado.

PUEBLO, Colo. — Teachers and paraprofessionals here voted up new contracts May 12-13 by a big majority. They had mounted a spirited and popular five-day strike, picketing schools, marching in protests across the city and rallying in front of the…


Thousands of Las Vegas casino workers set strike vote May 22

Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018
Workers at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, celebrate union-organizing victory. At end of April, 84 percent of the 614 workers voted to be represented by UNITE HERE’s Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165. Contracts at 34 hotels covering 50,000 workers expire in Las Vegas June 1 and workers are preparing for possible strike action.

The over 50,000 members of UNITE HERE’s Culinary and Bartenders unions will vote May 22 on whether or not to authorize a strike once their contract expires June 1. The two unions include bartenders, guest room attendants, cocktail servers, food…



Korea agreement would open the door to gains for working people

US rulers, NKorea take steps toward pact on weapons
Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang May 9. Talks were preparation for Kim meeting with President Donald Trump June 12 in Singapore.

The U.S. and North Korean governments are on a course that could conclude with a historic agreement eliminating nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, ending the U.S. economic war on North Korea, eliminating U.S. and North Korean war threats there,…