Hundreds celebrate life of ILWU fighter Byron Jacobs

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Some 500 people gathered at the Cowlitz County Event Center here July 6 to celebrate the life of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 member Byron Jacobs. Jacobs was killed June 28 when a line on…

Twin Cities rally: ‘File charges against killer cop’

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Some 60 people turned out in front of the 4th Police Precinct July 1 together with Melinda Blevins, speaking, in demanding charges be filed against the two Minneapolis cops who shot her cousin, Thurman Blevins Jr., and that…

Illinois Teamsters end strike at American Bottling, make gains

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018

NORTHLAKE, Ill. — “We won a victory. The new contract is good for us,” Mike Gnagni, one of some 140 truck drivers who just ended their 40-day strike against American Bottling Company, told the Militant. American Bottling is a subsidiary…

Vermont nurses call strike for wages, staffing

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center are holding a two-day work stoppage July 12-13 to demand a 24 percent wage increase, fuller staffing to assure patients’ health and safety and a $15 minimum wage for…

UK health workers beat back attack by hospital bosses

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018
Contingent of striking hospital workers from Wigan, England, march in London June 30 on 70th anniversary of National Health Service. Their strike beat back bosses moves to privatize their NHS jobs and open attack on wages, working conditions and against health care.

WIGAN, England — “We’re so proud, everyone’s walking around work with massive smiles, because we’ve won,” hospital porter Stuart Horrigan told the Militant after members of the Unite and UNISON unions gained an important victory here. In face of escalating…

Strikers chase scabs from Ontario salt mine

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018
Striking salt miners in Goderich, Ontario, members of Unifor Local 16-0, put up barricades beginning July 4, forcing bosses to remove scab replacement workers from the mine.

Chanting “solidarity” and “don’t come back,” striking Compass Minerals salt miners in Goderich, Ontario, lined the entrance to the mine July 6 as about 30 scabs filed out of the mine with their faces covered. The replacement workers had been…

SWP: Get US rulers’ troops, planes, bombs out of Korea!

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018
South Korean soldiers at “demilitarized” zone separating divided Korea. Washington and Moscow partitioned country in 1945. Steps to reduce war threats are good for working people.

Negotiations toward implementing the declaration signed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their June 12 summit in Singapore on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula are proceeding. This is despite public jockeying and a shrill…

Massachusetts natural gas workers fight National Grid lockout

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018

BOSTON — When 1,200 natural gas workers, members of United Steelworkers Locals 12003 and 12012, showed up for work across Massachusetts June 25, they discovered they had been locked out by National Grid company bosses. In spite of the unions’…

‘We need to tell the truth’ about US colonial rule in Puerto Rico

Vol. 82/No. 27 - July 23, 2018
San Juan protest Jan. 20. Sign carried by man in middle says, “Energize our town Torrecillas. Without light since Irma.” Sign at left says, “We can’t take any more abuses against the poor.”

On July 3 the government-owned electric company of Puerto Rico claimed electricity had been restored to 99.9 percent of its customers. That was little consolation to the over 2,000 mostly rural households still without power nearly 10 months after Hurricane…