Fuel hike protests bring down Haiti prime minister

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018
Demonstration July 8 in Port-au-Prince during week of general strike and protests that forced government to suspend fuel hike.

Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned July 14 after a two-day general strike and a week of protests sparked by the government’s announcement of sharp price hikes for fuel. Demonstrators marched, barricaded roads, looted stores and burned cars and…

Build fighting unions! Pensions for all!

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018

With 1.3 million workers holding pension plans that are heading toward insolvency and millions more dependent on Social Security payments you can’t live on, there is a pressing need for labor to lead a fight for government-guaranteed pensions at union…

‘Revolutionary war began liberation of women in Cuba’

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018
Above, participants in International May Day Brigade to Cuba hear from combatants in Cuba's revolutionary war. Inset, Teté Puebla, left, and Pérsida Chibás Ponce joined Rebel Army in their teens, were transformed in revolutionary struggle.

  HAVANA — One of the high points for participants in the International May Day Brigade to Cuba this spring was having the opportunity to hear from some of the combatants who took part in the revolutionary war there. Led…

NY hospital workers picket against pension, health cutbacks

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018
Local 1199 SEIU hospital workers picket Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York July 12, one of more than 100 actions statewide protesting bosses’ moves to cut pensions, medical care and training.

NEW YORK — “Everybody’s fighting back,” some two dozen workers chanted as they joined an informational picket line outside the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center here July 12. “Nurses, fighting back. Housekeeping, fighting back. Food service, fighting back,” they…

British Columbia: Hard Rock Casino strikers win solidarity

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018

COQUITLAM, British Columbia — Some 400 members of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union, who have been on strike since May 11, voted by a 55 percent margin July 4 to reject a new proposal by Hard Rock…

B.C.: Hard rock miners strike to demand union rights for temps

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018

WILLIAMS LAKE, British Columbia — Some 210 hard rock miners are on strike in this province’s Cariboo region in a fight to strengthen and unify their union. The strike began May 23, three hours after Imperial Metals Corporation, the mine’s…

Ukraine miners’ strikes, protests win back wages

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018

For the past year and a half miners in Ukraine’s state-owned coal industry have carried out strikes with round-the-clock picketing, and blocking entrances to mine bosses’ offices and roads leading toward the mines. They have rallied outside parliament and the…

Books by SWP leaders perk interest at librarians’ meet

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018
Books by SWP leaders perk interest at librarians’ meet

NEW ORLEANS — An attractive Pathfinder Books booth was a center for political discussion at the American Library Association conference here June 21-26. Sales were brisk on books by leaders of the Socialist Workers Party and other leaders of revolutionary…

As hiring picks up, rail workers fight for job safety

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018

With today’s upturn in capitalist production and trade, rail bosses are trying to hire thousands of workers this year. But in their drive for profits, the bosses are also running longer and longer freight trains with smaller and smaller crews…

Protests demand, ‘Fire cop who killed Antwon Rose!’

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018
Samaria Rice, left, mother of Tamir Rice, killed by Cleveland cop in 2014, greets Michelle Kenney, Antwon Rose’s mother, at celebration of what would have been Rose’s 18th birthday.

PITTSBURGH — On July 12 Antwon Rose Jr. would have celebrated his 18th birthday. Would have, that is if he had not been killed in cold blood by East Pittsburgh cop Michael Rosfeld in a June 19 traffic stop. The…