Kentucky UFCW workers end strike, push back two-tier plan

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
United Food and Commercial Workers members picket at Four Roses distillery Sept. 14. During two-week strike unionists won solidarity, pushed back company’s divisive two-tier plan.

COX’S CREEK, Ky. — Workers at the Four Roses distillery and bottling plant pushed back the bosses’ attempt to extract concessions Sept. 21 when the company agreed to a contract that backed off divisive two-tier provisions workers were determined to…

Calif. raisin workers reject contract, strike Sun-Maid

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

KINGSBURG, Calif. — More than 500 raisin workers went on strike here against Sun-Maid Growers of California Sept. 10. One hundred Teamster Local 431 members picketed the main entrance to the plant Sept. 22, chanting, “Sun-Maid, unfair!” “Si se puede!”…

Workers win strike over health care at several Chicago hotels

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

CHICAGO — “Nine down and 17 to go,” Beatriz Cervantes, a striker walking the picket line at the Palmer House here, told the Militant  Sept. 23. Originally from Mexico, she has 15 years seniority as a steward on night shift…

Lenin discusses Tolstoy’s writing and coming Russian Revolution

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
Tolstoy, right, in his writings against oppression of the state and official church expressed strength and weakness of peasant movement, wrote Lenin. “The heritage which he has left, belongs to the future. This heritage is accepted and is being worked upon by the Russian proletariat,” Lenin said, to “overthrow capitalism and create a new society.” Above, peasants before 1917 revolution.

Below is the Nov. 29, 1910, article by V.I. Lenin, the central leader of the 1917 Bolshevik proletarian revolution in Russia. It’s entitled “An Appraisal of Leo Tolstoy,” one of the great Russian writers in the dying days of czarist…

Washington, Pyongyang press talks on nuclear arms

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

Efforts by the rulers in Washington and leaders in North Korea to reach an agreement on “denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula moved forward during a three-day summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un…

Bosses refuse help from locked-out unionists in Mass. gas explosions

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
Unionists locked out by National Grid power company at Aug. 29 protest, above, offered to help after explosions at homes served by nonunion Columbia Gas. They were turned down.

BOSTON — Gas explosions rocked houses in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, three towns along the Merrimack River near Boston Sept. 13, killing one person and injuring dozens. Seventy homes exploded or caught fire from leaks caused by overpressurized gas…

Liberals assault rights workers need over Supreme Court pick

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

On Sept. 27 the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an unusual second hearing on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been loudly accused of sexual abuse in two instances — neither…

Demand US rulers end Korea War!

Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018

The steps taken by the North and South Korean heads of state, with the backing of the White House, at their Sept. 18-20 summit to press forward efforts to reduce military tensions, increase links between the two countries and push…

Puerto Rico: One year after Hurricane Maria

Social disaster is result of capitalism, colonial rule
Vol. 82/No. 37 - October 8, 2018
Lucila Cabrera, 86, sits on porch of her house near Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, still covered with plastic tarp. One year after Hurricane Maria, tens of thousands of homes still have not gotten funds or help to build a new roof. FEMA has denied one third of requests for aid.

One year after Hurricane Maria made landfall in the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico last Sept. 20, the U.S. and local governments continue to display their class disregard for the lives of working people there. Most, but still not all,…