‘Workers need their own political party, a labor party’

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018
Socialist Workers Party members Laura Garza and Fredy Huinil speak with Dora Correa, center, Oct. 6 about debate over “gentrification,” rising rents, thug attacks on art galleries in Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, and workers need for a labor party.

Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, and campaign supporters recently knocked on doors in northwest Dallas, where leaking natural gas pipes maintained by Atmos Energy exploded last February, killing 12-year-old Linda Rogers. They wanted to…


Japanese rulers fight exposure of slavery of ‘comfort women’

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018
Above, San Francisco statue of “comfort women” who Japanese rulers kidnapped and forced into prostitution during second imperialist world war. Inset, 500 people attend Sept. 22 commemoration of statue’s unveiling. Osaka, Japan, mayor ended its sister-city relationship with San Francisco in retaliation for memorial.

SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly 500 people on Sept. 22 commemorated the first anniversary of the installation of a “comfort women” memorial here that has sparked a sharp controversy. The mayor of Osaka, Japan, recently terminated its six-decade sister-city relationship with…


‘One job should be enough,’ say striking Marriott hotel workers

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018
Members of UNITE HERE Local 2 on strike against Marriott-operated Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco Oct. 4. Workers demand higher wages, health care, end to speedup.

BOSTON — “Don’t check in, check out!” chanted striking hotel workers in front of the Westin Copley Square downtown Marriott hotel here Oct. 6. They beat drums and blew horns as they marched. Some 1,500 members of UNITE HERE Local…


Chicago hotel strikers win year-round health coverage

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018

CHICAGO — Since 6,000 members of UNITE HERE Local 1 went on strike here in early September, workers at 24 of the 26 hotels have settled, winning year-round health care insurance, the biggest issue in their walkout. Union members remain…


Calif. raisin workers end strike, beat back attack on health care

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018

KINGSBURG, Calif. — The strike of 500 raisin processing workers here came to an end Sept. 25 when members of Teamsters Local 431 beat back an attack by bosses on their health care and ratified a new three-year contract. The…


Teachers at Miami college rally for higher pay, full-time work

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018

MIAMI — Eighty trade unionists and supporters held a march and rally at Miami Dade College North Campus Oct. 4 to support faculty adjunct workers organized by the Service Employees International Union at the college. The protest drew workers from…


As bosses face labor shortage, Amazon raises pay to $15

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018

Amazon, the second-largest employer in the U.S. after Walmart, and the richest, valued at over $1 trillion, announced Oct. 2 that it’s increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour starting in November. The move comes in face of a…


Chinese gov’t arrests Marxist Society for union organizing

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018

Students at Peking University’s Marxist Society read and studied the writings of Karl Marx, V.I. Lenin and Mao Zedong, something that Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed during a May visit to the campus is “the foundation of China’s Communist Party.”…


‘Our revolution is a break with all previous regimes’

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018

The French-language edition of  We Are Heirs of the World’s Revolutions by Thomas Sankara is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for October. Sankara was the central leader of the 1983-87 popular democratic revolution in the West African country of…