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…

Amnesty for immigrants! Unite, organize all workers!

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018

The following statement was released Oct. 10 by Dennis Richter, Socialist Workers Party candidate for U.S. Senate in California. “I’m not the immigration police,” the head of the Carpenters union recently told the press. The union doesn’t ask painters where…

Chicago cop found guilty in killing Laquan McDonald

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018
Protesters celebrate after conviction Oct. 5 of Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald. Jurors said they just didn’t believe Van Dyke.

CHICAGO — After less than 8 hours of deliberation, the jury in the three-week trial of Jason Van Dyke — the cop who killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014 — returned guilty verdicts on 17 of the 18 charges…

Join ‘Militant’ in fight against prison censorship in Florida!

Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018
Latest issue of the Militant censored by Florida prison system. Prison officials have impounded some 18 issues over the last two years, violating constitutional rights of both the Militant and its subscribers behind bars. State authorities have rescinded all but five of the bans. Prison officials around the country are restricting access to books and periodicals.

Florida prison officials have been stepping up their censorship of the Militant. Most recently, they impounded the Sept. 17 issue and the newspaper is fighting to overturn the decision. At least 18 issues of the Militant have been impounded there…

LA port workers fight for union, immigrant rights

Teamsters, Painters speak out against deportations
Vol. 82/No. 39 - October 22, 2018
Teamsters at Port of Los Angeles join protest at immigration detention center to support port drivers, warehouse workers, others facing deportation if Temporary Protected Status is ended.

WILMINGTON, Calif. — More than 300 port truck drivers, warehouse workers and their supporters held a rally and march in this port town Oct. 3 at the end of a three-day strike against XPO Logistics and NFI Industries. The drivers…