Chicago charter teachers win strike for higher pay, smaller classes

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
Teachers picket Acero charter schools in Chicago Dec. 4 during victorious five-day strike. Teachers won smaller class sizes, pay raises, better working conditions and prohibition against Acero giving out information on immigration status of students, teachers and families.

CHICAGO — Teachers and staff at Acero charter schools here celebrated a victory Dec. 9 after a five-day strike. “Today our students and families have won — bottom line,” Chicago Teachers Union staff member Andy Cooks told the gathering. A…

Working people win gains, dignity in French protests

Yellow vest actions continue, inspire workers worldwide
Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
“Yellow vests,” working people from small towns, countryside, win support for their struggle in Cissac-Medoc, France, Dec. 5. Sign at right says “Urgent, purchasing power, dignity for all.”

The over three-week-long revolt of the “gilets jaunes” — yellow vests — has shaken the rulers in France. These are working people and small proprietors from small towns and rural areas who have borne the burden of years of being…

New readers of Militant, books: Join SWP in campaigning!

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

The Militant  welcomes the 1,400 new subscribers to the paper, and the workers, young people and others who bought 999 books on working-class politics by leaders of the Socialist Workers Party. This represents an advance for the reach of the…

Workers face capitalist disdain in wake of wildfire social catastrophe

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
SWP member Joel Britton, left, talks with carpenter Tony Worino in his RV at fire refugee center in Chico, Calif. “How do the rich control everything and manipulate us?” Worino asked.

CHICO, Calif. — Since firefighters declared the Camp Fire 100 percent contained, the extent of the social catastrophe that accompanied the blaze — a product of the dog-eat-dog capitalist profit system — is becoming clearer. The catastrophe took the lives…

Kaiser health care workers strike over heavy workload

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Some 4,000 mental health care workers at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics across California began a strike Dec. 10 that is set to last five days.  The National Union of Healthcare Workers and their supporters mounted a…

Working people in Mosul rebuild lives, culture after defeat of Islamic State

‘Christians and Muslims have lived side by side in Iraq for centuries’; population faces government indifference to war-caused hardships
Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
Above, boisterous poetry reading with open mic at Qantara cultural cafe in east Mosul Nov. 30, one of many activities banned under Islamic State that are coming back to life in the city. Below right, Hussein Abbas Ahmed, a teacher, outside remains of his home in “old city” in west Mosul, large swaths of which were destroyed during the fight against IS, including during indiscriminate U.S.-bombing raids.

MOSUL, Iraq — Working people here continue to confront the impact of Islamic State’s three-year reign of terror and the destructive nine-month battle of Mosul that drove out the brutal and reactionary sect. Now they face ongoing Iraqi government indifference…

‘Militant’: Take story of yellow vest movement to US workers

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

As readers look over the coverage and pictures of the yellow vest protests in France on the front page of this week’s Militant, we think you’ll see yourself. Workers, farmers, small shop owners, young and old, native-born and immigrant, demanding…

US rulers push Beijing for trade and tariff concessions

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

At the behest of Washington, Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, a top executive and daughter of the founder of the giant Chinese telecom company Huawei, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dec. 1. This is the latest front in a wider conflict…

Shipyard workers in Liverpool organize ‘rolling’ strike actions

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018

LIVERPOOL, England — Shipyard workers, members of the Unite and GMB unions, walked out of the Cammell Laird shipyard here Nov. 23 and began “rolling” strike actions. On Dec. 7 they decided to suspend the strikes for four weeks to…

Puerto Rico unions protest gov’t health care cuts

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
Puerto Rico unions protest gov’t health care cuts

More than 1,000 members of public workers unions in the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico marched in San Juan Dec. 5 to oppose the slashing of government payments for medical insurance by some $350 a month. Workers — still reeling…