New England Stop & Shop workers strike against cuts

‘Don’t stop, don’t shop at Stop and Shop!’
Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Striking Stop & Shop workers picket in Boston April 12. Widespread solidarity is needed.

BOSTON — Some 31,000 workers on strike at over 240 Stop & Shop grocery stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are calling on working people to support their fight. The unionists, members of five United Food and Commercial Workers…

‘Why do workers face so many problems today?’

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

PITTSBURGH — “Thanks for coming to my door,” Rebecca Krawczak, right, a full-time student who also works full time at a donut shop told Malcolm Jarrett, left, Socialist Workers Party candidate for City Council here, and campaign supporter Arrin Hawkins…

Quebec taxi, Uber drivers need union to fight boss, gov’t attacks

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Montreal taxi drivers protest government deregulation bill April 5. Placard says, “22,000 families in bankruptcy.” Uber, taxi drivers need union to fight moves to pit them against each other.

MONTREAL — For weeks now, taxi drivers throughout the province have mounted protests in their thousands against the push by the Quebec government to deregulate the taxi industry. This would abolish the permit system, which restricts the number of cabs…

66-year South Korean ban on abortion ruled unconstitutional

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Rally in Seoul April 11 celebrates South Korea’s high court ruling that country’s ban on abortion is unconstitutional. Signs say, “Abortion law should be abolished” and “is unconstitutional.”

Cheers erupted from hundreds of demonstrators chanting “New world! Right now!” outside South Korea’s Constitutional Court in Seoul April 11 when the justices ruled 7-2 that a 66-year-old law banning abortion was unconstitutional. The court majority said the anti-abortion law…

Autoworkers in Russia start ‘work to rule’ against layoffs

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

The autoworkers union at the Ford Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk, Russia, in the Leningrad region, launched a “work to rule” job action April 8. Some 900 workers are protesting their coming layoff and are demanding a two-year severance package after…

Toronto teachers, students protest education cuts

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Teachers rally outside Ontario Legislative Assembly to protest education cuts by provincial government that eliminate 3,475 teaching jobs and require students to take more courses online.

TORONTO — Thousands of teachers, students and supporters rallied at the Ontario Legislative Assembly here April 6 to protest education funding cuts proposed by the Progressive Conservative Party-led provincial government. Five unions representing education workers mobilized members from around Ontario,…

Defend a woman’s right to abortion!

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

The following statement was released April 17 by Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor of Dallas.  Supporters of women’s rights must condemn the attempt by Texas legislators to use the failed Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act to…

New battalions of working-class fighters in formation in China

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019
Workers block Hi-P company gates in Shanghai, 2011, after bosses announced layoffs. Rapid capitalist growth in China has created big industrial working class with great political potential.

The Book of the Month this week is Capitalism’s World Disorder: Working-Class Politics at the Millennium by Jack Barnes, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party. The excerpt below, from “Youth and the Communist Movement,” foresaw much of the way…

Protesters in Sudan say: ‘The regime must fall!’

Vol. 83/No. 17 - April 29, 2019

Massive crowds continue to sit in and protest at the presidential palace in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, determined to eradicate all remnants of military rule after the army brass ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir. The powerful breadth of the mobilizations…