New US tariffs aimed at slowing rising power of rival Beijing

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019

President Donald Trump threatened to impose 10% tariffs on $300 billion of imports from China next month after trade talks in Shanghai failed to reach any agreement between the U.S. and Chinese governments. The deepening trade dispute triggered a sell-off…

New prime minister vows to take UK out of EU

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019

LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to take the U.K. out of the European Union by Oct. 31 as his new government attempts to address the deep-seated crisis of British capitalism. After taking office he set off on…

Striking Indiana Machinists rally for health care, higher pay

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019
IAM Local 2018 members on strike for higher pay and against bosses attacks on health care at Regal Beloit, rally with supporters outside factory in Valparaiso, Indiana, Aug. 2.

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Chanting “2-4-6-8 why won’t you negotiate?” some 150 members of International Association of Machinists Local 2018 and their supporters rallied outside the Regal Beloit factory here Aug. 2. The unionists went on strike June 30, rejecting company…

Oppose US economic sanctions on Venezuela!

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019

In an escalation of its economic sanctions against Venezuela, President Donald Trump issued an executive order Aug. 5 that prohibits almost all remaining U.S. trade with the government of Venezuela and aims to get foreign companies to comply as well.…

Sky Chefs workers picket Dallas-Fort Worth airport terminal

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019

DALLAS — “Bad insurance, lousy pay. This is how your food is made!” chanted airline food workers outside the airport’s Terminal D here Aug. 1. The workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 23, have been picketing twice a week to…

Kentucky miners block coal trains to demand back pay

Fight shows need to organize unions, use union power
Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019
Coal miners and supporters block rail tracks at mine near Cumberland, Kentucky, to prevent Blackjewel Coal from shipping coal until company pays miners wages they are owed.

Dozens of miners and their families have set up camp on rail tracks near Cumberland, Kentucky, to block trains hauling coal from the Cloverlick #3 Mine. They’re protesting the refusal of Blackjewel Coal Co, which declared bankruptcy July 1, to…

Quebec Steelworkers reject concessions, strike Galvano plant

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019

SAINT-MATHIEU-DE-BELOEIL, Quebec — Angered by the bosses’ demand for concessions at the Galvano plating plant here, members of United Steelworkers Local 9414 overwhelmingly rejected the company’s final contract offer and went on strike July 9. The 35 unionists employed there…

New labor law in Mexico aims to tie unions to gov’t

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019
Workers on strike in Tamaulipas, Mexico, in January. Some 35,000 workers at over 40 mostly foreign-owned parts plants near the U.S. border won 20% wage increase.

Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office Dec. 1, has promised a “profound and radical” transformation of the country. His government is hoping its labor legislation and other welfare programs can be used to contain struggles by working…

UK gov’t fails to maintain dam, threatening homes

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019
UK gov’t fails to maintain dam, threatening homes

LONDON — After days of heavy rain, a dam containing 1.3m tonnes of water from the Toddbrook Reservoir suffered major damage —  possibly leading to a complete collapse. Thousands of people have evacuated nearby Whaley Bridge and 10 other towns…