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…

NYPD ponders firing cop 5 years after Eric Garner killing

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019

NEW YORK — A New York Police Department administrative judge Aug. 3 recommended that cop Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner in a chokehold on Staten Island five years ago, should be fired. Police Commissioner James O’Neill will rule on…

Do El Paso killings show a rise of white supremacists?

Vol. 83/No. 30 - August 19, 2019

Is the massacre of Latinos at a Walmart in El Paso by a rightist killer a sign that “there are more and more angry white people out there willing to commit mayhem”? as columnist Paul Krugman asserted in an Aug.…