SWP campaigns, wins support for workers organizing to fight

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

SEATTLE — “We are seeing important examples of workers organizing to fight to change their conditions on the job. This is a change,” explained Alyson Kennedy, to nearly 40 people at a Socialist Workers Party campaign rally in Seattle Sept.…

Hurricane Dorian exposed depth of class divisions in the Bahamas

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian exposed the class divide between the wealthy ruling families and working people in the Bahamas, the disregard of the government for the lives of the majority who live there and the class values of the U.S. rulers, who…

Uniform workers in Puerto Rico, make gains, end strike

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019
Workers at Cadillac Uniform & Linen Supply in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, celebrate Sept. 2 the winning of a wage increase and improved working conditions in one-week strike.

After one week on strike 110 workers, members of the General Workers Federation, at Cadillac Uniform & Linen Supply Inc., in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, won a wage increase and better working conditions. Most workers there were earning the federal minimum…

Walmart is just ‘a modern day sweatshop’

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — “You can’t make people work in total darkness,” one Walmart worker told the Militant after managers at the store here demanded employees continue working after a power outage shut down the lights from midday to almost…

Los Angeles truck drivers strike for right to join a union

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019
Truck drivers employed by NFI Industries’ California Cartage picket port in Wilmington, California, Sept. 9 during weeklong strike, demand to be treated as workers, not “contractors.”

WILMINGTON, Calif. — Port truck drivers employed by NFI Industries’ California Cartage Express subsidiary began a weeklong strike Sept. 9 to protest discrimination against workers fighting to establish a union at the company. NFI bosses claim the drivers are not…

Health care workers rally against two-tier contract, for wage hike

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. — Thousands of Kaiser Permanente health care workers protested here and in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Denver and Portland, Oregon, on Labor Day. They were rallying to press demands for a pay raise, an end to understaffing and against…

Albany SWP runs on ‘program that can defend working people’

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019
Abby Tilsner, Socialist Workers Party candidate for Albany County Executive, speaks with Christopher Conroy, a truck driver, about party’s program in Waterford, New York, Aug. 24.

ALBANY, N.Y. — “I am running for Albany County Executive for the Socialist Workers Party to put forward a program that can defend working people from the carnage of the crisis-ridden capitalist system and unite the working class in struggle,”…

NYC forces homeless workers to turn over ‘savings’

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

NEW YORK — Officials here have come up with a new schema they claim will help homeless workers dependent on the city’s shelters “transition to permanent housing.” And it has nothing to do with building more homes or organizing workers…

In race to speed up deliveries, retail bosses squeeze workers

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019
Workers at Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2017. Retail rivals Walmart and Amazon are ramping up the pressure on workers as they compete for ever faster deliveries.

Retail giants Amazon and Walmart, the two biggest employers, are racing to speed up order delivery times as they seek to crush rivals and squeeze out of workers more profits for the bosses. In the latest step in their cutthroat…

Cops fire Taser on customer in Walmart, drawing outrage

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — When a customer at the Walmart store here argued with cops after mistakenly leaving a $4 item at the bottom of his cart, the cops “settled” the dispute by stunning the man with a Taser,…