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,…


Over 150,000 attend Manila book fair in Philippines

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Over 150,000 people took part in the 40th Manila International Book Fair here Sept. 11-15. Above, fairgoers line up outside the exhibition hall on opening day. Many were high school and university students, and other youth. Because…


Anti-union outfit targets UAW as auto workers strike

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

As nearly 50,000 United Auto Workers union members battle GM bosses, government raids and attacks in the big-business press, they are also being targeted by an anti-labor outfit that calls itself the Socialist Equality Party and its so-called Autoworker Newsletter.…


Build solidarity with striking GM workers!

UAW strikers fight for jobs, end to divisive concessions
Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019
Autoworkers picket in Flint, Michigan, Sept. 16. Strike shut down 33 plants, 22 warehouses.

Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off the job Sept. 16 in the union’s first nationwide strike against General Motors in 12 years. The strike is part of an uptick in labor actions fueled by lower unemployment…


‘There will be a clash between the oppressed and the oppressors’

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

Malcolm X Speaks is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September. Malcolm broke from the Nation of Islam, headed by Elijah Muhammad, to become the outstanding leader of the struggle for Black liberation in the United States in…


GM workers, Blackjewel miners, fight for all of us

Vol. 83/No. 35 - September 30, 2019

The following statement by Helen Meyers, Socialist Workers Party candidate for St. Paul City Council, was released Sept. 18. The nearly 50,000 autoworkers on strike against attacks by bosses at General Motors are fighting not just for themselves, but for…