Lac-Mégantic: Profits before people’s safety — once again

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019
July 6, 2013, day of train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people. Upper left is Tafisa, largest particle board plant in North America. Plant depends on tracks that were rebuilt through center of town weeks after explosion and fire, while town center was razed.

LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec — “This is proof once more, that we are not safe in Lac-Mégantic,” Robert Bellefleur, spokeperson for Lac-Mégantic Citizens Coalition and Organizations for Rail Safety, told CBC News after two train derailments took place here Aug. 24. They…


Washington tightens squeeze on Cuba’s revolution

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019

“Cuba will not give in to slanders and blackmail,” from the U.S. government said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Sept. 20 at a press conference in Havana in response to Washington’s latest measures aimed at blocking Cuba’s supplies of oil…


Baltimore Symphony kept playing music throughout lockout

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019
Baltimore Symphony musicians, who were locked out for over three months, joined United Auto Workers strike picket line at GM’s transmission plant in White Marsh, Maryland, Sept. 18.

BALTIMORE — “The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra produced this entire concert, everybody volunteered their time,” percussionist Brian Prechtl told 2,000 people at a free public concert at New Shiloh Baptist Church Sept. 14. The turnout showed the widespread support Local 40-543…


Thousands of nurses strike 1-day over workload, patients’ safety

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019

HIALEAH, Fla. — Some 6,500 members of National Nurses United conducted a one-day strike Sept. 20 at 12 Tenet hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona to protest the harsh work conditions they face created by the high nurse-to-patient ratios imposed…


NY construction workers protest deaths, nonunion sites

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019

NEW YORK — More than 200 construction workers, most coming straight from nearby job sites, rallied outside the offices of New Line Structures in midtown Manhattan Sept. 17. New Line, one of the top 10 construction firms in the city,…


‘FBI disruption violates constitutional rights of SWP’

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019
SWP suit against FBI proved government spying and disruption is unconstitutional. Above, GM and Aramark strikers picket GM Parma plant near Cleveland Sept. 16. Recent FBI “corruption” raids on UAW union officials are aimed at weakening strike and the union.

FBI on Trial: The Victory of the Socialist Workers Party Suit Against Government Spying is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for October. In July 1973 the Socialist Workers Party and Young Socialist Alliance filed a lawsuit against the…


Support GM strikers, Ky. coal miners!

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019

At the heart of the strike by United Auto Workers at General Motors is workers’ determination to push back the concessions the bosses have imposed on workers with “two tiers” of wages and on growing numbers of temp workers with…


Support GM strikers, Blackjewel coal miners!

‘No more tiers!’ is demand at the center of GM strike
Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019
Caravana de solidaridad de Louisville se une a huelguistas en planta de GM Corvette en Bowling Green, Kentucky, el 23 de septiembre. “Tenemos que defender a todos o no podemos defendernos a nosotros mismos”, dijo Renata McKenney, trabajadora jubilada de Ford.

ROANOKE, Ind. — “I’ve been a temporary worker for three and a half years with no end in sight,” United Auto Workers union member Raymond Walker told the Militant on the General Motors strike picket line here as he joined…


Blackjewel miners keep up camp, say ‘No pay, we stay!

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019

CUMBERLAND, Ky. — Coal miners have been camped out for eight weeks just outside this town of 2,000 in Harlan County blocking Blackjewel bosses from moving trainloads of coal. Blackjewel LLC, the sixth largest coal company in the U.S., declared…


Imperialism is the arsonist in Brazil’s rainforest

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019

Much liberal media space has been given to the fires currently burning in the Amazon in Brazil, with calls coming from “concerned” celebrities, bourgeois environmentalists and imperialist heads of state to “save the rainforest.” In late August more than 93,000…