Blackjewel miners’ encampment protest wins back pay

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019

Coal miners in Cumberland, Kentucky, who blocked a coal train for two months, have won their fight to get the wages owed them. Their final paychecks had been clawed back by bankrupt Blackjewel bosses in July. “The credit for this…


Striking Chicago teachers, school workers win support

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019

CHICAGO — After two weeks on strike, 25,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union are picketing and holding nearly daily rallies around the city. They’ve won broad support in their fight for smaller class sizes and more support staff like…


Florida ex-felons push back restrictions on right to vote

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019

MIAMI — The state of Florida cannot require ex-felons to pay all outstanding court fees, fines and restitution before they are allowed to vote, a federal judge here ruled Oct. 18. This decision is the latest development in the fight…


After 40-day strike GM workers approve contract

Discussion continues on fight to end wage tiers
Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019
GM workers gained confidence during the strike, standing together and building unity in fight for equal pay for equal work. Above, Sept. 18 UAW picket at Detroit-Hamtramck plant.

SPRING HILL, Tenn. — Some 49,000 United Auto Workers members are back at work at General Motors after approving a new four-year contract 57% to 43%. The discussion among workers continues on what was accomplished in the 40-day strike, and…


Back strikers’ fight against copper bosses’ union busting

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019

AMARILLO, Texas — Two weeks into the strike by more than 1,700 Asarco copper workers in Arizona and Texas, the bosses have refused to negotiate with the seven unions there, claiming they won’t meet until Nov. 14. It looks like…


SWP drive to sell books to explain party, its program

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019

Socialist Workers Party members and supporters in Chicago have been taking the Militant  and books by SWP leaders and other working-class revolutionaries to workers at GM strike picket lines and some other large United Auto Workers-organized plants in the area.…


Protests in Iraq, Lebanon target government, Tehran interference

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019
Protesters gather on Baghdad’s al-Jumhuriya bridge Oct. 29, fifth day of protests across Iraq against government corruption, anti-working-class measures, Iranian intervention.

Demonstrators in both Iraq and Lebanon are protesting against their own governments as well as against forces organized and armed by Iran’s capitalist rulers. While working people in both countries join mass protests demanding a halt to deteriorating living conditions,…


2020 campaign reflects crisis of US rulers’ two party system

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019

Well short of the backing they need from Republicans to impeach and oust President Donald Trump before the 2020 election, many Democrats are becoming increasingly nervous that none of the 18 candidates contesting their party’s presidential nomination is capable of…


UFCW union local says ‘No!’ to any prison ban of ‘Militant’

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019

“While you can imprison the person, you cannot imprison their mind,” United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 President John Grant wrote Florida prison officials Oct. 16. “We call on you to do the right thing and respect the constitutional…


The Turn to Industry: Forging a Proletarian Party

Advancing a working-class program requires a party working class in composition
Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019
Miners block rails, Harlan County, Kentucky, July 2019, to stop Blackjewel bosses from hauling coal until wages owed them were paid. The nonunion miners won broad support and, in October, their back pay.

Below is the introduction to the new book, The Turn to Industry: Forging a Proletarian Party by Jack Barnes. Barnes is the national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party. Copyright © 2019 by Pathfinder Press. Reprinted by permission. BY JACK…