‘Teamsters union treated owner-drivers as fellow workers’

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Truck drivers picket in Wilmington, California, Sept. 9, demanding NFI company bosses treat them as workers, not “contractors.” Farrell Dobbs explains how owner-operators, loaded by debt, are also exploited workers.

Teamster Politics by Farrell Dobbs is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for November. It is the third volume of a four-part series on the history of that union during the giant labor battles of the 1930s. Dobbs emerged…


Conviction overturned, Gerald Reed’s still in jail

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

CHICAGO — Gerald Reed went back to court here Oct. 25 in another bid to win his freedom. He has been incarcerated on frame-up charges extracted by cop torture for a 1990 double homicide that was overturned last year. Cook…


Help make ‘Militant,’ book, fund drive

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

The Militant  urges its readers to join with Socialist Workers Party members in the final two weeks of the campaign to expand the readership of the paper and books by SWP and other revolutionary working-class leaders and to win contributions…


‘Strike for safety’ at CN wins widespread support

Teamsters union announces tentative agreement
Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Rail workers picket CN headquarters in Montreal Nov. 26 shortly before tentative agreement announced. Fight for safety for workers and surrounding communities was at center of strike.

MONTREAL — “I believe that this strike is important for my safety as well as the community,” conductor Yohan St-Amant told Militant worker-correspondents bringing solidarity to the Canadian National Railway picket at the rail yard in Shawinigan, Quebec, Nov. 23.…


Iran protests hit economic crisis, rulers Mideast wars

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

Working people have joined anti-government demonstrations in some 100 cities and towns across Iran, protesting the Iranian rulers’ military intervention across the Mideast and the government’s doubling of fuel prices.  The actions take place as the political and economic crisis…


Solidarity with copper strikers fighting Asarco union busting!

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Strikers and supporters at pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Mission mine picket line near Sahuarita, Arizona, Nov. 24. Asarco is trying to break the union by hiring strikebreakers.

Some 1,700 copper workers at four open-pit mine and processing complexes in Arizona and a refinery in Amarillo, Texas, have been on strike against mining giant Asarco since Oct. 13, fighting the bosses’ draconian union-busting demands.  Asarco’s “last, best and…



DC protest: Cops who killed Bijan Ghaisar should face charges!

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Nov. 17 protest at Lincoln Memorial demanding prosecution of cops who killed Bijan Ghaisar. At left is his sister, Negeen Ghaisar, with her husband. At right is his father, James Ghaisar.

WASHINGTON — Family members and others gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial Nov. 17 to protest after federal prosecutors decided not to file charges against U.S. Park Police officers Alejandro Amaya and Lucas Vinyard for the 2017 killing of…


Protests in Colombia, Chile resist government attacks

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Days after hundreds of thousands of union workers, students, indigenous and farmers joined anti-government actions across Colombia, protests and strikes continued in Bogota Nov. 25.

A wave of protests by working people is shaking capitalist regimes from Chile to Ecuador to Colombia today. And they are a challenge to Washington’s progress in asserting its imperialist sway in the hemisphere.  New governments elected in Ecuador and…


SWP fall drive gets truth out about workers’ strike battles

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
SWP member and rail worker Deborah Liatos speaks with Asarco striker Jim Wagener at Nov. 18 rally in Tucson, Arizona. He got a Militant subscription and In Defense of US Working Class.

As the Socialist Workers Party drive to expand the readership of the Militant  and books by revolutionary working-class leaders enters its final stretch, the newspaper is being used by party members to build solidarity with labor battles waged by workers…