Political crisis in Venezuela deepens – US hands off!

Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019

Violating Venezuelan sovereignty, the U.S. rulers — with bipartisan support and backing from their allies in Europe, Canada and some Latin American countries — are making progress in pressing for the collapse of the government headed by Venezuelan President Nicolás…


Working people respond with solidarity after Havana tornado

Cuban gov’t, mass organizations lead recovery work
Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019
Top, student volunteers join construction workers mixing cement Feb. 2, part of efforts to repair polyclinic damaged by tornado in Havana’s Diez de Octubre district. Below, string quartet plays in Diez de Octubre in Havana. It was one of many musical groups, artists, clowns and magicians who have performed in the storm-ravaged neighborhood in solidarity with working people there.

BY JONATHAN SILBERMAN MARTÍN KOPPEL AND RÓGER CALERO HAVANA —After a tornado ripped through the Cuban capital Jan. 27, wreaking serious damage in several of the poorest working-class neighborhoods here, the government, mass organizations and working people across the city…


What are lessons for workers from the LA teachers strike?

Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019
Retired mine workers bring solidarity to 9-day strike by teachers and school workers, Kanawha County, West Virginia, Feb. 22, 2018. Strike took on aspects of a social movement, impacted by the fighting traditions of miners union in that state going back decades. It set an example for the kind of labor movement workers will need to build to respond to the bosses’ attacks.

The six-day strike in Los Angeles by more than 30,000 teachers deserves further assessment. This is in the interest of all those in the working class who participated in the walkout, and all those across the country interested in how…


Protests win heat back at federal jail in Brooklyn

Prisoners held days with no heat, light, hot water
Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019
Family members of prisoners and supporters protest outside U.S. prison in Brooklyn Feb. 2.

NEW YORK — Hundreds of demonstrators rallied outside the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, chanting, “Move them out!” as prisoners pounded on cell windows Feb. 1-3. They were protesting the loss of heat and light inside the prison in…


Democrats’ 2020 campaign takes aim at workers’ rights

Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019

The minute the 2018 midterm elections wound down, the 2020 presidential election campaign — as well as contests for state and city offices in 2019 — got going full speed. As one Democratic aspirant after another throws their hat in…



Washington, Beijing rulers vie over trade, telecommunications markets

Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019

Negotiations in Washington between senior officials of the U.S. and Chinese governments over the tariff duel between the two ruling classes ended inconclusively Jan. 31. Two days before the talks U.S. authorities indicted Chinese tech giant Huawei over corporate espionage…


Building workers in New Jersey strike three days for contract

Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019

FORT LEE, N.J. — Chanting “What do we want? Contracts” and “If we don’t get it, shut it down,” some 200 workers at Horizon House Buildings and their supporters rallied here Jan. 29 in a fight for a new contract.…


Yellow vests demand halt to cop attacks on protests

Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019
Feb. 2 yellow vest protests in Paris against police attacks on marchers. Inset, cop aiming at demonstrators with weapon police use to target protesters’ eyes, causing serious injury.

PARIS — Over 60,000 workers, small proprietors and farmers marched throughout France Feb. 2 in the 12th weekly Saturday protest of the yellow vest movement. Over 13,000 marched here, triple that of the week before.  The march was to protest…


Autoworkers strike in Hungary wins 18 percent monthly raise

Vol. 83/No. 7 - February 18, 2019
Strike by thousands of autoworkers in Gyor, Hungary, won 18 percent pay hike, Jan. 24-30. Government recently gave bosses right to impose mandatory overtime of 400 hours per year.

A seven-day strike by thousands of autoworkers in Hungary, members of the Audi Hungaria Independent Trade Union, ended Jan. 30 with the unionists winning an 18 percent monthly wage raise and other benefits. That means at least $273 more a…