Workers’ job actions lead fight for safety, more pay

Road to build a fighting labor movement
Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
Sanitation workers in Pittsburgh protest for safety equipment, higher pay. “Nobody respected the garbage men till we didn’t pick up the garbage,” worker Derrick McClinton told the media.

Around the country and worldwide, more and more workers are organizing on the job to fight callous insistence by the bosses that they work without protective equipment in hazardous environments. They are also resisting other attacks on their jobs, wages…


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Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
From right, Socialist Workers Party vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett and campaigner Zena Jasper talk with retired truck driver Jerome Sotak in Whiting, Indiana.

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Copper miners strike against Asarco union busting nears six-month mark

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020

AS WE GO TO PRESS… Picketing is “constitutionally protected” activity, United Steelworkers Local 886 President Greg Romero said in a March 31 letter to strikers, affirming that pickets remain 24/7 at Asarco’s Hayden complex. Pickets at Mission and Silver Bell…


Women win right to choose abortion in New Zealand

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
Holly Wakelin, left, and Lucy Mackenzie, right, two young women who helped lead recent actions for women’s right to abortion, hold banner at Auckland Feb. 18 march. After decades of mobilizations, New Zealand’s parliament adopted law legalizing abortion March 18.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In a victory for the rights of women, a law decriminalizing abortion passed the New Zealand Parliament March 18. “It’s been a long time coming,” 84-year-old Margaret Sparrow, a doctor and lifelong leader of the fight…


UK workers stage walkouts to fight unsafe work conditions

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
Workers at Tulip meat factory in U.K. held job action and workers at Linden Foods in Northern Ireland, above, walked out March 27 over bosses’ refusal to provide safe working conditions.

MANCHESTER, England — Workers at three meat and poultry plants in Northern Ireland have staged walkouts to protest bosses’ refusal to implement measures aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus. Across the U.K., workers in food production, transport and other…


Oberlin College pays off anti-Semitic professor

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020

Oberlin College settled a federal lawsuit by paying off Joy Karega, a professor fired after she broadcast on Facebook virulent Jew-hating slurs. At the same time, college officials refuse to settle with the family that owns Gibson’s Bakery, a small…


Morality of capitalist rulers reflected in shutdown of AA

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
Lori Spencer waves to her 81-year-old mother through window at Seattle aged care facility March 11. Capitalist rulers’ “social distancing” restrictions increase isolation by shutting down sorely needed meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and visits to elderly in care homes.

NEW YORK — The responses of the capitalist bosses and their governments to the spread of coronavirus — both what they have not done to prepare and what they are doing to defend their profit-driven system — is taking a…


Rulers use workers’ smartphones to spy on them

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020

The main method the bosses and their governments around the world are using to “fight” the coronavirus pandemic is to impose lockdowns, quarantines, curfews and job furloughs on working people. And they are expanding spying and surveillance as well. They’re…


1959 revolution opened door to Cuba’s int’l solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020

The Cuban government continues to respond to any requests to send medical workers to countries around the world to combat the coronavirus epidemic. And Washington is stepping up its slander of the unstinting work of Cuba’s medical volunteers. It seeks…