New Orleans sanitation workers strike for safety, pay

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020

Sanitation workers in New Orleans who work for PeopleReady temp agency have been on strike since May 5, demanding a pay hike, safer working conditions and more respect. They work as hoppers, loading the trash into the garbage trucks. Unlike…

Judge backs Gibsons in fight over privacy rights

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020

For more than three years Oberlin College has pursued a vicious race-baiting smear campaign against the Gibson family in the Ohio college town. The family, which owns Gibson’s bakery shop, have won wide working-class support in the area and all…

How the Teamsters union organized owner-drivers in 1930s

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020
Truckers protest in Washington, D.C., in May, demanding an end to brokers’ price gouging.

Beginning May 1, hundreds of truckers in their rigs converged on Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago to fight to defend their livelihoods. As part of discussions about how to organize owner-operators alongside fleet drivers to fight the bosses and…

School, municipal, cleaning workers win strike in Iceland

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — “I’m fighting for better wages and better conditions. If not now, then when?” home care worker Dogg Asgeirsdottir told the National Broadcasting Service May 5. Along with 270 other workers in schools and kindergartens, cleaners and other…

Fight for gov’t-funded public works program to create jobs

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020

Alyson Kennedy, the Socialist Workers Party 2020 candidate for president, issued the following statement May 13. Malcolm Jarrett is the party’s candidate for vice president. Growing numbers of workers, farmers and small-business people are taking to the streets and fighting…

Fight for jobs! Act now to protect wages, conditions

Protests spread against attacks by bosses, gov’t
Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020
New Orleans “hoppers,” workers who jump on and off sanitation trucks to collect garbage, went on strike May 5, protesting unsafe conditions, long hours and low wages.

Every day brings new evidence of the depth of the social crisis being visited on hundreds of millions of workers, farmers and small proprietors in the U.S. and around the world, a growing calamity not of their making. Working people,…

From Panama to El Salvador workers fight for jobs, relief

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020

Capitalist rulers across Latin America are using coronavirus outbreaks in their countries as a pretext to attack the wages, living conditions and political rights of working people. From Chile to Panama to El Salvador these attacks are meeting resistance as…

‘Militant’ gets out the truth about working class struggles

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020

“This is for the Militant, you take donations, right?” trucker Crystal McIntosh told James Harris at a truck drivers protest in Washington, D.C., May 10. Like others at the action she appreciated the coverage of their fight in the Militant…

Victory! Florida prison officials ban on ‘Militant’ is overturned

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020

The Militant was informed May 12 by Florida’s Department of Corrections that the prison ban on issue no. 13 had been overturned. This victory is important for the rights of both the working-class paper and of prisoners. After receiving numerous…