After one-day strike, pharmacy workers locked out in Quebec

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

VARENNES, Quebec — After a one-day strike here Sept. 23, some 700 workers, members of the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN) at the warehouse for the Jean Coutu pharmacy chain in Quebec, found themselves locked out the next day.…


Rulers use ‘racial sensitivity’ programs to attack working class

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Civil rights protest attacked by cops in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963. Mass Black-led movement ended Jim Crow, advancing consciousness in whole working class against racism.

Under the false flag of pushing back racism, many government agencies, bosses at some of the largest corporations and school administrators are imposing mandatory “racial sensitivity” programs to shame, silence and intimidate workers who they say are all marked by…


Cut workweek with no cut in pay to stop layoffs

Demand gov’t-financed public works program to create jobs
Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Fairacres Manor nursing home residents in Greeley, Colorado, backed by nursing staff, protest restrictions imposed on physical contact with loved ones Oct. 8. Rulers have shunted elderly into overcrowded, understaffed nursing homes, leaving thousands shut in to die.

Millions of workers in the U.S. have lost their jobs in the midst of a two-sided and intertwined capitalist economic and social crisis unfolding today. One side is the efforts of the bosses and their government to make working people…


Workers need a labor party to fight for all working people

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
“Let me shake your hand,” Melinda Swartz, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, told SWP vice presidential candidate Malcolm Jarrett, left, and David Ferguson, the party’s candidate for 18th Congressional District in Pennsylvania, Oct. 9, after learning workers can vote for SWP instead of Donald Trump or Joe Biden. “Workers need our own party, a labor party,” Jarrett said.

SHARON, Penn. — “You say you’re different from Joe Biden or Donald Trump, let me shake your hand,” Melinda Swartz, a worker at a stamping mill here, told Malcolm Jarrett, Socialist Workers Party candidate for vice president, and Dave Ferguson,…



Mass protests in Belarus: ‘Resign now, new elections’

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
March “in solidarity with women in Belarus,” Oct. 10 in New York City. International actions against dictatorial regime in Belarus backed mass protests there demanding freeing of political prisoners, new elections.

For the 10th Sunday in a row, 100,000 protesters filled the streets of Minsk, the capital of Belarus, Oct. 11, joined by tens of thousands more in other cities, demanding the resignation of Alexander Lukashenko. The hated ruler claimed he…



Fight against rulers’ attacks on workers’ health, wages

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

This statement was released by Alyson Kennedy, Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, Oct. 14. Working people need to join together to fight for protection from the impact of the spreading capitalist social and economic crisis and to use all…


Protests hit cop killing of Jonathan Price in Texas

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Protests hit cop killing of Jonathan Price in Texas

WOLFE CITY, Texas — Some 300 people turned out at the high school football stadium in this small, majority Caucasian town of 1,400 Oct. 10 to attend the funeral of Jonathan Price, a well-respected 31-year-old Black resident shot dead by…


50 years ago: Ottawa sends troops to occupy Quebec

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
50 years ago: Ottawa sends troops to occupy Quebec

Fifty years ago this week, protests mounted in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada following the decision of Prime Minister Pierre-Elliot Trudeau — father of the Canadian prime minister today — to invoke the repressive War Measures Act on Oct. 16,…