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,…


New Pathfinder 2021 brochure presents arsenal for workers

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

Pathfinder Press has just released new 2021 promotional brochures in both English and Spanish. These attractive “mini-catalogues” highlight Pathfinder’s newest titles, along with many others in the publishers’ arsenal needed by working people today to understand and act in the…


Cuba puts science, health care at the service of working people

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Cuban medical students, teachers prepare to do daily house to house visits in fight against COVID. Gains of Cuban health system stem from six decades of workers and peasants in power.

At a time when the crisis provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to expose the class-divided, catastrophic state of “health care” in the U.S., there is a sharp contrast in the response of revolutionary Cuba both on the island and…


Canadian Dominion grocery workers strike wins solidarity

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Rally at nonunion No Frills supermarket, Paradise, Newfoundland, Oct. 8. Some 1,400 Unifor Local 597 members have been on strike against Dominion grocery store bosses since Aug. 22.

After more than six weeks on strike at Dominion stores in Newfoundland, Canada, more than 100 pickets from Unifor Local 597 and their supporters rallied in the rain Oct. 8 in the parking lot at a nonunion No Frills supermarket…


Northern California hospital workers strike over short staffing

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020
Health care workers picket in front of Fairmont Wellness Center in San Leandro, California, Oct. 8 during five-day strike at six public hospitals for safety for patients and themselves.

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Over 4,000 health care workers struck for five days here and at five other hospitals across Alameda and San Joaquin counties during the first week of October, in defense of health and safety for their patients…


Pennsylvania Steelworkers strike over NLMK concession contract

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

FARRELL, Penn. — More than 400 United Steelworkers, members of Local 1016-03, have been on strike since Aug. 22 at the NLMK rolling mill here. A majority of workers oppose the new medical insurance plan in the company’s proposed contract,…


Central Wash. vegetable packers organize to win union, rights

Vol. 84/No. 42 - October 26, 2020

PASCO, Wash. — “Work is hard and there are a lot of accidents,” Maria Meraz Cortez said to the Militant at a rally of more than 80 people outside Twin City Foods here in central Washington Oct. 2. The workers…


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…