Seattle hospital workers strike for ‘patients before profits’

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020
Members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW rally in Seattle Jan. 29 during three-day walkout at Swedish-Providence hospitals demanding increased staffing for patient care and a wage raise.

SEATTLE — Some 8,000 workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and other unions went on strike against the Swedish-Providence hospital system Jan. 28-30. Picket lines were set up 24 hours a day at seven facilities in the greater Seattle area.…

Relatives of slain protesters in Iran reject gov’t bribes

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020
Borhan Mansournia, left, an Iranian Kurd, was killed by gov’t security forces when he joined protests in November. Relatives are speaking out about killing in face of capitalist rulers’ efforts to bribe them into lying and blaming his killing on fellow protesters. At right is his father.

Relatives of protesters who were murdered by Tehran’s security forces last November have spoken out against the authorities’ attempts to bribe them to lie about the killings. The protesters rose up against the bourgeois clerical regime’s wars abroad and the…

Amazon, Walmart robots speed up work, increase injuries

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020

In their dog-eat-dog competitive war against each other, Amazon and its chief retail rival Walmart are stepping up the use of robots to speed up and intensify the exploitation of their workers. This stiffening competition has thrown other major retail…

UK fight over firing for defense of women’s rights, science

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020

MANCHESTER, England — Judge James Tayler of the Central London Employment Tribunal upheld the firing of Maya Forstater Dec. 19. Forstater had spoken out against undermining women’s rights in the name of protecting those who “identify” as the opposite sex.…

Harvard scientists charged in spying for China

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020

In a high-profile escalation of Washington’s campaign against intellectual property theft by the rulers in Beijing, FBI agents arrested professor Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University’s department of chemistry and chemical biology, Jan. 28. He was charged with lying to…

Why workers should fight for control of production

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020

As part of strengthening the self-confidence, fighting capacities and class consciousness of working people, Socialist Workers Party candidates for president and vice president Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett, explain why the fight for workers control of production is a key…