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Gov’t lockdowns deepen jobs, wages, health crisis
Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020
Some 8,500 families, 17 times more than last year, waited up to 12 hours in huge lines to get turkey, canned goods and other food for Thanksgiving at North Texas Food Bank in Dallas.

Nine months into a deadly pandemic, workers, farmers and small proprietors of all kinds face a deep and intertwined crisis of jobs, wages, safety and health. Millions are without jobs. Food banks are overrun, especially heading into Thanksgiving. The few…


Boeing crashes are result of bosses’ disregard for safety

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

A report by the House Committee on Transportation belatedly confirms what was widely sensed by working people shortly after 346 people died in two airline crashes of Boeing 737 MAX planes. Both “accidents” were caused by disregard for human life…


Nebraska meatpackers, union speak out in battle for job safety

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
Steps by bosses at Smithfield, above, may “make companies look good,” but don’t protect workers, meatpacker Geraldine Waller, inset, told July 28 protest in Lincoln, Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. — In the face of a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 in meatpacking plants in Nebraska, workers are speaking out, demanding that bosses slow down the line speed, increase the distance between work stations and improve ventilation, to protect…


Gov’t tries again to frame up Amtrak engineer in 2015 crash

Vol. 84/No. 22 - June 8, 2020
July 2014 Seattle protest against rail bosses’ plans to impose one-man crews. Inset, Brandon Bostian, Amtrak engineer. Government is trying a third time to scapegoat Bostian for 2015 Philadelphia train crash, to take eyes off real source of problem — rail bosses’ drive for profits.

PHILADELPHIA — For the last five years Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian, a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, has been hounded by prosecutors and government officials determined to frame him up for a 2015 passenger train derailment…


Workers’ struggles don’t stop during coronavirus

Vol. 84/No. 17 - May 4, 2020

Reader Byron Johnson-Blanchard writes that the article “Morality of Capitalist Rulers Reflected in Shutdown of AA” in the April 13 issue of the Militant presents views he considers “ridiculous and reckless” for counterposing “face-to-face human interactions and neighborliness” to the…



How can rail workers unite and meet the bosses attacks?

Vol. 84/No. 16 - April 27, 2020
Canadian National workers waged eight-day “strike for safety” last November. Rail bosses across North America are laying off workers, speeding up work and running longer trains.

Facing what they claimed were coming “labor shortages” due to potential employee coronavirus cases, U.S. rail bosses demanded and were quickly granted waivers on maintenance and safety rules by the pro-employer Federal Railroad Administration. These include cutting back track and…


PG&E bosses cop a plea to manslaughter in fire deaths

Vol. 84/No. 15 - April 20, 2020
Joel Britton, left, currently SWP candidate for U.S. Congress, speaks with carpenter Tony Worino in his RV at Camp Fire refugee camp in Chico, California, in December 2018.

OAKLAND, Calif. — On March 23 Pacific Gas & Electric bosses struck a plea bargain with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, saying they would admit guilt on felony counts stemming from the deadly 2018 Camp Fire and pay a…


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…


Las Vegas gov’t ‘houses’ homeless in parking lot

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020

The moral bankruptcy of the capitalist profit system is on sharp display in the priorities set by the bosses and their government in dealing with the social effects of the coronavirus outbreak on working people. It comes through very starkly…