Texas: Tesla Demands Millions in Tax Breaks for “Gigafactory” from Poor Community

By Mike Talavera Electric car manufacturer Tesla, run by the high-profile billionaire Elon Musk, is currently in negotiations with Travis County and the Del Valle School District to secure tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks for the “Gigafactory” it wants to build in the neglected eastern part of the county. Residents, the majority of them working class Chicanos and Latino immigrants, have expressed … Continue reading Texas: Tesla Demands Millions in Tax Breaks for “Gigafactory” from Poor Community

40% of COVID-19 Pandemic Deaths in the US Occur In Nursing Homes

By Peter Cherry Based on data gathered by the New York Times, at least 40% of all Coronavirus related deaths in the US have been at nursing homes, targeting the elderly population as well as the low-wage workers who service the facilities. At least 54,000 of the over 125,500 confirmed Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are residents or workers at these facilities that serve seniors, … Continue reading 40% of COVID-19 Pandemic Deaths in the US Occur In Nursing Homes

Trump Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa in Appeal to Reactionary Base

By Nélida Tello On Monday, imperialist President Donald Trump announced the suspension of new temporary work visas; H-1B, L-1, and J until January 2021, leaving open the possibility of extending the suspension. The move will impact more than 500,000 nonimmigrant workers and will disproportionately target Indian nonimmigrants on the H-1B visa. The effects of the executive order will be felt in 2021, as the issuance … Continue reading Trump Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa in Appeal to Reactionary Base

Workers League (Brazil): Long Live a Class-Conscious and Combative 1st of May!

This is an unofficial translation of the statement, Viva o 1º de maio classista e combativo! written by the Workers League (Liga Operária) of Brazil. By Liga Operária More than at any time in our recent history, it is time to warmly greet the day of all the workers in the world.  Long live the class-conscious and combative May 1st of 2020! We salute the … Continue reading Workers League (Brazil): Long Live a Class-Conscious and Combative 1st of May!

Austin: Combative May Day March Takes Place Despite Fascist Harassment and State Repression

By the Editorial Board Communists, revolutionaries, and activists took to the streets of downtown Austin this May 1st to carry out the annual combative red International Workers Day march for the 6th consecutive year. This year’s demonstration was of special importance due to the economic crisis and subsequent health crisis that has gripped the world. The militants convened around 5pm at Republic Square Park; the … Continue reading Austin: Combative May Day March Takes Place Despite Fascist Harassment and State Repression

Essential Workers Strike on May Day

By Sandra Harris Workers at a handful of major companies such as Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, Target, Shipt, and FedEx are calling in sick or walking out today for International Workers’ Day to demand better working conditions and hazard pay. Workers at Trader Joe’s have also showed support for the strike and announced that they will participate. Many of these workers are in low-wage jobs, … Continue reading Essential Workers Strike on May Day

Ecuador: Healthcare Workers Protest Against Reactionary Government

By Felipe Vera On April 24, approximately 100 healthcare workers from the San Vicente de Paul Hospital in Ibarra, with the support of the Defense Front for Worker’s Rights-Imbabura (FDDT-I), led a combative protest fighting for a 14-point platform to address cuts in healthcare funding, layoffs, and a lack of protective equipment and COVID-19 testing for healthcare workers among other demands. In a matter of … Continue reading Ecuador: Healthcare Workers Protest Against Reactionary Government

Meatpacking Workers Forced Back to Work

By Peter Cherry On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump used the executive order invoking the Defense Production Act to force workers in meatpacking plants back to work, marking an aggressive shift in the strategy of the ruling class to remold the economy currently in crisis. While Trump has claimed the executive order would be used to make companies produce emergency protective equipment and testing supplies, … Continue reading Meatpacking Workers Forced Back to Work

130 Years of May Day

Editorial This year marks the 130th anniversary of May 1st marches, where workers and revolutionaries have taken to the streets in combative demonstration against capitalism. The first demonstration was implemented and guided by the great revolutionary leader and close comrade of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, to celebrate workers resistance and commemorate the struggles for the 8 hour workday. The pandemic does not halt the struggles … Continue reading 130 Years of May Day

Pittsburgh: Sanitation Worker Dies from City Negligence

By Peter Cherry Weeks after sanitation workers staged a walkout not sanctioned by their union for hazard pay and greater health protections, Mayor Bill Peduto’s office announced that a sanitation worker with Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works had died from COVID-19. Sanitation workers have a life expectancy of 54 years compared to 67 for the general population. Refuse and recycling workers consistently have one of … Continue reading Pittsburgh: Sanitation Worker Dies from City Negligence