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California farm workers strike over COVID-19; port workers in Belize and Montreal stage protests

Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 July 2020

Farm workers in Wasco, California began picketing after finding coworkers had been infected with COVID-19 while dockworkers in Belize and Montreal staged protests over cuts.

Growing protests across the America’s over coronavirus response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 June 2020

Film industry workers in Buenos Aires, workers at US Disneyland and warehouse workers in Quebec are just some of the thousands of workers launching protests and job actions over employers’ response to COVID-19 pandemic.

As COVID ravages Latin America, workers continue to protest response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 June 2020

Bridgestone workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Peru and delivery drivers in Brazil were just some of the workers joining protests this past week.

Argentine rubber workers; Mexican health workers strike over COVID-19 response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 June 2020

Rubber workers at the Bridgestone-Firestone plant in Llavallol, Argentina and Mexican health care workers staged strikes and protests over lack of adequate protection from exposure to coronavirus.

Protest in Panama against premature reopening in face of spreading COVID-19

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 June 2020

Despite the highest level of COVID-19 cases in Latin America, the government of Panama is reopening the economy regardless of workers’ health concerns.

Protests as COVID-19 outbreak surges in Latin America

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 June 2020

Health care workers in Argentina and Brazil have staged protests against government neglect as COVID-19 surges throughout the region.

Health care workers in Colombia protest over protective equipment

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 May 2020

Colombian health care workers staged a protest last week in the capital Bogotá to protest lack of adequate provision of personal protective equipment.

St. Paul nurse fired by Allina Healthcare in dispute over lack of protective equipment

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 May 2020

A registered nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota was fired May 8 after raising concerns over lack of PPE and the shutting out of health care workers over discussion on safety issues.

Protest by El Salvador autoworkers over nonpayment of wages; actions continue over coronavirus response

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 May 2020

Workers at the Yasaki auto parts factory in Santa Ana, El Salvador protested the nonpayment of wages while workers across Latin America continued protests over lack of protective equipment.

Chile protests resume as workers across the Americas protest lack of COVID-19 protection

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 May 2020

Antigovernment protests resumed in Chile after a disruption caused by the pandemic, while workers across the Americas protested the inadequate government response to the health danger posed by the coronavirus.

Strikes continue at over 30 manufacturing plants along the US-Mexico border

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 April 2020

Workers at maquiladora factories are demanding management shut down unessential industries and pay workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Protests across North and South America continue over lack of coronavirus protections

Workers Struggles: The Americas

31 March 2020

Health care workers in Mexico, Coca Cola workers in Chile, sanitation workers in North Carolina and Hamilton, Ontario, are among those staging strikes and protests against inadequate safety measures in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twenty-three die in Colombia prison revolt over coronavirus conditions

By Julian James, 24 March 2020

Amid fears of the rapidly spreading pandemic, prison riots erupted across Colombia and were brutally suppressed by prison guards.

Mexican medical workers protest lack of supplies

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 March 2020

Medical workers in a number of cities in Mexico have staged protests over the lack of critical supplies needed to treat patients and protect doctors and nurses.

Uruguayan teachers strike; Saskatchewan teachers begin job action

Workers Struggles: The Americas

17 March 2020

Teachers in Uruguay staged a one-day strike March 11 over the government’s economic proposal, while 13,000 teachers across Saskatchewan began rotating jobs actions.

Brazilian postal workers take strike vote; Salt Lake City teachers rally at Utah capitol

Workers Struggles: The Americas

3 March 2020

More than 100,000 Brazilian postal workers are set to strike as teachers in the state of Utah rallied to demand education funding

Mexican media workers strike, Montreal stevedores authorize strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

25 February 2020

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British Columbia, Canada forestry workers betrayed

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 February 2020

An eight-month strike by some 3,000 British Columbia forestry workers ended last week after the union agreed to the imposition of an alternate work shift schedule that raises issues of safety.

More killed as poll shows half of Chile has joined protests

By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2020

The demonstrations last week, as well as the ongoing walkouts at high schools signal a still latent social explosion.

Brazilian oil workers strike against mass layoffs, privatization threat

By Gabriel Lemos, 4 February 2020

The strike at the state-owned giant Petrobras comes amid strikes by other sections of public sector workers against Bolsonaro’s privatization program.

Ontario teachers broaden strike actions; Brazilian oil workers strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

4 February 2020

Tens of thousands of teachers in Canada’s largest province are continuing their fight against the right wing government of Bill Ford, while workers at Brazil’s Petrobras have taken action over the privatization drive by the Bolsonaro administration.

Kitchener-Waterloo bus strike enters second week in Canada

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 January 2020

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Venezuela’s Maduro offers Trump a “win-win” bargain

By Andrea Lobo, 21 January 2020

In an interview with the Washington Post, the Venezuelan president “suggested that a bonanza could be waiting for U.S. oil companies” if the White House ends sanctions.

French oil refinery workers join strikes; nurses walk out in Northern Ireland

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

10 January 2020

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Montreal Airport refuelers on strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

7 January 2020

Workers in charge of refueling jets, employees of Swissport, have been on strike since December 31 over pay after overwhelmingly rejecting a management offer.

Two-day national postal workers strike in Mexico

Workers Struggles: the Americas

31 December 2019

Mexican postal workers are protesting the failure of management to live up to previous wage agreements as well as deteriorating working conditions.

Las Vegas apartment fire kills 6, injures 13 and displaces over 50 residents

By Jacob Crosse, 23 December 2019

Residents of the Alpine Motel Apartments reported no fire alarms or sprinklers went off, forcing them to leap out of windows to escape.

Ontario teachers plan new work stoppage

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 December 2019

The walkout by Ontario public high school teachers and school support staff set for December 11 follows the first province-wide teachers strike held last week.

Coup regime in Bolivia announces “final phase of pacification”

By Andrea Lobo, 2 December 2019

Bolivian workers, peasants and youth have resisted with enormous bravery, while the MAS and trade unions have submitted to the coup.

Over 250 students arrested in Michigan by ICE in fake university scam

By Jacob Crosse, 29 November 2019

After arresting 161 students in January and February earlier this year, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement revealed that they had detained an additional 91 students in an ongoing sting operation conducted by the federal agency.

In defiance of repression, Colombian workers mount second national strike in the past week

By Evan Blake, 28 November 2019

In the face of intense police repression that has already killed four protesters, workers and youth took to the streets to voice their hostility to the right-wing Duque administration.

National strike shakes Colombia’s right-wing government

By Evan Blake, 22 November 2019

In the latest eruption of the global class struggle, hundreds of thousands marched in over 100 cities demanding the ouster of President Duque.

Strike looms at Canadian National Railway

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 November 2019

Some 3,000 conductors, trainspersons and yard workers were poised to strike Tuesday as contract talks between the Teamsters and Canadian National Railway reached an impasse over the weekend.

Dominican health workers strike, Chilean copper miners protest subcontracting

Workers Struggles: The Americas

12 November 2019

Healthcare workers in the Domincan Republic held a one day strike November 7 to press wage demands while Chilean copper miners are set to strike against the abuse of subcontract workers.

US-backed Colombian military kills eight children in bombing, attempts cover-up

By Andrea Lobo, 11 November 2019

The brazenness of military repression to defend the highest levels of inequality in the world is the result of over a century of imperialist oppression.

Ontario elementary teachers return big majority for strike authorization

Workers Struggles: The Americas

5 November 2019

Some 83,000 members of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario have given a 98 percent strike authorization vote as talks continue with the provincial government.

US detains record number of child migrants at the southwestern border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 October 2019

According to new figures released on Tuesday, the United States has detained over 76,000 minors attempting to make the dangerous crossing at the US-Mexico border. This is a new record, 52 percent more than the detentions last year.

Teamsters warn of possible strike at CN Rail

Workers Struggles: The Americas

29 October 2019

Conductors and other railroad personnel gave a 99 percent strike mandate after months of negotiations have not resulted in an agreement.

Mass protests spread to Bolivia after a disruption in electoral broadcasts

By Andrea Lobo, 25 October 2019

Workers and youth have joined mass protests across of hundreds of thousands across all the major cities, including working class areas and pro-Morales strongholds like Cochabamba.

Dockworkers, miners initiate national strike as military kills 11 in Chile

By Eric London, 22 October 2019

Tens of thousands of workers declared strike action in response to a military crackdown resembling the military coup of 1973.

Buenos Aires metro workers strike over asbestos in trains

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 October 2019

Workers are set to carry out a series of strikes and protests over the refusal of management to take any serious steps toward the removal of asbestos from trains.

Chilean railway workers walk out; strike vote by Vancouver BC transit workers

Workers Struggles: The Americas

15 October 2019

Workers at Ferroarriles del Pacífico struck eight cities in Chile over wages while 3,200 transit workers in Vancouver have voted to authorize strike action after months of futile negotiations.

Public employees union blocks strike by 55,000 Ontario education workers

Workers Struggles: The Americas

8 October 2019

A deal reached just before a midnight Sunday strike deadline by the Canadian Union of Public Employees ended the threat of a walkout by school support workers across the province that could have cancelled classes for up to 2 million students.

BC municipal workers authorize strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

1 October 2019

The threatened strike by municipal workers in Coldstream, British Columbia comes as 1,000 hotel workers are continuing their strike in Vancouver and 3,000 BC forestry workers remain on strike against Western Forest Products.

Argentine teachers set for national strike; Vancouver B.C. hotel workers walk out

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 September 2019

Argentine teachers have set a September 25 date for a nationwide strike to press wage demands while 1,000 hospitality workers in Vancouver, British Columbia have launched an indefinite strike

Regional strike against mining project fuels divisions within Peru’s crisis-ridden government

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 22 August 2019

Thousands of people joined the strike, confronting military police, blocking the Pan-American highway and the streets of Arequipa’s capital city and shutting down a major port.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants

By Miguel Andrade, 13 August 2019

Bolsonaro is engaged in the buildup of a fascist movement based on the security forces, and feels emboldened by the wide consensus in ruling circles around his economic agenda.

Argentine teachers strike, Michigan road workers walk out, Blackjewell miners protest and BC forestry strike continues

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 August 2019

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One year after its conference to “refound” the Fourth International

Argentina’s Partido Obrero splits with longtime leader Jorge Altamira

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2019

Amidst all of the charges and counter-charges within the PO, what emerges most clearly is that both factions base themselves entirely upon a petty-bourgeois nationalist orientation.

US Secretary of State Pompeo announces “new era” of US-Latin America reaction

By Andrea Lobo, 25 July 2019

Pompeo boasted about extraditing Assange, while demanding greater spying, anti-immigrant crackdowns and alignment with the US drive against its geopolitical rivals.

Two-day strike by Peruvian doctors

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 July 2019

Doctors struck to press demands for increased funding for healthcare, salary increases and an end to supply shortages.

Argentine bus drivers carry out one-day strike, judge orders fines for American Airlines workers over protest actions

Workers Struggles: the Americas

16 July 2019

Bus drivers across Argentina carried out a one-day strike on July 11 to press wage demands.

Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways

Workers Struggles: the Americas

9 July 2019

Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.

Chilean unions scramble to quell mass strike movement

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2019

The trade union bureaucracy led by the Chilean Workers United Center and its pseudo-left apologists are working to divide and end the strike movement.

Uruguay workers in one-day national strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 July 2019

A June 24 strike called by the PIT-CNT trade union federation took place in the context of a worsening economic crisis that has seen continuing attacks on workers.

Ten years since the US-backed coup in Honduras

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2019

While Democrats posture as defenders of immigrants, Obama, the “deporter-in-chief” presided over a coup that devastated Honduras, driving its people from the country.

Striking Chilean copper miners defy police violence

By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2019

Last Tuesday, police attacked striking copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile.

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Mass demonstrations in defense of education in Brazil, Honduran educators and doctors strike

4 June 2019

Mass protests are continuing in Brazil against education cuts by the right-wing Bolsanaro administration while striking Honduran teachers and doctors held protests against privatization of healthcare and education.

Chilean professors call for strike, teachers in Honduras begin nationwide walkout

Workers Struggles: The Americas

28 May 2019

Members of Chile’s College of Professors have set a June 3 strike date, meanwhile Honduran teachers declared a nationwide walkout over threats to privatize education.

Three-day strike by Mexican teachers against “education reforms”

Workers Struggles: the Americas

21 May 2019

Last week teachers all across Mexico took part in strikes and protests to oppose continuing attacks on public education being overseen by the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

One-day general strike in Colombia

Workers Struggles: The Americas

30 April 2019

Workers mobilized in opposition to the National Development plan being proposed by President Ivan Duque that would mean significant attacks on workers.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Argentine newspaper and casino workers strike

23 April 2019

Workers at Clarín and sports daily Olé walked off the job April 17 over the firing of 56 of their colleagues while workers struck all Buenos Aires-area casinos for 48 hours over threatened closures.

Mexican teachers protest while DHL and Amazon pilots protest stalled talks

Workers Struggles: The Americas

16 April 2019

Workers in a number of towns in Chiapas are protesting education “reforms” under the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador while air cargo pilots protested outside Amazon’s offices in Florence, Kentucky.

Guatemala and El Salvador discuss amnesty for war criminals

By Andrea Lobo, 9 April 2019

The ruling class is calling for forgiving and forgetting the mass murder, torture and other crimes carried out by US-backed dictatorships.

US independent trucker group calls for shutdown, protests in Argentina against austerity

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 April 2019

A group of US owner-operator truckers has set April 12 for a protest over rates and regulatory issues, while tens of thousands in Argentina marched to protest the Macri government’s anti-worker economic policies.

New York Times laments stalled Venezuelan coup

By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2019

The Times has a filthy record of supporting US wars for regime change and right-wing coups across the planet.

Mexican paper workers strike, demand ousting of company union

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 April 2019

Paperworkers in the state of Tamaulipas struck March 29 to demand the expulsion of the Fasim union, which they accuse of siding with their employer, Absormex.

060 Matamoros strike

22 March 2019

Argentina: Patagonian teachers vote to strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

26 February 2019

Workers in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz have voted to strike over pay increases and staffing shortages caused by the layoff of thousands of teachers.

Colombian teachers in 24-hour national strike over attacks on public education

Workers Struggles: The Americas

19 February 2019

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Series of regional strikes hit Argentina

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12 February 2019

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Brazil service workers on strike, Ford workers end job action

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29 January 2019

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Teachers protest in Venezuela, contract talks begin with US oil refiners

Workers Struggles: The Americas

22 January 2019

Teachers in Venezuela participated in strikes and protests last week over pay, which is being decimated by hyperinflation; some 30,000 US oil refinery workers face a February 1 contract deadline.

Six-hour strike by Honduran public health workers over wage demand

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15 January 2019

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Almost 200,000 teachers prepare job actions against Ontario government

Workers Struggles: The Americas

14 January 2019

Teachers across the Canadian province of Ontario are escalating protests against Conservative Premier Doug Ford who has limited wage increases for all provincial public sector workers to 1 percent per year.

Chilean port workers resume protests over firings

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8 January 2019

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Argentine teachers protest and strike over night school closures

3 January 2019

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Ontario Tories to block power workers strike; Mexican teachers strike to demand bonus

Workers Struggles: The Americas

18 December 2018

Thousands of teachers in Baja California struck to demand payment of their year-end bonus last week while the Ontario Tory government has recalled the provincial legislature to illegalize a threatened strike by power workers.

Ford executives in Argentina convicted on 1970s torture charges

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2018

The Ford directors fingered militant workers to the military dictatorship’s police and helped set up a torture center inside the automaker’s Argentine plant.

Peruvian voters approve referendum proposals touted as answer to corruption

By Cesar Uco, 13 December 2018

President Vizcarra is seeking to use the referendum to refurbish the image of a bourgeois state that had lost all credibility in the eyes of the working class and the poor

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Chilean public workers and airline workers strike

11 December 2018

Public workers in Chile held a nationwide walkout December 6 to protest layoffs at the same time that airport workers for LATAM airline in Chile walked off the job in a pay dispute.

Chilean port workers strike over working conditions

Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 November 2018

Temporary port workers in Valparaíso, who are aptly called precarious, staged a November 22 walkout to press for better conditions including improvements in pay.

Strike call in Dominican Republic over fuel price rise, crumbling infrastructure while nurses press demands

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 November 2018

Social organizations in the Dominican Republic have called for a 24-hour strike November 27 over issues including fuel price increases and the decrepit state of infrastructure.

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13 November 2018

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Work stoppages by Argentine air cabin crew members lead to flight cancellations

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 November 2018

A surprise walkout by workers at three airlines on November 2 over downsizing led to number of flight cancellations at Jorge Newbery terminal outside of Buenos Aires.

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Public workers protest in Venezuela; Canada Post workers continue rotating strikes

30 October 2018

Thousands of public sector workers rallied in Venezuela last week to protest falling living standards, while the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is continuing its strategy of impotent rotating one-day strikes in order to dissipate worker anger without seriously impacting mail delivery.

Mexican professors strike, Argentine teachers to hold one-day national strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 October 2018

Professors at the Autonomous University of Morelos State and Zacatecas are continuing strike action while teachers in Argentina will hold a one-day strike and mobilization October 24.

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16 October 2018

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Chilean teachers in two-day national strike; BC forestry workers set to walk out

Workers Struggles: The Americas

9 October 2018

Tens of thousands of teachers struck across Chile on October 3 and 4 to press demands, including economic grievances, while 2,000 forestry workers in northern British Columbia in Canada are preparing to go on strike.

Costa Rican public workers’ strike enters its fourth week

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 October 2018

The striking workers are resisting government austerity measures in the teeth of savage state repression.

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Costa Rican workers and students protest fiscal “reforms;” Sun-Maid workers continue strike in California

18 September 2018

Costa Rican public sector workers, backed by students and others, protest anti-worker fiscal reforms last week; meanwhile 500 Sun-Maid workers are fighting management’s concession demands.

Brazil’s Workers Party drops Lula as candidate for president

By Miguel Andrade, 12 September 2018

Faced with a legal deadline, the PT substituted ex-São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad for the jailed former president.

Venezuela and the hypocrisy of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2018

While the US ruling establishment promotes aggression against Russia with claims of election “meddling,” it plots the overthrow of elected governments and military invasions.

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Teachers in Argentina vote for limited strike actions

11 September 2018

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Argentine government announces “emergency” measures to face deepening recession and growing unrest

By Andrea Lobo, 5 September 2018

In his speech Monday, President Macri declared that the market had supported Argentina for two years and warned that “poverty will increase.”

Anti-Venezuelan pogrom in northern Brazil highlights official promotion of the country’s far-right

By Miguel Andrade, 28 August 2018

At least 1,200 Venezuelans were chased to the border, after dozens of Brazilians torched a camp where Army soldiers were screening migrants.

Venezuela’s Maduro government imposes capitalist shock therapy

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2018

Aimed at staving off an economic collapse, the plan places the full burden of the crisis on the backs of the Venezuelan working class.

Argentina on the brink of financial meltdown

By Cesar Uco, 22 August 2018

Following the collapse of the Turkish lira, Argentina has undertaken mega-devaluations, threatening an economic collapse.

Despite overwhelming strike vote

Trade union at Escondida copper mine in Chile seeks to shut down 18-month struggle

By Andrea Lobo, 15 August 2018

Against the efforts by the trade unions to isolate miners from a joint struggle across Chile and internationally, workers must form rank-and-file committees to take the fight in their own hands.

Venezuelan bus drivers protest shortages, census

Workers Struggles: the Americas

7 August 2018

Bus drivers held a demonstration in front of Venezuela’s Ministry of Transport building in Caracas, Venezuela August 3 to protest shortages of supplies and parts.