Health care workers and teachers strikes across the Americas over COVID-19 protections, funding
1 December 2020
Chilean health care workers are protesting for more funding from the government to fight COVID-19 while teachers in Mexico and Peru struck and demonstrated over pay and budgetary support and Washington state health care workers demand adequate staffing and PPE.
By Miguel Andrade, 30 November 2020
João Alberto Freitas was beaten to death by two guards at a Carrefour supermarket in the city of Porto Alegre, sparking protests across Brazil.
By Rafael Azul and Andrea Lobo, 30 November 2020
Beyond the mark he made on the history of football, Maradona’s hostility to inequality and imperialism won him sympathy from wide layers of workers and youth internationally.
By Eduardo Parati, 28 November 2020
With the beginning of the second wave, Bolsonaro is carrying out an anti-vaccine campaign, while state governments align their policies to a de facto herd immunity policy.
Medical workers strike across Latin America over pandemic-related issues
24 November 2020
Health care workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Chile along with medical staff in Uruguay and Paraguay have conducted strikes and protests over inadequate government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Andrea Lobo, 23 November 2020
Protests broke out over the weekend against austerity measures being brutally imposed during a social crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricanes Eta and Iota.
By Tomas Castanheira, 21 November 2020
The lack of electricity, water and other basic services led to a wave of more than 100 protests in the state.
By Andrea Lobo and Don Knowland, 21 November 2020
The ex-defense secretary was airlifted to Mexico by the US government and allowed to walk out of the Toluca Airport as a free citizen, under no travel restraints.
By Tomas Castanheira, 19 November 2020
The elections were marked by both the discrediting of Brazil’s political system in the eyes of the working class and fascistic attacks on the democratic process.
By Cesar Uco, 19 November 2020
Thousands of youth held vigils Monday evening in Peru’s major cities in memory of the two young students killed by the Peruvian National Police (PNP).
One-day strike called by Buenos Aires doctors, Chilean health care workers stage protests
17 November 2020
Doctors in Buenos Aires are set to strike November 17 over an insufficient pay offer while health care workers in Chile struck November 12 and 13 demanding upgrades to the system.
By Andrea Lobo, 17 November 2020
Combined with the pandemic and the effects of storm Eta, Category 5 Hurricane Iota is expected to greatly deepen an ongoing humanitarian crisis and mass migration.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2020
Mass outrage over the deadly repression of protests triggered by the coup-like impeachment of President Vizcarra has forced the resignation of his successor.
By Kevin Martinez, 13 November 2020
One of the women who spoke to federal investigators was told only hours later by ICE that the hold on her deportation had been removed and that her removal was “imminent.”
By Eduardo Parati, 13 November 2020
The reopening being carried out by state governors and the precarious conditions faced by the majority are creating the perfect conditions for an even deadlier coronavirus surge.
By Rafael Azul, 12 November 2020
In Lima, Peru’s capital, the decision to replace Martín Vizcarra with Manuel Merino brought many people into the streets.
By Tomas Castanheira, 11 November 2020
The same day Evo Morales returned to Bolivia, the new government installed a pro-austerity cabinet.
By Tomas Castanheira, 7 November 2020
MAS has stated that newly elected president Luis Arce was the target of a bomb attack Thursday night at the party’s La Paz headquarters.
By Brunna Machado, 5 November 2020
A fire at a hospital in the state of Rio de Janeiro resulted in the deaths of eight people, at least three of them COVID-19 patients.
By Tomas Castanheira, 4 November 2020
Last night, a street council called by fascists in Santa Cruz demanded the overturning of the recent election and a military takeover.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2020
The former special forces operative’s charges came in a breach of contract suit against a chief advisor to Washington’s Venezuelan puppet Juan Guaidó.
By Andrea Lobo, 3 November 2020
Jacobin has sought to present the MAS electoral victory as a sign of a “progressive” tide that renders unnecessary any independent political mobilization of workers.
Tens of thousands of Argentine workers and youth protest brutal repression of homeless families
2 November 2020
Tens of thousands of workers and young people protested October 29 over the savage expulsion of homeless families.
By Gabriel Lemos, 2 November 2020
Bolsonaro’s Foreign Ministry last Friday classified as “secret” cables about Pompeo’s trip to Brazil, which took place during war games in Brazil and Colombia.
By Cesar Uco, 28 October 2020
The political conflict reflects the crisis of the entire Peruvian ruling class as it confronts the country’s worst recession in decades along with the rising death toll from COVID-19.
Quebec nurses stage blockade to protest brutal conditions
27 October 2020
Quebec nurses blocked key bridges into Montreal and Quebec City to press contract demands including lower patient staff ratios and less oppressive shift schedules in the midst of a resurgent pandemic.
By Tomas Castanheira, 27 October 2020
The return of the MAS to power in Bolivia is being celebrated by the demoralized bourgeois nationalist parties and the pseudo-left as a political turning point in the region.
Costa Rican workers protest IMF austerity talks; Two Haitian students die in jobs protests
13 October 2020
Workers set up road blocks across Costa Rica over government talks with the IMF while at least two university students in Haiti have died during protests over lack of job openings for graduates.
6 October 2020
Ecuadorian unemployed workers and supporters marched through the capital last week while food delivery workers pledged to join an international strike on October 8.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 6 October 2020
Chile’s murderous police violence proves that all of the tensions that gave rise to the social convulsions one year ago have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Gabriel Lemos, 30 September 2020
The postal union federations kept the 35-day strike isolated, subordinating the workers’ struggle to the capitalist courts.
By Andre Damon, 30 September 2020
The fall and winter months in America and Europe are expected to bring a major resurgence of the disease.
Police attack protests in Honduras, Mexico and Chile while labor unrest spreads in Brazil and Argentina
29 September 2020
Protesting health care workers in Chile and teachers in Mexico faced police repression while call center workers in Cordoba, Argentina and transit workers in Recife, Brazil have launched strikes.
Ten thousand Quebec home daycare workers strike; Mexican professors demand back wages
22 September 2020
Quebec home daycare workers began an unlimited strike Monday while instructors in Zacatecas, Mexico began a strike at the state’s 43 Bachelors College campuses on September 17.
Albany, New York nurses set to strike; walkout continues at Cerrejón mining complex in Colombia
15 September 2020
Some 2,500 nurses at Albany Med are set to strike over contract issues while workers at Colombia’s Cerrejón mining complex in the La Guajira department are in the third week of a strike against threatened layoffs.
Colombian teachers in 48-hour strike against school reopening plans
18 August 2020
Colombian Federation of Education Workers conducted a 48-hour strike August 12 and 13 against plans for a rotating reopening of the country’s schools that teachers say is unsafe.
By Tomas Castanheira, 12 August 2020
The demand for the immediate fall of the Áñez regime, brought to power in last November’s US-backed coup, is gaining increasing popular support.
Dominican public defenders in three-day strike; workers at DSI Tunneling in Louisville, Kentucky, walk out
11 August 2020
Dominican public defenders have completed a three-day strike over delays in salary payment while over 2,000 workers who build customized tunneling equipment in Kentucky have been out since August 4.
Colombian coal miners protest new work schedule; Phoenix delivery drivers threaten walkout over COVID concerns
5 August 2020
Some 2,200 workers at Cerrejón mine in Northeastern Colombia rallied against threatened job cuts, while US Foods delivery drivers in Phoenix are angry over lack of safety precautions related to coronavirus.
Belize stevedores face police repression, Montreal dockworkers launch four-day strike
28 July 2020
A protest by workers at the Port of Belize me police repression last week while hundreds of Montreal dockworkers are striking this week over long stalled contract negotiations.
Auto parts maker Nagakura Engineering fires dozens of workers in Mexico plant, sparking work stoppage
21 July 2020
Guards escorted alleged strike leaders out the Zacatecas facility July 17, sparking another walkout by workers who had been protesting the refusal of management to pay promised bonuses.
California farm workers strike over COVID-19; port workers in Belize and Montreal stage protests
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
25 February 2020
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British Columbia, Canada forestry workers betrayed
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.
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.
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
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
28 January 2020
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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.
Almost 200,000 teachers prepare job actions against Ontario government
14 January 2020
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.
French oil refinery workers join strikes; nurses walk out in Northern Ireland
10 January 2020
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Montreal Airport refuelers on strike
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
29 October 2019
Conductors and other railroad personnel gave a 99 percent strike mandate after months of negotiations have not resulted in an agreement.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
6 August 2019
One year after its conference to “refound” the Fourth International
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2019
Last Tuesday, police attacked striking copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile.
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.