Please note the new phone number for CSWP: 503-303-8278.
The second issue of our newsletter, Bridge City Militant, is out! To get your union-printed copy, contact us.
In this issue:
- Class Struggle Picket Slams Right Wing Anti-Abortion Rally
- “Right to Work” = Slave Labor Laws
- Why CSWP Says “Labor: Defend the Clinics!”
- Resolution: Mobilize Union Power Against “Right-to-Work” Union-Busters
- What CSWP Stands For
- Obamacare Screws Workers, Windfall for Insurance Companies
- Taking Out the Trash: Justin Norton-Kertson banned from union halls
- Teamsters “General” Strike Busted: Defend Local 162!
- Labor Should Not Support Bernie Sanders (Or Any Democrat, Republican or Other Capitalist Politician)
SEATTLE, Washington – Schools here remain closed today, Friday, September 11 on the fourth day of the strike by public school teachers, the first in 30 years. While the Seattle strike has grabbed national attention, teachers in the southeastern Washington city of Pasco have been on strike since September 1, and are still out in defiance of a court order. As in public schools across the country, teachers have been squeezed by low wages, lack of basic classroom supplies including textbooks, overemphasis on standardized testing, and a dictatorial administration that will not allow teachers, parents or students any input in curriculum development.
On Friday September 4, Franklin County Judge Alex Ekstrom ordered the teachers to return to work Tuesday, after the Labor Day weekend. Under Washington State’s slave labor laws, strikes by public employees are illegal. While the school board refuses to meet with union representatives, the court is set to fine the local union two thousand dollars per day, and individual union executive board members an additional $250 per day. But Pasco teachers courageously refused to bow to the slave-labor injunction and are continuing their strike as of Friday. (A court hearing is scheduled for today to begin imposing the draconian fines.)
Pasco is the largely immigrant city where Antonio Zambrano Montes, a Mexican agricultural worker, was shot down in cold blood by police last February. On Wednesday, the Franklin County prosecutor outrageously announced that no charges would be brought against the cops who gunned down the unarmed Zambrano in a hail of 17 bullets, despite cellphone video recording of the murder seen by millions. However, there may still be a coroner’s jury hearing. Class Struggle Workers – Portland and the Internationalist Group have actively supported protesters in Pasco, who have been hit by a number of arrests. A CSWP fundraiser was held in July to raise money for their defense. A demonstration against this racist injustice will be held in Pasco tomorrow.
Pasco and Seattle teachers are fighting for decent education for their students, and are now standing for the fundamental freedoms of all workers. They must have the support of working people and the labor movement throughout Washington and the country. Smash the slave-labor law! Victory to the teachers!
Contributions and messages of solidarity should be sent to the Pasco Association of Educators, 2318 W Court St, Pasco, WA 99301.
In this issue:
- Mobilize Labor’s Power Against Racist Police Murder
- What is Bridge City Militant?
- Bernie Sanders? No! We Need a Class-Struggle Workers Party
- Portland May Day 2015: “Labor Against Racist Police Murder”
- CSWP May Day Greetings to ILWU Local 10
- CSWP Program
- Labor “Reformers” Side With Cops: Class Struggle Education Workers Open Letter to MORE (NYC)
- Cops Out of the Unions! CSEW Letter to UAW Local 2865
- Fighting Sellout Contract at Powell’s Books
- CSWP Defends Workers Democracy
- Bureaucratic Opposition in the Construction Trades: Policies of Betrayal
- Support Sakuma Farmworkers!
CSWP is bringing a group of unionists from Portland to Pasco, Washington on Saturday May 9, to take part in a protest that will mark the third month since the murder of Mexican agricultural worker Antonio Zambrano Montes by the police there.
For more information, contact us at 971-282-7903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The monthly meeting of Class Struggle Workers – Portland will be on the afternoon of Sunday, May 17. Contact us at 971-282-7903 or email@example.com for more information.