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Editorial of the US Socialist Appeal Issue 22 - USA: Events, Events, Events...

Written by US Socialist Appeal Editorial Board Thursday, 05 January 2006
Class contradictions are increasing sharply in the USA, the “richest country in the world”. The recent strike of the New York Transit Workers has brought into sharp relief that there are two Americas, one for the rich and one for the poor. Although that strike was derailed by the union leadership it marks the beginning of a new era in trade union relations in the USA, one of bitter conflict.

USA: While the Big Three Savage Delphi, Auto Workers Demand: “No Concessions!”

Written by David May Thursday, 05 January 2006
A major attack on trade union rights is also going ahead at Delphi. If the UAW workers there are forced to take a 63 percent pay cut and severe attacks on healthcare benefits and pension rights it will not be long until the bosses begin demanding similar cuts in other industries. A victory for the Delphi autoworkers would be a victory for the whole of the US working class.

United Auto Workers Are Marching In Detroit To Say, “No Concessions!”

Written by In Defence of Marxism Thursday, 05 January 2006
Join the protest march this Sunday in Detroit organised by the rank and file UAW Soldiers of Solidarity. When: Sunday, January 8, 2006 Time: 12PM till 4PM.

Transport workers strike in New York: "We Move NY. Respect Us!"

Written by John Peterson Wednesday, 21 December 2005
Under pressure from the rank and file, New York's Transit Workers Union (Local 100) has called a strike involving the 33,000 workers and bringing the nation's largest transit system to a halt. Pay, health, and retirement benefits are the main points of contention.

Letter from the USA: All out support for New York Transit Workers (TWU100) forced out on strike

Written by Roland Garrett in San Francisco Wednesday, 21 December 2005
The choice for US workers is very clear. The very existence of unions as defenders of workers is in question: whether it is nobler to suffer the indignities of concessions or oppose and put an end to them. The members of TWU 100 have chosen the latter! They deserve the support and respect of all in the fight for a future. Solidarity Forever!

Interview: The changing consciousness of US workers

Written by John Peterson Friday, 09 December 2005
Hurricane Katrina highlighted the extreme class contradictions that exist within US society. In this interview John Peterson, Editor of the US Socialist Appeal, outlines how attitudes are changing and how awareness of the real situation is sinking into the consciousness of millions of Americans. (This text is also available in the original Dutch version at: http://www.vonk.org/CallReadOnly.asp?artikelID=1658&status=1)

Why John Lennon stood out from the rest

Written by Steve Jones Thursday, 08 December 2005
Twenty-five years ago today John Lennon was killed in New York. There was a mass outpouring of grief all over the world. This was because he symbolised something different from the mainstream music industry. He gave expression in the words of some of his songs the genuine feeling of disgust of many workers and youth at what capitalist society stands for.

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