The following is based on a report to the Communist Party’s National Board.
More and more, steelworkers and public officials are looking at use of eminent domain to take over the steel mills bankrupted by LTV Corp. as the only way to save jobs and union contracts and protect their communities from major economic disaster.
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. – An 11-day strike by 5,000 Pratt & Whitney workers, which brought airplane engine production to a halt, forced the company to improve job security protections for the next three years.
In his Dec. 16 televised address to the Palestinian nation, on the occasion of the Muslim Eid-el-Fitr festive holiday following the fasting month of Ramadan, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat called for an end to all armed actions, especially the suicide bombings in Israel proper.
A decade-long celebration of what was being hailed as a “new economy” diverted public attention from the serious social and economic vulnerabilities accumulating in New York.
Much has been written about how low-cost imports have affected steelworkers in the United States. In the past two years, 29 steel companies have declared bankruptcy, with several of them going under and closing their doors. The most dramatic bankruptcy has been with LTV.
LAS VEGAS – The the labor movement in Las Vegas has won some very tough battles to make it a union town, with probably one of the highest union membership densities in the country.
WASHINGTON – Arab and Jewish Americans are speaking with one voice in denouncing terrorism in the Middle East and calling for strong action to defend the peace process based on the co-existence of two states, Palestine and Israel.
STEEL CITY SOLIDARITY CAMP – Steelworkers from LTV Steel Corporation took the fight to save their jobs, pensions and health-care benefits to Capitol Hill last week.
“The news is commercialized,” said my friend, a physician from Chicago. “I do not like watching TV any more. They keep repeating the same story day in and day out.”