Growing opposition from Canadian autoworkers to Unifor-backed sellout contracts

Shift change at FCA Windsor Assembly Plant Socialist Equality Party (US) presidential candidate Jerry White spoke to Canadian Fiat Chrysler (FCA) workers in Windsor, Ontario Monday and called for a united struggle, by Canadian, US and Mexican autoworkers against the transnational auto giants. Some 6,000 workers are employed at the FCA Windsor Assembly Plant, which builds mini vans. Many workers stopped to speak to the socialist candidate and were eager to discuss the US elections, war and their own contract struggle at FCA Canada. White explained that no matter what their nationality, autoworkers face a common struggle against a common enemy and need ...
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SEP candidate files motion for restraining order against West Virginia Secretary of State

On September 20, Naomi Spencer, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates in District 16, filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order against Natalie Tennant, the Secretary of State. The restraining order request is aimed at halting the distribution of absentee ballots, scheduled for Friday, September 23, which will exclude the names of independent candidates who have been “decertified.” The motion was filed in the federal District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Huntington Division. Chief US District Judge Robert Chambers ordered Secretary of State Tennant to file a response to the motion Wednesday ...
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SEP presidential candidate speaks with Canadian autoworkers about contract battle

Socialist Equality Party (SEP) US presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with autoworkers at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) minivan assembly plant in Windsor, Canada on Monday afternoon. The campaign visit came just hours before the contract expiration for some 23,500 General Motors (GM), Ford and FCA workers at factories across Canada. Canadian workers were surprised to meet a candidate for US president at the plant gates. However, they gave White a warm reception as he explained that the SEP was fighting to unite workers internationally against the global attack on wages and the danger of war. “What are you doing here if ...
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SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns in Pennsylvania

Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania is an impoverished borough adjacent to the historic steel-producing city of Pittsburgh. As a result of the collapse of the steel industry, Pittsburgh lost over 50 percent of its population since its peak of 676,000 around 1960. Wilkinsburg likewise has lost about half its population during this period, and lost 18 percent since 2000 alone. About 15,000 remain residents today. Per capita income in Wilkinsburg is just $16,890. The poverty rate is 18.7 percent, and over 30 percent for children. According to Department of Education figures cited in the local media, Wilkinsburg had 174 homeless schoolchildren in 2014. The city’s ...
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SEP presidential candidate Jerry White denounces war, advances socialist program at third party forum

Flint’s Mott Community College was the venue on Thursday for a broadcast forum of third-party and independent candidates for US president. The Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate, Jerry White, participated, along with seven other candidates, five of whom were independent. In addition to White, participants included: Robert Dionisio (United Party USA); John Johnson (Independent); Lynn Kahn (Independent); Lloyd Kelso (Independent); Scott Smith (Independent); Emidio Soltysik (Socialist Party USA); and Terry Wheelock (Independent). The forum in Flint The host of the event was Tom Sumner, a local radio and online talk format broadcaster. The three-hour program was called “Off The Beaten Path To The ...
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Brooklyn workers and young people speak to Socialist Equality Party election campaign

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party presidential campaign of Jerry White and Niles Niemuth campaigned in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant over the weekend, to bring a socialist and antiwar program to Brooklyn workers. Bed-Stuy in north-central Brooklyn is, by New York standards, a neighborhood, but is the size of a small city with over 150,000 inhabitants. After the 1930s, it was the home to thousands of Brooklyn Navy Yard workers, many of them African-American, and boasted the second largest black population in New York City after Harlem. It was stricken by deindustrialization and, after the 1980s, incomes substantially declined. The neighborhood ...
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SEP presidential candidate discusses elections with striking Minnesota nurses

Striking nurses at Allina Health Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota gave a warm welcome to Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White when he visited their picket line on Sunday afternoon. White expressed his solidarity with the striking nurses and explained how the fight to defend the right to health care required a socialist alternative to the for-profit health care system. Nearly 5,000 nurses have been on strike at five hospitals in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area since Labor Day, September 5. They are opposing the hospital chain’s demands for sweeping health care concessions—which will include sharply higher out-of-pocket costs—and dangerously ...
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SEP presidential candidate Jerry White kicks off fall campaign with meeting in Chicago

With two months to go until the US presidential elections, the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) began its speaking tour for Jerry White and Niles Niemuth, the SEP’s candidate for US president and vice president. White traveled to Chicago, Illinois to speak on “Socialism and the 2016 Elections” Thursday night. The candidate held a successful meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which was attended by more than 30 people. Students from UIC and other area universities, as well as young workers, attended from across the Chicago region, some traveling from over an hour away. A serious layer of students ...
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SEP US presidential candidates denounce war drive at Humboldt University meeting in Berlin

Dozens of students and workers watched a live broadcast of the Socialist Equality Party’s US presidential candidates at Humboldt University on Friday. Jerry White and Niles Niemuth spoke via videoconference from Detroit. They delivered speeches and answered questions of those present. Jerry White and Niles Niemuth address meeting of the IYSSE The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) advertised the meeting under the title “Neither Trump nor Clinton: Socialists in the US presidential elections.” The IYSSE’s spokesman at HU, Sven Wurm, explained the importance of the US presidential election for workers and youth around the world. “American imperialism represents an enormous ...
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Socialist Equality Party campaigns in Aurora, Illinois

Last Sunday, a Socialist Equality Party campaign team visited Aurora, a city of 200,000 and the second largest in Illinois. Members of the SEP team visited the downtown area to promote Jerry White and Niles Niemuth’s presidential campaign. Like many rustbelt regions, Aurora grew up with the economic expansion of the United States, and remained a major center of industrial production, textiles and rail transport until the 1970s. Manufacturing and rail transport got an early start in the area. Then called the Chicago-Burlington-Quincy railroad, a line ran from Aurora to Chicago, opening a connection to Aurora and other small towns west of ...
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