In Paris, railroad workers protest at Gare de l’Est

first_imgFrench railroad workers pose with WW managing editor, John Catalinotto, at protest outside Gare de l’Est in Paris, May 14.Paris, May 14 — At 4 a.m., railroad workers who have been on strike since early April began a day-long demonstration at the Gare de l’Est — one of the main long-distance train stations in Paris — to punctuate their demands.The government of President Emmanuel Macron, a banker at the top of the French state, has been waging a fierce attack against the rights of all workers, mainly protection for their jobs. Past workers’ struggles have made it difficult for French capitalists to fire workers.As in nearly all the imperialist countries — the U.S., Western Europe and Japan especially — conditions for the working class have deteriorated since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the globalization of the economy. A smaller part of the working class is in unions, and many of the old manufacturing plants have closed as they became less profitable than factories in lower-wage countries.Macron’s attacks are directed especially at the workers in the public sector, that is, those employed by the government. Among them are the railroad workers, or cheminots, and they are fighting back. At the current time the unions’ tactics are to strike two days and then go back to work for three days. This is open ended and disrupts train traffic, which is essential to travel in France much more so than in the U. S.Today’s demonstration saw some hundreds of workers, accompanied by smoke devices and lots of noise, gather and march around the large station in Paris. Guarding the station were some riot police officers, wearing armor and carrying shields as if ready for a big battle.This Workers World reporter met with a group of railroad workers who were friends of the group, the Pole for the Renaissance of Communism in France (PRCF). They were optimistic about the struggle. “I think we are going to win,” said one and all. The workers greeted Workers World Party’s presence especially because of the letter of support that WWP’s unionized workers had sent last month, which was read to workers’ meetings. International solidarity is an important part of all struggle in this globalized economy.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Bohemia Man Killed in Yaphank Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 39-year-old Bohemia man died after he crashed his car in Yaphank over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Daniel Methven was driving a Chevrolet Impala northbound on Yaphank-Middle Island Road when he hit a utility pole at 8:50 p.m. Saturday.The car came to rest in a wooded area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Methven was working for Longwood School District Security at the time of the crash. The vehicle has been impounded for a safety check.Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them at 631-852-8752.last_img

Blizzard Could Dump 2 Feet of Snow on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Old Man Winter apparently has no sense of time.With a week until spring, Mother Nature has decided to threaten Long Island with the most powerful winter storm of the season—a major nor’easter that could dump upwards of two feet of snow on parts of the Island.The latest update from the National Weather Service’s Upton office says LI could see anywhere from 12-24 inches of snow, a slight upgrade from an earlier forecast that called for 20 inches.Earlier on Monday the weather service issued a blizzard warning for most of Long Island, excluding the East End, which will go into effect midnight Monday and last 24 hours. Eastern Suffolk County is under a winter storm warning but could still face more than a foot of snow.Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the precautionary step of declaring a state of emergency across all of New York. Cuomo ordered that the MTA suspend express subway service after Monday evening’s rush hour commute in order to store trains underground. Warning of future disruptions, Cuomo urged Long Island Rail Road commuters to avoid using the system on Tuesday.“With heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions expected from upstate to downstate, we are taking every precaution to keep New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said.If the storm stays on track, it should enter the region after midnight Monday and pick up steam Tuesday morning, forecasters said. The storm could be at its most dangerous from the morning into the afternoon, with forecasters predicting snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour.The blizzard could make traveling dangerous due to whiteout conditions. Aside from rapidly falling snow, Long Islanders may have to contend with powerful wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour, forecasters said. Local utilities were issuing warnings early Monday about the potential for power outages from the severe storm.And that’s not all. The South Shore could be in for a beating. A coastal flood warning was issued from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday for those communities, as moderate coastal flooding is expected around high tide.The late winter storm is threatening millions of Americans along the East Coast. Hundreds of flights have already been cancelled.“The airlines are currently in the process of adjusting their flight schedules in advance of tomorrow’s storm,” Long Island MacArthur Airport reported. “Travelers are advised to check with their air carrier for the most updated information on delays and/or cancellations.”Officials on Long Island took to the cameras Monday to urge residents to stay off the roads, as the early predictions do not bode well for the Island. In preparation, officials have already instructed crews to treat roads before the white stuff begins accumulating and are mobilizing workers in advance of the storm. In past blizzards, the biggest obstacle to attacking snow-covered roadways is the blowing wind, which makes navigating sleek roads difficult for plow operators.For the region, this severe winter weather, which could be the strongest storm of the season, comes after one of the warmest Februaries on record.last_img read more