Category: Labor Activism

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Shamus Cooke: Workers and Environmentalists Unite!

When there are zero jobs available, any job will do. This fact has been exploited by corporations now re-labeling themselves "job creators,” since being a job creator in a time of depression brings a religious status similar to a rain god during a drought. Democrats and Republicans have lavished eternal praise on the "job creators” and in consequence Read more…

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Tom Hayden: Cheese, Brats, Beer, Polka, Unions! The Homegrown Revolution in Wisconsin

“My family comes from Oconomowoc and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, my dad from the tradition of Joseph McCarthy and my mom from that of Robert La Follette, so I have been well educated in the tensions between reactionary and progressive populism, the poles of our politics down to the present. The Tea Party is the rising counter movement against the Read more…

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Kevin Zeese: Time for Americans to Participate in Power

The Roman philosopher and statesman, Marcus Tullius Cicero said “Freedom is participation in power.”  By that standard Americans are not free. We do not participate in power. We do not even have power over our own economic lives, our elected “representatives” ignore us and listen to the moneyed interests sending the United States in the Read more…

Joe Uehlein: American Labor: A Sustainable Path

This Labor Day, as union membership falls to a mere seven percent of private sector workers and bargaining and political clout shrink to match, two roads diverge for American labor. One is to attempt to find a niche within an economic-political system that is ever more shaped by short-term greed and is therefore ever more Read more…

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Mischa Gaus: Nurses Protest in 60 Cities, Demanding Tax on Wall Street

Thousands of nurses and supporters descended on their local Congressional offices nationwide Thursday, demanding that Wall Street pay for the crisis it created. The 60 protests in 21 states targeted both Democrats and Republicans, with austerity champions like Eric Cantor of Virginia and Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota singled out for special attention. A blockade outside Read more…

Mark Brenner: Reformers Sweep Election in New York Nurses Union

In an election that could further alter the fast-changing landscape of nurse unions, reformers in the New York State Nurses Association gained a big majority on the organization’s board of directors. Photo: Montefiore Union Nurses. In an election that could further alter the fast-changing landscape of nurse unions, reformers in the New York State Nurses Association Read more…

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Dick Meister: Busting the Union Busters

This is not a very happy Labor Day for labor, considering the continued heavy attacks on public employee unions, which have become the vanguard of organized labor. More than one-third of public employees are now in unions, while only about 7 percent of private sector workers are unionized.   Probably nothing could be more damaging Read more…

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Jenny Brown: Store Workers Say: Whose Walmart? OUR Walmart!

Fear is the main thing stopping retail workers from organizing for better treatment at Walmart, said several employees who are doing just that. They lost their fear, they said, after they stood up for themselves against tyrannical managers and after they joined 100 co-workers from stores across the country to march on Walmart headquarters in Read more…

Shelly Ruzicka: Workers’ Struggles for Dignity in Chicago and Beyond

Recently undocumented youth in Chicago led hundreds of families, allies, and religious supporters in a large demonstration protesting the Department of Homeland Security's "Secure Communities" program, or S-Comm. Hearings have recently been held across the country after ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Director John Morton stated that the program would be mandatory. Not long ago, Read more…

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Michael Eisenscher: Labor Activism Against the Wars

Michael Eisenscher, U.S. Labor Against the War, Thank you for acknowledging the role that USLAW has played in moving the AFL-CIO to its present position on the wars and military spending. We have been quietly working on this for quite a while. We're not done yet. I found the choice of terms used by the Read more…

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