Category: Labor Activism

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Joshua B. Freeman: America’s Reserve Army of Labor Marches Through Time

Not long ago, the city council of Ventura, California, passed an ordinance making it legal for the unemployed and homeless to sleep in their cars. At the height of the Great Recession of 2008, one third of the capital equipment of the American economy lay idle. Of the women and men idled along with that Read more…

David Groves: Here’s Why Longshore Workers in Longview are so Angry

Violence erupted in a major labor dispute that has simmered for months at the Port of Longview, leading to work shutdowns at ports up and down the Washington coast. Why are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) — and their supporters in Washington and Oregon — so upset about a grain terminal Read more…

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Carl Finamore: Hyatt Hotel Slams Week of Strikes

Hyatt Hotels wasted no time and pulled no punches in condemning UNITE-HERE’s seven-day strike against six hotels in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Waikiki.   Spokesperson for San Francisco Hyatt Hotels, Peter Hillan, told me on the first day of the strike that “we offered UNITE-HERE’s Local 2 the same contract they signed with Read more…

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Evan Rohar: Longshore Workers Dump Scab Grain to Protect Jobs

The confrontation between West Coast longshore workers and an anti-union exporter exploded as pickets massed on railroad tracks by the hundreds yesterday to block grain shipments. Police used clubs and pepper spray on protesters in Longview, Washington, as they made 19 arrests. Early this morning a terminal there was invaded and hoppers holding about 10,000 Read more…

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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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