SCOTUS Ruling Another Blow To Unions

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 4:05 am

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that partial public employees can not be required to pay union dues even if they are receiving the benefits of collective bargaining.The decision was 5-4 with conservative Justice Samuel Alito writing for the majority. Though it did not destroy public sector unions it could cripple them [...]

Robert Gibbs To Lead National Campaign Against Teachers Unions

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 10:02 am

While it is not surprising that those who worked for a corporate Democrat like President Barack Obama have moved on to shilling for Big Business after they leave the White House, usually the opportunism is less crass than this. Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s former press secretary, has signed on through his public relations firm to [...]

Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco Using Slave Labor

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 10:02 am

A six month investigation by the Guardian has revealed that major retailers such as Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco are featuring merchandise produced by slave labor. The stores are selling food that men – who are bought, sold, beaten and killed like animals – are forced to produce in shrimp boats off the coast of [...]

May Day 2014: Reflections On Oligarchy

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 9:28 am

Are you enjoying May Day? Despite the origins of the holiday coming from events in Chicago the holiday is officially ignored in the USA. Outside the US celebrations are common in most major capitals in the world. After the questionable trial and execution of anarchists for alleged involvement in a bombing in Haymarket Square in [...]

Tony Benn (1925-2014)

By: Friday March 14, 2014 11:46 am

(Tony Benn talked with young activists well into his 80s) Anthony Neil Wedgwood “Tony” Benn a legendary socialist activist and previous UK cabinet minister died today at age 88. After having a long career within government supporting democratic socialist policies Benn endeavored to leave public service in order to offer a compelling vision of a [...]

Senator Durbin Joins Call To Stop TPP Fast Track

By: Monday February 17, 2014 11:51 am

Senator Dick Durbin has joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in opposing fast track trade authority for the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Durbin’s opposition could signal the beginning of the end for the agreements as now prominent Democratic leaders in both the Senate and House are [...]

Failed UAW Vote At Volkswagen Plant Leads To Existential Questions

By: Monday February 17, 2014 8:51 am

What does it say about a union when they can not win a vote even when management offers no opposition? Nothing good surely. And that is the discussion occurring right now among trade union and labor movement activists all over the country. The failure of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) to win the election at [...]

After Record Year Boeing Forces Workers To Kill Pensions

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 7:24 am

Boeing delivered a record number of jetliners in 2013. The large amount of orders is likely to keep Boeing as the number 1 airline manufacturer, outpacing its longtime European rival Airbus though both firms are said to be in a boom time as air travel to Asia and Latin America picks up. Boeing is what [...]

#FastFoodStrikes Taking Place Throughout America

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 9:42 am

"Giant puppets. Always giant puppets." #fightfor15 | pic.twitter.com/sT0qwWVc1c — Occupy Chicago (@OccupyChicago) December 5, 2013 Today workers in over one hundred American cities are protesting for higher wages. The wage target for the protesters is $15 but the protests are also contributing to the national conversation on raising the federal minimum wage. Fast-food workers and [...]

Fast-Food Wage Strikes Planned In Over 100 Cities

By: Monday December 2, 2013 11:38 am

If you work in the fast-food industry it is not news that the pay does not even match subsistence levels – you may even need food stamps to survive despite working. Unfortunately given the depressed economy many Americans now working in the fast-food industry will be doing so for quite some time. Which is to [...]

#WalmartStrikers In Full Force On #BlackFriday

By: Friday November 29, 2013 10:03 am

Another arrested at #blackfridayprotests standing with #walmartstrikers #Solidarity pic.twitter.com/stLap8McXo — Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) November 29, 2013 Today is Black Friday, which for some will mean getting into fights in shopping aisles. But for workers at Walmart it is a time to protest the unfair labor practices of the largest global retailer. Walmart is facing [...]

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