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 | — 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 — 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 [...]

Walmart Holding Canned Food Drive For Its Own Employees

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 5:04 am

One of the richest companies in the world has found a solution to help feed their struggling underpaid workers – donations from their other underpaid workers. Walmart has defended the practice as part of the “company’s culture” of charity but the question remains as to why people who are working need such charity. A Walmart [...]

Audio Of Iron Mountain Managers Trying To Talk Employees Out Of Union Leaked

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 11:23 am

Managers at a Georgian facility at the Iron Mountain company took a shot at trying to talk their workers out of joining a union. The discussion was recorded as the two managers “educated” the workers. “This is the South. This is not something where unions are [prevalent],” says one manager. “If the union comes in, [...]

AFL-CIO Campaigns Against Trans-Pacific Partnership

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 9:58 am

The AFL-CIO has launched a campaign against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) calling the far reaching trade deal anti-union. Among the many corporatist provisions under discussion in the agreement are limitations on labor organizing and collective bargaining. Corporations are trying to manipulate the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a free trade agreement being negotiated right now that would be bigger [...]

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