unions

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18
Dec

The Power of Deep Organizing

by Sam Gindin
Jacobin magazine
December 8, 2016

The profound defeat of the US labor movement over the past three to four decades is usually measured by the loss of things that workers once took for granted like decent wages and benefits. A less quantifiable but ultimately more decisive indicator is the retreat from possibilities. By extension, the labor movement’s renewal (or reinvention) is inseparable from reversing, through effective struggle, this lowering of expectations. Jane McAlevey captured this sentiment in the title of her first book, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), a memoir based on her experiences as a labor organizer.

Thu
15
Dec

Trump Can’t Kill Labor Struggle

Kevin Carson | @KevinCarson1
December 9th, 2016
Center for a Stateless Society

As you might have predicted, the incoming Trump regime is hostile to labor unions. In fact Raymond Hogler, professor of management at Colorado State University, predicts that Trump’s policies — including packing the National Labor Relations Board, appointing anti-union Supreme Court justices, and encouraging right-to-work laws — will be a “fatal blow” to organized labor (“Why America’s labor unions are about to die,” The Conversation, Nov. 29).

Sun
13
Nov

Labor Leaders Deserve Their Share of the Blame for Donald Trump’s Victory

By Micah Uetricht
In These Times
Noember 10, 2016

Donald Trump is going to be the next president of the United States. I feel a wild urge to scrub my hands with steel wool and bleach after typing those words—my fingers feel filthy.

If we want to avoid a similar nightmare in the future, we have to parse this election’s lessons and figure out who is to blame—not for cheap point-scoring, but to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes again. That means we have to talk about how American union leaders helped hand this race to Trump.

It wasn't on purpose, of course. It’s no secret that a Trump presidency will be absolutely disastrous for labor. A national right-to-work law, Wisconsin's viciously anti-union Gov. Scott Walker as Secretary of Labor, a pro-corporate National Labor Relations Board—all could be in the cards under Trump.

Mon
31
Oct

England: Battle of Orgreave inquiry ruled out

BBC
October 31, 2016

Thousands of miners and police clashed at the Yorkshire coking site in 1984.

Campaigners said officers led by South Yorkshire Police were heavy-handed and manufactured statements.

However, Mrs Rudd said she did not believe there was "sufficient basis... to instigate either a statutory inquiry or an independent review".

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott described the decision as a "grave injustice", while Andy Burnham MP called it an "establishment stitch-up".

Barbara Jackson, secretary of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, said the announcement had come as a "complete shock and a great disappointment".

Meanwhile Louise Haigh MP accused Mrs Rudd of misleading campaigners over a possible inquiry.

Mon
12
Sep

20 Ways to Help Your Employees Struggling with Food Insecurity and Hunger

by Infoshop News
September 2, 2016

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Update: Everyday Feminism has published an apology for their offensive article: You Were Right – We Were Wrong

Wed
31
Aug

SPACEMAN: Of Roadkill & Governors

Bill Lee Seeks To Be Labor’s Anti-Candidate In 2016 Vermont Governors’ Race

By Dave Van Deusen*
Special to Infoshop News

Sat
30
Jul

Focus on Fight for 15

The Fight for 15 is a growing movement in the United States which seeks to increase wages for service workers.

From Wikipedia:

"The, Fight for $15 an hour, involves child care, home healthcare, airport, gas station, convenience store, and fast food workers striking for increased pay and the right to form a union with their employers."

 

 

 

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August 19, 2016

Fri
15
Jan

 This Is What $15 an Hour Looks Like



On a crisp November morning in Oakland, 50 people dressed in red T-shirts burst into a McDonald’s, bringing breakfast orders to a halt. From behind the counter, several cashiers gaped at the scene, where an orderly line of customers had been replaced by a rowdy crew that bounced and shouted, calling for the restaurant to raise its wages to $15 an hour. A supervisor whipped out her cell phone and began filming. The chant, directed at the workers, grew louder: “Come on out—we’ve got your back!” After giving it some thought, three female employees walked past their supervisor, clocked out, and joined the protesters. The crowd erupted in cheers.

Sat
12
Dec

Tyson Foods’ Secret Recipe for Carving Up Workers’ Comp

by Michael Grabell
ProPublica, Dec. 11, 2015

About five years ago, one of the nation’s largest corporations, Tyson Foods, drew a bullseye on the official who oversaw Iowa’s system for compensating injured workers.

As workers’ compensation commissioner, Chris Godfrey acted as chief judge of the courts that decided workplace injury disputes. He had annoyed Tyson with a string of rulings that, in the company’s view, expanded what employers had to cover, putting a dent in its bottom line.

So when Republican Terry Branstad ran for governor in 2010, vowing to make Iowa more business-friendly, Tyson hosted an event for him at its headquarters and arranged another meeting for him to hear from large companies who were frustrated with the workers’ comp commission.

Mon
16
Nov

Sex workers of Rhode Island, unite!

By Andrew Stewart
RIFuture.org, November 3, 2015

It is called the oldest line of work in the world and yet it is consistently denied legitimacy. But here in Rhode Island, where prostitution was legal from 1980 until 2009, some local sex workers are re-asserting their agency by organizing a labor union.

“You see women get raped, you see women get murdered,” said Madeira Darling, an organizer, whose name has been changed in this story to protect her identity. “Criminalization itself is violence. It means women can’t seek protection either from the law or from one another. Occasionally you will get guys who think they are in love with you stalking you. And police will often blame sex workers for violence even if they aren’t in criminalized industries.”

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