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Tea Party: Extremism of the Middle - by Tomasz Konicz
The Tea Party wants to return to an idyllic past that never really happened. The Tea Party wants to stop the accelerating descent of the white middle class by driving the ideological ideas in this middle to the extreme. The irrational exaggeration of the neoliberal litany of personal responsibility, will to performance, entrepreneurial spirit and skepticism toward government is the core of the Tea Party ideology. Right-wing hardliners believe capitalism could be reanimated if the state were s...
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 4:51AM
McJobs - not lovin'it - by Jed Holtz
News and analysis of the severe level of joblessness among young workers, and information on energetic mobilizing against puny wages and lousy prospects.
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 5:19PM
Corporate power grab of Trans-Pacific Partnership clearer, but opposition building - by Systemic Disorder
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is crammed with corporate giveaways, confirmed by WikiLeaks publishing the intellectual property chapter.
Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:52AM
IKEA Workers Locked Out, Boycott IKEA and Expand the Strike! - by Steven Argue
[Photo of picketing workers at the Richmond B.C. IKEA store. Credit: Jeff Vinnick / Globe and Mail]
Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:04AM
International Trade Union Confederation joins other NGOs in walkout protest at COP19 - by Takver - Climate IMC
The International Trade Union Confederation has joined many Civil society organisations in leaving the climate change negotiations today on mass in protest at the lack of progress in climate change negotiations and the level of corporate support and sponsorship at this COP in Warsaw.
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:33AM
Stop the TTIP - Elephants-Marriage! - by www.attac.de
TTIP is old wine in new wineskins. Free trade- and investor-protection prescriptions from the 20th century according to the style of the WTO are not solutions for current challenges. A transatlantic partnership for social-ecological transformation would look very different.
Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:12AM
The Time Has Come For $15 Minimum Wage - by Mark Vorpahl
In one of comedian Chris Rock’s routines, he observes: “You know what that means when someone pays you a minimum wage? You know what your boss is trying to say? ‘Hey, if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.’”
Posted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:05AM
Studying Economics Today is Like Brainwashing - by Ulrich Thielemann
The blind trust in efficient markets must be replaced and bankers given a new understanding. Profit making is different than profit maximization. Banking should be a public function, not a casino and the real economy and the environment not abandoned. Learning from the financial crisis is a sign of historical consciousness. As war is too important to be left to generals, economics is too important to be left to hucksters and financial innovators! Building community centers (as in Vancou...
Posted: Wed Nov 6, 2013 3:33PM
VIDEO: Renegade Economist Show - The Pilot - by www.submedia.tv
This 31-minute video "Renegade Economist Show" from the UK from October 19, 2013 discusses productive and non-productive wealth and cooperatives outperforming four or five, housing associations and energy cooperatives. Ecuador has put nature in its constitution and stopped oil corporations and multinationals.
Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:49AM
The Coming Grand Bargain: “We’re All Neoliberals Now” - by Shamus Cooke
After the U.S. government shutdown you’d expect Republicans and Democrats to remain at each others’ throats, so different was their vision for the country, or so it appeared.
Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:36PM
UK Union Head Calls on G4S to End Israel Contracts - by Asa Winstanley UNISON
One of the UK’s biggest unions on Friday called for controversial security firm G4S to pull out of Israel. The British-Danish security giant has been a major target for activists because of its involvement with several Israeli prisons.
Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:03AM
AFGE Union Leader Calls For Another Bonus March Of Veterans To Defend Benefits - by Labor Video Project
AFGE and other unionists spoke out in Washington DC about the attack on public workers and the affect on Veterans and other public services. The rally was held on Friday October 11, 2013 on the west lawn of the capitol in DC
Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:43PM
Labor Needs to Recalibrate and Fight - by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer
While the U.S. media has been obsessed with the in-fighting between Democrats and Republicans, as well as the recent government shutdown and the global/domestic ramifications of a possible government default, little attention has been paid to a looming disaster confronting working people: Obama is again threatening to cut “entitlement” programs, meaning Social Security and Medicare.
Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:34PM
The UAW Takes One Step Forward, and One Backward - by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer
Trying to rebound off the ropes, where it has been pummeled for the past several decades, The United Auto Workers (UAW) has launched an aggressive organizing campaign in the South, in line with an AFL-CIO resolution emphasizing organizing there, where unionization rates are weak across the board.
Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:43AM
Fast Food Workers Win a Union…through Zoolidarity - by Shamus Cooke
Union members have watched in awe as fast food workers struck over the last year, calling for “$15 and a union.” Despite the slogan, however, the prevailing wisdom has been that union recognition isn’t really the goal; that’s too hard against giant employers insulated by a layer of franchises, with a part-time and transient workforce.
Posted: Wed Oct 9, 2013 7:29PM
Appalling Migrant Worker Conditions in Qatar - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Sat Oct 5, 2013 12:19AM
From Summit to Summit: Lost Generation and Lost Decade - by Ronald Schettkat
Do you see the problem? Neoliberal economic thinking explains unemployment as a balance phenomenon with only supply-side causes: poorly trained, wrong place, excessive wage demands and an overly generous welfare state. The bank bailout crisis is distorted into a "state debt crisis," austerity policy is declared to be an expansive economic policy and reforms - literally deregulation - of the labor markets are demanded.
Posted: Tue Oct 1, 2013 8:52AM
The Law Says You Have a Right to Join a UNION! - by Union Organizing
RIGHTS OF EMPLOYEES Sec. 7. [§ 157.] Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all of such activities except to the extent that such right may be affected by an agreement requiring membership ...
Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:29AM
The 2013 National Convention of the AFL-CIO And the Fight for Immigrant Rights - by United Front for Justice and Dignity
The AFL-CIO Trumka leadership manipulated the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles to prevent a debate on the reactionary character of SB 744 which is called "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" but actually militarizes the border spending more than $50 billion in more ICE agents and terrorism against immigrants and millions of 2nd class "guest workers".
Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:31PM
Battle Breaks Out Over Obama Care ACA At 2013 AFL-CIO Convention In Los Angles - by Labor Video Project
A battle broke out at the end of the AFL-CIO convention over the implementation of Obamacare and how it is being used to attack millions of unionized workers in Taft-Hartley plans. Some unionists argued that it could not be reformed and labor should push for single payer.
Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:20AM