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Food & Water Watch Exposes USDA Inspection Staffing Shortages - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. — On February 10, Food & Water Watch sent a letter (see PDF) to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to investigate the staffing deficiencies at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) brought about by a questionable policy to hire temporary meat and poultry inspectors instead of full-time permanent inspection personnel.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:25AM
Vergara v. California: Teachers’ rights under attack - by David Feldman
Teachers are currently being attacked on many fronts. Our professionalism is questioned and a bipartisan consensus in congress blames teacher unions for the deficiencies in public education, while the schools we work in are underfunded and under of privatization. Powerful interests including the Walton family of Walmart infamy, Bill Gates of Microsoft, and Los Angeles based billionaire Eli Broad have demonized public schools and pushed for more charters while dismissing the demands of teacher...
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:44PM
California Solar Jobs Grew 8% in 2013 - by Environment California
California has more than 47,000 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released on February 11 by The Solar Foundation. According to the analysis, California continues to rank 1st in nation for total solar jobs, with approximately one-third of all solar jobs in the country. Growth in the state’s solar jobs is expected to surge by over 22% by the end of 2014.
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:00PM
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), 41 pp - by Rosa Luxemburg foundation
The Investor-State Dispute mechanism gives corporations the status of nation states. The Swedish energy corporation Vattenfeld is suing Germany for 1 billion Euros for stopping nuclear power too quickly!
Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:25PM
Rufino Contreras asked for ‘a more just share’ of what he produced; bullets were the reply - by United Farm Workers
Thirty-five years ago, on Feb. 10, 1979, 22 days into a bitter vegetable strike, Rufino Contreras, 28, and half a dozen fellow strikers walked into an Imperial Valley lettuce field owned by Mario Saikhon to talk with a crew of imported scabs. Three armed company foremen opened up with a vicious crossfire. Rufino fell face down in a muddy row, shot in the face. His father Lorenzo, brother Jose Luis, and other Saikhon strikers tried to aid Rufino, but they were kept away for more than an hour b...
Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:04PM
Inside the Whale: On the Origin of the Democratic Consensus - by Peter Klein
In his 1940 short story "Inside the Whale," George Orwell satirizes the focus in Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer. Miller's characters are protected by the fat of the whale and never discuss the burning challenges and tasks of their historical time. Is this an apt characterization of our time where the bailout of speculative banks and the mutation of private losses into public losses are accepted without resistance? In his poem "The Egg," Gunter Grass says we are are born in an egg and our li...
Posted: Tue Feb 4, 2014 5:04AM
Our Triple Jobs Problem - by Alejandro Reuss
First, even as unemployment has inched down, the economy has created barely enough jobs to match population growth. Second, this enormous labor-market “slack” has stifled workers’ bargaining power and kept wages low. Third, even with a “tighter” labor market, workers would still be in a weak bargaining position due to the policies of the last thirty-some years, which have undermined unions, the welfare state, and labor-market regulation.
Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:11AM
US Trade Representative Dodges Senate Fast Track Hearing - by www.citizen.org
The US Trade Representative (USTR) declined an invitation to testify at the Senate Finance Committee opening hearing on the controversial “Fast Track” legislation – leaving an Ohio Republican, Sen. Rob Portman, in the position of representing the White House by reading from an Administration press release. Several committee members said they were puzzled and disappointed that USTR Michael Froman passed on an opportunity to convince some skeptical lawmakers they need to establish Fast Tr...
Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:44AM
Seattle City Council Socialist Kshama Sawant's inauguration speech on January 6, 2014 - by reposted
New Seattle Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant on January 6, 2014 made a statement on her inauguration as the first socialist and Trotskyist elected to a major city in the United States since the 1930's.
Posted: Tue Jan 7, 2014 11:24AM
Boeing Workers Take a Stand & Take the Heat - by Carl Finamore
Local International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751 union leaders in the state of Washington are feeling the fallout of Boeing’s extremely well-orchestrated counteroffensive begun immediately after Nov. 13 when 67% of union members rejected the company’s concessionary contract extension through 2024 of an existing agreement that does not actually expire until 2016.
Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:30PM
The Resilience of Neoliberalism - by Vivien Schmidt and Mark Thatcher
Vivien A. Schmidt and Mark Thatcher propose five lines of analysis to explain its resilience: the flexibility of neoliberalism’s core principles; the gaps between neoliberal rhetoric and reality; the strength of neoliberal discourse in debates; the power of interests in the strategic use of ideas; and the force of institutions in the embedding of neoliberal ideas.
Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:08AM
The unconditional basic income as a postpatriarchal project - by Ina Praetorius
"The unconditional basic income does not provide a readymade solution to the imbalance of genders that has grown over the centuries. Rather it is a postpatriarchal project in a strict sense as it does not present a magic bullet but counts on the freedom and ability of women and men to reshape the world of humans by renegotiating from the ground up their respective positions, tasks and desires.".
Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:25AM
Tribute for Nelson Mandela - by PLM - Philippines
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013, Mabuhay!
Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:12PM
Socialist International honours the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela - by Socialist International (SI)
The Socialist International is deeply moved by the passing of Nelson Mandela, the man who, representing the struggle for freedom of an entire nation, became a symbol for justice, reconciliation and peace for the entire world.
Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:45PM
NAACP Releases New Report Examining Energy Policies - by NAACP
(Washington, DC) – The NAACP has released a new report that assesses energy policy in all 50 states from a civil rights lens. Titled “Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs,” the report provides analysis of each state’s energy sector policies based on both the environmental and economic impacts.
Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:55PM
Woolworth's SIT-DOWN STRIKE in 1937 Detroit: Lessons for Today’s Low-Wage Workers - by Marc Norton
The original version of this article was published in Labor Notes on December 11, 2013. See also Marc Norton Online.
Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:24AM
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