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Casino Capitalism and Profit Maximization - by Gunter Grzega and Sven Hergovich
In the 1960s the average holding time for stocks was 10 years. Now the holding time is not 9 months but 22 seconds. Like shareholder value, profit maximization leads to exploding inequality and the waster of resources. States were weakened by extensive tax cuts. How can the economy serve long-term necessities (e.g. affordable housing, education and health care) and not only short-term profit maximization?
Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:22AM
Nurses Hold Rally, Speak Out on Unsafe Patient Lift Practices at UC Medical Centers - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses will gather at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay on Thursday to speak out about the UC Medical Center’s failure to provide RNs with legally mandated safe lifting practices, the California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today.
Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:54PM
Attacks in Paris: Capitalism is Responsible Class War Against Capitalism! - by PCInt
“We are at war!”: such is the leitmotiv of government officials and politicians from the various French parties, after the deadly attacks in Paris and Saint-Denis.
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:47AM
120 Healthcare Workers at Dignity Health in Santa Cruz Join SEIU-UHW - by via SEIU-UHW
[Nov. 10, 2015] SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – One-hundred twenty healthcare workers recently voted to strengthen patient care at Dignity Health clinics in Santa Cruz by joining SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West.
Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:18PM
Former Pacifica ED and Leader of "Save KPFA" Targets Flashpoints Host Dennis Bernstein - by repost
Pacifica "Save KPFA" grouping including former Pacifica ED Margy Wilkinson who is a collaborator with Dan Siegel has targeted Pacifica KPFA Flashpoints producer Dennis Bernstein for interviewing Aron Gupta about the role of the SEIU in the Fight For $15 Movement.
Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:50AM
California State University Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike - by via California Faculty Association
Members of the California Faculty Association on the 23 campuses of the California State University voted “Yes by over 94% percent” to authorize a strike, CFA President Jennifer Eagan announced today at a news conference.
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 1:46PM
EPA to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos - by via Pesticide Action Network
Children, communities and workers to benefit from long overdue phaseout of neurotoxic agricultural chemical, the subject of Salinas Valley studies.
Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 1:50PM
California State University Faculty Conclude Strike Authorization Vote - by via California Faculty Association
Yesterday, members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) at the 23 campuses of the California State University system concluded a statewide vote on whether or not to authorize union leadership to call a strike if contract negotiations with management fail to result in a fair deal.
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:45PM
Progress Means Reduced Working Hours - by Bernhard Schutz and Wolfgang Katzian
More and more people use the free time option and decide for more freedom instead of higher negotiated salaries. Shorter hours can lead to economic growth, higher productivity, greater output, more time sovereignty and better long-term health of workers. Closing one's eyes to these arguments and only thinking of short-term profit is hostile to the future and not only hostile to the economy. That is truly "retro" thinking.
Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:13AM
Campaigning for 15 Now Tacoma - by John Reimann
Report on campaigning with 15 Now Tacoma - the only 15 Now initiative that would actually raise the minimum wage to $15/hour NOW.
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:01AM
Santa Clara Doctors Oppose Plan to Contract Out Care for Mentally Ill Inmates - by via Union of American Physicians and Dentists
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The alleged murder of Michael Tyree by guards in the Santa Clara County Main Jail made clear how vulnerable mentally ill inmates are, and that communities must do more to ensure their proper care. However, Santa Clara County executives are poised to take a huge step in the opposite direction by replacing the County psychiatrists who care for inmates at the Main Jail, Elmwood Correctional Facility and Elmwood Correctional Center for W...
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:55PM
Another report on Sawant & Hedges meeting - by John Reimann
A socialist perspective on the meeting with Sawant, Hedges & McGloughlin in Oakland last Saturday. Among other things, the meeting provided an interesting view of the difference between Sawant and Hedges. The latter is well to the left of Sawant.
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:30PM
(A-Radio) Eastern Europe 1: Struggles in Poland and the Rozbrat squat in Poznan - by A-Radio Berlin
As part of a journey through Eastern Europe a member of the Anarchist Radio Berlin had the opportunity of talking to a comrade of the Anarchist Federation in Poznan in Poland in the Rozbrat squat. In the following interview we talk about the historical development of the squat, that celebrated its 21st anniversary on the weekend of September 18 and 19, and also about current struggles of FA Poznan, especially the workers' struggle of the Amazon workers in Germany and Poland. Additionally, w...
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:16AM
SF's Biggest Manufacturer Beats Union, Prepares to Leave-IBEW 1245 Leadership Helped Scab - by repost
The IBEW 1245 leadership helped scab and break a San Francisco strike at Trayer Engineering.
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:50PM
"The Great Transformation Has Begun" - by Fabian Scheidler
The core of this system, its over-arching law, is the endless accumulation of capital. That is its main goal to which everything else is subordinated. Persons and nature are used to make more money out of money. Therefore we are degraded to little wheels in this machine... Neoliberalism, flight into low-wage countries, tax havens, financial speculation and so forth restored the profits of big business and the class power of the top one-percent. However people do not have the money any more t...
Posted: Mon Sep 7, 2015 4:28AM
Campaign contributions fuel UFCW bid to unionize cannabis workers - by Bud Green
The arrest of former UFCW organizer Dan Rush calls into question efforts to unionize California cannabis workers, as well as pro-union provisions found in Assembly Bill 266 and other pending state legislation.
Posted: Fri Sep 4, 2015 4:20PM
Economists for $15 minimum wage - by Mary King, Marty Hart-Landsberg and R Hahnel
Wages in the US have been stagnant for 35 years. Milton Friedman and conservative trickle-down neoliberal economists have long dominated mainstream economics. Productivity and profits have soared while investments and wages have been stagnant. The market is not self-healing. Higher wages is a vital counter-measure against exploding inequality and plutocracy.
Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:04AM
Living and Working Differently and Self-Optimization - by Ulrich Brand and Winfried Grum
How did neoliberal policy gain a mass influence? No shock therapy was necessary in Europe to make neoliberalism hegemonial... To neoliberalism, we must soon oppose a great alternative narrative of freedom, democracy and solidarity before the social dislocations neutralize the positive resources amid a collapsing world climate.
Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:23AM
Marijuana Union Organizer Took Bribes, Rigged Process - by UFCW Member
A Harley-Davidson-riding union organizer — once hailed as a "Superman" by the California cannabis movement — has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly taking bribes and rigging the union organizing process.
Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:27AM
ALDF Petitions to Revoke Dental License of Cecil the Lion’s Killer - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
Minneapolis, MN. — On August 5, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a complaint with the Minnesota Board of Dentistry seeking investigation of Walter James Palmer, the dentist who admitted to torturing and killing Cecil the lion. By killing Cecil Palmer may have violated Minnesota’s standards of professional conduct, which prohibits “gross immorality” and other unprofessional conduct.
Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:27PM