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March 5-6 UCSC Hahn Occupation Statement - by Autonomous Students
March 5-6 UCSC Hahn Occupation Statement
Posted: Thu Mar 6, 2014 10:55AM
UCSC Graduate Student Workers Receive Demands, Cancel Strike - by via UAW 2865
Graduate Student Workers at UC Santa Cruz announced on March 4 that, after two days of discussions, management has given in to all of their demands. The results: No more underpaid undergrad TAs, back pay ($6000 each) for all those who've already been in that position, serious reduction in TA workload for poorly planned Arts department classes, and a committee established to make recommendations for class-sizes with equal voices for labor and management.
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 7:39PM
As UC Continues Bad Faith Bargaining with Patient Care Workers, ULP Strike Vote Scheduled - by AFSCME 3299
Oakland: The University of California’s largest union, AFSCME 3299, has announced that its 13,000 Patient Care Technical Workers will vote on whether to authorize an Unfair Labor Practice Strike on March 12th and 13th.
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 1:19PM
Solidarity Rally for South Korean Rail Workers, San Francisco, 2/25/2014 - by Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
On February 25th, 2014, a United Front rally was held in front of the Korean Consulate in San Francisco in defense of the Korean Rail Workers Union (KRWU). This is the third demonstration in the last four months. At the last rally (January 17, 2014), the Korean Consulate, working with the US State Department, attempted to disrupt the rally by organizing right-wing Koreans in a counterdemonstration. The right wingers also attempted to disrupt this rally, but this time they were outnumbered an...
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 8:45PM
UC Student Worker Justice Network Demands Fair Contract for AFSCME 3299 Workers - by UC Student Worker Justice Network
We, the Student Worker Justice Network, are a coalition of students, staff, faculty and community members working for fair wages and just working conditions for UC workers, and we demand a fair contract for AFSCME 3299 service workers in the University of California system.
Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:49PM
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
Inhuman Capital - by Konstantin Wecker
In polls many people massive criticize this system of market-conforming democracy and then vote for it with large majorities., This cognitive dissonance is the result of a reeducation of society. The values and norms are success and efficiency and the ways there are competition and personal management.
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:19AM
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
SEIU Marches on Twitter - by Michael Steinberg
Today in San Francisco members of Service Employees International Union 1021 rallied and marched on Twitter.
Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:59PM
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
Alternative Trade Mandate, 20pp - by Alternative Trade Mandate
Trade needs a new vision and should represent the public interest, communities, farmers, workers and the poor, and not only corporate profit interests. Communities should have the right to food sovereignty and to protect themselves from the ravages of financial deregulation, genetic corn and beef and chlorinated chicken. TPP only promotes high profits and competition. The sovereignty and priority of civil society is replaced by corporate rule through 3-judge arbitration boards. What a sca...
Posted: Sat Feb 1, 2014 4:22AM
California RNs Hold Protests Over Giant Hospital Chain’s Firing of Two RN Whistleblowers - by California Nurses Association
Registered nurses will hold a candlelight vigil tonight outside Watsonville Community Hospital, in Watsonville, CA to protest the firing of a registered nurse whistleblower by the giant corporate hospital chain Community Health System earlier this week.
Posted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:12PM
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
A path to dismantling Bay Area tech gentrification and revitalizing the Central Valley - by M Mac
The gentrification of the Bay Area is unsustainable. Tech workers are being used by their employers as cannon fodder in the class war. People want democracy, not charity. Tech companies have to pay their taxes. They also need to use this thingie called the Internet to spread their operations out to places that need the economic activity, like the Central Valley. Bonus: High-speed rail.
Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:53AM
Workers Blamed for Employers’ Response to Minimum Wage - by Eugenio Negro
An ad published in the New York Times by think tank Employment Policy Institute argues that raising the federal minimum wage will harm workers because employers won't want to hire, and will only hire more-experienced workers, shutting out the populations that need work the most, such as high school dropouts.
Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:53PM
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
South Korean Consulate Disrupts Solidarity Rally for Korean Rail Workers - by Richard Chen
On January 17th, 2014, the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee held a rally at the South Korean Consulate in San Francisco in defense of the Korean Rail Workers Union (KRWU). In retaliation, the South Korean Consulate, in cooperation with the US State Department, mobilized conservative Koreans and veterans from the North West Korean American Veterans Association to disrupt the rally.
Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:41AM
San Francisco Labor Council Resolution for $15 Minimum Wage - by SF Labor Council
Below is a resolution passed unanimously by the San Francisco Labor Council on January 13, 2014 calling for a $15 minimum wage in San Francisco. Following the text of the resolution are the arguments that were used to support the resolution at the meeting.
Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:45PM
Fiscal Policy in the Crisis: Lessons and Policy Implications, 29pp - by Christina Romer
Christina Romer is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley and served as President Obama's chief economic adviser for a time.
Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:07AM
Free Internet Book: "Restoring Shared Prosperity," 211pp - by Thomas Palley and Gustav Horn
Profit-worship, race to the bottom, short-term fixation, financialization and commodification are symptoms of implosion where problems are called motivational and psychological, not structural and exogenous, not endogenous. Pluralist economics insists competition and cooperation coexist, profit-making is distinguished from profit-maximization, speculation is not confused with investment, the public sector is expanded, tax havens are closed ($1 trillion), taxes on the super-rich and corporati...
Posted: Tue Jan 7, 2014 3:55AM