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text AFSCME 3299 & CLF Call on UC to Support Equal Pay for its Subcontractors - by via AFSCME 3299
San Francisco: As State and Federal lawmakers struggle to address the growing problems of poverty and income inequality, AFSCME 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger, California Labor Federation Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski and others today publicly called upon UC President Janet Napolitano to support SB 376 (Lara)—a measure that would guarantee that the employees of private firms providing contract services to the University are paid commensurate wages as career UC employees performing the sa...
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:00PM
text UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal: Stop the Parking Fee Hikes - by Petition via Teamsters Local 2010
Sign petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ucsc-chancellor-blumenthal
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:53PM
text Corporate Trade Agenda Attacks Americans’ Right to Know - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry that went into effect in the United States in 2013 are not compliant with global trade standards. The WTO continued to find that the goal of providing information to consumers was compliant with international trade rules, but it decided narrowly that the implementation of the rules for COOL labels negatively impacted livestock imports from Canada and Mex...
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 5:13PM
text Long-time UNITE HERE Local 2 President Mike Casey Stepping Down - by Marc Norton
What’s ahead (and behind) for San Francisco’s iconic hotel workers union, and an interview with Casey’s successor, Anand Singh
Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 9:49AM
text The Tech Commute Did Not Take Place - by Fireworks
The mainstream media attempted to portray the May 1st blockade of the Oakland tech commute a failure. An article on SFGate.com carried the headline “May Day rally fails to block tech bus in Oakland.” Further below in the same article, the author goes on to write, “When the lone bus pulled up at 7:40 a.m., it stopped across the street from protesters and left before they could assemble. Other buses were either rerouted or cancelled in anticipation of the protest.”
Posted: Mon May 4, 2015 2:51PM
text Santa Cruz City Council Members to Initiate Discussion of Local Minimum Wage - by Alex Darocy
Mayor Don Lane, Vice-Mayor Cynthia Mathews, and Council Member Cynthia Chase have submitted a proposal to be heard by the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday, April 28 which if passed, will direct city staff to research the subject of a local minimum wage.
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:34AM
text Salinas Nurses Hold March and Vigil to Protest Hospital’s Staffing Cuts - by via California Nurses Association
More than 150 registered nurses, their families and supporters are expected to attend a march and candlelight vigil Thursday to protest worsening patient care conditions at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and a proposal by management to reduce nurse staffing levels.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:54PM
text RNs Call for Accountability Standards on Non-Profit Hospital Charity Care - by via California Nurses Association
Will California finally require non-profit hospital giants to live up to their obligation on provision of charity care and community benefit programs in return for the windfall in taxpayer funded revenues they receive in return for their tax exempt status?
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:26PM
text Less Growth and Less Work - by Mohssen Massarrat
French economist Thomas Piketty described neoliberalism or finance capitalism as an "inequality machine." Profits soar and investments are postponed. Keynes spoke of three phases: investments, surplus and stagnation. Are economic alternatives and trade agreements blacked out from public discussion? Reduced working hours is the only way to full employment and to gaining work-life balance. Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity, Einstein said. Elim...
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:33AM
text Welfare state transformation: Convergence and the rise of the supply side model - by www.econstor.eu
"The 99%: Occupy Everywhere" is a free movie on www.hulu.com. Enjoy!
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:32PM
text Sutter Santa Rosa Nurses Vote to Approve Possible Strike - by via California Nurses Association
With a large turnout Thursday, registered nurses at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital voted by 98 percent to authorize their nurse negotiators to call a strike, if needed, to protest the hospital’s refusal to act on their concerns for improved patient care staffing and management demands for significant cuts in health coverage for the nurses and their families.
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:20PM
text USW Union Buried Evidence of Firestone Support of Warlord After Labor Deal - by repost
The USW buried evidence of Firestone war crimes and the deal with war load Charles Taylor
Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:52AM
text An Open Letter about Student Protests at UCSC - by SA Smythe and Jennifer Teschler
While there have been vociferous expressions of support and solidarity for the recent UC student protests, a number of students, parents, faculty, administrators, and members of the greater Santa Cruz community have expressed frustration, what borders on vitriolic hatred, and ad hominem attacks against those who took to the highways and most recently to the campus entrances. As longterm members of the UC community, we know firsthand that these students are fighting so that all students might ...
Posted: Thu Mar 5, 2015 1:37PM
text Homo Economicus and Dethonement of the Profit Principle - by Ulrich Thielemann
Max Frisch summarized economism int he formula: "what brings profit is rational." Economism is a business ethics conception, a justification theory for profit maximization. Business ethics is declared superflu9ous where maximizing the capital value of the firm eclipses everything else. Ultimately this is an ethics without morality. The profit principle replaces the moral principle. Instrumentalism amounts to an "ethic" of the right of the stronger. Where profit maximization illegitimately ru...
Posted: Tue Mar 3, 2015 5:09AM
text Profit-Making is Different Than Profit-Maximizing - by Ulrich Thielemann
Discussions of jobs and the economy are often marked by trivialization, distortion, unreality and wishful thinking. The neoliberal model promotes profits, not investments and rationalization and digitalization lead to mass unemployment. Most created jobs are temporary and precarious. People trust in the myths of the self-healing market, efficient financial markets and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. System analysis and market failure are usually glossed over. All personal achieveme...
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:46AM
text The Catastrophe has Already Begun - by Karl Georg Zinn, Gunter Dueck and J Bischoff
Capitalist growth has become the problem, promotes famines and strangles full employment. Can the world be rescued? Mass unemployment has never lasted as long as today; global problems increase. Jean Jacques Rousseau said: "Distribution means no one is so rich he can buy others and no one is so poor he must sell himself." A change of consciou9sness is necessary so the population strives energetically for distribution justice. The young generation is socialized today under conditions where m...
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:51AM
text Salinas RNs Endorse Community Mediator to Settle Contract Dispute - by via California Nurses Association
Following 10 months of contentious talks that have failed to produce movement by stubborn hospital officials on demands that registered nurses say would jeopardize patient safety, including a management plan to eliminate about 10 percent of all bedside nurses at the hospital, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital RNs said yesterday that they support a proposal by State Assembly member Luis Alejo for a community mediator to work to resolve the dispute.
Posted: Wed Feb 4, 2015 1:44PM
text Digitalization Makes Us Happily Unemployed! - by Stephan Dorner and Claudio Weck
Political upheavals often precede technical revolutions.. The digital revolution hardly seems to have produced social or political revolutions.. Digitalization penetrates and changes the economy and life of people in all embracing ways as the Industrial Revolution once did.. The devaluation of human work could trigger another possible political-social revolution.. The question is to what extent an automation of thinking follows the automation of muscle power.
Posted: Wed Feb 4, 2015 11:02AM
text TTIP: Redistribution of Power, not Free Trade - by Harald Schumann, U Engelen-Kefer and W Raza
The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement) involves the redistribution of power away from the parliaments and to the executive and its unelected lobbyists. The TTIP does not involve freedom of trade. The greatest barrier to transatlantic trade is not discussed, the extremely fluctuating exchange rate between the dollar and the euro. Ultimately our prosperity rests on the international division of labor and the free exchange of goods and services.
Posted: Mon Feb 2, 2015 6:41AM
text Reviving an Explosive Topic: Reducing Work Hours - by Astrid Fadler
In truth, the introduction of the eight-hour day, the free Saturday and the fifth vacation week (in Austria) did not cause economic crises. Reduced working hours means more distribution justice for the general public and more quality of life for workers. The efficiency of employees increases and the danger of accident declines through reduced working hours. Whoever works less lives healthier and has more time for the family, for (personal) development and for voluntary activity.
Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:29AM

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