top
text Dakota Access Pipeline and the Future of American Labor by Jeremy Brecher
The Dakota Access Pipeline has become an issue of contention within organized labor. When a small group of unions supported the Standing Rock Sioux and opposed the pipeline, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka issued a statement discounting Native American claims and urging that work on the pipeline resume. Other constituencies within labor quickly cracked back. Why has this become a divisive issue within labor, and can it have a silver lining for a troubled labor movement?...
Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:02AM
text More than 6,000 CA Public Service Workers Vote to Unite with AFSCME in Landslide Victory by Justin Lee
Walnut Creek, Calif. – Six thousand public service workers represented by Public Employees Union (PEU), Local 1 voted Monday to unite with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)—one of the nation’s largest public service worker unions. Nearly two-thirds voted in favor of the affiliation, which will give public workers across eight Northern California counties a stronger voice to improve the vital services they provide their communities every day....
Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:36PM
text Trump/Clinton Ticket Dividing Us Along Lines of Race? by Lloyd Hart
he American establishment is making a huge mistake making this (S)election solely about race...
Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:24AM
text General Strike Needed to Stop Police Killings by General Strike Now
On September 2, 2016 in India, 180 million people went on a labor strike, shouting anti-government slogans. India is a country of 1.252 billion people. The US has 318 million. If they can carry out a general strike in a large country, so can we. We can start city by city, wherever the police killing takes place, until the killer cop is fired. A trial is a waste because it is a staged farce with no conviction or a conviction on a minor charge, all at taxpayer's expense. The pictures of In...
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:40PM
text The Crises of Today's Economy by Ulrike Herrmann and Stephan Schulmeister
Struggling for basic rights through middle class revolutions and for the social state through workers' movements are the most important examples for the emancipation process. The market is not a subject but an instrument. Nevertheless "the primacy of the market" has replaced "the primacy of politics." Neoliberalism actually serves the interests of finance capital. A doctor whose therapy causes sicknesses cannot understand this. Therefore our elites are in great distress and urge more market a...
Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:12AM
text solidarity to the usa prisoners strike by anarchist from greek prisons
Solidarity...
Posted: Thu Sep 8, 2016 12:39PM
text US Economy: False Diagnoses and False Solutions by Helke Buchter
Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's economic plans are too simplistic. Innovations and ideas are lacking. Many people despair. Washington did not always ignore the middle. After the Great Depression, a series of rural development projects included the Tennessee Valley Authority built whole cities and not only dams and power supply systems. FDR's New Deal built 165K public buildings. Another Brick in the Wall has 180 million views. We're not alone!...
Posted: Tue Sep 6, 2016 5:04PM
text Unemployment is (not) a Full-time Job by Ilse Leide-Krapfenbauer
There are many scandals and injustices, for example, that wealth concentration in Austria and the EU is increasing. The gap between the rich and the middle class or working persons widens more and more. However, the debate is again about the "unemployed unwilling to work" instead of about the widening gap....
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:47AM
text The Digitalization of Labor by Patrick Stary
Robots and algorithms are ready to automate many activities like the manufacturing robot Baxter... John Maynard Keynes dreamt of a future in which the work week of his grandchildren would be only 15 hours. Reducing working hours is the only way to guarantee everyone the right to work. Technology and computerization enable a human future of cooperation and sharing if we can free ourselves of egoism, work fetishism, vulgar materialism and hyper-individualism....
Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:07AM
text Basic Income: 80% of New Jobs are Low Wage by Andrew Stern
We must make crucial changes and need new approaches. Soon we will not create bad jobs but no jobs if the developments of 3D-printers, autonomous cars, and further automation continue at breakneck speed. Technical solutions will suddenly make countless people unemployed. How will all these people quickly find work? We must prepare for this....
Posted: Tue Aug 9, 2016 8:02AM
text UFW will ‘sound the alarm’ on suspected heat deaths of farm workers in Kern County area by via United Farm Workers
Bakersfield, Calif.—Amid reports of multiple suspected deaths of farm workers from the heat in and around Kern County, United Farm Workers leaders will “sound the alarm” on proactive steps all employers should immediately take to prevent fatalities and illness when temperatures hit triple digits. The UFW and UFW Foundation are actively investigating reports of as many as three recent fatalities involving farm workers in the Kern County region....
Posted: Tue Aug 2, 2016 11:49PM
text 8/1/16 SF Janitors March for Union Contract by Solidarity Forever
On Monday, August 1, 2016, at 4 p.m., at least 1,000 janitors rallied in the center of Market Street at Montgomery Street in San Francisco’s Financial District for a union contract, then marched west on Market toward the Civic Center, followed by 10 police vans filled with the Democratic Party machine’s police, at least 6 motorcycle police and accompanied on the sidewalk with a line of police, all armed to the teeth as the police always are, all paid at least $100,000 a year each plus benefit...
Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2016 8:36PM
text SF Janitors Demand Union Contract by Solidarity Forever
For the past week or so, the janitors in the San Francisco Financial District have had marches and rallies on Market Street and at various locations in the Financial District demanding a union contract. The latest was a Friday, July 29, 2016, 5 p.m. march down Montgomery Street with a sound truck in the lead, followed by red flags and a huge banner calling for Bread & Prosperity, with about 1,000 janitors chanting The People United Will Never Be Defeated, El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Venci...
Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:36PM
text 2016 Sacramento Visit of Mexican Trade Unionist by Labor Council For Latin American Advancement
Two leaders of the trade union movement in Mexico will be coming to Sacramento to discuss the growing labor crisis, murders and repression...
Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:41AM
text The Totalitarianism of the Market by Sebastian Mueller
Neoliberalism demands reeducation for its implementation like command socialism. The neoliberal view of the person is exemplified by the figure of the Homo Oeconomicus and is the antipole to the socialist person. All persons are entrepreneurs of themselves. Everything important for persons is acquired through the market. To survive in the competition with others, constant self-optimization is necessary. Relations with others only serve purely economic utilitarian calculations....
Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:57AM
text Grocery Tax on SF 11/8/16 Ballot & Other Anti-Labor Props by Sniff
The stench of corruption and possible election fraud can be seen in the many anti-labor propositions on the San Francisco 11/8/16 ballot, with perhaps the worst being the Grocery Tax on sugar drinks that will certainly cause ALL food prices to rise at the grocery store and in restaurants, so the Democratic Party machine at City Hall can have a slush fund, since this one, unlike the 2014 measure which was defeated, is openly and proudly going to the general fund instead of specific projects, s...
Posted: Sat Jul 9, 2016 8:40PM
text Propaganda: Making Alternatives Disappear by Rainer Mausfeld
The main responsibility of a government in a "democrac y" is protecting the minority of the ownership class against the majority of non-owners...Our bombing Arab countries is not terrorism but a struggle for freedom and human rights... The neoliberal indoctrination systems serve an industrial-scale manufacture of ignorance... The US strives for a full spectrum dominance in water, air, outer space and in the opinion market... Double standards is part of our human nature... We have pessimism o...
Posted: Tue Jul 5, 2016 7:09AM
text State prosecutors hit Gerawan with fresh complaint by via United Farm Workers
Visalia, Calif., June 30, 2016 — Two months after the full Agricultural Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous 81-page decision decisively finding Fresno-based tree fruit grower Gerawan Farming Inc. guilty of repeatedly violating California’s farm labor law, state prosecutors issued a new complaint against the giant company alleging serious and repeated violations of the law....
Posted: Sat Jul 2, 2016 11:53PM
text Social Inequality in the Descent Society by Oliver Nachtwey and Gerrit Bartels
The elevator effect is not true any more. This changed from the 1990s. People no longer move up together. A society of descent, precariousness and polarization has come out of the society of social ascent. The metaphor of the escalator describes this process. Ascents and descents have a collective and an individual dimension. The gainful life has lost ikts former structure; careers and vocational paths have become intermittent....
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:45AM
text San Francisco's Mission St. Mission by San Francisco
The contentious public hearing Monday evening, June 20, at the Mission Cultural Center regarding the MUNI changes on Mission St. was exacerbated by unrequited gentrification....
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:37PM