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text Back to Trotskyism! Revolutionary regroupment with the League for the Fourth International by League for the Fourth International
On April 16, the Better-Late-Than-Never (BLTN) Faction of the International Communist League (ICL) put forward its Declaration of Faction calling to “Return to the Road of Genuine Spartacism” and to “Regroup with the IG/LFI on the Basis of Their Revolutionary Continuity!” The very next day they received a response from the Spartacist League’s Los Angeles local, falsely claiming that the declaration was written in collaboration with the IG and cynically saying it considered the decla...
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 6:53PM
text Mike Rotkin Addresses ACLU Board Concerns About Bus Route Reduction by Steve Pleich
Increased Federal Funding and Gas Tax Will Help Balance the Transit System Budget
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:07PM
text Court unanimously sides with farmworkers and employers against government secrecy by Enrique Segovia
Farmworkers and their employer won a victory against government secrecy last week. A California appeals court unanimously ruled that a state law that created secret hearings for government-sponsored imposition of employment contracts on farmworkers. In this case, the workers and their employer worked together, along with top First Amendment groups, to strike down the law.
Posted: Fri May 13, 2016 2:56PM
text UFW improving farm worker lives through proactive union work by via United Farm Workers
Attending the United Farm Workers’ 20th Constitutional Convention May 19-22 at the Rabobank Convention Center in Bakersfield, Calif. are nearly 400 farm worker delegates and alternates representing their co-workers at ranches under union contract in California, Oregon and Washington state. The convention highlights how farm workers today are living out the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the farm worker movement.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 4:14PM
text Karwan Bazar by Ted Rudow III, MA
During the Mughal rule, there was a customs check post located near Karwan Bazar. Markets have existed in Karwan Bazar area since the 17th century. In the late 18th century, a market was established in the area by Karwan Singh, a Marwari trader. The market was named Karwan Bazar after him.
Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 6:08PM
text May Day - International Workers Day March & Rally Photos by Adam Wold
The International Longshore Workers Union Local 10 hosted a Rally and March for May Day, International Workers Day. With several speakers addressing the crowd at the rally covering multiple topics from workers rights, economic injustice and police brutality. Afterwards the people marched down the Embarcadero. These are photos of that event.
Posted: Sun May 1, 2016 8:01PM
text For a REAL International Workers May Day by John Reimann
This May Day, ILWU Local 10 will be leading a march in San Francisco. But to be really serious, the unions must break with the corporate-controlled Democratic Party as well as really fight for their members on the job.
Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:24AM
text Planned Crises or Alan Greenspan's "Tsunami" by Joachim Hirsch
Greenspan knew his policy would create a financial bubble that ultimately had to burst. The subsequent crisis was consciously accepted since it speeded up the process of creative destruction, the end of the Fordist regime and building a new capitalism under US rule. The financialization of capitalism, speculation and greed are functional elements of the new policy and of capitalist logic. Lessons from the 2008 financial meltdown include shrinking the financial sector and expanding the public ...
Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:57AM
text Farm labor board rules Gerawan guilty of ‘extensive’ and ‘illegal misconduct’ by via United Farm Workers
(04/16/2016) The full Agricultural Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous 81-page decision on Friday, April 15 decisively affirming the 192-page Sept. 17, 2015 opinion by an ALRB administrative law judge finding the giant Fresno-based tree fruit grower Gerawan Farming Inc. guilty of “commit[ing] numerous” violations of California labor laws (P. 68). Judge Mark R. Soble ruled last year after hearing sworn testimony from 130 witnesses in 2014 and 2015. The ruling by the Sacramento-based A...
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:26PM
text UFW wins election to represent 240 farm workers at Ventura County companies by via United Farm Workers
Farm workers at two related Oxnard, Calif. companies with a total of 240 employees at peak season voted April 20, 2016 (today) to be represented by the United Farm Workers in an election conducted by the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Workers at Hiji Bros., Inc. and Seaview Growers Inc. cast ballots to decertify and replace the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 with the UFW on a vote of 111 for the UFW, 61 for UFCW Local 5 and 6 for no-union. Hiji Bros. grows celery, lettu...
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:35PM
text Andy's At It Again In Cahoots With SEIU Pres Mary Kay Henry And Airbnb by repost
Former SEIU corporatist president Andy Stern is now representing Airbnb and working with SEIU Pres Mary Kay Henry to make a deal supporting the business plans of Airbnb.
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:22AM
text Whole or in part by children by Ted Rudow III, MA
From 1947 to 1971 the textile industry, like most industries in East Pakistan, were largely owned by West Pakistanis. During that period, in the 1960s, local Bengali entrepreneurs had set up their own large textile and jute factories.
Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:32PM
text It's not really about bathrooms. by anon
If you don't have a job, it's not really about bathrooms.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:32AM
text The Brave New Working World by Ulrich Beck
Classical working conditions and social securities dissolve. Ulrich Beck speaks of this world as a "world risk society" that will be marked by "risky freedoms." To counter this, he develops the vision of a "citizen society" where people engage voluntarily, independently seek new tasks, serve the public interest and democratically form a newly revitalized "civil society." What will be the future political models beyond full employment? How can the state compensate for the loss of taxes thro...
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:50AM
text The Biggest, Baddest, Most Badassed Minimum Wage Proposal in the Country. by JP Massar
It's time for $15/hr to become the floor demand of those who seek a livable wage, not a future ceiling. It's time to push the boundaries of what is thinkable - and hence doable - further.
Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:26AM
text General Strike Now to Stop Police Killings; Long Live Alex Nieto by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
On March 10, 2016, a bourgeois Babbitt San Francisco suburban federal jury declared 4 San Francisco police not guilty of using excessive force in the civil trial of Alex Nieto v. the City of San Francisco despite the fact that Alex Nieto was killed by 15 of the 59 shots the cops shot at him, some in the back, with one cop reloading and continuing with the execution, and the strongest prosecution witness, an African-American jogger, verifying that Nieto's hands were in his pockets, where 1 bon...
Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:13PM
text Announcing Community and Labor Alliance in Support of the E12th St. People’s Proposal by E. 12th Coalition
Unions and Community Organizations call for the City of Oakland to maximize affordable housing for Oakland's working families and ensure good project labor standards that benefit workers.
Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:04PM
text Neoliberal Indoctrination by Rainer Mausfeld
Neoliberalism tells the poor and weak that they are responsible for their misery. The true extent of social poverty barely reaches the public. A re-feudalization bomb rages and investors seek privatizing the public education system. People are atomized and obscured by psycho-techniques that make resistance against this inhuman ideology impossible. Fragmentation is an intentional process, a kind of rule instrument. Neoliberalism- after European colonialism - is the greatest redistribution proj...
Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:31AM
text California Ranks 1st in Solar Jobs by via Environment California
Los Angeles, CA, February 10, 2016 – The Solar Foundation released its 2015 solar jobs census today, showing 208,859 Americans now work in the solar energy sector, including 75,598 people in California. The national solar jobs number represents a 20.2 percent increase from the previous year – the third consecutive year that solar jobs have grown by 20 percent or more nationwide. In California, the state’s solar employment grew 38 percent in 2015, adding over 20,000 new jobs.
Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:58PM
text Honoring slain Imperial Valley lettuce striker 37 years after he became a martyr for UFW by via United Farm Workers
Calexico, Calif.—On Feb. 10, 1979, the 22nd day of a bitter strike, Rufino Contreras, 28, and a few fellow strikers walked into an Imperial Valley lettuce field owned by Mario Saikhon to try to speak with imported strikebreakers. Three foremen opened fire. Rufino fell face down in a muddy row. Continuing gunfire prevented Rufino’s father and brother and other strikers from aiding him. Sheriff’s deputies arrived later and called an ambulance. Rufino died in the hospital.
Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:40PM