Labor Digital Boots Online: The New York Conference!

Organizing 2.0

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The next Organizing 2.0 training conference has a date: June 6+7. And we’re proud to be returning to the site of our first conference ever, way back in 2009: The Murphy Institute. Once again, we’ll be bringing together the labor and organizing world’s most enthusiastic trainers in organizing, digital strategy, social media, grassroots fundraising and advocacy.

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The Organizing 2.0 Conference (our 5th!) brings organizers together for workshops, trainings, discussions, consulting and networking, visionary speakers, and thoughtful debates about our strategies and practices.

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Atlanta Jobs with Justice Celebrates 2013 Victories

atlantajwjby Roger Sikes

In 2013 we won big victories and laid important infrastructure towards organizing the South. Our city of Atlanta is critical to the regional, national and global struggle to build an economy that works for EVERYONE. The South must lead. Building an unapologetically progressive organization that unites community, labor, students and faith communities in effective campaigns and movements for economic, racial and social justice is a tall task anywhere, but especially in the South. Continue reading

75 Years of the Fair Labor Standards Act: Webcast Symposium Friday Nov 15

Friday November 15, 2013, 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

flsa_dolU.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will welcome researchers, policy experts, advocates and workers to the Department of Labor’s Frances Perkins Building on Friday, Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. EST for a daylong symposium marking the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Speakers will discuss the past, present and future of the FLSA, the current state of the American economy and worker protections. They will also explore what it means to have a good job that provides economic security, the minimum wage, the changing nature of the employer-worker relationship and trends in paid leave policy.

This event is in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. The event can also be viewed online at http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/75event/index.htm.

EPI: Plutocratic attacks on wages, workers and unions all part of a concerted corporate effort

by  Meteor Blades

attribution: Economic Policy Institute

The 2010 congressional victory of the Republican right has mostly meant gridlock inD.C. But the tea-party wave that year also gave Republicans monopoly control in 11 states, and there’s been plenty of action in those, much of it directed at undermining workers’ rights and workers’ compensation, including their pensions. Nothing is more harmful to workers than when plutocrats and their legislative marionettes are feeling their oats and turning greed into law. As Gordon Lafer, an associate professor at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center, puts it in the Economic Policy Institute’s new 75-page briefing paper—The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards, 2011-2012:

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Why the World Bank must do better at Doing Business

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

International Trade Union Confederation

International Trade Union Confederation

On the eve of the release of the World Bank’s Doing Business 2014, civil society organisations call on the World Bank to implement the major recommendations delivered by an independent panel in June, which included ending the ranking of countries according to an “Ease of Doing Business” index and permanently removing the report’s controversial tax and labour indicators.

This year’s Doing Business report, which ranks countries according to how business-friendly they are, comes in the wake of widespread criticism of its relevance and robustness. Advance information about Doing Business 2014 indicates that the recommendations for its comprehensive reform by a panel of experts nominated by World Bank President Jim Kim have not yet been implemented.

Christina Chang, CAFOD’s lead economic analyst, said: “Decision makers will rightly wonder how much weight to give to a publication that has ranked Zambia 12th in the world on access to credit for businesses, when over 90% of small businesses there cite this as a major constraint for their success.”

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Firefox OS: What it is – and what it means for you and your union

by Eric Lee

firefoxosbookcover200Back in 1993 I was asked to look into how unions were using computer networks and email.

The result was my 1996 book on the labour movement and the internet — and after that, LabourStart.

Twenty years on and I’ve been looking into how we in the trade union movement use the new communications tools — smartphones and tablets — and the result is a new book I’ve just co-authored with Jeremy Green, “Firefox OS for Activists“.

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The Government is Open: Now Fight for a Just Economy

The Government is Open: Now fight for Just Government Policies

Democratic Socialists of America logo

Democratic Socialists of America logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Joseph M. Schwartz 

Progressives welcome the defeat of Republican efforts to use the government shutdown and the threat of government default  to overturn the Affordable Care Act.  This is a victory for majoritarian democratic government over an extreme minority’s attempt to overturn democratic legislation.

But the democratic left should be aware  that a victory over minoritarian extremism could well be followed by a bi-partisan budget agreement  that would further gut anti-poverty programs such as Food Stamps, WIC, and Head Start, cut the real value of Social Security, and curtail Medicare and Medicaid funding.

The Senate bill that will reopen the government through Jan. 15 and extend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7 will be accompanied by a motion that instructs House and Senate negotiators to reach accord by Dec. 13 on a blueprint for taxing and spending over the next decade. The elite Washington consensus between Republicans and moderate Democrats in favor of fiscal austerity threatens to yield a bi-partisan long term budget agreement that would gut the historic gains of the New Deal and Great Society programs. Continue reading

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