Posted on August 28, 2014 by dcampbell1
10 Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action on Immigration to Protect Workers’ Rights Now An Important statement from the AFL-CIO
President Barack Obama should advance the rights of workers by taking executive action on immigration. Emilio said: “I’m here because it is important that while the president considers taking administrative action to protect many of our families from being deported, he also has to consider that we are all workers and will remain as easy prey of exploitative companies if we do not count with any relief.”
Here are 10 ways Obama can take executive action right now to provide relief to workers:
Sign the AFL-CIO’s petition calling on President Obama to take executive action now.
Filed under: Immigrant Workers, Low wage workers, Politics | Tagged: AFL-CIO, Barack Obama, immigration, Obama, Richard Trumka, United States, United States Congress | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 1, 2014 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
Cesar Chavez at the Delano UFW rally. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On Monday, as Californians celebrated Cesar Chavez Day the Real News Network has recorded an excellent two interviews with persons presently engaged in farmworker organizing. Both had worked with Chavez-
Marc Grossman and Rosalinda Guillen. They give current testimony to conditions in the fields, the role of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, and two different views of the issues of immigration reform. Guillen describes the current largely indigenous labor force in the fields
I encourage all friends of labor to inform themselves and these important struggles.
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Posted on December 11, 2013 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
The Congressional negotiators have announced a deal for the budget- a bad deal. The proposal includes not extending the unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed. This is an outrage. Corporate agriculture gets bailed out, the banks get bailed out, but the unemployed get pushed aside.
The crisis was caused by finance capital. The unemployed should not have to pay for their crisis.
From The Coalition on Human Needs. Important issues.
Some are saying that since the unemployment rate went down in November, we don’t need any more federal unemployment insurance for those out of work more than six months.
But wait: long-term unemployment ROSE last month. In November, 37.3% of the jobless had been out of work for six months or more, up from 36.9% in September. The proportion of long-term unemployed is double the rate in 2007 (before the recession hit). (Source: Economic Policy Institute.)
Congress has never let long-term UI benefits expire unless the long-term jobless were no more than 1.3 percent of the labor force. Now, they are double that – 2.6 percent. Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Low wage workers, Solidarity | Tagged: Congress, Paul Krugman, Rand Paul, Unemployment benefits, unemployment rate, United States, United States Congress | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 26, 2013 by dcampbell1
A review by Duane Campbell
The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration by David Bacon is a well written, well informed book that explains political and economic currents shaping the US immigration experience.
The U.S. public is engaged in a sustained and divisive debate over immigration. Unfortunately, at the same time , most U.S. do not recognize that U.S. economic policy, particularly NAFTA created many of the conditions that produce the very immigration of some 8 million people that many on the Right and the Tea Party so oppose.
The passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994 accelerated a neo-liberal form of economic growth in Mexico that drove poor farmers, particularly in the indigenous south to lose their farms and their livelihood. In response young men, and increasingly the young women, made the dangerous trek to the U.S. in search of work and an income to feed their families and keep their families from losing their farms. Continue reading
Filed under: Book Reviews, Fair Trade, Global organizing, Immigrant Workers, Solidarity | Tagged: Cananea, David Bacon, Mexican migration, Mexico, NAFTA, North American Free Trade Agreement, Smithfield Foods, United States | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 19, 2013 by dcampbell1
by Bill Fletcher Jr. and Jeff Crosby
The AFL-CIO Convention in September took an important turn to reposition unions toward speaking for all working people in the United States. This was a correction to the narrow focus on its dues-paying members and traditional electoral work that has cursed the movement for most of its history.
To argue that this turn represents an abandonment of current members, as Steve Early does here , is factually false and politically wrong.
It helps to understand what the federation is and is not. It is a collection of unions “held together by a rope of sand,” as a former federation president put it. From the central labor councils to the national organization, affiliates that don’t like the turn of events just quit. Continue reading
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Posted on August 22, 2013 by dcampbell1
“You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of the slums. . . . There must be a better distribution of wealth . . . and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speech to the SCLC staff, Frogmore, S.C., November 14, 1966
We March for the American Dream – August 24
Democratic socialists Bayard Rustin, Walter Reuther and A. Philip Randolph (ABOVE) helped organize the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago.
They knew that ending legal segregation and winning political rights for African Americans were essential, but not sufficient, to ensure justice and freedom for all. Without access to good education, to health care and above all to decent jobs that paid living wages, the vote was not enough. Continue reading
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Posted on August 21, 2013 by dcampbell1
Remarks for DSA Youth Conference August 9, 2013 Jack Clark.
This morning’s session focuses on the future of the labor movement. That’s proper. For all its flaws and its current weakness, labor remains the largest and most strategically important social movement fighting for ordinary Americans. It’s difficult to imagine a revitalized liberal-left coalition without a strengthened labor movement. It is impossible to imagine the development of an American democratic socialist current in the absence of a strong working class movement.
With that said, I am not beginning my presentation with a look at labor itself. Rather I want to start by looking at attacks on labor and particular one influential attack that uses the crisis in Detroit as the reason to attack unions. . I’ll take a provocative look at a large question posed by one of labor’s foes and suggest a large theme that might inform our struggle, and I’ll end by suggesting some specifics on what we want to fight for as allies and participants in labor’s cause. Continue reading
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