Posted on December 16, 2014 by dcampbell1
English: USA deficit, China surplus, 2000-2014, World Economic Outlook, IMF (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
December , 2014
Growth in the U.S. goods trade deficit with China between 2001 and 2013 eliminated or displaced 3.2 million U.S. jobs, according to China Trade, Outsourcing and Jobs, a new study from EPI Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Research Robert E. Scott and research assistant Will Kimball. Trade with China has caused job loss in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including all but one congressional district. About two-thirds of jobs lost, or 2.4 million, were in manufacturing.
“Growing trade deficits with China have hurt American workers and decimated U.S. manufacturing,” said Scott. “If policymakers are serious about supporting manufacturing jobs, we must work to put an end to China’s unfair trade policies.”
Filed under: Economy, Fair Trade, Global organizing, Politics | Tagged: Alfred Webre, American Jobs, Americans, China, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Kerry Bentivolio, Steve Stockman, tariffs, Trade, United States, United States Congress, United States House of Representatives, Washington DC, WTO | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 3, 2014 by dcampbell1
Stand with fast food, home care and airport workers fighting for $15/hr
No matter who you are or where you’re from, if you work hard, you should be able to make enough to live a good life and provide a better one for your kids. That’s the key to getting our economy and our families back on track – and it’s worth fighting for.
That’s why fast food, home care and airport workers are coming together to fight for $15 an hour and the right to stick together in a union.
Thousands of fast food workers in more than 150 cities across the country have voted to go on strike on December 4. Home care and airport workers will be on the picket lines alongside them in solidarity.
reposted from SEIU.org
Filed under: Economy, Low wage workers, Organizing, Solidarity | Tagged: Burger King, fast food, Home care, McDonalds, New York City, Service Employees International Union, Strike action, Tertiary sector of the economy, Trade union, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 22, 2014 by dcampbell1
Thanks to the President’s announcement that he will take administrative action on immigration, I have real hope. The president’s action will provide millions of working people and families with the opportunity to come out of the shadows and into the light of our economy and society without fear.
Those who can benefit from this administrative action should use iAmerica.org – a new resource offering informational tools and interactive opportunities to become full participants of our nation’s democracy.
Visit iAmerica and share it with a friend now ➞ iAmerica.org. (There’s no application process that exists yet, but once there is, this will be a trusted resource to receive accurate information).
Go to www.iAmerica.org
Filed under: Immigrant Workers, Solidarity | Tagged: Barack Obama, California, Immigration law, immigration reform, Service Employees International Union, United States, Univision | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 21, 2014 by dcampbell1
Globalization and NAFTA Caused Migration from Mexico
By David Bacon, Political Research Associates
Rufino Domínguez, the former coordinator of the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations, who now heads the Oaxacan Institute for Attention to Migrants, estimates that there are about 500,000 indigenous people from Oaxaca living in the U.S., 300,000 in California alone.1 
In Oaxaca, some towns have become depopulated, or are now made up of only communities of the very old and very young, where most working-age people have left to work in the north. Economic crises provoked by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other economic reforms are now uprooting and displacing these Mexicans in the country’s most remote areas, where people still speak languages (such as Mixteco, Zapoteco and Triqui) that were old  when Columbus arrived from Spain.2  “There are no jobs, and NAFTA forced the price of corn so low that it’s not economically possible to plant a crop anymore,” Dominguez says. “We come to the U.S. to work because we can’t get a price for our product at home. There’s no alternative.” Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Fair Trade, Global organizing, Immigrant Workers, Politics | Tagged: California, George H.W. Bush, Mexico, NAFTA, North American Free Trade Agreement, Oaxaca, Ronald Reagan, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 14, 2014 by dcampbell1
By Leo Casey on October 9, 2014 8:45 AM
Leo Casey of the Albert Shanker Institute replies to Deborah Meier again today.
Deb: To practice genuine democracy in our schools, our unions, and our communities, we need a different understanding of what it means to be political.
When I taught at Bard High School Early College in New York City, one of my favorite questions on my mid-year exam was: What did Aristotle mean when he wrote that “man is a political animal?”
For most Americans, the term “political animal” would invoke the worst of American political culture: the paranoid ranting of talk radio, the political television shows modeled after wrestling entertainment, the election campaigns dominated by negative attack ads, and the gridlock of a Congress where narrow partisan advantage is everything. No wonder so many Americans run in the opposite direction when they hear “political.” Continue reading
Filed under: Education Reform, Politics, Solidarity | Tagged: Albert Shanker Institute, Ancient Greece, Aristotle, Bard High School Early College, Deborah Meier, Greek, New York City, United States | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 12, 2014 by dcampbell1
Amid Soaring Profits, Walmart to Cut Off 30,000 Workers From Health Insurance
Largest private employer in U.S. announces elimination of insurance for part-time workers and across-the-board hikes in premium costs
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams
Walmart, the largest retailer in the world and the biggest private employer in the United States, announced Tuesday it is eliminating health insurance for 30,000 of its workers and hiking the costs of premiums across the board.
The cutbacks to coverage, which many charge was insufficient to begin with, were met with immediate criticism.
“Our schedules and hours are all over the place, and I often find less than I expected and less than my family needs when I see my paycheck,” said Nancy Reynolds, a member of OUR Walmart and worker at a Merrit Island, Florida Walmart store. “Taking away access to healthcare, even though many of my co-workers couldn’t afford it anyway, is just another example of Walmart manipulating the system to keep workers like me in a state of financial crisis.” Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care, Low wage workers, Organizing, Solidarity | Tagged: Convenient care clinic, Health insurance, Home Depot, Merritt Island Florida, United States, Wall Street Journal, Walmart | 1 Comment »
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 »