End of the Legal Line for Gerawan Farms – Capital & Main

Source: End of the Legal Line for Gerawan Farms – Capital & Main  

by David Bacon


Janus: Organizing 79 Million Milenials

by Judith Lewis Mernit


Milenials are interested in unions. From Capital and Main.


Defend DACA and TPS

Congress is jeopardizing the fate of 1.2 million immigrant families who have been living and working in the U.S. legally for years. This administration has already repealed DACA and ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hard-working  immigrants from Nicaragua.

We must stop them from causing more harm.

I am an immigrant. I am a part of a long tradition of people who came to America to build a better life and I am determined to help other immigrants do the same to achieve their version of the American Dream.

You can help. Call Congress to demand they stand with immigrant families. Tell them to pass a clean DREAM Act and save TPS: 1-888-204-8353

Immigrants strengthen our economy and create millions of jobs every year. We run a fifth of small businesses across America and do the work that families depend on. We care for children, tend to the sick, and help the elderly. Immigrants are also a large part of the workforce that secures and cleans offices and airports.

We help make this country thrive by contributing to the American economy and adding to the richness of our communities and workplaces. As a child care provider, the kids I care for are a part of my family and I am a part of theirs. Instead of terrorizing immigrant communities, Congress must pass legislation to protect Dreamers and people with TPS to keep families together and on a path to citizenship.

Repealing DACA and ending TPS hurts our communities and economy. Take action with me by calling Congress now: 1-888-204-8353

We have a duty to take action and speak out against the criminalization of our friends, neighbors and colleagues. I won’t stand by while extremist in Congress break apart families and destroy lives. Together, with my brothers and sisters in the union, I am doing something about it. Will you join us?

Make your voice heard and contact Congress today. Call 1-888-204-8353

In solidarity,

Antonia Rivas ,Childcare worker

SEIU Local 99

BTW. You may have noticed more long posts on this blog. For some reason WordPress often will not insert the page break we need to  shorten the posts.

A new blog is in the works.



Labor for Our Revolution | Dollars & Sense

Source: Labor for Our Revolution | Dollars & Sense

Unions that supported Sanders unite to continue the fight.

Renegotiating NAFTA Would Be a Lot Easier, If We Knew What We Wanted

Stan Sorcher, Labor Rep. SPEEA/IFPTE

Updated Sep 06, 2017

  • The Trump administration just started the process of renegotiating NAFTA, the trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico that became the template for globalization in the 21st Century.
  • This would make more sense if we knew what we want to renegotiate.
  • In 2016, voters answered two simple questions,
  • “Who gets the gains from trade?” Not us.
  • “Who do you trust?” Not any politician who told us what a great idea NAFTA would be.

In the period following World War II, gains from productivity were shared broadly and our communities prospered. Not anymore. Since the mid-70’s gains from productivity and trade have gone almost entirely to the top 1%, while many communities declined dramatically.

NAFTA went into effect in 1994. It embodies our failed neoliberal approach to globalization. [“Neo” means new. In the language of economics, “liberal” means free-market.]

In the neoliberal vision, our economy is merged or integrated into the global economy. National identities are blurred, shareholder interests have top priority, legitimate public interests are devalued, and gains go almost entirely to investors. Boon will trickle down, as markets solve all our problems. Government is bad. Power and influence favor those who already have plenty of both. Continue reading

The Dreamers Were Created by NAFTA

By David Bacon
Working In These Times, 9/8/17

Dreamers and supporters march in San Francisco defying the announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the government will rescind DACA.  More photographs – https://www.flickr.com/photos/56646659@N05/albums/72157684965038512

The DACA youth, the “dreamers” are the true children of NAFTA – those who, more than anyone, paid the price for the agreement.  Yet they are the ones now punished by the Trump administration as it takes away their legal status, their ability to work, and their right to live in this country without fearing arrest and deportation.  At the same time, those responsible for the fact they grew up in the U.S. walk away unpunished – even better off.

We’re not talking about their parents.  It’s common for liberal politicians (even Trump himself on occasion) to say these young people shouldn’t be punished for the “crime” of their parents – that they brought their children with them when they crossed the border without papers.  But parents aren’t criminals anymore than their children are.  They chose survival over hunger, and sought to keep their families together and give them a future.

The perpetrators of the “crime” are those who wrote the trade treaties and the economic reforms that made forced migration the only means for families to survive.  The “crime” was NAFTA.   Continue reading

Stand Together on Labor Day

March protesting a planned rally by Nazis and racists in San Francisco

Aug.26, 2017. San Francisco
Photographs by David Bacon

Labor Day isn’t just about cookouts and mattress sales, it’s about American workers—like you, your colleagues and me—who serve our communities every day, who make up the middle class, and who just want a chance at the American dream.

We’re living in a time of great anxiety. Just last month, the violence in Charlottesville, Va., raised real concerns about our commitment to fighting hatred and bigotry, while the response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation—the work of the first responders and volunteers working around the clock to keep people safe—has shown the true character of America.

And in the last few years, as Wall Street has soared, so have health costs, while wages and bargaining power have plummeted. We’re constantly fighting for resources for our public schools, our colleges, our hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and the public services we deliver, against corporations, politicians and wealthy interests who, for decades, have rigged our economy and our politics against working people.

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