Posted on August 24, 2015 by dcampbell1
by Steve Early
If it wasn’t for the Democratic presidential primary race now underway, Labor Day 2015 might be just another annual occasion for union mourning rather than celebration.
American workers have lost far more battles than they’ve than won recently. Further legal or political setbacks could be on the way, thanks to the Obama Administration and U.S. Supreme Court.
This spring, President Obama, big business, and their Republican allies in Congress won approval for a “fast-track” vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), when that controversial free trade deal is ready for ratification. Labor critics predict the TPP will undermine workers’ rights, environmental standards, and efforts to regulate multinational corporate activity. Continue reading
Filed under: Fair Trade, Organizing, Politics | Tagged: AFL-CIO, Al Gore, American Federation of State, American Politics, Associated Press, Bernie Sanders, County and Municipal Employees, Democratic Party (United States), Hillary Clinton, New Hampshire, Vermont | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 14, 2015 by dcampbell1
Filed under: Busting the union busters, Fair Trade, Health Care, Immigrant Workers, Low wage workers, Organizing, Politics, The enemy | Tagged: austerity, Corporations, jobs, oligarchy, Sanders, unions | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 7, 2015 by dcampbell1
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The undersigned SEIU leaders, members, retirees and staff urge the International Executive Board not to make an early endorsement in the presidential primary campaign. We are supporters of Senator Sanders and believe his voice deserves to be heard. His campaign is drawing thousands into a movement around the very issues we support in our day-to-day organizing. To make an early endorsement of Hillary Clinton would put our union in direct opposition to this growing movement.
Senator Sanders has an outstanding track record and is building a strong base of working people. Working against Sanders in the primaries will only alienate and confuse many SEIU members who are actively engaged in various movements, including the Fight for $15, immigration and higher education reform, Black Lives Matter, and many more progressive causes. Continue reading
Filed under: Fair Trade, Fast Track, Politics | Tagged: 2008, 2012, Bill Clinton, California, Democratic Party (United States), Democratic Party presidential primaries, Hillary Clinton, Los Angeles, New York, Republican Party presidential candidates, Republican Party presidential primaries, Service Employees International Union | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 6, 2015 by dcampbell1
By Daniel C. Adkins
We face the critical problems of the needs of a sustainable future and creating an economy that works for all of us, not just the interests of the 1%. These goals cannot be reached without changing our political and labor system from a game rich people play to a more democratic and inclusive one. To reach our goals it is time we evaluated how our various social-economic groups use their creativity to change society (or not). Below is a quick view of different social class contributions.
The middle and upper middle classes cover a wide area and have created the crown jewels of our networked society. In addition to maintaining educational systems, small businesses, etc., they have created the new corporations of our technological world. The tech companies: Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Facebook have been created by middle class students enthralled by the opportunities of their disciplines, especially the technological ones. Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is the son of a defense engineer who taught his son electronics so well that the “Woz” was able to build one of the first personal computers. Bill Gates learned coding so well that he was able to start a business. Steve Jobs got enough college under his belt that he was able to build a computer that was important in a cultural way as much as a business way. The Google guys created a company in the process of implementing their search algorithms. Although middle class professionals are unionized in education and government, unionizations have not caught on in some of the newer industries so when companies have gotten creative stealing workers options, the work force has had to create class-action lawsuits.
Filed under: Economy, Fair Trade | Tagged: Aaron Sorkin, Apple Inc., Atlanta, Atlanta metropolitan area, Bill Gates, Bud Tribble, Great Depression, Steve Jobs | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 25, 2015 by dcampbell1
Posted on June 25, 2015 by dcampbell1
by Meteor Blades at Daily Kos
With only six Democrats opposed, the House of Representatives favored the trade adjustment assistance (TAA) program Thursday in a 286-138 vote. There were 175 Democrats and 111 Republicans in favor. The Senate passed TAA Wednesday.
The program provides modest financial and job-training help to workers displaced by trade agreements. It was passed as an amendment to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which extends trade preferences until 2025 for a number of African countries. If the legislation had not passed, the TAA program would have expired at the end of the fiscal year, September 30. Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Fair Trade, Fast Track, Politics | Tagged: AFL-CIO, Barack Obama, Brad Sherman, Democratic Party (United States), Fast track (trade), Gene Green, Mike Quigley (politician), Nancy Pelosi, Pacific Rim, Trade Adjustment Assistance | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 24, 2015 by dcampbell1