Posted on May 8, 2016 by dcampbell1
We’re heading into month two of the Verizon Strike and we need your help. Please join us for a National Mobilization Call on Tuesday, May 10 at 1pm to find out more about what you and your organization can do in the coming weeks to help.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, CWA President Chris Shelton, and Martha Pultar, Director of the Telecommunications Department at IBEW will join us to give an update and tell you how you can join the fight.
WHAT: National Verizon Strike Mobilization Call
WHEN: May 10th at 1pm ET
CALL IN NUMBER: 888-636-3807
Please let us know if you can join us. RSVP here.
This fight is about protecting good, union jobs and your help is essential if we want to win. Please join us on Tuesday.
Communications Workers of America
Filed under: Busting the union busters, Organizing, Politics, Solidarity | Tagged: Solidarity, Strike, Trumpka, Verizon | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 14, 2016 by dcampbell1
Bernie Sanders for President
Yesterday the CEO of Verizon said that I was “contemptible.” He doesn’t like that yesterday I walked the picket line with striking Verizon workers, or that I think Verizon needs to pay its fair share in taxes.
Verizon’s attack reminded me of what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in New York City in 1936:
“We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace — business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.
“They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.
“Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.”
Like FDR, I welcome the contempt of Verizon’s CEO. I welcome the hatred and contempt of every Wall Street banker, hedge fund manager, pharmaceutical lobbyist and fracking executive trying to stop our campaign.
Filed under: Busting the union busters, Labor History, Politics | Tagged: Solidarity, Strike, Verizon | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 9, 2014 by paulgarver
by Paul Garver
Dan Gallin’s career as a socialist and union activist now spans more than six decades. Child of an exiled Romanian diplomat, he was recruited to “Third Camp” Socialism (Socialist Youth League/International Socialist League) as a college student at the University of Kansas in the early 1950’s. Forced to leave the USA for his political activities, he rejoined his family in Switzerland where he became a Swiss citizen and a member of the Swiss Socialist Party. Opting to labor in the international workers’ movement rather than the socialist political movement, he joined the staff of the International Union of Food Workers (IUF), which he served as General Secretary from 1968 to 1997.
Solidarity is a collection of 19 of Dan Gallin’s essays, including two autobiographical articles, three pieces from the late 1950s and early 1960s, one from his tenure as IUF General Secretary, and the remainder from the last twelve years. Dan Gallin’s interview by Eric Lee of LabourStart can serve as an introduction to the book.
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Posted on June 10, 2014 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Stuart Elliott
Dan Gallin’s book Solidarity was officially and fittingly launched at the recent LabourStart “Global Crisis, Global Solidarity” conference. Gallin, now in his eighties, is a legendary figure in the international labor movement, having served for many years as General Secretary of the IUF, the international trade union secretariat of food workers union. Gallin transformed, modernized, and democratized the IUF. Unafraid to break new ground, guided by the values of “third camp socialism” he learned in the American Independent Socialist League, he embraced the organization of domestic and informal workers decades ago. Currently, he is Chair of the Global Labour Institute (GLI), a labor service organization established in 1997 with a secretariat in Geneva, with affiliates in Moscow and New York . In this video, he is introduced by Eric Lee, founding editor of LabourStart.
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Posted on November 4, 2011 by jakeblumgart
by Amy Dean
Business and liberal elites have long invested in developing collaborative leadership. In Occupy Wall Street and beyond, grassroots progressives are now getting into the game of working together.
Amy B. Dean
Something huge is happening in this country. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen this level of populist activity directed at the right targets: the big banks and the corporate elites that dominate our political system.
But there’s something else going on, behind the scenes. Though largely obscured by the Occupy Wall Street story, we are seeing a rare and welcome level of unity: progressive groups are maintaining a better level of coordination than at any time in recent memory. It’s a trend toward cooperation that should be recognized and celebrated.
Filed under: Economy, Organizing, Politics, Solidarity, Uncategorized | Tagged: AFL-CIO, Labor Movement, labor unions, occupy Wall Street, organized labor, progressive movement, Solidarity | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 18, 2009 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Ron Moore
The New York Times is reporting that the Employee Free Choice Act is dead. The news that labor staffers serving as lobbyists for working people have been working out a deal to undermine the right to organize is not a surprise to those experienced in the movement. For years labor’s effectiveness as a force for change has been undermined by union staff members who have never worked for a living and have no real commitment to the movement; it’s only a job to them.
Filed under: Solidarity | Tagged: Employee Free Choice Act, SEIU, Solidarity, Starbucks | 1 Comment »