A fist, a brain and May Day

By April 21, 2014

Someone or something is coming at you. What do you do? You make a fist. You have four fingers and a thumb — if you’re lucky and haven’t lost one of them on the job. Hanging loose, they’re vulnerable. One at a time, they could easily be broken. But clenched tight, your fist becomes a [...]

 

Haiti news in brief

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Ile à Vache resists land grab The Haitian government is pushing to turn Ile à Vache (Cow Island) — which is off Haiti’s southern coast — into a major tourist development that would have an international airport and major hotel chains. A government decree published in the official journal Le Moniteur on May 10, 2013, [...]

 

The meaning of low-wage worker struggle

By April 19, 2014

And the need for an independent revolutionary pole in new working-class movement The nationwide strikes of workers at places like Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King are signs that the working-class movement is going through the birth pangs of what will be a new phase of development. We are witnessing a truly revolutionary change in the [...]

 

Greece sells bonds, workers suffer more

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If workers in the Ukraine want to see what joining the EU and borrowing from the “troika” — the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission — might mean for them, they should look at Greece, Portugal or countries like Spain, which is the same size as Ukraine. Portugal’s unemployment rate [...]

 

Northwestern football players can unionize

By April 18, 2014
Kain Colter, football union organizer.

In a move that could change the rights of many of the 420,000 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) athletes, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, Peter Ohr, declared on March 28 that football players at Northwestern University have the right to unionize. By debunking the concept of “student-athlete” promoted by the NCAA, [...]

 

‘Raise minimum wage, no food stamp cuts’

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Labor and community activists marched through the Near West Side neighborhood of Cleveland on April 12, protesting against recent cuts in food stamps and unemployment benefits and for raising the minimum wage. People came out of their homes and workplaces, giving a thumbs up and joining the chanting. The march and rally were organized by [...]

 

Agreement announced in Ukraine after U.S.-Kiev offensive flops

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April 17 — News arrived this afternoon from Geneva that Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine’s coup government in Kiev had reached an agreement expressed in a public text “on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.” The agreement follows the collapse of a punitive expedition of [...]

 

Militias march to defend Bolivarian Venezuela

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“Every 11 has its 13.” Under this slogan, the Day of National Dignity and the Day of the Bolivarian Militia was held on April 13 in Venezuela. The slogan refers to the coup d’état carried out by the oligarchy with U.S. assistance, to remove President Hugo Chávez on April 11, 2002, but which the people, [...]

 

Philadelphia teachers’ seniority rights stripped away

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WW photo: Joseph Piette

After failing to settle a contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers for over nine months, on March 24 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission dropped a bombshell by announcing plans to eliminate seniority in hiring. Claiming that the establishment of the SRC in 2001 gave them the power to “unilaterally impose new work rules,” school [...]

 

Community barbecue turns into police riot

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WW photo: Terri Kay

A community barbeque and speakout was held on April 12 in Stockton, Calif., organized by the Inter Council for Mothers of Murdered Children. Dionne Smith and Carey Downs led the speakout, providing updates on their struggle for justice in the Stockton police killing of their son, James Rivera Jr. Other families came to talk about [...]

 
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