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French workers stage 148 strikes

By February 17, 2014

The largest and most militant of France’s five major trade union confederations, the CGT, filed 148 “strike notices” for actions to take place on Feb. 6. The unions hit growing income inequality and raised concerns about employment, wages, working conditions, public services and benefits. They called for “another division of society’s wealth.” These protests are […]


Protest on Wall Street

By February 13, 2014

Under the slogan “Rise up for the unemployed,” the People’s Power Assembly and OccuEvolve held a protest Feb. 7 on Wall Street, a few hours after the government released the latest employment figures. The protest demanded restoration of extended unemployment benefits and jobs for all at a living wage. It also raised the issue of […]


Victory for airport workers and their union – challenges remain

By February 7, 2014
Photo: SEIU 32BJ

It was a “big win” according to the Service Employees union, Local 32BJ, the union trying to organize airport service workers at the three New Jersey/New York airports: Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark International. The three airports are owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. On Jan. 20, 32BJ members and supporters […]


Airlines grab billions, leave workers in misery

By February 3, 2014

Airlines profits have been bolstered by billions in government subsidies. Meanwhile, wages for airlines’ contract service workers have dropped up to 45 percent since 2002. Some subsidies are visible, according to a March 8, 2013, Boston Globe article: The federal government provides 30 percent of the budget of $7.6 billion to the Transportation Security Administration, […]


Teachers’ unions resist all-out assault

By February 1, 2014

Some $682 billion in public funds was spent in the United States in 2012-13 on pre-K through Grade 12 education. This vast amount of public money provides a vast market for businesses to exploit, and, where possible, to privatize. (usgovernmentspending.com) The so-called charter schools offer a mechanism for private capital — even if the schools […]


Protests demand Wendy’s rehire worker

By January 25, 2014
WW photo: Anne Pruden

“We’re going to beat! back! The bosses’ attacks” was the chant of more than 35 people in front of the Wendy’s at 85 Nassau St. in the heart of New York’s financial district on Jan. 15. As fast food workers have started to assert themselves and protest for better pay, working conditions and unions, retaliation […]


NYC airport workers demand living wage

By January 24, 2014

Local 32BJ of the Service Employees union organized a protest on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20, to demand the day as a paid holiday for airport contract workers. Hundreds of workers marched across the LaGuardia Airport access bridge in Queens, N.Y., after the airlines and the Port Authority of New York & […]


Native & environmental activists take on GE & Big Oil

By January 18, 2014
Equipment at oil sands mine in Alberta, Canada.

The tar sands of Alberta, Canada, are the dirtiest, most polluting oil source in North America and require very specialized, massive evaporators to extract the oil they contain. For months, a coalition of Native and environmental activists has been fighting the transportation of this equipment through Indigenous lands in the Northwest. General Electric makes these […]


Four years after devastating earthquake, Haitians get nothing but imperialist occupation

By January 14, 2014

The horrific Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti caused building collapses in Port-au-Prince and its suburbs that killed at least 300,000 people. It left an uncounted number injured and 1.5 million homeless. Four years later, according to the Ministry of Public Works, an estimated 20 percent of the ruble has yet to be removed. Only […]


Kalashnikov: the worker and the rifle

By January 13, 2014

Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, the designer of the famous AK-47 assault rifle, died at the age of 94 at the end of December 2013 in Izhevsk, Russia, where he had lived in a simple apartment house since just after World War II. He was the 17th child of a peasant family, born in western Siberia. The […]