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PSC members demand raise and contract

By October 4, 2014
PSC members demand raise and contract

The Professional Staff Congress represents 25,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York, who educate 270,000 students. Union members have had neither a contract nor a raise for the past four years. Led by PSC President Barbara Bowen, 100 or so members went inside the Board of Trustees meeting at Baruch College’s […]


Laundry workers celebrate third anniversary

Laundry workers celebrate third anniversary

It was a warm and classy – in all senses of the word – event to celebrate the Laundry Workers Center’s third anniversary on Sept. 27. The LWC addresses the need for community-based leadership development geared toward improving the living and working conditions of workers, as well as their families. Its work aims to combat […]


Lessons of the Air France strike

By October 1, 2014

An airlines strike in France highlighted the French bosses’ attempt to attack or evade French labor laws, which are stronger in protecting workers’ rights than other countries in the European Union, let alone in the anti-labor United States. The strike also provided a lesson in the bosses’ tactics aimed at dividing the working class. These […]


Haiti: A tenacious resistance arises

By September 27, 2014

For over a month now, the residents of Petit Goâve, a small city on the southwest coast of Haiti, have been out in the streets in struggle. They are demanding that the deputy representing the town in the Haitian parliament, Jacques Stevenson Thimoléon, and the town’s mayor, Sandra W. Jules, both resign. The protesters claim […]


Calentamiento global: Desastre para los pueblos del Ártico

By September 24, 2014

El Ártico se está calentando dos a cuatro veces más rápido que el resto del mundo. Esto es debido a un bucle de realimentación que implica el efecto albedo (blancura) que es “una medida de cuánto la energía del sol es reflejada de nuevo hacia al espacio.” (Skepticalscience.com) El hielo y la nieve reflejan mucho […]


Global warming: Disaster for Arctic peoples

By September 20, 2014
Disco Bay in Greenland, well above the Arctic Circle, in August.WW photo: G. Dunkel

The Arctic is warming two to four times faster than the rest of the globe. This is due to a feedback loop involving the albedo (“whiteness”) effect, which is “a measure of how much of the sun’s energy is reflected back into space.” (skepticalscience.com) Ice and snow reflect much more of the sun’s rays than […]


Independence campaigns shake two European states

By September 16, 2014

Between 1.5 million and 2 million people took to the streets in Barcelona to demand that the Spanish federal government in the capital of Madrid accept the results of a vote on the independence of Catalonia scheduled for Nov. 9. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, one of the more prosperous regions of Spain. Until […]


Capitalism increases Ebola dangers

By August 9, 2014

Aug. 7 — Ebola was identified 40 years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, then called Zaire. Two hundred and eighty people died in this first reported outbreak, on the banks of the river Ebola, out of 318 infected, for a fatality rate of 88 percent. For the next 40 years, Ebola was […]


In Kansas, tax cut means austerity

By July 28, 2014

The state of Kansas is running out of money in its rainy-day fund because it made huge cuts in  income tax rates in 2012. It took in $338 million less than expected in the 2014 fiscal year. Governor Sam Brownback pushed for these cuts, claiming they would pay for themselves with increased economic growth. His […]


France: Thousands defy ban on pro-Palestinian protests

By July 22, 2014
In the Paris suburb of Sarcelles.

According to the French newspaper Le Monde, on July 19 between 6,000 and 8,000 people showed up at a banned demonstration in Paris to support the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. Their main slogan was “Israel is an assassin, [French President] Hollande is an accomplice.” (Reuters, July 19)  Demonstrations, likewise officially banned, also took place in […]