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Behind right-wing gains in French election

By April 1, 2014

The New York Times and Washington Post in the U.S. and the Guardian in England presented France’s local elections on March 30 as a breakthrough for the French far right, along with substantial gains for the center-right. But the real key to understanding developments in France is the record level of abstentions. Nearly 40 percent […]

 

Unions hit education cutbacks

By March 30, 2014
Teachers at all levels protest in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The United Federation of Teachers, which represents kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and staff, and the Professional Staff Congress, which represents higher education teachers and staff in New York City, mobilized about 300 of its members on March 21 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, for a demonstration. They were protesting across the street from state Sen. […]

 

Workers in Spain demand dignity

By March 27, 2014
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Demanding dignity and “food, a job and a roof over everyone’s head,” hundreds of thousands of people marched on Madrid on March 22. Organizers estimated that 2 million people took part in the protest. The government started off with a ridiculous estimate of 35,000-50,000 and then mumbled a vague retraction. The organizers rented four trains […]

 

Inuit in Alaska versus nuclear waste

By March 13, 2014
A 1945 newspaper covers Project Chariot.

Fairbanks, Alaska — “Plowshares” was a propaganda effort fostered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to convince the world that nuclear weapons, which the U.S. had used to slaughter hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians, had peaceful uses. In 1958, the Atomic Energy Commission — today the Department of Energy — came up with Project Chariot, […]

 

UIC strikes: Low-paid adjuncts supported

By March 1, 2014
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The repetitious argument about how a college education leads to higher-paid, more secure jobs overpowers both the huge explosion of student debt — to well over $1 trillion — and the fact that much of this college education is provided by low-paid, highly insecure, contingent workers, generally called adjuncts. The data on this phenomenon are […]

 

What U.S. rulers owe Haiti

By February 21, 2014

The United States supported repressive reactionaries in Haiti even before its independence in 1804. The first foreign aid granted by the U.S. — $750,000, a tremendous sum then — was sent to French slave masters in Haiti to put down the rebellion. This was done during slave-owning George Washington’s administration, under the direction of slave-owning […]

 

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
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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, […]

 
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