Displaying all posts for G. Dunkel

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 […]


Eurozone imperialism swallows Latvia

By January 11, 2014

Latvia, a small country on the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, officially joined the Eurozone on Jan. 1. The Latvian government had applied the most rigorous austerity policy of any country in Europe. Christine Lagarde, the director of the International Monetary Fund, called Latvia a “model for Greece and Spain.” For European imperialists and […]


German union takes on Internet giant

By January 3, 2014

Starting last March and again during the December holiday rush, the German service workers’ union Ver.di, which is organizing the workers at Amazon’s German operation, has conducted a series of short strikes in the company’s warehouses demanding higher pay and union recognition. Ver.di is the second largest German union, with 2.3 million workers. As Amazon’s […]


Haiti: Battle for $11 – a day – minimum wage

By December 19, 2013

By the hundreds and thousands, Haitian workers marched and protested from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12, demanding that the Supreme Council on Wages (CSS) raise the minimum wage to 500 gourdes a day, which is about $11. Big protests took place in Port-au-Prince and smaller ones in Ouanaminthe, a processing center on the border with […]