All labor should support LEGALIZATION!

By April 23, 2014

As progressives and workers march once again on May Day, it is important to reflect on the workers’ movement in this country. How can the working class move forward in this period? This question cannot be answered without taking into consideration three important components: migrant workers, low-wage workers and the struggle against racism, which must […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

Common Core and the educational-industrial complex

By April 17, 2014

The war on public education, part 2 In 2009, the Obama administration launched Common Core, which was a devastating attack on the entire K-12 curriculum and on all teachers, students and parents. It was called “Race to the Top.” Common Core was developed to scrap the entire curriculum of 41 — now 44 — states […]

 

Rights for women or corporations? Part 2

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Part 1: Rights for women or corporations? The case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, which was presented to the Supreme Court on March 25, involves the unprecedented, highly controversial issue of a for-profit company’s claim to “religious liberty” because it opposes paying for certain types of birth control for employees as mandated by the Affordable […]

 

Automation threatens 47 percent of U.S. jobs

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A wakeup call for labor movement and working class Two scholars at Oxford University have made an exhaustive study of 702 U.S. occupations and new techniques in automation. They concluded that 47 percent of existing jobs are at high risk of being automated in the next decade or so. The authors, Carl Benedikt Fey and […]

 

Judge says Detroiters owe banks $85 million

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The ruling on April 11 in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy by Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes awarded an $85 million payment to two banks that are heavily implicated in the financial ruin of Detroit and other cities throughout the United States. Rhodes ruled that the third negotiated attempt to terminate an interest-rate swap agreement […]

 
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