The Dallas 6 case and solitary confinement

By December 6, 2013

The case of the Dallas 6 goes to court in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Dec. 9. The six men will not only fight new charges brought against them but will use their time in court to expose the brutal treatment they and other prisoners suffer in the solitary confinement unit at the State Correctional Institution at [...]

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As Egypt’s generals widen crackdown, new protest law stirs resistance

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A military-appointed, 50-member committee approved a draft of amendments to the Egyptian constitution on Dec. 1. The draft was to be submitted on Dec. 3 to “interim” President Adly Mansour, who will decide whether presidential or parliamentary elections will be held first in Egypt’s so-called political “roadmap.” The committee, known as a “constituent assembly,” has [...]

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Workers demand $15-an-hour minimum wage

By December 5, 2013
Baltimore — WW photo: Sharon Black

Unions join fast food workers in coast-to-coast actions Dec. 5 — The coast-to-coast movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour from the current miserable federal minimum of $7.25 took a big step forward today. Fast food workers, union organizers and many community and labor supporters staged imaginative and militant actions at chain [...]

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Food workers protest

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Protesters hit Capital Grille and Starbucks, Nov. 27.

Nov. 27 — International Food Workers Week actions took place in New York City at several restaurants and fast food chains to bring awareness and build support for workers making poverty wages and not receiving health care or other benefits. UNITE HERE Local 100 rallied to support restaurant workers seeking union recognition at Junior’s in [...]

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Walmart workers demand living wages

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WW photo: G. Dunkel

Challenging corporate greed, low wages and the anti-worker policies at Walmart, people organized and held protests at Walmart stores around the U.S. on “Black Friday,” Nov. 29. The busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S., it is a critical day for retail outlets to make as much profit as possible off the labor [...]

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Walmart cited for illegal firings as workers ramp up struggle

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Walmart workers have taken on the biggest private employer in the United States. Aided by labor unions and supporters from community and progressive organizations, they have faced up to every hostile tactic employed by this ruthless transnational corporation, defending their own rights and those of all the employees. It is this strong fight against the [...]

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Detroiters denounce city’s bankruptcy

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Dec. 3 — Detroit residents, community activists, city retirees and workers from many unions, including teachers, firefighters and others, demonstrated outside the Federal courthouse this morning in downtown Detroit. Inside, federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes read his decision approving Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceedings for the emergency-management-run city. Rhodes overrode the Michigan constitution, which says [...]

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Leonard Peltier’s message to National Day of Mourning

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Indigenous peoples and their supporters gathered in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 28, the so-called “Thanksgiving” national holiday, for the annual National Day of Mourning commemoration.WW photo: Liz Green

Supporters of Leonard Peltier, the longest-imprisoned Native political prisoner, are campaigning hard for executive clemency for the ailing 69-year-old hero. They request solidarity messages be sent to Leonard Peltier, #89637-132, USP Coleman I, U.S. Penitentiary, P.O. Box 1033, Coleman, FL 33521. The following are excerpts from Peltier’s message to the 44th annual Day of Mourning [...]

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U.S. & Japanese imperialism threaten China

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The capitalist press is busy speculating on the motives of the People’s Republic of China in setting up an Air Defense Information Zone that covers the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. Some say it was a test of the U.S. government, others that it was a test of the Japanese government. Some say [...]

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Veolia guilty of union-busting! Contribute to campaign to reinstate the fired Boston school bus drivers

By December 4, 2013
USW Local 8751 members point to illegal lockout on Oct. 19.

On Dec. 2, “Friends of the School Bus 5” launched a crowd-sourcing fundraising effort to raise money for the families of the four fired Boston school bus drivers’ union leaders. Go to the Friends of the School Bus 5 fundraising link at bit.ly/1invSKE. Already, District 35 of the Painters and Allied Trades in Boston has led the way [...]

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