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The Silver Lining of the New Gilded Age: Fewer Targets 22.10.2018 American Prospect
At noon on January 17 of this year, activists began protesting outside the Blackstone Group’s New York City headquarters over the private equity giant’s foreclosures in Puerto Rico. Simultaneously, a social justice group in California released a report detailing Blackstone’s alleged mistreatment of thousands of the state’s tenants. The timing was no coincidence. The extreme concentration of economic ownership and power in 21stt-century America is creating more opportunities for disparate groups—from renters and unions to community groups and financial reform organizations—to ally against common adversaries and pressure them for broad concessions. This growing collaboration points to what some see as a necessary reaction and potential silver lining to the New Gilded Age. “The same guys own everything,” Stephen Lerner, a veteran community and labor organizer, told a crowd of labor leaders in New York City late last year. “We can align our forces in a different way because we have the same enemy.” Nurturing ...
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Mexico’s Hopeful New President 22.10.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here .  The election of the left populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador as president of Mexico is a historic breakthrough for progressives there. It could also offer progressives in the United States a path out of their own political stalemate on immigration and trade. In his third run for president, 64-year-old “AMLO” broke open the piñata of Mexican politics that had been tightly sealed by neoliberal oligarchs since the early 1980s. He won 31 of the 32 Mexican states, taking 53 percent of the total vote. His coalition, led by the political party he organized just four years ago, swept to control in both houses of the Mexican Congress. As in his past campaigns, López Obrador was demonized in most of the media as a Latin American caudillo like Hugo Chavez, who would bring Venezuela-type chaos, or the Mexican version of the despised Donald Trump. The comparisons are pure propaganda; López Obrador has no connection with ...
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This Philly dating service charged an 85-year-old widow $4,750 and gave her one option 19.10.2018 News
"I think they're just taking advantage of people like me, who are thinking they're lonely," says one woman who says she was duped.
Marriott workers say they are drowning in credit union fees 16.10.2018 News
Experts say the credit union's practice perpetuate the wealth gap between races.
U.S. airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters 16.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The U.S. military says it has carried out its deadliest airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia in nearly a year, killing about 60 fighters.
Fighting for $15—and a Union 16.10.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File) Protesters rally outside a McDonald's in Times Square on April 15, 2015. A wave of fast-food worker protests and strikes, led by the Fight for $15, unfolded across the country two weeks ago. But more than just fighting for a raise, the movement has an additional goal, though their name doesn’t suggest it,: winning unions. Specifically, getting unions at low-wage employers; the recent protests targeted fast-food giants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. At the beginning of the month, the Fight for $15 hosted a week of actions in the Midwest explicitly focused on demanding union rights, which led to about 100 arrests of workers as well as allied elected officials. Workers went on strike in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday, October 2, and workers in Milwaukee shut down a McDonald’s during the lunch hour on October 3 and then marched to the interstate, closing lanes. On Thursday, October 4, more than 1,000 workers descended upon McDonald’s headquarters in ...
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Steelworkers, U.S. Steel Reach Tentative Contract Agreement 16.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The United Steelworkers union has struck a tentative agreement for a new labor contract with U.S. Steel Corp.
Washington's Supreme Court Eliminates State's Death Penalty 12.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The justices said capital punishment serves no legitimate goal toward the effective punishment of prisoners.
If GOP is the anti-labor party, why do Pa. unions still endorse Republicans? | Will Bunch 11.10.2018 News
The GOP has made it clear in recent years that it's the anti-labor party, with particular ire aimed at the teachers' union - even in Harrisburg, where legislative leaders have tugged Republicans to the far right. So why do so powerful unions - the PSEA, AFL-CIO, building trades, etc. - continue to endorse GOPers?
Can cooperatives save America's small farms? 11.10.2018 Energy & Climate |
Amid a nationwide rise in worker-owned businesses of all types, small farms across the country are foregoing traditional farm ownership and reaping the benefits of cooperative farming.
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Miss America Organization strikes back at rebellious states 9.10.2018 News
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The other heel has dropped at the Miss America Organization, which had endured a revolt by dozens of states this summer against the national leadership of the pageant headed by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson.
Teamsters Cast Votes on UPS Contract 5.10.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
UPS workers are wrapping up voting on a union contract that has faced opposition among some members over a two-tier wage system for drivers and, more recently, starting wages that trail those at Amazon.
Pressuring Bosses Is Good. Policy Change Is Better. 3.10.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/David Zalubowski A worker moves an item from a cart to the line for boxing at the Amazon fulfillment center in Aurora, Colorado. trickle-downers_54.jpg After years of bad press about Amazon’s treatment of its workers, the company announced Tuesday that it is raising its employees’ wages to $15 an hour, effective next month. The new wage will cover all employees, including temporary and seasonal workers. It’s clear that the company succumbed to public pressure from worker movements as well as criticism from progressive politicians, particularly Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The announcement comes amid growing agitation for higher wages and better working conditions. This week, the Fight for $15 is coordinating protests and strikes among fast food workers seeking better pay and union representation. Just last week, airport workers at the three New York-area airports  won  a $19 minimum wage—which will be the highest targeted minimum wage in the country—after years of union pressure.  Amazon ...
Cleveland-Cliffs, Steelworkers reach contract agreement 1.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
Cleveland-Cliffs and the United Steelworkers union have reached a tentative agreement on a new, four-year labor contract that covers hundreds of mine workers on Minnesota's Iron Range.
D-J Composites lockout is a refresher on reality of picket lines 28.9.2018 - News for the rest of us
Labour Union work stoppages have become quite rare in Canada. In the current decade, strikes and lockouts have accounted for less than one-30th of one per cent of all working time -- down more than 90 per cent from the strike-prone 1970s. The year 2016 set a new postwar low: just 631,870 days lost, breaking the previous record set in 1960 (even though today's work force is more than three times bigger). And more of those disputes these days are lockouts -- when employers stop production until the workers concede -- rather than strikes, when unions take the lead. Given that context, perhaps it's not surprising many Canadians have forgotten (or never learned) how these things actually work. Someone who chanced upon a rare picket line might think it's just a demonstration: protesters gathering to express an opinion. They have the right to demonstrate, but probably should do it politely. However, picket lines are not demonstrations. Pickets are a form of economic warfare. It's a process, accepted and ...
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Rachel Mitchell, Republicans' Chosen Questioner, Strikes Measured Tone 28.9.2018 Wall St. Journal: Policy
Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor tapped by Senate Republicans to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, struck a measured and at times gentle tone, even she tested her memory and motives.
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Airport Workers to Launch Worldwide Protests for Higher Pay, Improved Working Conditions 26.9.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Robert E. Klein Jet Blue Airlines baggage handlers offload baggage from an Airbus 320 at gate C19 at Logan International Airport in Boston. With the unmistakable cacophony of airport noise in the background, Tim Maddox, a wheelchair attendant, takes a break from talking with workers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to speak with me. Maddox is organizing for next week’s global day of action for airport workers. “There’s been a real assault on unions, labor, and workers,” says Maddox who is an executive board member of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Service Workers West, which represents thousands of service workers across California. “So, we’re standing up for better jobs at the airport—to be able to have a voice on the job, and have respect on the job.”  Next Tuesday, October 2, airport workers around the world will protest for better worker protections and for union rights. According to SEIU, workers in at least 43 airports in 13 countries—airports that control ...
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Fractious Germany Coalition Strikes Deal Over Intel Chief 24.9.2018 Wall St. Journal: World
Leaders of Germany’s coalition government sought to patch up their frayed alliance on Sunday by revising a week-old agreement on the future of one of the country’s top spies that had created an uproar.
Low Unemployment, Slow Wage Growth Bring Renewed Labor Strife 24.9.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The humming economy is bringing more labor strife. In recent weeks, unionized hotel housekeepers in Chicago, distillery workers in Kentucky and crane operators in Seattle have all walked off the job to pressure employers for better pay and benefits.
McDonald’s Workers Strike to Demand Response to Sexual Harassment Charges 20.9.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Richard Vogel Striking McDonald's workers carry a banner and march towards a McDonald's in south Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. trickle-downers_54.jpg On Tuesday, women McDonald’s workers made history.  McDonald’s workers in ten cities went on strike during the lunch hour to protest sexual harassment, as well as inadequate responses or retaliation they’d received from management. For its part, McDonald’s says that no workers walked off the job. McDonald’s restaurants in Chicago; Durham, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Orlando; San Francisco; and St. Louis all saw strikes as workers demanded that the McDonald’s Corporation respond to their complaints. A similar strike over the sexual harassment of women workers has not happened in  over 100 years , when, in 1912, corset workers in Kalamazoo, Michigan, walked off the job in protest of sexual abuse. Women who work at McDonald’s restaurants across the country spoke publicly about ...
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