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The Disease of Caretaker Governments
BINOY KAMPMARK
A tear should be shed, though keep in the singular.  Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard and probably last for some time, is no more.  Elected by unelected officials, she was knifed by the same individuals who encouraged the knifing of her rival, the...
Detroit’s Retired City Workers in the Crosshairs
ANN ROBERTSON & BILL LEUMER
With Detroit’s finances looking increasingly dire, the city’s creditors are beginning to face off with one another, each trying to minimize their losses. The city’s pension fund, which supports retired city workers, has found itself in direct conflict with a formida...
Obama: Sweat the Small Stuff for Big Justice
RALPH NADER
The imaginative uses of the mighty presidency in American history and its bully pulpit have rarely been much above amateurish when it comes to helping people empower themselves. This has been the case even when the same party controls the White House and both Houses of Co...
Sweat Shops, Then and Now
DAVID MACARAY
Despite his support for some policies and programs that organized labor has strongly opposed (NAFTA anyone?),  I’ve always been a fan of Robert Reich, President Clinton’s first-term Secretary of Labor.  Even when disagreeing with him, I’ve always found his thinkin...
Capitalism and Economic Imperialism
ROB URIE
With ‘recovery’ the dominant economic theme in the capitalist media the unqualified inference is we all benefit. Left out is the fundamental tension of capitalism—profits care not whether they derive from zero-sum transfers or from shared growth. Unless social power...
An Open Letter to the Evergreen State College and Beyond!
PETER BOHMER
I urge everyone to honor the Tuesday, May 28th 2013 strike of the Student Staff Support Services Union.  These Evergreen workers have bargained for more than 16 months for a just contract, where they would be treated with respect. They are requesting a small i...
Dirty Secrets in the Kitchen
MARC PERRENOUD
Most of the many television cookery programmes in the past decade, such as the UK’s MasterChef, the US’s Top Chef and Australia’s The Chopping Block have used the talent show (X Factor,Fame Academy or The Apprentice) format...
Colombia’s Peasants and Workers Under Fire
JAMES JORDAN
There has been an alarming escalation of repression against rural populations in Colombia.  Much of this is focused against the National Unified Federation of Agricultural Workers Unions, or Fensuagro–the country’s largest labor organization representing rura...
Bill Maher’s Union-Bashing
DAVID MACARAY
What person smokes a ton of marijuana, loves animals but doesn’t like kids, digs girls and sex but never wants to get married, rejoices in using dirty words, hates fat people, likes the beach, and enjoys shocking us with wisecracks about religion and hillbillies?  It...
A New Era for Labor?
LAURA FLANDERS
What a difference five years make! In 2008, when a few hundred union workers at the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago voted to occupy their plant instead of submitting meekly to being laid off, theirs was a rare act of courage in a cold winter of crisis for o...
Recurring Nightmares?
KEVIN ZEESE AND MARGARET FLOWERS
The weekly news is like a recurring bad dream that is becoming an even worse nightmare. While the investor class cheers a rising stock market, the rest of us sink. The headline that jumped out at us this week came from Bloomberg News, ...
The Elusive Minimum Wage
DAVID MACARAY
If you happen to follow the American and international labor scene, and want to kill a leisurely hour, an entertaining way of doing that is to visit the Department of Labor’s (DOL) official website.  It offers a wide selection of labor tidbits, explanations of bureaucr...
Big Labor’s Tool of Empire
ALBERTO C. RUIZ
Just before the April 14 Presidential elections in Venezuela, RT News reported on a Wikileaks Cable from 2006 in which, in the words of RT, then “ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, outlines a comprehensive plan to infiltrate and destabilize former President Hu...
A Deadly Price for Our Clothing
WILLIAM NICHOLAS GOMES
The deadly collapse of a building in Bangladesh late last month made news around the world and brought the...
When You’re Stupid, You’re Stupid
RODOLFO ACUÑA
My mother use to say, “Cuando eres pendejo, eres pendejo;” and there was not much you could do about it – you were just born that way. Although I always enjoy my mother’s sayings, I do not believe that stupidity is genetic. With Americans I would blame th...
The Battle of the Hong Kong Dockworkers
STEPHEN PHILION
The battle of the Hong Kong dockers, as union Secretary Wong Yu Loy reveals, was important not only because of the rarity of strikes in Hong Kong, or because it was a pitched battle with Hong Kong’s wealthiest corporate magnate, but also because of the way corporate glo...
Liberalism vs. Radicalism
ERIC PATTON
What’s the difference between liberalism and radicalism? Which is “better?” How is “better” determined? Liberalism is the belief that the king has the right to rule and that when we want him to make decisions different from those he is currently making, w...
The Pain of Bangladesh
RAMZY BAROUD
As they spoke to a BBC correspondent in their run-down room which they call home in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a man sobbed as his 12-year-old daughter sat close to him. His face, wrinkled before its time, was a picture of utter anguish. It could only be understood by a pa...
Ohio’s Corporate Junta Takes a Hit From the Labor Left
BOB FITRAKIS AND HARVEY WASSERMAN
Swing state Ohio mocks the very idea of democracy. As it so often does, Ohio reflects a national trend: this one the plunge toward corporate one-party state governments very much at odds with what the public thinks and wants. But even an apparently absolute moneyed...
Local Fights Against Austerity are Growing
MARK VORPAHL
Between sequestration, with its damaging impact on workers and the economy, and the billions of dollars in cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other necessary social programs that President Obama is pushing, it is evident that the economic policies of both major parties...
SEIU Wins Again at Kaiser
STEVE EARLY
Thirty-one months ago, when the Service Employees International Union first defeated the National Union of Healthcare Workers in a unit of 45,000 service and technical workers at Kaiser Permanente in California, SEIU leader Dave Regan proclaimed that “NUHW is now, for a...
Financial Institutions Admit Austerity Failed
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
The first part of 2013 has been something of a confessional period for the economic managerial class. The IMF’s chief economist, Olivier Blanchard, ...
What’s the Matter With That Union Boss?
YVES ENGLER
“I am not here to take marching orders from union bosses,” said Mr. Poilievre. “I represent taxpayers and frankly taxpayers expect us to keep costs under control so that we can keep taxes down. It is for those taxpayers that we work. Not union ...
Istanbul’s Shameful May Day
MICHAEL DICKINSON
I was walking through the streets of Istanbul. Smoke and tear-gas bombs were exploding everywhere and people were running, pursued by police in riot gear. At a street corner I came across a street vendor selling Turkish sweets and stopped to speak to him. Finding it diffi...
May Day and the Failure of the Immigrant Rights Movement
AJAMU BARAKA
How did a movement that put millions on the streets in 2006 allow the development of something called the “comprehensive immigration reform act,” now being debated in U.S. Congress, which expands the guest worker program, devotes millions to border and immigration enf...