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Los Angeles Port Truckers Are On Strike

Drivers for three of the largest companies serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began an “indefinite strike” this week, claiming that they often make below minimum wage and that they have been unfairly labeled as independent contractors, which prevents them from unionizing.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



Thomas Frank Locates Thomas Piketty’s Blind Spot

The celebrity economist’s proposal of an “international IRS” as a means to end rampant wealth inequality falls far short of methods that exist in the American tradition, Salon columnist Thomas Frank writes in a critique of the best-selling “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.”

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Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

Workers, students, youths and the poor are all considered expendable in this neoliberal global economy. Yet the one institution that offers opportunities to challenge anti-democratic tendencies is under attack in unparalleled ways.

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The Year of the Low-Wage Worker

In 2014, legislation and labor actions could narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

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Why Are Wages Low? Blame Workers for Not Knowing They Are, in Fact, Workers

The anti-union movement won the battle of self-perception. Union-friendly blue-collar workers have been supplanted by white-collar office drones who don’t see themselves as candidates for unionization because they don’t really see themselves as workers, author Edward McClelland argues.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Your Boss Is a Dick (A Glossary of Labor Terms, Translated)

To help out my friends in organized labor, here is a glossary of key union terms, translated for everyone else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Black Friday Protests Against Wal-Mart Begin

Thousands of Wal-Mart workers and their union supporters are staging protests across the United States against the company’s practice of keeping its employees poor.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE


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More Than 50 Arrested in Wal-Mart Civil Disobedience

If you’re wondering why Wal-Mart is advertising about how well it treats its worker bees, it may be because demonstrators have launched an ambitious campaign to draw attention to the retail giant’s exploitation and alleged abuse of employees.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


The Plot Against Pensions

As state legislatures prepare for their upcoming sessions, you will no doubt hear a lot about public pensions.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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United Nations Forces a Showdown—With Its Own Workers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is trying to make an end run around the U.N.’s system for negotiating collective-bargaining agreements with its workers. Maybe he needs to call in his organization’s International Labor Organization to monitor its own actions.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Some Labor Day Observations: Where Will the Fight Go From Here?

As the nation faces a continued and massive gap between the haves and the have-nots, we listen to some different voices and observations about where organized labor is, and where it might be headed.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE


‘We Are Slowly Dying’: Fast-Food Workers Strike for Wages, Rights and Dignity

Fast food and retail workers are striking for the right to unionize and a living wage in seven cities: Milwaukee; Chicago; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; Detroit; Flint, Mich.; and New York City.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘Wall Street and Corporations Are Pulling the Strings’

In the latest installment of a series of interviews on The Real News Network’s “Reality Inserts Itself,” the Truthdig columnist says that the Democratic Party once looked out for the interests of labor and the poor. But that changed, he says, when Bill Clinton entered the White House, and it’s getting worse under President Obama.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Detroit and the Bankruptcy of America’s Social Contract

The geopolitical divide has become so palpable that being wealthy in America today means not having to come across anyone who isn’t.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE


What Happens in Egypt Doesn’t Stay in Egypt

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole says Americans should be very concerned about revolution in the Mideast; George Zimmerman goes free; The Advocate’s “Black, Gay, American” issue; and alt-labor.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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What Happens in Egypt Doesn’t Stay in Egypt

Truthdig Radio airs Thursdays at 4 p.m. Pacific time on 90.7 KPFK in Los Angeles. Check your town’s listings or ask your public radio station to carry Truthdig Radio.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama: Sweat the Small Stuff for Big Justice

If President Obama sweats the small stuff, he will empower the American people to take greater charge of their government and their future over the destructive and cowardly corporatism that now dominates Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Sweatshops on Wheels

Exploitation of bus drivers is just one part of the corporate disemboweling of the U.S. public transportation system. As the destruction of city and state bus and subway services enters its final phase, their unions have either disappeared or lost clout.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE



Danny Birchall (CC-BY)

What Margaret Thatcher Really Meant to England and the World

Amid all the suffocating claptrap celebrating Margaret Thatcher in the media, only the British themselves seem able to provide a refreshing hit of brisk reality.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



Bob Jagendorf (CC-BY)

Inside the Liberal Conspiracy to Save the Republic

Mother Jones profiles a growing coalition of environmental, labor and civil rights groups, including Greenpeace and the NAACP, that began meeting off the record in December to try to figure out “what to do to beat back the deep-pocketed conservative movement.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Which Side Are You On, Boys?’

Is there a wave of nostalgia for the 1930s? I wouldn’t have thought so, at least not until the Republicans of Michigan passed the bucket of anti-union legislation last week.

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Where the Real Battle Over Inequality Is Happening

Washington has a way of focusing the nation’s attention on tactical games over partisan maneuvers that are symptoms of a few really big problems. But we almost never get to debate or even discuss the big problems because the tactical games overwhelm everything else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Paul Sancya

Michigan Becomes a Right-to-Work State (Video)

Michigan legislators approved a bill Tuesday that curbs unions’ abilities to collect fees from nonunion workers as protesters gathered and were arrested at the state Senate. Lawmakers are also weighing a right-to-work measure that focuses on private sector employees.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Organizing Walmart: Why Austerity Economics Hurts Low-Wage Workers the Most

What does the drama in Washington over the “fiscal cliff” have to do with strikes and work stoppages among America’s lowest-paid workers at Walmart, McDonald’s, Burger King and Domino’s Pizza? Everything.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Takes on Walmart, Black Friday

Jon Stewart was highly critical of the media outlets that have vilified the big box retailer’s employees for wanting to unionize, and for speaking out for better pay and benefits.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE


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A Black Eye for Wal-Mart on Black Friday?

About the worker walkout and protest planned across the country this Friday, Wal-Mart said: “These so-called protests involve a handful of associates and a handful of stores. In fact, most of the protesters ... are union organizers and union members who work somewhere else.” Says William Fletcher of OUR Walmart: “It’s not true.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Three Reasons Progressives Should Care About the Courts (and Vote for Obama)

The idealistic left might be willing to gamble away the judiciary, but the right never will.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Ed Yourdon (CC-BY-SA)

Replace This Greed

For friends of labor, the revolt against the National Football League’s replacement refs is the most remarkable event since the organization of Henry Ford’s car company into the United Auto Workers union.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law Struck Down

A Wisconsin judge Friday repealed the state law supported by Gov. Scott Walker that ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers for more than a year.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Sitthixay Ditthavong

The Chicago Teachers Strike: Challenging Democracy’s Demise

What the world is witnessing in Chicago as thousands of teachers, staff and support personnel strike is the emergence of a revolutionary ideal that opposes the right of corporations and markets to define the purpose and meaning of public education and the debasement of educational leadership and teaching as a bulwark of democracy.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Mayor Rahm-Ney’s Attack on the Chicago Teachers Union

Unions are under attack in the United States—not only from people like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, but now, with the teachers strike in Chicago, from the very core of President Barack Obama’s inner circle, his former chief of staff and current mayor of that city, Rahm Emanuel.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/M. Spencer Green

Chicago Teachers Strike After Union Talks Break Down

For the first time in 25 years, tens of thousands of teachers are hitting the picket lines in the nation’s third-largest school district after contract talks ended without resolution.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


From Greenwashing to Workerwashing

It seems no matter the arena, the most cliched move in corporate and political combat is to co-opt an opponent’s message, expecting nobody to notice or care.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupy Will Be Back

In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Morry Gash

Democrats Failed in Wisconsin Because They Failed Wisconsin

Voters in Wisconsin bought the tea party line because the president and his party have not been able to provide a believable alternative.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Morry Gash

Wisconsin Election Results: Scott Walker Survives

Multiple news outlets have called the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election for Scott Walker. By winning the election Tuesday night, the Republican became the first U.S. governor to survive a recall attempt that reached the ballot.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



Mark's Postcards from Beloit

Will Wisconsin Governor Survive Recall Election?

Scott Walker is looking to do what no other U.S. governor has ever done: keep his office after a recall election. Walker is just the third governor to face a recall ballot in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Apple’s China Comes Home to Haunt Us

China’s labor practices are now to be admired rather than scorned, lest the American economy decline further in the new world order.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mark J. Terrill

Waiting on the Wealth Hoarders

You are not a patriot if you prize profits over people. You are a hoarder of wealth.

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What Cellphone Taxes Say About Republican Hypocrisy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: David Lazarus tracks the cash from phone and bank fees; good news for unions; moving money out of big banks; anarchy in the USA, and “digital parasites.”

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

What Cellphone Taxes Say About Republican Hypocrisy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: David Lazarus tracks the cash from phone and bank fees; good news for unions; moving money out of big banks; anarchy in the USA, and “digital parasites.”

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



Phillip Stearns (CC-BY)

The Long-Awaited Oct. 15 Lineup

Occupy Wall Street will hold a number of major events Saturday. First will be a march on a JPMorgan Chase branch to protest the $94.7 billion taxpayer bailout of the company and the bank’s layoff of 14,000 workers since then. (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



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How (and Why) to Co-opt Those Cops on Wall Street

If teachers, bus drivers, firefighters, nurses and, yes, police officers show up to demand change—then this could be the beginning of something very, very big.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jason Redmond

Grocery Workers Struggle Despite L.A. Union Victory

A new union contract has been hailed as a “win-win,” but a closer look at the agreement shows that it fails to provide decent wages and benefits for most grocery workers.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE


Dave Zirin and Mike Farrell on the Death of Troy Davis

On Wednesday’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK, in the hours before the execution of Troy Davis, Mike Farrell and Dave Zirin discussed what Zirin called a “legal lynching.” Also: L.A.’s labor battle and the politics of Hollywood.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE


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