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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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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


Obama Labor Day Speech (Video and Transcript)

On Monday the president celebrated working people and the contributions of unions to our society and he previewed some of the proposals in his forthcoming jobs plan at an AFL-CIO-sponsored speech in a GM parking lot.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Corporate Front Group Burns Americans

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a secretive association of corporations and state legislators that has been crafting public policy to suit corporate interests since 1973. The organization is not new, but the opportunity to review ... (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Without a Debt Deal, Obama Can Make the Rich Pay

If the deficit remains unfunded, the president should withhold money from the enforcement and the support of laws that enrich the rich. This would lead to higher wages for workers and lower prices for consumers, and it would help shield them from the cuts he wants to make in income security programs.

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

We Can Live Without Leagues

If bad times bring out the best in ordinary people, sports labor brings out the worst in the privileged lives of owners and players.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE



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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE


The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Workers and Women Fight for Their Share of Egypt’s Revolution

As Dr. Mohammad Shafik stands in the chaotic emergency room of the Cairo hospital where he works, his biggest worry as patients are wheeled in is not about issues of medical care.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Some Factory Jobs Return, Paying a Whole Lot Less

Unemployed American workers are glad to see factory jobs returning, but they’re finding that the pay is drastically lower now, the result of a global race to the bottom for cheap labor. (more)

Posted on May 18, 2011 READ MORE


Ikea Joins the Race to the Bottom

Ikea’s Scandinavian-socialist flavor was soured when the Los Angeles Times this week published a damning story about the company’s manufacturing plant in Danville, Va.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdig Radio: Power in a Union

We put together a very special show on the labor movement, covering the gamut from farmworkers to teachers and even millionaire athletes.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE


Truthdig Radio: Power in a Union

We put together a very special show on the labor movement, covering the gamut from farmworkers to teachers and even millionaire athletes. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE


The Surprising New Class Politics

The battle for the Midwest is transforming American politics. Issues of class inequality and union influence, long dormant, have come back to life.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Andy Manis

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

Workers in this country paid for their rights by suffering brutal beatings, crippling strikes, targeted assassinations and armed battles with thugs hired by the Koch brothers of another time.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE


What Wisconsin Can Teach Washington

Consider the contrast between two groups of Democrats, in Wisconsin and in the nation’s capital, and the reaction of voters.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Don’t Believe the (Union-Busting) Hype

You need not be a devotee of Fox News Channel or Rush Limbaugh to believe that Americans despise the unions that represent cops, teachers and firefighters. But that view is profoundly wrong.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Tactic: Intramural Class Warfare

Seizing the circumstances of hard times, the Republicans are promoting and provoking intramural class warfare. They are pitting what is left of the private-sector middle class against the public-sector middle class.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Wisconsin Fight Matters

This is not the first time that Wisconsin has been at the center of national agitation over the role of unions.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Minnesota Moves to Make the Rich Pay More

Like most states, Minnesota has a big budget problem. But unlike most states, it’s looking to the well-heeled to help fill the gap. Gov. Mark Dayton plans to attack the state’s $6.2 billion deficit by raising taxes on the rich.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 READ MORE


Two Public Pay Standards, One Statement of Values

Decisions by bought-off elected officials highlight a larger corporatist ideology—one that says attracting the best and brightest to the “greed is good” financial industry is more important than attracting that work force to common-good endeavors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


Yes, America Still Needs Unions

Even in its terribly weakened condition, the labor movement remains a bulwark against the kind of corporate tyranny that would swiftly make serfs of the rest of us.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


Uprisings: From the Middle East to the Midwest

As many as 80,000 people marched to the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison on Saturday as part of an ongoing protest against newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to not just badger the state’s public employee unions, but to break them.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


Starving Wisconsin’s Unions

Let’s be clear: The high-stakes standoff in Wisconsin has nothing to do with balancing the state’s budget.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



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No Compromise in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Saturday rejected a compromise on a budget repair bill under which Democrats offered to accept cuts in health and pension benefits for public employees in exchange for retaining their right to bargain collectively.

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE


These Public Employees Are Not Overpaid

While Wall Streeters continue to rake it in, there’s a movement afoot to redirect the public’s rage against the humble public employee. These hardworking folks don’t look like the greedy opportunists they’ve been smeared as.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE


French Demonstrations Mark the End of an Era

It is not pension claims that are driving the current political uproar. It is popular fury at the people who created the present economic crisis and have been rewarded, with everyone else left to face the consequences.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Continental Unites With United

Shareholders of Continental and United Airlines have finally voted to form a more perfect United Airlines, merging the two companies under United’s name to create the world’s largest airline service, overtaking its closest U.S. rival—the newly merged Delta and Northwest Airlines—and European carriers.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


Missing ‘Big Labor’

Remembering the labor movement’s heroic battles is bittersweet on a Labor Day when so many Americans are unemployed, when wages are stagnant or dropping, and when the labor movement itself is in stark decline.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Technical Difficulties Bring Luck to Calif. Workers

California’s outdated technical infrastructure has made 200,000 state employees very, very happy. After an injunction by the governor to cut workers pay to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the state controller has successfully argued that such pay docking would be impossible given the state’s outdated payroll computer system.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


Pitfalls of Soaking the Rich

Rich Trumka—the AFL-CIO president intercepts any attempted honorific with an easy “Call me Rich”—comes armed with charts. His first one is, literally, in shades of gray. Its message is anything but.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



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There’s No Accounting for Taste in Arkansas

Although she was trailing primary challenger Bill Halter in at least one recent poll, Arkansas Democrats decided Tuesday to give Sen. Blanche Lincoln another shot. Lincoln had been targeted by unions and progressive groups after she killed the pro-labor bill she once co-sponsored and worked to weaken health care reform.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Kai Henry (CC-BY)

You Need a Raise

The theories on which we base wages are highly flawed—and so is your paycheck.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / AFL-CIO (CC-BY)

Unions Punish Lincoln in Arkansas

Sen. Blanche Lincoln helped sink the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, which would have made labor organizing much easier. Now the Democrat is headed to a primary runoff against Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (above), thanks in part to a massive multimillion-dollar campaign effort by the AFL-CIO and the SEIU ... (continued)

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



NPR Strike Edition

Wikipedia is big news in college, Texas textbooks go the way of toilet paper and the NPR strike we never saw coming.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Democrat Challenges the Senator From Wal-Mart

One of the Senate’s most conservative Democrats now faces a primary challenge on her left flank. Blanche Lincoln, who betrayed the unions that had supported her and who had bitterly fought off a public option in health care reform, was already headed for a tough race. (continued)

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Funding Campaigns ... Anonymously

The ridiculous Supreme Court decision to let corporations spend whatever they want on behalf of political candidates just got more ridiculous: Lawyers say that under the ruling there’s a loophole that would allow companies to do so anonymously.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Boycott FedEx

Now that unions have been broken, rapacious corporations like FedEx and toadies in Congress and the White House are turning workers into serfs.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Kucinich on Obama’s Escalation: Great Speech, Bad Policy

The other “peace candidate” in the 2008 Democratic primary isn’t thrilled with the president’s order to radically escalate the war in Afghanistan, no matter if there’s an exit strategy: “What are we going to learn in 18 months that we haven’t already learned in the last eight years?”

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Kucinich on Obama’s Escalation: Great Speech, Bad Policy

The other “peace candidate” in the 2008 Democratic primary isn’t thrilled with the president’s order to radically escalate the war in Afghanistan, no matter if there’s an exit strategy: “What are we going to learn in 18 months that we haven’t already learned in the last eight years?”

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


Why We Fight the Tire War With China

We are warned it is dangerously protectionist to enforce existing trade laws against China’s cheap tire surge, but Obama is obligated to do so—and for good reason.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


Progressives Pay the Price for Confusing a Party With a Movement

Washington’s labor, environmental, anti-war and anti-poverty groups spent millions electing a Democratic president and Congress and were promptly stabbed in the back. So why are they still loyal?

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE



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Can Whole Foods Repair Its Image?

Turns out comparing unions to herpes and raving against health care reform in The Wall Street Journal isn’t great for business, at least when your business sells granola to progressives, hippies and other Truthdig readers. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s efforts have earned him a boycott. Guess we’ll just have to get our gluten-free almond cookies elsewhere.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE


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telegraph.co.uk

21st Century Strikebreakers Raid S. Korea Plant

Strikebreakers have come a long way from their origins as goons with billy clubs. In South Korea, police commandos dropped from helicopters to try to end a car factory sit-in in Pyeongtaek, where laid-off employees have occupied their former workplace and are demanding their jobs back.

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE



Collage from Flickr / Korean Resource Center and senate.gov

How the Democrats Sucker-Punched Labor

It was a foregone conclusion that Republicans and big business would fight tooth and nail against the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, the union bill that would make organizing easier, but in the end it was Democrats who killed it. The Socialist Worker, appropriately enough, has the most comprehensive take on the story to date.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / aflcio2008

Democrats Gut Union Bill

Senate Democrats aren’t doing their friends in organized labor any favors. Lawmakers have decided to strip out the basic reform in the proposed Employee Free Choice Act that would make creating unions much easier—the whole point of the bill. But all may not be lost. ...

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

Health Care, Unions and the State of the U.S.

It’s the Bob and Matt Show! Robert Scheer and Matt Miller discuss the prospects of a public health care system now that the Democrats hold a 60-vote majority in the Senate, and then they move on to examine the impact of unions on education and health care. Tune in to hear Friday’s special summer show of “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Dr. Keats

Chrysler Heads for the Chop Shop

The Treasury Department has cut a deal with the United Auto Workers to send Chrysler into bankruptcy while protecting retiree benefits, The New York Times reports. Fiat would be in a more favorable position to take a cut of the company once it’s in bankruptcy. Chrysler’s equity stakeholders are shaping up as the big losers in all of this.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE


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