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image "Almanac Trail" Concert Tour Kicks off in Pittsburgh July 12 with Anne Feeney! George Mann 2013-06-24 11:48 AM
"Almanac Trail" Concert Tour Kicks off in Pittsburgh July 12 with Anne Feeney!
A night of labor music, history and education. "The Almanac Trail" tour covers 25 cities in 32 days, beginning in Pittsburgh with special guest Anne Feeney on Friday, July 12 at the US Steelworkers headquarters, 7 PM (social hour), concert at 8 PM. hear stories and songs from Woody Guhrie, Pete Seeger and others and learn about the growth of labor unions in the 1930s and 1940s! (image/jpeg)

text Detroit’s Retired City Workers in the Crosshairs Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2013-06-22 6:21 AM
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 formidable opponent, the bondholders, individuals and institutions that gave the city money in order to enjoy the interest on the loan. (text/plain)

text Detroit’s Retired City Workers in the Crosshairs Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2013-06-22 6:17 AM
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 formidable opponent, the bondholders, individuals and institutions that gave the city money in order to enjoy the interest on the loan. (text/plain)

image PHILIPPINES: Millions of Votes for the Democratic Left AKBAYAN - Citizens Action Party 2013-05-31 1:36 PM
PHILIPPINES: Millions of Votes for the Democratic Left
While the Commission on Elections has yet to announce the official results of the 2013 partylist elections, we would like to thank the Filipino voters and everyone who have made Akbayan Partylist's sixth straight electoral victory possible. (image/jpeg)

image Slaughter of Proletarians in Bangladesh: Capitalism is the Assassin! PCInt 2013-05-26 9:25 AM
Slaughter of Proletarians in Bangladesh:  Capitalism is the Assassin!
On April 24 "Rana Plaza" a 9-storey building in an industrial suburb of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh (14 million), collapsed on about 3,500 workers (their number is not known precisely) working there. The building contained five textile factories, as well as a bank and many shops. The official present death toll is 1128, the number of injured is unknown. Most of the victims are women, who constitute 80 to 90% of the workforce in the Bangladeshi textile industry. (image/jpeg)

text SF Labor: Calls on Labor Movement to Mobilize in Washington, D.C. August 24 San Francisco Labor Council 2013-05-16 7:19 AM
In Support of the SCLC and King Center call for a March and Rally in Washington, DC on August 24, 2013 and in Support of the July 2 Northern California Demonstration to Demand a Massive Federally Funded Jobs-Creation Program and No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid (text/html)

audio Rustbelt Radio for May 06, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-05-07 5:14 PM
On today’s show, in honor of May Day and Cinco de Mayo, we bring you updates from May day activities in Pittsburgh, an interview with representatives from the Coalition for Immokalee Workers and Student-Farmworker Alliance, and a talk by Gloria Munoz Ramirez on indigenous struggles in Mexico. (audio/mpeg)

text Opposition Grows Fierce to Austerity Cuts in Portland Mark Vorpahl 2013-04-19 11:46 AM
On April 11 over 400 people packed the third public Portland Budget Hearing, which was organized by the City of Portland and which left many spilling out beyond the room where the hearing took place. More importantly, for the City Council there was an unexpected critical outpouring from the vast majority who attended. For the first time, the City Council and Mayor Charlie Hales began to lose control over their attempts to sell austerity. (text/html)

audio Rustbelt Radio for March 25, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-03-25 9:36 PM
A verdict is reached in the Steubenville Rape trial; local employee hour cutting in anticipation for the Affordable Care Act; and on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war, Iraq Veterans Against the War and Iraqi groups come together to launch the Right to Heal campaign. (audio/mpeg)

audio Rustbelt Radio for March 11, 2013 Pittsburgh Indymedia: Rustbelt Radio 2013-03-12 3:05 AM
On today's show, Anonymous holds a rally in West Virginia, Stop The Frack Attack in Dallas, Texas, and McDonald's Must Pay - foreign students exploited by McDonalds demand justice. (audio/mpeg)

text Democrats and Labor: A Tale of Abuse Shamus Cooke 2013-03-07 9:27 AM
The Democratic Party’s participation in the recent national “sequester” cuts is yet another big dent in their love affair with organized labor. But break-ups are often a protracted process. Before a relationship ends there is usually a gradual deterioration based on irreconcilable differences, until the split becomes inevitable. The decades-long marriage of labor unions and the Democratic Party is nearing such a divorce. Labor unions are becoming frustrated as the Democrats flaunt their affair with corporate America and Wall Street. (text/plain)

text AFL-CIO’s Own Oil Disaster Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2013-03-04 1:11 AM
With less than transparency, the AFL-CIO just issued a statement endorsing “expanding the nation’s pipeline system.” Although it did not explicitly endorse the Keystone XL pipeline, the labor federation nevertheless managed to extend its blessing to the project while hiding behind vague generalities. However, the logic of its position is unambiguous: the federation is in favor of extending pipelines in general and without qualification; the Keystone XL is a pipeline. Therefore logic compels us to infer that the federation supports the extension of the Keystone XL pipeline. (text/plain)

text Why Organized Labor Must Stand Against the Keystone XL Pipeline Mark Vorpahl 2013-02-12 12:17 PM
Spurred by real urgency over the corporate driven ruin of the environment, a growing social movement is taking shape that will be on display this Sunday, February 17, when tens of thousands descend on the streets of Washington, D.C. in a show of power titled “Forward On Climate.” (text/html)

text Is The “Democracy Initiative” What We Need? Mark Vorpahl 2013-01-25 1:00 AM
Last December, at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington, D.C., leaders from a variety of progressive organizations such as Greenpeace, the NAACP and the Communication Workers of America met with the intention of beginning a national campaign to, in the words of Mother Jones reporter Andy Kroll, “remake American politics.” (text/html)

text How To Defend the Public Sector Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2013-01-13 8:21 AM
The attacks on the public domain, particularly public education, social services, and the public sector unions that are linked to these services, are coming in rapid-fire succession, sometimes in an overwhelming barrage where the victims have little time to comprehend what is happening and respond effectively. (text/html)

text Longshore Struggle Brews on Both Coasts, Part 2 Mark Vorpahl 2013-01-13 7:07 AM
In the Northwest, at the terminals on the Columbia River, Puget Sound, and Portland, Oregon, the membership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are on the defensive against the Northwest Grain Handlers Association (NWGHA). The conflict involves nearly 3,000 workers at terminals that handle a quarter of the nation’s grain exports. (text/html)

text Longshore Struggle Brews on Both Coasts Mark Vorpahl 2013-01-09 12:36 AM
Part I - It’s a familiar pattern: those on top of the economic ladder enjoy massive profits, while expecting workers to sacrifice even more for the “greater good.” (text/html)

text Egypt’s Revolution Stumbles Mark Vorpahl 2012-12-25 4:21 AM
The call for a new constitution was a key political demand of the Egyptian people when they overthrew the thirty-year dictatorship of Mubarak. Motivating this was the desire to begin dismantling the repressive bureaucratic state machinery they had suffered under and replace it with a democratic government that would be guided by their needs and hopes. Such aspirations served to unite the divergent forces that made Egypt’s political revolution and encourage their grassroots organizing efforts. (text/html)

image Philippines: Let’s All Work for a Better Party-List System Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) 2012-12-21 12:16 PM
Philippines: Let’s All Work for a Better Party-List System
Recently, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) concluded its process of scrutinizing groups that will participate in the 2013 partylist election. It marked the end of a long and arduous process that the poll body has undertaken to cleanse the party-list system of fake partylist groups which have used and abused the system to advance their vested interests. (image/jpeg)

text US House considers plan for mandatory ‘volunteer’ service corps Kevin J 2012-12-18 10:17 AM
mandatory ‘volunteer’ service corps (text/plain)

text Corporate Tax Breaks and Jobs Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2012-12-16 5:54 AM
It has become an entrenched trend: corporations approach government officials and demand tax breaks, threatening to abandon the city, state or country if the politicians are not forthcoming. (text/plain)

text Defeating “Right to Work” Mark Vorpahl 2012-12-16 5:46 AM
The passage in Michigan of the anti-worker legislation grotesquely misnamed “Right to Work” (RTW) should be putting the entire nation on red alert. The downward pressure on the standard of living such bills unleash on the vast majority extend well beyond the union ranks. The bill’s success in Michigan, a pivotal state for organized Labor, indicates the unfolding of a national campaign by RTW’s backers. (text/html)

text Paul Krugman Discovers Marx (and Misses the Point) Shamus Cooke 2012-12-12 1:01 PM
In his recent New York Times op-ed piece, Princeton professor and regular columnist for The New York Times, Paul Krugman observed: The American economy is still, by most measures, deeply depressed. But corporate profits are at record high. It’s simple: profits have surged as a share of national income, while wages and other labor compensation are down. The pie isn’t growing the way it should — but capital is doing fine by grabbing an ever-larger slice, at labor’s expense. (text/plain)

image Philippines - Makabayan adopts 5 senatorial bets from 2 major slates C Esguerra 2012-12-04 11:08 AM
Philippines - Makabayan adopts 5 senatorial bets from 2 major slates
Political alliances for next year’s elections just got stranger after Senate candidates of the two major coalitions received the endorsement of a 3.8-million-strong left-leaning umbrella group that is fielding its own senatorial candidate as well. (image/jpeg)

text Austerity — the 1%’s Global Battle Cry Mark Vorpahl 2012-11-29 2:00 PM
Whether we are left with the Fiscal Cliff or a Grand Bargain, workers in the U.S. face massive cuts to programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment insurance, Food Stamp assistance and other needed social safety nets. This is an example of “austerity” which has largely been pursued in the U.S. until now, on a statewide and local level. (text/html)

image Message of Solidarity to Gabriela Women's Party on its 11th Congress Jose Maria Sison 2012-11-28 1:37 PM
Message of Solidarity to Gabriela Women's Party on its 11th Congress
We, the International League of Peoples´ Struggle (ILPS), express our warmest greetings of solidarity to GABRIELA as you hold your 11th National Congress and celebrate your 28th year of activism and service to the Filipino women and the Filipino people in the struggle for national freedom and democracy. (image/jpeg)

image Is the Philippines child-friendly? Save the Children 2012-11-26 12:15 PM
Is the Philippines child-friendly?
Manila, Philippines – The ultimate test of determining the child-friendliness of the country is to ask the children themselves, this according to Anna Lindenfors, Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines. (image/jpeg)

image Is the Philippines child-friendly? Save the Children 2012-11-24 12:15 PM
Is the Philippines child-friendly?
Manila, Philippines – The ultimate test of determining the child-friendliness of the country is to ask the children themselves, this according to Anna Lindenfors, Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines. (image/jpeg)

text Labor’s Call to Action: The Grand Bargain Betrayal Shamus Cooke 2012-11-22 2:25 AM
The labor movement is in terminal crisis. After decades of declining membership, the union movement has been targeted for destruction: private sector union membership is near eradication, and now the corporations are on a public-sector mopping up mission, using the city, state, and federal budget deficits as an excuse to target public sector unions. Obama’s Race to the Top education policy specifically targets the nation’s most powerful union workers, the teachers. (text/plain)

image Do Not Use the Filipino Children in 'Humanizing' the War Machinery – Rep. Emmi De Jesus Gabriela Women's Party list (GWP) 2012-11-18 1:11 AM
Do Not Use the Filipino Children in 'Humanizing' the War Machinery – Rep. Emmi De Jesus

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