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text Labor Needs to Recalibrate and Fight Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2013-10-12 2:32 AM
While the U.S. media has been obsessed with the in-fighting between Democrats and Republicans, as well as the recent government shutdown and the global/domestic ramifications of a possible government default, little attention has been paid to a looming disaster confronting working people: Obama is again threatening to cut “entitlement” programs, meaning Social Security and Medicare. (text/plain)

text The UAW Takes One Step Forward, and One Backward Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2013-10-10 9:46 AM
Trying to rebound off the ropes, where it has been pummeled for the past several decades, The United Auto Workers (UAW) has launched an aggressive organizing campaign in the South, in line with an AFL-CIO resolution emphasizing organizing there, where unionization rates are weak across the board. (text/plain)

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)

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 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 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 How Unions Could Do Much Better Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2012-09-04 1:03 PM
Workers Action has a new article on by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer titled “How Unions Could Do Much Better.” (text/plain)

text Inequalities, Taxes, and More Inequalities Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2012-08-04 2:47 AM
Thanks to Occupy, most working people are well aware of the growing inequalities in wealth. But for those who lack the specifics, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich provides a useful overview: “…the rich have been getting a larger and larger portion of total income. From 9 percent in 1980, the top 1 percent's take increased to 23.5 percent by 2007. CEOs who in the 1970s took home 40 times the compensation of average workers now rake in 350 times.” (“Confessions of a Class Warrior,” August 22, 2010). (text/plain)

text Taxing the Rich and Its “Left” Critics Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2012-07-29 3:03 AM
In a recent article published on the website of Socialist Viewpoint, Chris Kinder criticized those on the left who call for raising taxes on the rich. Identifying himself as a Trotskyist, Mr. Kinder displayed particular displeasure with Trotskyists who embrace this demand. Yet, as we will argue, his arguments fundamentally deviate from the political-strategic framework established by Marx and Engels and developed by Lenin and Trotsky. (text/plain)

text Money, Power, and Politics Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer 2012-06-27 6:17 AM
When it is a question of the efficacy of money in politics and workers fail to put up a fight, money prevails. The moral is: money counts — but only if we let it. (text/plain)

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