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text The State of Work in the Age of Anxiety Harold Meyerson 2013-12-03 1:11 PM
From 1947 to 1974, American workers brought home most of the wealth they produced. Since 1974, they have steadily lost power - and they're getting just a fraction of the wealth they produce today. Harold Meyerson is editor-at-large at The American Prospect and a columnist for The Washington Post. (text/plain)

text VIDEO: Wage Crisis with Joseph Stiglitz 2013-11-30 11:53 PM
Economic hardship in the world's biggest financial superpower. he squeezed American middle class (text/plain)

image Philippines: Time to punish pork plunderers and reform the budget system Citizens Action Party (Akbayan) 2013-11-25 11:49 AM
Philippines: Time to punish pork plunderers and reform the budget system
Akbayan Partylist welcomes the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court declaring unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as well as all forms of congressional insertions with the aim of creating lump sum funds for projects primarily determined by lawmakers. (image/jpeg)

text Expanding Social Security by Paul Krugman Paul Krugman 2013-11-23 7:21 PM
Paul Krugman, professor of economics at Princeton, was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2011. (text/plain)

text The Super Rich Reinvent U.S. Capitalism Shamus Cooke 2013-11-12 2:07 AM
As U.S. corporate profits soar to record highs, food stamps for the neediest were quietly cut. The politicians who are demanding endless cuts to social programs — Democrats and Republicans alike — insist that the U.S. is broke, all the while conveniently ignoring the mountains of tax-free wealth piling up in the pockets of the super rich. (text/plain)

text The Time Has Come For $15 Minimum Wage Mark Vorpahl 2013-11-11 9:04 AM
In one of comedian Chris Rock’s routines, he observes: “You know what that means when someone pays you a minimum wage? You know what your boss is trying to say? ‘Hey, if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.’” (text/html)

text Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea Mark Blyth 2013-11-09 1:42 AM
Book review: "Slaves of Defunct Economists: Why politicians pursue austerity policies that never work" by Henry Farrel, Washington Monthly, Mar/Apr 2013 (text/plain)

text Studying Economics Today is Like Brainwashing Ulrich Thielemann 2013-11-06 12:23 PM
The blind trust in efficient markets must be replaced and bankers given a new understanding. Profit making is different than profit maximization. Banking should be a public function not a casino and the real economy and the environment not abandoned. Economics should be a pluralist discipline, open and welcoming to alternatives and critical perspectives. (text/plain)

text VIDEO: "The UnwindingL An Inner History of the New America," 1hr 2013-11-03 2:23 PM
In "The Unwinding," George Parker grapples with the end of the Roosevelt republic and the need to fight organized money. He sees 1978 as a beginning when California passed Proposition 13 and de-funded education. (text/plain)

text The Coming Grand Bargain: “We’re All Neoliberals Now” Shamus Cooke 2013-10-22 1:30 AM
After the U.S. government shutdown you’d expect Republicans and Democrats to remain at each others’ throats, so different was their vision for the country, or so it appeared. (text/plain)

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 Fast Food Workers Win a Union…through Zoolidarity Shamus Cooke 2013-10-10 2:25 AM
Union members have watched in awe as fast food workers struck over the last year, calling for “$15 and a union.” Despite the slogan, however, the prevailing wisdom has been that union recognition isn’t really the goal; that’s too hard against giant employers insulated by a layer of franchises, with a part-time and transient workforce. (text/html)

text Caligula Game jacinto 2013-09-15 6:18 PM
Was Warhol another Hitler? (text/plain)

text Labor Leaders, Obamacare, and the Fate of the Unions Shamus Cooke 2013-09-13 8:48 AM
A funny thing happened a couple of months ago: labor leaders finally awoke from their coma and realized that Obamacare was not only bad for unions, but for working families in general. (text/plain)

text At the AFL-CIO Convention, Leaders Ask: What Direction for Labor? Mark Vorpahl 2013-09-12 12:23 PM
The acknowledgment of Labor’s existential crisis and the recognition that something must be done to resolve it is the key issue at the AFL-CIO’s four-day quadrennial convention in Los Angeles. The urgency of the situation has compelled Labor’s top officials to experiment in a search for solutions. (text/html)

text What Can We Learn from 25 Years of Jobs with Justice? Mark Vorpahl 2013-09-06 8:35 AM
It’s no secret that the last 30 years have seen a brutal corporate assault on U.S. workers. Incomes and union membership rates have plummeted, unemployment is soaring, and the two corporate parties have joined forces to go after our previously untouchable historic gains. (text/html)

text Wage Slavery in the American Auto Industry: Obama’s Shame Brad Forrest 2013-08-29 11:50 AM
The American auto industry is back in business in a big way. The carmakers are making enormous profits, direct from the blood, sweat and tears of autoworkers. (text/plain)

text Why Mass Marches Still Matter: 2013’s March on Washington Mark Vorpahl 2013-08-27 5:48 AM
In terms of the numbers it attracted, the August 24, 2013 March on Washington was an inspiring success. The question remains, however, how politically effective was it? (text/html)

text The AFL-CIO’s New Strategy: Inspiration or Hype? Shamus Cooke 2013-08-27 5:07 AM
After years of embarrassing denial, the AFL-CIO recently took its first baby step in addressing the crisis that has engulfed organized labor: it recognized there was a problem. In the run up to its national convention in early September in Los Angles, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently admitted that “what we’ve been doing isn’t working,” and consequently announced a new strategy that was, supposedly, a revolutionary break from the previously-failed strategy of organized labor. (text/plain)

text A Man on a Limb: A Short Analysis of the Current Economic Crisis Brad Forrest 2013-08-21 5:49 AM
The current crisis of the global capitalist system is shaping up to be one of the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. U.S. Gross Domestic Product grew by an anemic 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and only 0.4 the previous quarter. U.S. capitalists and their political representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties have got themselves in a real mess, with no end in sight. (text/plain)

text A Big Victory For Oregon’s Biggest Union Shamus Cooke 2013-08-19 8:59 AM
After years of painful backsliding, the state workers of Oregon’s largest union, SEIU 503, recently stood firm and scored a big win in their contract negotiations against the state’s anti-union Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber. (text/plain)

text The August 24 March on Washington: Why We Need a New Civil Rights and Labor Movement Mark Vorpahl 2013-08-09 7:05 AM
It could have been left as a relatively small event that would make little impact, but plans for the 50th anniversary of 1963′s March on Washington appear to have taken another course. (text/html)

text Wall Street plunders Detroit while pensioners take blame Systemic Disorder 2013-08-07 8:41 PM
In North America, Detroit fulfills the same function as Greece does for Europe: A scapegoat. Larger economic and social forces, disinvestment and financial industry legerdemain are the major factors in Detroit’s financial struggles as Wall Street used complex, and poorly understood, derivatives to extract money through “heads I win, tails you lose” tactics. (text/plain)

image On Philippine President Aquino's Midterm Year Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) 2013-07-29 11:04 AM
On Philippine President Aquino's Midterm Year
Deeper reforms needed to curb inequality (image/jpeg)

image Filipino workers challenge to Aquino’s SONA: Address inequality PM, APL, Sentro-Nagkaisa 2013-07-26 11:00 AM
Filipino workers challenge to Aquino’s SONA: Address inequality
Three years ago, President Aquino promised to substantially reduce poverty, create quality and secure jobs, and end the reign of impunity, among others. He promised “inclusive growth”. Workers have had enough of these broken promises. (image/jpeg)

image Philippines - NDFP says UN report on use of child combatants by NPA ‘false, biased’ Anne Marxze D. Umil (Bulatlat) 2013-07-25 9:16 AM
Philippines - NDFP says UN report on use of child combatants by NPA ‘false, biased’
MANILA – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ Special Office for the Protection of Children slammed the report released by the United Nations Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict (SRCAC) which alleges that the its armed wing the New People’s Army (NPA) has been using and recruiting children. (image/jpeg)

text Rail Disaster in Canada PCInt 2013-07-21 2:24 PM
The aftermath of the worst rail disaster in Canada for decades leaves at least 47 dead with many of the victims still unaccounted for. (text/plain)

text After the removal of Morsi in Egypt PCInt 2013-07-13 9:49 AM
The removal of the Morsi government is not a victory for the proletariat and the exploited Egyptian masses Victory can only be achieved by the proletarian class struggle against capitalism! (text/plain)

text Portland’s Austerity Resistance Movement Sparks Changes to City Solidarity Against Austerity 2013-06-30 7:31 AM
On June 20, Oregon’s Portland City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget that had been one of the most grassroots-contested examples of austerity in recent memory. (text/html)

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