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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 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

text imling porfivng amigo 2012-11-15 3:05 PM

text Will Unions Fight Fiscal Cliff Cuts to Medicare and Social Security? Shamus Cooke 2012-11-14 12:55 PM
With pro-Obama election posters still visible in most union halls across the country, the President has already taken steps towards selling out not only labor unions (again) but all working people. But this isn’t the “ordinary” sellout that working people have come to expect from Democrats — this is an attack of historic proportions. (text/plain)

image Let us celebrate the NDFP's Declaration on Children of the Philippines Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) 2012-11-14 10:12 AM
Let us celebrate the NDFP's Declaration on Children of the Philippines
The leadership and entire membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), all Red commanders and fighters of the New People’s Army (NPA), people’s militias and revolutionary mass organizations welcome the issuance by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) of the Declaration and Program of Action for the Rights, Protection and Welfare of Children. (image/jpeg)

image Development of Maoist Theory and Practice in the Philippines Jose Maria Sison 2012-11-12 2:26 AM
Development of Maoist Theory and Practice in the Philippines
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) was reestablished on the theoretical foundation of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought on 26 December 1968. Since 1995, it has officially used the term Maoism as synonym for Mao Zedong Thought. The adoption of the term is due to language alignment in relation to Marxism-Leninism rather than due to any change of meaning or line in relation to Mao Zedong Thought. Since 3 September 1993 in his message to the Symposium on Mao Zedong Thought in Manila, the founding chairman of the CPP has referred to adherents of Mao Zedong Thought as Maoists. (image/jpeg)

text Union Loss in Bend, Oregon Mark Vorpahl 2012-11-08 5:45 AM
The game is rigged, but not the fight. (text/html)

text California Victor Davis Hanson 2012-11-05 2:54 AM

image Philippines - Ranking Red exec named party-list third nominee Joyce Pangco Panares 2012-11-02 4:05 AM
Philippines - Ranking Red exec named party-list third nominee
The Anakpawis party-list announced on Monday that it was adding the name of Randall Echanis, a political consultant of the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF), as its third nominee, a move which observers say could hasten the integration of the extreme left into the political mainstream. (image/jpeg)

text Michigan’s Proposal 2: Labor’s Big Test Mark Vorpahl 2012-10-28 6:14 AM
For some time now, Labor has been punched into a corner when it comes to state legislation. Over the last two years legislation has been passed in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan that has attempted to gut largely public workers of their union rights. (text/plain)

text Workers Stand Up to Walmart Mark Vorpahl 2012-10-17 5:34 AM
When a torrent hits an obstacle that refuses to give, it either flows around or over the obstruction. When workers’ needs for a living wage, fair treatment, and a voice are damned up by an oppressive employer, it is only a matter of time before they find a way of asserting their strength. (text/plain)

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