Labor - USA

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(Some) Labor leaders to focus on 2012 election

Mark Gruenberg, People’s World, February 29, 2012 Orlando - As might be expected in a presidential election year, politics will take center stage when the AFL-CIO Executive Council meets March 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. With the Auto Workers becoming the latest AFL-CIO union to endorse President Obama for re-election, the entire council will likely make the labor federation's endorsement formal. It may not be unanimous, however: Machinists President Thomas Buffenbarger has already said his union will hold off on any endorsement until its own convention, this fall in Canada. In monthly polls of its own members, IAM says it has found dissatisfaction with the Obama administration. ... Labor

Union will push tax on Wall Street at Chicago G-8

Associated Press, February 27, 2012 Chicago - The nation's largest nurses union will call for a tax on Wall Street institutions at a march and rally in Chicago the day before the city hosts the G-8 and NATO summits. Chuck Idelson of National Nurses United says thousands of nurses and activists will take part in the demonstration May 18. He says they'll call on world leaders to adopt a so-called "Robin Hood" tax on major trading by banks and other financial institutions. The goal would be to raise money for revitalizing the economies of the United States and other G-8 nations. The rally will feature musician Tom Morello, who performs solo as the Nightwatchman and was a member of Rage Against the Machine. The G-8 and NATO summits will be in Chicago May 19 to 21.

“Robin Hood Tax” Echoing Worldwide

National Nurses United join international push for Financial Transaction Tax at G-20 summit in France. Thousands of Nurses, Activists to March at G8 May 18, Call for Tax on Wall Street, Challenge Austerity Agendas.
 National Nurses United, February 27, 2012 RNs to be Joined by Healthcare, Community, Global Activists in Chicago to Call for Wall Street Speculation Tax as Starting Point to Address Economic Crisis. 

Nurses from across the US, joined by healthcare, labor and other community activists, as well as activists from G-8 nations, will hold a large march and rally Friday, May 18 to greet the G-8 summit of world leaders in Chicago, National Nurses United announced today. ... Robin

UE Occupies Chicago Window Plant Again, and Wins Reprieve

Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes, February 24, 2012 Members of the United Electrical Workers won another reprieve for a Chicago window factory, re-occupying the plant they famously held in 2008. UE Local 1110 members took over the Serious Materials plant yesterday after being told by local management that the factory would close immediately. When they were confronted with the same news in 2008, workers voted unanimously to occupy their workplace, guarding the machines at the former Republic Windows and Doors for six days until the major creditor, Bank of America, released $1.75 million in wages and benefits owed the workers. ... UE

Déjà vu in Chicago as Occupying Workers Secure Victory

Allison Kilkenny, In These Times, February 24, 2012 More than three years ago, a group of about 200 workers from Republic Windows & Doors organized a six-day sit-in demanding vacation and severance pay after suddenly being laid off near the holidays. The factory closed after Bank of America cut off the company's line of credit, prompting then-Governor Rod Blagojevich to order state agencies to stop doing business with Bank of America until it used some of its federal bailout money to keep the factory open. ... Déjà

NNU RNs support victorious Republic Windows union employees

National Nurses United, February 24, 2012 NNU RNs support victorious Republic Windows union employees who called off their occupation of their workplace early today after its owner said it will keep the factory operating for 90 days while the union and management look for a buyer. ... NNU

Earth to Labor - Economic Growth Is No Salvation

Sean Sweeney, New Labor Forum, Winter 2012 The notion that economic growth is, almost by definition, a good thing has been subjected to serious and well-informed criticism in recent years. Diverse organizationally, geographically, and ideologically, those challenging growth are united by one realization: the world's ecosystems are in a state of extreme distress and the planet will be unlivable in just a few decades. Climate change, ocean acidification, species extinction, desertification, ozone depletion, and alarming levels of water contamination and scarcity are part of a long list of crises that have their origins in one thing - economic activity ... Earth

Chicago Occupation Challenges Corporate School Agenda

Howard Ryan, Labor Notes, February 22, 2012 Parents raised the stakes in the ongoing battle over school closings and the corporate takeover of education when they occupied a classroom inside a Chicago elementary school Friday night. Brian Piccolo Elementary School, serving 550 black and Latino students in grades pre-K through 8 on the city’s west side, has been targeted for “turnaround” by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his appointed school board. The plan includes firing all the staff - from principal to lunchroom workers - and reopening the school under control of a private contractor, Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL). ... Chicago

700,000 members of the International Association of Machinists partner with NUHW

Sal Rosselli & John Borsos, National Union of Healthcare Workers, February 21, 2012 Three years ago at our Founding Convention in San Francisco, we established NUHW to start a new movement of healthcare workers. We set out to build an organization that would stand up for workers instead of lying down for employers, that would put members in control of our own futures, and that would refuse to settle for less than what we and our patients deserve. We set out to transform the labor movement in the healthcare industry and beyond. 

Today, three years into our mission, we are very proud to announce that we have reached a new milestone ... 700,000

Unions Rally to Protect Contraceptive Coverage

Carolyn J. Jacobson, Labor Notes, February 21, 2012 While Catholic bishops are organizing to get religious-affiliated institutions exempted from providing contraceptive coverage, some unions and women’s organizations are counter-mobilizing. The Obama administration set off a firestorm among the bishops, along with some Orthodox Jews and the National Association of Evangelicals, when it announced most health insurance plans will be required to cover women’s preventive services, including contraception, without charging a co-pay or deductible. ... Unions

Michigan Unions Look to Amend Constitution to Block Anti-Labor Bills

Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes, February 20, 2012 Governor Mitch Daniels received a bouquet of roses after he signed Indiana’s right-to-work law in February - not from US Steel or Subaru or other grateful Indiana employers, but from an ambitious Republican in next-door Michigan. State Representative Michael Shirkey said he wanted to thank Daniels for setting the bar high, while promoting his own drive for right to work. Though no credible research backs him, Shirkey claims Indiana now has the edge in attracting investment, so he wants to “eliminate [the union shop] as an obstacle and level the playing field.” Michigan’s workforce is 16.5 percent unionized. ... Michigan

Why Did Single-Payer Health Care Fail in California?

Lenny Potash, Labor Notes, February 17, 2012 Though it’s passed the legislature twice before, a bill to establish a single-payer universal health insurance system in California failed in the state senate in January. Not surprisingly, the bill received no Republican votes, but it fell just two votes short of passage when two Democrats voted no and four Democrats failed to vote, despite intense lobbying efforts by community and some labor health care activists. ... Why

ILWU Takes Risks, Breaks Rules, Gets Deal with Grain Company

Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes, February 16, 2012 Ending the most heated conflict labor has seen in years, the Longshore Union (ILWU) and transnational grain exporter EGT announced February 10 they had reached a collective bargaining agreement in Longview, Washington. Reanimating the direct action tactics that built the labor movement in the 1930s, the ILWU defended its jurisdiction and forced a union-busting corporation to back down. But with contract details scarce, it’s difficult to tell how complete the victory is. ... ILWU

Obama, Democrats Deal Setback to Airline Workers

Theresa Moran, Labor Notes, February 15, 2012 Two years after President Obama and Democrats abandoned labor’s much-anticipated Employee Free Choice Act, they have refused to block Republicans intent on making life miserable for airline and rail workers. A bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, voted up 75-20 in the Senate, changes federal labor law to make organizing more difficult for railroad and airline unions. New rules will make it easier to decertify unions and harder to win elections when employers merge. Only 14 Senate Democrats stood with labor to oppose the measure in a February 6 vote. One independent and five Republicans also voted against the bill ... Obama

A People’s History of Robin Hood

For hundreds of years, he’s fought tax injustice, tyranny and the seizure of the commons. Why we still need him today. Paul Buhle, Yes! February 15, 2012 In the late 1950s, a handful of peaceniks protested mandatory ROTC on a major US university campus by carrying signs and wearing green buttons. Back when The Adventures of Robin Hood was a giant hit on television, most everybody knew that green was Robin Hood’s color and that Robin could not side with the king’s soldiers or future soldiers of any empire. Five decades later, the lead protagonist of a cult favorite American cable show, Leverage, announces at the beginning of each episode ... A

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