Belabored Podcast #149: Voices from the Labor Notes Conference 2018

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 21/04/2018 - 12:19am in


Blog, Education, Labor

In a series of interviews from Labor Notes, Sarah and Michelle talk to worker-organizers from Japan, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Minnesota, and beyond about building rank-and-file power around the globe.

Belabored Podcast #148: Organizing Outside the Law, at Labor Notes

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 14/04/2018 - 7:44am in


Blog, Education, Labor

How do we advocate for workers when the rules are rigged against us? Sarah and Michelle sat down with four teacher organizers for a special panel discussion at the 2018 Labor Notes conference.

Intersectionality and Divergence

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 13/04/2018 - 5:37am in

by by Donna Cartwright


Looking back on nearly 25 years of involvement in the LGBT movement, and 45+ years in the labor movement, I am struck by the way those paths have crossed, intertwined and separated over the long term. This arc took me into unexpected territory, where queer identities, once deeply hidden and guarded, have achieved wide mainstream acceptance and support, while organized labor, once powerful and self-confident, now struggles to maintain its existence.

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The Red State Walkouts

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 07/04/2018 - 2:45am in


An analysis - and homage - to the work of teachers

 ImageWhen I write for New Politics, I tag my blogs with key words. I wonder how many other Left publications include "teachers unions" under "labor" or include "education" as a separate topic and run critical analyses—as we do?


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A Working Class Mayor Is Something To Be

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/04/2018 - 8:52am in



Review: Winning Richmond: How a Progressive Alliance Won City Hall by Gayle McLaughlin. Hardball Press, 2018.

Well before the Trump era, U.S. presidents from both major parties failed to address urban problems or made them worse. Congress, state legislatures, and governors weren't much better. The job of fighting poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation shifted to the municipal level, where activist mayors have tried to mobilize the limited resources of local government on behalf of neglected constituents and causes.

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Dastyari To Debut New Segment ‘Beijing Today’ On The Kyle And Jackie O Show

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/04/2018 - 8:36am in

Former Senator Sam Dastyari will this week make his commercial radio debut by hosting the segment Beijing Today on The Kyle & Jackie O Show.

“The week that I lost my job as a Senator I was down, pretty low and as for job prospects I was scraping the bottom of the barrel,” said Mr Dastyari. “Well lucky for Me when I reached the bottom of the barrel who should I find there but Kyle Sandilands and we got chatting and I have a spot on his show. Everything is coming up Dastyari.”

When asked why would a commercial radio have a segment titled Beijing Today Senator Dastyari replied: “In the circles I move in everyone wants to know what’s happening in China and Canberra and everywhere. And let’s face it Facebook analytics can only tell us so much.”

Kyle Sandilands said of his new recruit: “I like to surround Myself with the lowest of the low so Sam or Dasher as I like to call him will fit in well with Myself and Intern Pete. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go and buy batteries for my lie detector. I’m giving a talk this week at my local high school and I’m going to need it.”

Mark Williamson

You can check out our new show Decennium Horribilius at this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival. Hosted by The (un)Australian, the quiz show features teams of some of Sydney’s best comics trying to answer questions about the decade of the 1990s — with prizes for the audience.

Saturday May 5, 5.30pm. The Factory Theatre. Book tickets here.

You can follow The (un)Australian on twitter or like us on facebook.

50 Years After 1968: Student Strikers Attacked Again

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 02/04/2018 - 8:06am in



Not an April Fool’s joke. Here are the facts: Four days ago (March 29) the ultra-conservative Dean of the Montpellier University Law School was summoned to police headquarters, interrogated, hauled into court, and held over in jail for arraignment by the Chief Prosecutor – all on the complaint of nine student strikers, who claim to have been brutally assaulted with Dean Philippe Pétel’s active complicity while ‘occupying’ a school auditorium.

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Germany’s 28-Hour Workweek

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 29/03/2018 - 1:00am in

German metalworkers’ union IG Metall made international headlines last month after a twenty-four-hour “warning strike” compelled employers to sign a deal with the union giving its members the right to a twenty-eight-hour workweek. The deal — which covers 900,000 workers in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg — is seen as a landmark in European labor relations, granting workers who want to reduce their working hours the right to do so for a two-year period. It came after 15,000 workers in eighty companies downed tools as part of a campaign for a better work-life balance and also included a substantial pay raise. But is it too good be true? Jacobin’s Loren Balhorn sat down with German labor sociologist Klaus Dörre to find out more about the strike, what the workers really gained, and what it might say about the German labor movement’s future.

An unforgettable five-day Freedom Fast culminates with 2,000-strong Time's Up Wendy's March through the Heart of Manhattan!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 26/03/2018 - 1:17pm in

by by the Alliance for Fair Food and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers


A fast, when done in protest, is a call to arms. While eminently non-violent, it is a battle cry, issued in a whisper.

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Janus and the Rank-and-File Strategy: A Reply to La Botz

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 25/03/2018 - 12:19am in



Dan La Botz's article “Trump and the Labor Movement” in the Winter 2018 of New Politics is based on an oral presentation, with the limitations that go with oral presentations. For example, La Botz simplifies the plaintiff’s argument in Janus to the point of missing what is key and unique in it. He states, “The conservatives argue that the union forces workers to financially support political causes with which they may disagree, and so violates their free-speech rights.” This was the issue in the 1977 Abood case.

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