UPS Vote No Activists Take Over Big Dallas Local

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 16/11/2018 - 1:29pm in

by By Alexandra Bradbury

ImageReformers in the Teamsters have the wind at their backs. A rank-and-file slate swept to victory November 10 at Local 767 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, the largest UPS local in the South.

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Barnaby Joyce Tells Luke Foley To Take A Long Hard Look At Himself

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 09/11/2018 - 8:12am in


Politics, Labor


Former deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has lashed out at former NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley over the alleged allegations made against him and told him to take the time to have a long, hard, look at himself.

“Mr Foley needs to take this time for some self-reflection,” said Special envoy for the drought Barnaby Joyce. “He needs to learn how to treat women with respect, like I do.”

“I mean heck I married one, made four of them and had a child with another. I know more about women than Mel Gibson.”

When asked whether his stance was somewhat hypocritical given the allegations made against him in the past Mr Joyce replied: “You people in the media are always looking in the past. You need to stop that and look ahead. Ahead to a country with me Barnaby Joyce leading the way as deputy Prime Minister.”

“Of course I will only be deputy Prime Minister should the party come calling. Or if something unfortunate were to happen to the current Nationals leader.”

“You don’t know what sort of things he gets up to at Christmas parties do you?”

Mark Williamson

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50+ Years in the Labor Movement (And Still Going)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 06/11/2018 - 2:56pm in



Jane LaTour has been active in the labor movement since the 1960s. She has worked in factories and on staff for several unions including District 65, one of New York City’s best-known left-led unions. LaTour also worked for the Association for Union Democracy and the Wagner Labor Archives at New York University and is the author of Sisters in the Brotherhoods: Working Women Organizing for Equality in New York City.

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The Google Walkout: An International Working-Class Movement

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/11/2018 - 11:49pm in




Thousands of Google employees throughout the United States and around the world walked off their jobs yesterday, Nov. 1, “to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace that doesn’t work for everyone.” Beginning in Singapore and working its way around the globe the movement closed Google offices from Mountain View, California, in Boulder and New York, as well as in London, Dublin, Zurich, Berlin and Hyderabad.



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Why New York City’s teachers should vote “no” on the proposed contract – By Dan Lupkin

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 25/10/2018 - 3:21am in

ImageNote: While teachers in Los Angeles Unified School District have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, members of the largest teachers union local in the US, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) in New York City, are debating a proposed contract settlement. In this guest blog, UFT activist Dan Lupkin explains why he wants the proposed contract to be voted down. We invite other opinions on this debate underway in the UFT. - Lois Weiner


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Nostalgia Mining

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 23/10/2018 - 1:08am in


Labor, unions

Celebrating the men of a once-massive industrial labor union that essentially no longer exists.

Unions condemn Labor’s backflip on TPP trade deal

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 14/10/2018 - 7:25pm in


Labor, unions

Daniel Wallace, secretary of Hunter Workers, the Newcastle Trades Hall Council, resigned from the Labor Party in response to their decision to support the Trans Pacific Partnership-11 trade deal. He spoke to Solidarity.

Why are unions opposed to signing the TPP-11?

Daniel Wallace

The matter had been considered by the rank-and-file of the Labor Party at national conference, and there was a decision that only under certain conditions would Labor support the TPP. That’s been in their platform and was over-ridden in the caucus. Over-riding the rank-and-file doesn’t sit well with a party that’s supposed to represent the working class.

The TPP itself has the potential to bring labour in where skill shortages may not apply, like in regional areas and have an effect on local jobs. There’s also concern about pharmaceuticals that minor changes to original products may extend the patent life and medicines may be dearer.

Who benefits from free trade deals like the TPP?

Corporations and the big end of town benefit, there’s very little in the agreement that would assist workers. There’s a number of clauses that they say have been ruled out but they’ve just been suspended until such time as the US rejoins in the future. Corporations benefit and the government’s rights to regulate in the public interest are compromised.

What do you think of Labor’s decision to backflip and agree to support the agreement?

When power privatisation took place in NSW, Labor MPs were threatened when they breached the platform they would be potentially kicked out of the party. There’s MPs that are opposed to the TPP who spoke against it in caucus but now they’re saying, because of caucus solidarity, they’ve got to support it. Unions are saying they don’t have to support it because it goes against the platform. But they’re not prepared to do it.

What’s the response in the union movement been to this decision?

We’ve seen one union write to the Labor Party saying they’re not participating in any events or donations because of the TPP. The national secretary of the ETU said they’re disappointed and hope they’ll change their mind. The CFMEU and even the ACTU have also commented.

What do you think this means in terms of relying on Labor to Change the Rules or deliver changes like the right to strike?

It’s very clear in my view that if their own party members can’t trust them to abide by their own decisions there’s no way the union movement can trust them. The campaign on Change the Rules has got to hold them to account on any decisions made prior to the election and anything we’d like to see changed by any future government.


No to free trade, no to xenophobia

Free trade deals are designed to benefit big corporations. Governments have used them to strike down laws that reduce corporate profits, including labour and environmental regulations.

The TPP-11, the version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership stitched together after Donald Trump ended US support for the deal, is no different.

Labor leader Bill Shorten’s decision to wave it through parliament is about reassuring business that he will govern in their interests. He claims he would renegotiate side deals once in office to improve the deal, but it’s unlikely other countries involved would agree.

It includes an Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism that would allow overseas investors to sue governments that pass new laws damaging their profits. Tobacco giant Philip Morris used a similar mechanism in a trade deal with Hong Kong to challenge Australia’s plain packaging tobacco laws.

The agreement would also allow companies to bring in temporary workers who qualify under the existing temporary skills visa list, waving the usual requirement for labour market testing.

This means there would be no requirement to advertise the jobs or to allow workers to apply locally—a change which should be opposed.

Some unions have opposed the TPP by spreading xenophobia about migrant workers. The AMWU said the deal would, “open the gates to foreign workers”. The meat workers’ union argued against immigration in general, saying the TPP would mean more workplaces like Thomas Foods in Tamworth where, “their workforce is made up of nearly 90 per cent migrant workers, in a region where youth unemployment is currently more than double the national average”.

Workers on temporary visas are vulnerable to exploitation. They rely on their boss to be able to remain in the country. But the solution is to organise them into the unions and demand full permanent migration rights.

But it’s a myth that immigration costs jobs. Job cuts and unemployment are caused by corporate profiteering and government failure. Telstra for instance announced 8000 job cuts in June, and thousands of jobs have gone in manufacturing through automation. We should say no to the TPP, but reject the scapegoating of migrant workers.

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The Best Way To Eradicate Poverty: Welfare Not Jobs

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 20/09/2018 - 1:00am in


Labor, poverty

The Census released its income, poverty, and health insurance data last week (ASEC, SPM). Among other things, the data allows us to see who was in poverty and therefore gives us good insights about how to eradicate poverty. In this post, I detail what I think these insights are using my own calculations of the 2017 microdata. Below is the overall poverty rate broken down by market income and disposable income. “Market income” refers to all income received from labor earnings and capital ownership. “Disposable income” refers to each person’s final income and takes into consideration taxes paid and government benefits received. For both figures, I use the poverty line of the Supplemental Poverty Metric. In 2017, the market poverty rate was 25 percent. The poverty rate when counting disposable income was 13.9 percent.

The Truth About Kavanaugh

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 13/09/2018 - 5:00pm in

What if the supreme court nominee was momentarily possessed by the spirt of honesty?

Right to Work

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 12/09/2018 - 5:00pm in

Blue collar and service workers in the US often work forced overtime on unlivable wages. One former grocery store worker tells her story.