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How Joe Biden Can Help Workers Without CongressDid you know Joe...

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 15/06/2022 - 11:02am in

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How Joe Biden Can Help Workers Without Congress

Did you know Joe Biden can help American workers right now, even without Congress? He can sign three executive orders, affecting a fifth of the economy and transforming millions of workers’ lives. 

Biden has made campaign promises to support workers. Here are 3 ways he can fulfill that promise.

First: require that the federal government contract only with unionized companies whenever possible. This would give workers more bargaining power in every industry from healthcare to telecoms to food service to tech to defense.

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Back in the last century when I was secretary of labor, the Chamber of Commerce sued me for trying to do something similar. The Clinton administration had issued an executive order barring federal contracts with companies that permanently replaced striking workers. A federal court struck it down, ruling that the administration hadn’t shown that the executive order was necessary to save the government money. 

The way to ensure this executive order holds up is to include evidence that unionized companies save the government money. And that’s not hard to do. 

Unions may deliver higher wages but they also have been shown to deliver higher productivity. And higher productivity saves the government money.

Secondly, discourage union busting. Biden can require that federal contracts go only to companies that pledge to remain neutral in efforts to unionize. 

Companies routinely use an arsenal of union-busting tactics. Some are blatantly illegal. A third of companies fire employees who try to form a union. They harass and intimidate their workers. About half threaten to close up shop or slash wages and benefits. 

Why should taxpayers subsidize companies that illegally quash unions? 

Third, deny federal contracts to companies that break labor laws. Biden can require bidders on federal contracts to disclose any labor violations in the past 3 years. This would just be reinstating Obama’s executive order, which Trump revoked

Companies that break the law and hurt workers shouldn’t be rewarded with lucrative federal contracts.

A policy like this helps workers everywhere. One study found that when the Labor Department announced penalties for violating safety standards, other companies in the industry improved their safety standards.

Taken together, these three executive orders will improve the lives of millions of Americans. 

Make it happen, Joe. 

Group of surviving

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 18/05/2022 - 8:17am in

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Group of surviving workers’ terrace houses, early 1880’s vintage with “bullnose” verandah awnings, but the dormers may have been later additions. Glebe.

St Michael’s Greek

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 08/05/2022 - 9:25am in

St Michael’s Greek Orthodox Church. Built post WWII, after another influx of Greek migrants. Tens of thousands fled here as refugees from the Greek Civil War (1946-49) and found steady factory/warehouse work in the Inner West. Camperdown.

Wall garden. Entirely

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 01/05/2022 - 9:03am in

Wall garden. Entirely self-seeded vegetation on this perpetually damp part of a sheer wall of Sydney Sandstone, quarried out to about 30 ft down above an older road cutting, carting away solid sandstone - the 19th century building material of choice. The resulting narrow ribbon park around the rock face was named the Sarah Peninton Reserve in 1951. Peninton was one of the leading sympathisers and chief provocateurs in the local timber and dock workers strike of 1929. Solidarity forever. Glebe.

Amazon workers’ astounding win, and how corporate America is trying to take back power

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 03/04/2022 - 1:48am in

On Friday, Amazon – America’s wealthiest, most powerful, and fiercest anti-union corporation,...