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Paul Feldman: Don’t lose pension strike momentum

Paul Feldman: Don’t lose pension strike momentum

By Paul Feldman The commitment shown by at least 1.5 million workers in 29 unions who staged a 24-hour strike against attacks on pensions, and marched in cities and towns in their tens of thousands, is now in jeopardy. Union leaders are resuming talks with the ConDem coalition today in a bid to reach a settlement before the government’s imposed deadline of December 31. But if they were really serious about defending their members’ interests, union bureaucrats would … Read entire article »

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Left Eye On Books: The Working Class and Occupy Wall Street

Left Eye On Books: The Working Class and Occupy Wall Street

By Left Eye On Books Union membership doesn’t increase much due to patient organizing work, as sociologist Dan Clawson explained in  “The Next Upsurge : Labor and the New Social Movements”, published in 2003.  Instead, it shoots up during upsurges of strike activity, and then levels off. According to Clawson, in the 1980s and ’90s, unions had slowly developed new tactics, including corporate campaigns, labor-community alliances, and new attitudes towards social movements, which improved their chances in the … Read entire article »

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Mostafa Bassyouni: Labor Movement Absent in Syrian Revolt

Mostafa Bassyouni: Labor Movement Absent in Syrian Revolt

By Mostafa Bassyouni The Arab revolts cannot be understood in isolation from one another, and the Syrian uprising is no exception. It erupted in a region that is bursting with revolution. And though it is genuinely fueled by people’s hopes and aspirations for a better world, it didn’t spring from thin air. Already two long-standing dictators have been unseated in Tunisia and Egypt. The consequent ripple effect that initially swept through Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain threatened … Read entire article »

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Wu Ming1: Fetishism Of Digital Commodities And Hidden Exploitation: The Cases Of Amazon And Apple

Wu Ming1: Fetishism Of Digital Commodities And Hidden Exploitation: The Cases Of Amazon And Apple

By Wu Ming1 Italiano – Français [The original version of this essay was published on Giap on 26 September 2011, which means several days before Steve Jobs died. The French version was published on Article XI on the eve of Jobs’ death. The piece had already received a lot of attention, backlinks and comments when the news arrived. However, it obviously sky-rocketed to the status of “crucial” text as soon as the media landscape was filled with iGrief, and it kept attracting people … Read entire article »

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Clancy Sigal: Labor Day And The Spirit Of Joe Hill

Clancy Sigal: Labor Day And The Spirit Of Joe Hill

By Clancy Sigal Joe Hill, workers’ martyr, was executed by firing squad nearly a century ago, but his message lives on: ‘Don’t mourn – organise!’ l eat, bye and bye, In that glorious land above the sky; Work and pray, live on hay, You’ll get pie in the sky when you die – “The Preacher and the Slave”, a parody hymn written by rebel singer and labour icon Joe Hill Anyone who is a fan of Billy Bragg, as I am, or Bruce Springsteen, … Read entire article »

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CLW: What America’s Faltering Economy Means For China

CLW: What America’s Faltering Economy Means For China

By China Labor Watch NEW YORK – US economic downturn will increase the chance of social upheaval in China The US economy continues to suffer from the effects of the 2007 recession and global economic depression, posting minimal gains in employment, manufacturing, or overall growth so far in 2011. Recent passage of deficit reduction legislation and an increase of the US debt limit by $400 billion have mostly failed to achieve any immediate gains for the US … Read entire article »

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MENA: Egypt – New Nave Of Strikes Greets Start Of Ramadan

MENA: Egypt – New Nave Of Strikes Greets Start Of Ramadan

By MENA Thousands of Egyptian workers have been involved in strikes over the past week, greeting the start of Ramadan with protests and occupations over wages and conditions at work. Over 500 millworkers from both the Aswan and Ko Ombo Mills, ended their strike on Friday after negotiations with the Mayor of Aswan led to promises to fulfil their demands. Workers demanded pay rises as well as overtime allowances, danger money and bonuses. Workers also demanded that … Read entire article »

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Alexis Grant: The Growing Culture Of Unpaid Internships

Alexis Grant: The Growing Culture Of Unpaid Internships

By Alexis Grant Intern Nation author Ross Perlin says free labor is problematic for society. If it seems like an increasing number of internship opportunities are unpaid, that’s because they are. And while college students, recent graduates, and even mid-life career-changers are often willing to go without a paycheck to gain experience, not everyone supports this work-for-free phenomenon. In what could be called an exposé of internships, Ross Perlin‘s new Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New … Read entire article »

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Brian Tierney: Raising The Roof On The Backs Of Workers

Brian Tierney: Raising The Roof On The Backs Of Workers

By Brian Tierney A new jobs program has finally been negotiated by the White House and Congress to put millions of unemployed workers and the poor back to work – sort of. The manufactured “crisis” around raising the debt limit is reaching its conclusion and it is now clear that a national default will be averted by employing the misery of workers and poor families to prop up the ceiling. The jobs will offer no pay or … Read entire article »

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AP: In Egypt, Fighting For A US$50-A-Month Factory Job

AP: In Egypt, Fighting For A US$50-A-Month Factory Job

By AP: Source:  Al-Masry Al-Youm The sun was already searing the pavement on the early June morning when Mariam Hawas and her co-workers from the garment factory descended on the bank. The bank employees knew why they’d come and rushed to bolt the doors. The roughly 100 workers, most of them women, were looking for unpaid back wages from the United Bank in the city of Mansoura, until recently the largest shareholder in their factory. Labor protests like this … Read entire article »

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Suez Workers On Strike

Workers of the Suez Canal Authority are continuing their three-week strike for better wages and working conditions. Improvements have already been negotiated, but with implementation now twice-delayed, the workers are calling for the resignation of Suez Canal Authority Chairman Ahmed Fadel. (video) Video by Salma El-Wardany Editing by Elizabeth Hagen Source: Ahram (7/6/2011) … Read entire article »

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Elena Loizidou: Strike For The Present, Perhaps This Is All There Is

Elena Loizidou: Strike For The Present, Perhaps This Is All There Is

By Elena Loizidou: José Saramago’s Death at Intervals (2008) tells the story of Death going on Strike. In Saramago’s imagined country ‘since the beginning of the new year, or more precisely since zero hours of the first day of January’ that there is ‘no record of anyone dying’ (2008:3). This new state of affairs leads the country not as we may imagine to a perpetual celebration (though there was at first a ‘collective joy’ (p.3)) but rather … Read entire article »

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Safaa Abdoun: Egypt Workers’ Demos Intensify During First Half Of 2011

Safaa Abdoun: Egypt Workers’ Demos Intensify During First Half Of 2011

By Safaa Abdoun: CAIRO: During the first half of 2011, there have been 338 sit-ins, 158 strikes, 259 demonstrations and 161 protests by workers, all demanding better working conditions, according to a report by a human rights group. Awlad Al-Ard Association for Human Rights compiled and analyzed the activities of workers during the first half of 2011, finding that 11,077 workers have been terminated from their jobs while 22 were arrested and referred to military or civil … Read entire article »

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Laurie Penny: How Can We Change The Consensus?

Laurie Penny: How Can We Change The Consensus?

By Laurie Penny: Perseverance in the face of power is the only thing that can truly change the world. “These young people need to learn when they’re fighting a losing battle.” That’s what the judge told the student protesters and anti-cuts activists whose trials got underway this month in Westminster. Young people engaged in this ‘losing battle’ have now been charged with dangerous acts of proto-terrorist sedition that range from kicking a bin to throwing a tub … Read entire article »

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Alex Long and Steve Walker: J30 – We All Own This Strike

Alex Long and Steve Walker: J30 – We All Own This Strike

By Alex Long and Steve Walker: J30 has grown virally into a UK-wide day of action involving many who’ve never been in a union. Since the storming of Millbank towers by thousands of students on 10 November last year and the school walkouts and university occupations that culminated in more than 500,000 trade unionists taking to the streets on 26 March – the much talked-about co-ordinated day of strike action promised by the trade unions has finally materialised. The 30 … Read entire article »

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Josh Eidelson: Apple Store Workers Share Why They Want to ‘Work Different’

Josh Eidelson: Apple Store Workers Share Why They Want to ‘Work Different’

By Josh Eidelson: On the day Apple celebrated 10 years since opening its first Apple Store, employee Cory Moll announced a campaign to unionize the company’s 30,000-plus retail employees. Moll sent an e-mail to reporters declaring that “the people of Apple are coming together to “‘work different.’” “The core issues definitely involve compensation, pay, benefits,” Moll said. A Reuters reporter echoed the response of many journalists in calling the union drive “unusual given Apple’s reputation for fierce employee … Read entire article »

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Bassem Abo Alabass: Suez Canal Strikers Demand Chairman Steps Down

Bassem Abo Alabass: Suez Canal Strikers Demand Chairman Steps Down

By Bassem Abo Alabass: Demonstrations enter their 12th day, upping their demands to include the resignation of Canal Authority head Ahmed Fadel. About 850 workers from two Suez Canal companies in the city of Ismailiya have escalated their demands on the 12th day of strikes by asking for the resignation of Suez Canal Authority Chairman, Ahmed Fadel. “He violated his promise to resolve our troubles … so he’s supposed to leave,” Nasser Othman, treasurer of one of the workers’ … Read entire article »

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