Posts in: workers

Voters in Tacoma, Wash., pass $12 minimum wage

December 2015

15 NOW Tacoma activists stir up support and publicity for a higher minimum wage as the general election nears. Core members included workers who stood to gain a raise if $15 an hour passed. Photo credit: 15 NOW Tacoma On Nov. 3, voters in Tacoma continued the trend begun in nearby SeaTac, of hiking their… Read more »

Business interests foil Worker Bill of Rights

December 2015

A volunteer for the Worker Bill of Rights campaign distributes flyers calling for desperately needed raises in Spokane. Photo: Courtesy of Sagi Bresgal Spokane, Wash., the second largest city in the state, saw a fight this year for a first-in-the-nation initiative guaranteeing basic worker rights. Despite being outspent by 12-to-1, the Worker Bill of Rights… Read more »

Black radical leadership in Depression-era Alabama

December 2015

In the 25th anniversary reissue of his book Hammer and Hoe, Robin D.G. Kelley tells the absorbing story of the courage and perseverance of Black communists working underground in the dangerous Depression-era South. Kelley, an esteemed Black author and educator, thoroughly documents the role of the Alabama Communist Party (CP) in this period. By far,… Read more »

Dirigente sindical costarricense Orlando Barrantes – Pena de prisión de 12 años en una emboscada política

diciembre de 2015

Orlando Barrantes Orlando Barrantes ha dedicado su vida a mejorar las condiciones de los pobres y de los trabajadores en Costa Rica. Durante muchos años fue el Secretario General del Consejo Nacional de Trabajadores Bananeros (CONATRAB) y actualmente es líder del Movimiento de los Trabajadores y Campesinos (MTC). Ahora se enfrenta a una larga pena… Read more »

Unions must join forces to defeat anti-labor lawsuit before US Supreme Court

December 2015

Public sector unions face a threat to their existence from a case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court sometime in early 2016. As the day of decision approaches, union leaders seem to be resigned to watching the wrecking ball headed their way. However, rank-and-filers don’t care for this defeatist approach, and they are… Read more »

South African students stop fee hikes, fight for their future

February 2016

Growing protests against the South African government of the African National Congress (ANC) have spread to campuses. In October 2015, thousands of college students nationwide rallied to stop planned tuition hikes of 10-12 percent. Students at nearly every major university shut down their schools. They engaged campus workers in the struggle and turned #feesmustfall into… Read more »

La criminalización de la protesta — Radicales y sindicalistas perseguidos en México y Costa Rica

febrero de 2016

El presidente Peña Nieto de México se jacta de sus políticas neoliberales de privatización de los recursos públicos, de disminuir los servicios sociales, y de introducir “reformas” educativas antisindicales por la fuerza. Su gobierno también ha sido expuesto por sus vínculos con los carteles de la droga y el asesinato y encarcelamiento de activistas políticos…. Read more »

The criminalization of protest — Radicals and unionists persecuted in Mexico and Costa Rica

February 2016

President Peña Nieto of Mexico brags about his neoliberal policies to privatize public resources, cut social services, and force anti-union education “reforms.” His government has also been exposed for its ties to drug cartels and the killing and jailing of political activists. There’s a connection. Increasingly, Peña Nieto’s economic plans hinge on crushing all opposition… Read more »