Posts in: workers

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — October 2015

October 2015

RASMEA ODEH Support her appeal Show your support for Palestinian rights activist and political prisoner Rasmea Odeh at a rally in front of the courthouse on Wednesday, October 14, and then fill the courtroom immediately thereafter. Rasmea’s defense and the prosecution each present their oral arguments to a three judge panel of the U.S. Court… Read more »

Labor Weather Report — October 2015

October 2015

September 2015 — Making the public pay. Confronted with $72 billion in debt, Puerto Rico’s government is calling for “shared sacrifice.” Thousands of public-sector unions protest because the public is being expected to shoulder the entire burden. Plans include school closures and contracting for-profit companies to run public roads and ports. Resistance and rage is… Read more »

El gobierno Dominicano detiene, reprime y deporta a miles de inmigrantes Haitianos y sus descendientes

octubre de 2015

Yesibon Senatus, 70 años de edad, haitiano de nacimiento, cortador de caña, desde hace tiempo lucha por la pensión y residencia Dominicana. Quesnel Michell, 22 años, hijo cañeros, nacido y criado en Dominicana, registrado por sus padres en la Oficialía del Batey Magdalena, propiedad del Central Romana, a quien la Junta Central Electoral le negó… Read more »

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 »