Labor Weather Report: a glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle

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August 2008: South Africans strike Main labor federation COSATU mobilizes millions of workers for a national one-day strike to force government action against soaring inflation. Schools and public transport stop, and mining and other industries are disrupted.


August 2008: Rubber workers rock! After 8 decades of struggle Liberian rubber workers win an independent union. A strike to defend this victory, with the help of the United Steelworkers andAFL-CIO, yields a contract with real gains in wages and conditions.


September 2008: The giant is awake Four thousand SEIU members march through downtown San Jose to stop moves by national president Andy Stern to take control of their dissident local. Says one member, “The giant is awake, and we are pissed!”


In Progress: Money down drain The AFL-CIO and its individual unions along with the SEIU, will spend up to $300 million dollars to elect Democrats this year. Labor bureaucrats give no estimate of how many workers could be organized with this kin od cash.

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