Netroots Nation in Detroit: The Art of War and the War of Art

Netroots Nation in Detroit

Rachele Huennekens: I heard a worker from OUR Walmart says she’s worried she won’t have a job next week when she returns from the conference, and I saw dozens of immigrant rights activists thrown out of Vice President Joe Biden’s speech for chanting “Stop deporting our families.”

Adolph Hitler, Union Hater

Hitler Hated Unions

Berry Craig: The unions strongly opposed Hitler, who wove his hatred of organized labor into his genocidal anti-Semitism. The latter resulted in the Holocaust, the systematic murder of six million European Jews. Many Jews were in unions, too.

California Teachers Take Another Hit From Politicians

California Teachers Pensions

Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Unions have the choice of continuing to elect sell-out, dead-end corporate politicians. Or they can create a real, politically independent grassroots movement, forging alliances between unions and the community, as the Chicago Teachers Union did, and build the necessary powerbase to counter the corporations and their politicians.

California Grad Employee Contract Shows Reform Works

California Grad Employee Strike

Katy Fox-Hodess: Another way we broke with the past is that we were willing to let the contract expire so that we could legally strike. The only real thing we lost was binding arbitration, and we gained the right to strike over grievances.

Assemblymember Chris Holden, Which Side Are You On?

chris holden

Peter Dreier: Pasadena Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden cast a decisive vote that thwarted an effort to raise California’s minimum wage. His was the key swing vote that killed a proposal to raise California’s minimum wage to $13 an hour in 2017.

Grocery Workers’ Vanishing Horizons

grocery store worker wages

Steve Mikulan: The three percent of the state’s private-sector workforce that is involved in selling groceries is finding it more difficult to buy food. Nearly a third of this industry’s workers depend on state assistance such as CalFresh or MediCal to meet basic nutritional and health care needs.

Manufacturing the American Dream

american manufacturing

Rachele Huennekens: Jobs to Move America advocates for maximizing the value of multimillion dollar contracts that American transit agencies award to global manufacturing companies to build our buses and trains, and for good jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged Americans.

Ponygate: Denial of Worker Protection to Young Kids

Ponygate

Marcy Winograd: The high school and college age kids who shovel excrement at the Santa Monica farmers market have no workers compensation protection should their feet get crushed or they develop an infection from contact with the animals.

Seattle Minimum Wage Hike Began in NYC Zuccotti Park

Minimum Wage Victory

Peter Dreier: Ever since the Occupy movement hit the streets, an explosion of worker unrest—especially among Walmart employees, workers at fast-food chains, janitors, and hospital workers—has shaped the political life of America’s cities.

Seattle Got It Right

Seattle Raises Minimum Wage

Robert Reich: The gains from a higher minimum wage extend beyond those who receive it. More money in the pockets of low-wage workers means more sales, especially in the locales they live in – which in turn creates faster growth and more jobs.

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