Walmart Workers ‘Are Not Serfs’

wamart strikers

Berry Craig: We want employees to have a chance to form their own association and have their own concerted actions without retaliation and unfair treatment. Walmart is not a feudal manor.

Attacking American Sovereign Soil Diminishes the Rights of Religion

cairo protests

Walter Brasch: President Obama and Secretary Clinton could not allow government action against the filmmakers, as the protestors wanted. The Founding Fathers demanded freedom of speech, the press, and religion.

Grade Inflation; Education Degradation

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Walter Brasch: A recent UCLA study revealed that although students are studying less than ever, grades of A- and A in high school classes are the most common grades.

Stop-and-Frisk Citizen Journalists

Police Car Wide

Sharon Kyle: Do citizens have a right to monitor the behavior of law enforcement? What about citizen journalists? The case of citizen Joseph “Jazz” Hayden may be one of police retaliation. What do you think?

Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenters Union

carpenters union

Shamus Cooke: All working people should pay attention to the egregious assault on union democracy happening in the Carpenters Union’s Pacific North West Regional Council, which covers all the Carpenter’s Locals in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana.

To Rebuild a Fair Economy, We Must Tackle the Underground Economy

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Caitlin Vega: Decades of weak law enforcement and inadequate penalties has convinced many companies that they can violate labor laws without any consequences. In certain low-wage industries, violating labor law is part of the business model.

Flawed Earthquake Report a Bullwhip On the Backs of Haitians

haiti's palace

Georgianne Nienaber: If USAID wanted to slap down the new Haitian government for criticizing the Clinton IRHC, the BARR report would do the job nicely. Play down the death toll and the need for reconstruction and send a message that Haiti must still play by colonialist US rules.

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Ding Dong, but Which is Dead?

Navy Seals

James Livingston: The man was waiting and wanting to be captured, assuming the American legal tradition would protect him, even in a time of war.

Bank Errors Cause Damage to Credit, Distress to Homeowners

bank

Marian Wang: Some consumers have been surprised to see damage to their credit score after requesting information from the banks.

UNITE HERE Rejoins AFL-CIO

UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm

On the last day of the AFL-CIO convention, UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm announced that his union is leaving Change to Win and rejoining the AFL-CIO. The announcement, while not unexpected, will soon to followed by a similar decision by the Laborers Union, and represents a likely fatal blow to SEIU’s efforts to create a competing labor Federation.

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