David Bacon: Despite its beauty, the sustainability of large-scale farming, and of the communities that depend on it, is more clearly at risk here than anywhere I know.
There are certain illusions that people have in Mexico about the Mexicans working here — that everybody’s working for high wages, and doing really well. The images show you what the reality of life actually is.
So much of our lives, especially in the USA, is tied to work. After “What’s your name,” the next question most commonly asked of new acquaintances is, “What do you do? Where do you work?”
Berry Craig: Keeping quiet about his anti-union views—while loudly denouncing trade deals like NAFTA and the TPP—is a big part of his con job on working stiffs.
Bill Raden: The resolutions were both prompted and cheered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the mutual funds industry, which had strenuously opposed Secure Choice because of longstanding industry concerns that state-sponsored programs could compete with their own products.
Marc Cooper: This call for a general strike a week from now is really really stupid, or naive. The only thing worse than inaction is failed action. And this is going to fail—big time.
Bobbi Murray: As union membership shrinks nationally and workplace protections have come under attack, California has created labor-organizing models to resist attempts to erode labor standards and impose right-to-work measures.
Jasmyne A. Cannick: If my grandfathers were alive today, I am pretty sure they’d have voted for Trump. Why? Because Trump, unlike his opponent, spoke their language—jobs for Americans.
Jaime O’Neill: Working people once had a clue or two of what side they were on, what side they needed to be on, what side wouldn’t trickle down on them and euphemize that piss by calling it pennies from heaven.
Those who have faced it would definitely agree that to find a job with fair salary is a real challenge, even though this is an issue which admits of no delay.
Berry Craig: Billionaire Trump’s I-may-be-rich-but-I’m-one-of-you-at-heart shtick indeed worked on a lot of union households, if exit polls are right.
Vijay Prashad: Attacks on rural India been ongoing for the past 25 years – with cuts at rural credit, push to consolidation of farms and the emergence of a new kind of predatory factory farming. It is what has led to the over three hundred thousand farmer suicides in the recent period.
Kelly Candaele: The United Domestic Workers fights to protect the program as well as boost the wages and benefits of its members. The Freedom Foundation has recently moved to California put a stop to those efforts.