Berry Craig: “This movement brought you the middle class, so, members of the labor movement, get on your feet and thank yourself for what you have done for the United States of America.”
Berry Craig: History is plain about what has most benefitted the working class: unions and New Deal-style government action on our behalf. A big part of the New Deal guaranteed our right to organize unions and bargain collectively for better wages, hours, working conditions and benefits.
Bill Londrigan: We may very well be witnessing at this very moment in history the beginnings, the sparks of a resurgence of labor activism which has the potential to eclipse the worker uprising of the 1930s.
Ramon Guadamoz: We are striking to protest harassment and intimidation by Green Fleet management in our efforts to form a union at our workplace and we will be out for 24 hours.
Rosemary Jenkins: Upon completing the program, they can become linesmen, working high above us on tall poles; or in the generating plants, often working underground with “hot” wires.
Jorge Amaro: Rob Walton and his family engage in lavish and expensive hobbies while the family increases its wealth by pushing certain Walmart worker costs onto taxpayers.
Jessica Durrum: The quality of the jobs this program created is far below what workers deserve. Health care is out of reach. One driver delivers pizzas after a long day transporting shipping containers for American Logistics just to make ends meet.
Sylvia Allegretto: As a former waiter and bartender of seven years, I’m always a bit miffed that the sub-minimum wage paid to tipped workers has been all but forgotten.
RJ Eskow: In fact, if the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation, it would be more than $16 today. These fast-food workers have pitched their wage request exactly right.
Hasira Ashemu: If labor cannot utilize everything in its toolkit to turn the tide, then it and the aspirations of millions of black, brown, yellow, red and yes, white people will be tragically marginalized.
Robert Reich: Everyone would benefit from higher taxes on the wealthy to finance public investments in roads, bridges, public transit, better schools, affordable higher education, and healthcare but higher unemployment helps to boost corporate profits.
Gary Cohn: A conservative legal organization that has pushed to overturn the 1964 Voting Rights Act filed a lawsuit in federal court in Santa Ana that could accomplish in the courts what Prop. 32 couldn’t at the ballot box.
Hasira Ashemu: The people who fight to undo worker’s rights and assault unions are often the very same folks who craft laws and policies that allowed Trayvon Martin’s killer to walk free, that disenfranchise black voters and expand the use of racial profiling.