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.
John Marciano: Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization is an important and timely antidote to the corporate elite, mass media, and political propaganda directed against unions and the working class.
Tony Butka: Companies and their high-priced lawyers figured out a long time ago that their worst fear is someone finding a lawyer, going to court, and suing the bejesus out of them for unlawful acts.
Julie Gutman Dickinson: While Trump may have been silent about his attitude toward unions, the actions of his company in Las Vegas speak volumes about how a President Trump would deal with workers who exercise their right to organize.
Rep. Alan Grayson: In 1912, in a strike at Paint Creek, the mining company forced the striking miners and their families out of their homes, to live in tents. Then they sent armed goons into that tent city, and opened fire on men, women and children there with a machine gun.
Berry Craig: “Why doesn’t some reporter stick a mike in Trump’s face and say ‘When are you going to bring your jobs back?'”
RJ Eskow: The idea that anyone can succeed on the internet is a warmed-over Horatio Alger story for the digital era. Underlying it is that age-old cynical con: If you’re poor, blame your own moral failure.