At a luncheon for union leaders, I asked what people hoped to see in new government appointments. 'Nobody from Texas,' was the sharpest and most agreed-on response. Neoconservative Republicans have dominated all state offices since Bush first ran for governor in the mid 1990s. Even before that, under Democratic Gov. Ann Richards and President Clinton, state leaders set up a big 'Yee-haw' for NAFTA.
Imagine you sell your home, even borrow money, to move to another community where you are promised a good job. But when you get there, you're forced to live in near-slavery conditions.
One of the demands of U.S. workers in the election just past was a renegotiation of NAFTA. Canadian workers have similar concerns. In Mexico, the demand to reorganize NAFTA comes most strongly from small farmers, but is also advanced by workers and the left. It is a winnable, but uphill, fight.
Mid-December brought developments at global, national, state and local levels in the race to reverse global warming and grow the economy.
BRONX, N.Y. — My mother loved Stella D’Oro “S” cookies. She would eat two every morning, dunking the anise-flavored delight in her coffee. I always felt a loyalty to the brand based on that childhood memory. But no more.
DETROIT — Gibraltar Trade Center in Taylor, Mich., stood to make a lot of money Dec. 12 with the scheduled appearance there of ex-Tiger pitching great and Hall of Famer Jim Bunning. Michigan residents were supposed to pay $35 apiece for Bunning’s autographed baseballs.
Employee Free Choice Act is key to recovery As 2008 comes to an end the labor movement has much to celebrate including the election of our first African American president, the win for union representation for the Smithfield slaughterhouse workers in Tar Heel, N.C., and the settlement won by Chicago union workers who led a six-day sit-in at their factory.
WASHINGTON (PAI)--Union leaders welcomed the choice of pro-worker Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) as Labor Secretary in the incoming Democratic Obama administration. If confirmed by the Senate, Solis would replace anti-worker GOP Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.
In rural America, 70 percent of married mothers with children under six work for pay, finds a new report spanning nearly 40 years of women’s employment trends. As men’s employment rates have dropped over the past four decades, more rural women are working to keep the lights on at home.
Americans are gaining a much clearer view of the ongoing class struggle. National Jobs with Justice (JwJ) and other organizations are calling for a “People’s Bailout” in opposition to the handouts flowing from the Bush Administration to the biggest bankers. Activists across the nation responded to JwJ’s call for a week of action, December 7-13. North Texas students responded in the college town of Denton, an hour north of Dallas.