Excerpts from the remarks of Roger Toussaint, president of New York City’s Transport Workers Union Local 100, on the occasion of its Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration, Jan. 15.
FENTON, Mo. — An autoworker who is a member of the Missouri Legislature says Chrysler’s announcement that it is gutting 1,300 jobs from its South Assembly Plant here has “more to do with the bargaining climate than with the car sales.”
Historians call the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 a tragic part of our history. With this act, Chinese workers were denied citizenship. It remained in effect until 1943. But unprincipled politicians continue to use fear and hatred as tactics to remain in power. The November elections unmasked many of them.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Progressives in Connecticut will celebrate African American History Month by commemorating one of the state’s most outstanding fighters for economic and social justice and peace, George C. Springer Sr., who died in December at age 74.
“I served my nation to protect the laws of our land, not companies like Smithfield that deprive us of those laws,” meatpacking worker Keith Ludlum told a packed congressional hearing last week.
President Bush has asked Congress for approval of “fast track” authority. Fast track means that the president negotiates a trade agreement and Congress cannot make any changes in it; they can only vote it up or down. For most workers, fast track is the code word for giving the capitalists the opportunity to move more jobs out of the country.
SEATTLE (PAI) — It took seven years, but 147 of the Seattle protesters against corporate-centered globalization finally won — in federal court.
The Senate voted 94-3 last week to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 over two years from the current $5.15 per hour, but in a maneuver by Republicans it tied the hike to corporate tax breaks and delayed passage of the bill into law.
Will Dallas, Texas, overcome a long and shameful history of racism and injustice? Will it establish a reputation for even-handed and color-blind fairness? That’s the publicly stated goal of the first African American ever elected to the district attorney’s office in Dallas County, Craig Watkins. People here are watching to see if he can make it happen.
The continuing and relentless government and big business attacks on labor that started with Ronald Reagan’s destruction of the air traffic controllers union in 1981 have undoubtedly driven union membership down.