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Union Edge on Mexican miners

Posted by Charles II on June 29, 2013

Via Union Edge, Mexican Mineworkers, Metalworkers, and Silverworkers president Napoleon Gomez speaks about issues affecting miners. He is in exile in Canada.

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Explaining the Wisconsin exit polls:

Posted by Charles II on June 9, 2012

Toles is da best (via Bartcop)

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Badger music

Posted by Charles II on June 1, 2012

(via gchaucer2, DK)

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Yes, Scott Walker is in trouble

Posted by Charles II on January 17, 2012

From Wisdems:

Right now, volunteers from counties all across Wisconsin are turning in more than 1.9 million signatures to recall Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch and their right-wing cronies in the state legislature.

[Clarification: this is over one million signatures for Walker. The remaining signatures are apparently for the other public officials. Mea culpa.]

They needed 700,000 signatures.

Scott Walker was elected with 1.1 million votes.

And there’s more:

Also up for recall are Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Sens. Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, Pam Galloway of Wausau, Van Wanggaard of Racine and Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls.

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Occupy Oakland calls for West Coast port strike

Posted by Charles II on November 20, 2011

And the mercury is indeed rising. A grain exporter, EGT, has offended the Longview, Washington Longshoremen, so Occupy Oakland is calling on anyone associated with the ports to take a vacation. Occupy Los Angeles has called for a shutdown of SSA terminals, operated by Goldman Sachs.

(Image from The Nation)

The Longview dispute is pretty serious. In September,

More than 500 protesting port workers stormed the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Washington, on Thursday and damaged railcars and other property, Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha said.

The incident came a day after several of Longshoremen were arrested after blocking a train from arriving at the newly constructed facility owned by EGT, LLC, which is a joint venture of Bunge Ltd, ITOCHU International Inc and STX Pan Ocean Inc.

Early on Thursday, the protesters stormed the EGT facility, smashed guard shack windows, pushed a security vehicle into a ditch, cut brake lines on several rail cars and dumped grain from some cars onto the ground, Duscha said.

As Josh Eidelson of The Nation adds, the militant tactics adopted by the Longview Longshoremen are the direct consequence of the erosion of the labor laws’ protections that once allowed them to use less extreme tactics:

More workers may conclude it’s not worth honoring legal restraints either—opting instead, in Burns’s words, to “repeal” the laws “through noncompliance.”

While I endorse non-violence and condemn the use of violence, it’s very clear that the underlying problem which must be solved is corporate and official lawlessness. Until laws serve the general good and are obeyed by the powerful, with punishments meted out without distinction, we are on the road to anarchy.

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A book for our time: Manufacturing Hysteria

Posted by Charles II on October 16, 2011

Manufacturing Hysteria, by Jay Feldman, is a must-have book.

Jay Feldman's Manufacturing Hysteria

We think of the anti-immigrant movement, the hatred of Muslims, or the depredations by the Pentagon and other federal agencies against the rights of speech and assembly to be unique to our age. They are not.

If you can’t afford the time or money for the book, listen to his talk on C-Span.

Added: if, like me, you’re a compulsive book buyer, you may also want to look at a recent book on the new deal by LAT writer Michael Hitlzig.

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Compare And Contrast: Colombia And Venezuela

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 29, 2011

First, Colombia:

We have known for years about the dangers of being a trade unionist in Colombia, of the murders of organizers and labor officials. The murders have increased in frequency in the years since the US negotiated a trade deal with Colombia. They are well documented.

Now, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has put names to the tragedy. In a letter to President Obama, Trumka says that 22 union activists have been killed in Colombia this year, including 15 since a so-called “Action Plan” designed to crack down on union violence was instituted in the country. All of their names are in a fact sheet at the end of the letter.

Trumka added that six Catholic bishops have been killed in Colombia in 2011.   The Bishops Conference of Colombia believes the killings occurred because of “their courageous commitment… with the prophetic denunciation of injustice and the cause of the poorest in the country.”

Now, Venezuela:

On a hillside overlooking Caracas, Venezuela, Pedro Echavez feeds sweet potato greens to his rabbits. These animals are raised for their meat, but their droppings also fertilize Echavez’s black bean and vegetable plots. This four-acre farm produces enough food to provide 80 percent of the diet for the sixteen people living in his community.


The Venezuelan equivalent of the US Department of Agriculture is overseeing the project. Yet, unlike the USDA, which gives around $20 billion in subsidies to the largest producers in the United States annually, Venezuela is giving 4.3 billion bolívares fuertes ($1 billion) in low-interest credit solely to small and medium-sized grain producers. Another 13 billion bolívares fuertes ($3 billion) is set aside for fruit and vegetable operations, as well as growers of crops like coffee, cacao and sugar cane. A portion of what farmers grow will be used to pay off the loans, and much of this produce will be locally packaged, processed and sold at state-owned supermarkets.

President Hugo Chávez’s leftist Bolivarian Revolution has embraced the idea of food sovereignty, or the right of a people to define their own food and agriculture policy. The food sovereignty movement is a global one, and the organization at the forefront, La Via Campesina, counts 300 million members. Venezuela is one of many countries, including Ecuador, Bolivia, Mali and Nepal, that have, in response to this grassroots movement, developed a legal framework for food sovereignty.

Tell your congresscritters to oppose the trade deal with Colombia. The fact that this nation’s bloodsoaked ruling classes are feted by the US’ elite, while the far more democratic and human Chavez is demonized by corporate-owned American media and corporate-owned American politicians, shows just how amoral is our leadership.

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Just say no (to destroying America), postal edition

Posted by Charles II on September 27, 2011

Neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night… but Congress? Oy.

Long story short: USG forced postal service to overfund its pension system and undercharge for junk mail. That, the lousy economy, and the unregulated rise of spam makes it seem as if the postal service isn’t economically viable, thereby killing a major union and unemploying over 100,000 people.

Join the protest:

On Tuesday, September 27, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (local time), members of the four employee unions of the United States Postal Service—

• American Postal Workers Union
• National Association of Letter Carriers
• National Postal Mail Handlers Union
• National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association

—will join forces with members of our communities to send a message to the nation and its Congress.

We are proud to announce the participation of the National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) in the effort to Save America’s Postal Service. Click here to read their entire statement.

During these informational rallies, we will visit the home office of each member of the House of Representatives.

We will thank those members who have signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 1351, a bill that addresses the financial crisis facing the Postal Service.

And we will encourage those who have not signed as co-sponsors of H.R. 1351 to do so.

I do have to say, whoever at the union comes up organizational names without considering the acronym should be spanked.

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Aw, Wisconsin/updated

Posted by Charles II on August 9, 2011

There were six incumbent GOP Senators on the ballot (see John Nichols FAQ).

At this hour, two GOP incumbents have been declared winners. Two are leading (see here for results).

Unless Dems take three races, the GOP remains in control of the Senate.

Furthermore, the GOP has recalls against two Democrats on 8/19.

We always knew it would be hard. The recalls were against strong incumbents in districts that outperformed the state average Republican result by 5%. The GOP poured millions and millions in dollars of advertising into this effort. In four of six districts, GOP candidates outspent Democrats. Interest groups outspent candidates 5:1! The Democrats could still do come from behind wins.

But after what the GOP has done, and especially after Washington Republicans tried to blow up the economy, voters really should have wised up. They are destroying this country.

People say I’m unfair when I say that we have the political system we deserve, that the problem with our national representation is that they are so very much like the American people. I only wish I was being unfair.
Update: and, of course, it’s Kathy Nicklaus of Waukesha County who is sending in results late in the Darling-Pasch race (this according to John Erpenbach speaking to Rachel Maddow). However, 12 precincts in Milwaukee are still out as of 12:34 Eastern.
Update, 1:05 AM. Supposedly Waukesha is in. Ozaukee, another Darling stronghold, has two precincts out. Milwaukee, which has some conservative areas and many liberal areas, has 12 precincts out. Pasch is behind by 4574 votes. If things broke as they have broken, Pasch would net 2473 from Milwaukee and lose 572 from Ozaukee. I just don’t think the votes are there. Of course, it ain’t over till it’s over.
Well, now it’s over. GOP 4-Dems 2, and two Dem seats still at risk. Marcos tells us why we should celebrate.

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Airport Screeners Vote for Union Representation

Posted by MEC on June 24, 2011

Airport screeners have chosen the American Federation of Government Employees as their union.

Although the collective bargaining rights are very limited, this is progress over the Bush regime’s vehement opposition to any rights at all for the workers.

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