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Please Join Us in Building the Kent State Conference!

Emergency Labor Network

Dear Sisters and Brothers: Below is an invitation to an important upcoming labor-community conference at Kent State University, Ohio, on June 24-26. It is aimed at union activists and community allies who want to organize a fight-back in response to the unprecedented corporate attacks on working people. We want to especially encourage you to attend. […]

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The Attack On Public Workers & How To Fight Back

WERC

“On the other coast, recently elected Democratic governor of California Jerry Brown has declared that workers are going to have to make sacrifices and has emphasized that he is fully prepared to “do some things that organized labor doesn’t like.” In particular he, too, has plans to demand take-backs in relation to public worker pensions, as many other states have done. The California Democratic Party has gone even further, declaring its desire to raise income taxes on everyone in the state except the wealthiest 1 percent of the population.”

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The Significance of October 2nd Demonstration in Washington, D.C.

WERC

Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign It would be easy to miss the meaning of the October 2nd One Nation demonstration in Washington, D.C., given that all the media — and many on the left — focused their attention almost exclusively on the calls by top organizers of the action to vote for the Democrats in the […]

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After October 2, What Next?

WERC

Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign The October 2nd demonstration in Washington, D.C., is a great step forward. We are now beginning to take matters into our own hands, relying on ourselves, and acting collectively. Working people have been patiently waiting for the politicians to address our needs. Instead, they bailed out the banks and made the […]

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Help the WERC to Build the October 2nd Demonstration for Jobs!

WERC

Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign Dear Sisters and Brothers: During the past several months, the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign (WERC) has been urging the AFL-CIO to organize a Solidarity Day III demonstration that would focus above all on the need for the government to create millions of jobs to respond to the devastation that the surge […]

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All Out for October 2 to Demand Jobs for All!

WERC

Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign Organized labor is on the move, and here is its rallying cry: Working people can make a difference when we rely on ourselves and act collectively. We are America. And together we can make our voices heard. With this summons to the workers of America, the AFL-CIO just announced that it […]

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AFL-CIO Backs October 2nd March in Washington, D.C. for Jobs, Justice, and Peace

WERC

Dear Sisters and Brothers, We learned this morning that the National Executive Council of the AFL-CIO has voted to support and mobilize its members for the October 2, 2010, march on Washington to demand “jobs, economic security, comprehensive immigration reform, a safe and renewable energy policy and a reversal of national priorities from making wars […]

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For Labor Town-Hall Meetings to Address Government /Corporate Deficit Reduction Proposals!

WERC

Dear Sisters and Brothers: Working people in the U.S. are rapidly approaching a crossroads. A campaign is underway, backed by Wall Street and corporate interests, to reduce the federal deficit on the backs of working people. An AFL-CIO blog reported that Obama’s Fiscal Commission, which he created to generate deficit-reducing proposals, is above all eyeing […]

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Report on Solidarity Day III Campaign: The Struggle Has Just Begun

WERC

We are disappointed to inform you that a Solidarity Day III event where the labor movement would mobilize and demand that the government institute a massive jobs-creation program is not going to take place — for now. Unfortunately, the top officials of the AFL-CIO failed to move on this proposal at its special meeting of […]

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With Labor’s Support We Can Get the California Democracy Act on the Ballot and SFLC Resolution

WERC

With Labor’s Support We Can Get the California Democracy Act on the Ballot and SFLC Resolution Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign Resolution for an Ad Hoc Labor Council Committee to Save Public Education, Social Services and For Progressive Taxation San Francisco Labor Council Introduction by Workers Action Below are two items. (1) A Special Workers Emergency […]

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WERC Update: Toward a Labor-Led Solidarity Day III Demonstration in Washington, DC

WERC

Dear Sisters and Brothers, The endorsement by the South Carolina State AFL-CIO of the call for labor to organize a Solidarity Day III demonstration in Washington, DC has served to inspire others to join this campaign. We have recently received additional important endorsements that we are listing here: The Council of New Jersey State College […]

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South Carolina AFL-CIO Resolution

WERC

In Support of a Labor-Sponsored March on Washington and Letter from the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign Co-Conveners Introduction by Workers Action Workers Action is pleased to publish the following resolution from the South Carolina State AFL-CIO in Support of a Labor-Sponsored March on Washington Demanding Jobs. This is the first statewide AFL-CIO to endorse this […]

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With Labor’s Support We Can Get The California Democracy Act On The Ballot

WERC

Introduction by Workers Action Below are two items. (1) A Special Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign (WERC) Report by Bill Leumer and Alan Benjamin, Co-conveners of the WERC entitled: “With Labor’s Support We Can Get the California Democracy Act on the Ballot;” and (2) a Resolution of the San Francisco Labor Council on Building a Coalition […]

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Resolution In Support Of A Labor Sponsored March On Washington

WERC

South Carolina AFL-CIO Resolution In Support Of A Labor Sponsored March On Washington And Letter From Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign Co-Conveners Introduction by Workers Action Workers Action is pleased to publish the following resolution from the South Carolina State AFL-CIO in Support of a Labor-Sponsored March on Washington Demanding Jobs. This is the first statewide […]

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You Can’t Bail Out Wall Street and Main Street at the Same Time

WERC

Alan Benjamin The following talk was presented by Alan Benjamin to the May 9 Teach-In in San Francisco to “Bail Out Working People — NOT the Banks!” Benjamin is a member of the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Labor Council and is a co-chair of the Council’s Economic Crisis Committee. This talk was presented […]

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Message to the May 9 Teach-In from the Interim National Steering Committee of the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign

WERC

From the Interim National Steering Committee of the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign Presented by Bill Leumer The following greeting was delivered by Bill Leumer to the May 9, 2009, “Bail Out Working People — NOT the Banks!” Teach-In in San Francisco on behalf of the Interim National Steering Committee of the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign […]

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CFT Endorses the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign

WERC

CFT RESOLUTION 35 CALIFORNIA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS CONVENTION 2009 Endorses the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign Submitted by the United Teachers Los Angeles, AFT Local 1021 Committee Socio-Political April 1, 2009 Whereas, in recent months we have witnessed billions of dollars pumped into the financial institutions with no strings attached. Reckless behavior and greed have been […]

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California Labor Federation Endorses Call for Solidarity Day III March in Washington DC for Jobs, Peace and Justice

WERC

California Labor Federation Endorses Call for Solidarity Day III in Washington, D.C., for Jobs, Peace and Justice Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign The Executive Council of the California Labor Federation, representing two million organized workers, over one-sixth of the membership of the AFL-CIO, passed a resolution on Feb. 23, 2010, calling on the AFL-CIO and Change […]

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An Inteview with Jack Rasmus

Workers Action

The following is an interview with Jack Rasmus, a professor of economics at St. Mary’s College and Santa Clara University in Northern California. Prof. Rasmus is a member of the newly formed National Steering Committee of the Workers Emergency Economic Campaign. The interview was conducted on March 2, 2009, by Alan Benjamin, organizer for the […]

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The Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign: What It Is and Why You Should Join It

WERC

This is the transcript of a talk given on Bill Leumer on February 18, 2009 at a public forum. The WERC is a campaign to organize working people to fight specifically for gains that would benefit them, for example, massive job creation programs, single-payer health care that would eliminate the for profit insurance companies from […]

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Nationalization: To Be or Not To Be?

WERC

Below are several articles addressing the issue of nationalizing the banks. Because of the increasing severity of the economic crisis and because the banks have been given billions of taxpayer dollars but still refuse to lend money, we in the Workers’ Emergency Recovery Campaign believe the question of nationalization should be thoroughly discussed and debated. […]

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Thanks for your support! from the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign

WERC

Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign FIRST, we want to thank you for your support of the Workers’ Emergency Recovery Campaign (WERC). Our call for endorsements received almost 500 responses, including prominent labor officials and nationally recognized leaders of progressive political campaigns. As the economy sinks deeper into economic turmoil and the ranks of the unemployed swell, […]

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Support the March for Jobs in D.C. On October 10, Called by SEIU 1199 and NAACP

WERC

Dear Sisters and Brothers: We want to inform you of a potentially significant development unfolding within the labor movement. SEIU Local 1199, based in New York, and the NAACP have called for a Washington, D.C. demonstration tentatively on October 10, 2010, to demand jobs. [See article below titled "Labor and NAACP Plan October Rally," reprinted […]

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Join Us in Promoting the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign

WERC

In recent months, we have witnessed billions of dollars pumped into the financial institutions WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Reckless behavior and greed have been graced with the most extravagant rewards, allowing the rich to get even richer. After receiving their bailout, A.I.G. executives resumed their plans for a retreat at a lavish resort. Meanwhile, foreclosures […]

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