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Houston Janitors Strike for Economic Justice

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Mark Vorpahl

Mark Vorpahl Echoing the story of David vs. Goliath, janitors in Houston are on strike and taking on such corporate giants as JPMorganChase and Exxon Mobile in an effort to pressure the janitorial companies they employ to agree to the workers’ modest demands. It is these big business behemoths that are the real powers behind […]

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Los Conserjes de Houston en Huelga por Justicia Económica

Mark Vorpahl

Mark Vorpahl  Haciendo eco de la historia de David vs. Goliat, los conserjes en Houston están en huelga y enfrentándose a corporativos gigantes como JPMorgan, Chase y Exxon Mobile en un esfuerzo para presionar a las compañías de conserjes que los emplean a acceder a las modestas demandas de los trabajadores. Son estas colosales compañías […]

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Labor Must Choose: The 99% or the Democrats

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Shamus Cooke

The Occupy Movement couldn’t have come along at a worse time, from the viewpoint of the Democrats. Election season is just getting started and Occupy has thrown a giant wrench into the political machinery. Some labor leaders too are sensing “politics as usual” shifting under their feet; the “get out the vote” for the Democrats […]

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How to Save the U.S. Labor Movement

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Shamus Cooke

The first step in saving the labor movement is recognizing that it needs saving. Sadly, many union leaders — including Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO — refuse to accept this reality, choosing instead to dismiss the current threats against labor unions as “exaggerated,” or limited to this or that Republican politician. In fact, the labor […]

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Workers Win Union At Bend Oregon Hostpital

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Mark Vorpahl

“This victory is all the more impressive when taking into account that St. Charles Hospital is the largest employer in Bend, a city which last November had an unemployment rate of 14.3 percent. Such high unemployment inclines workers to keep their noses to the grindstone, and just be happy they have a job…to a point.”

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SEIU’S Andy Stern Joins The Corporate Elite

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Shamus Cooke

The once-powerful President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Andy Stern, recently retired his purple and gold union t-shirt. His new clothing is far more formal — to match the political and business activity he’s thrown himself into. The rank and file of SEIU will recognize Mr. Stern’s new career choice well, since they’ve […]

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

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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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Which Way Forward for SEIU?

Mark Vorpahl

As it approaches its National Convention in June of 2008, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the largest union in the U.S., with a reported membership of 1.9 million. It largely organizes home care, health care, home child care, and janitorial workers. While most unions’ growth has stagnated or declined over the last few […]

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