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Good Riddance to a Terrible National Labour Relations Board Head

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/01/peter-robb-nlrb-general-counsel-fired

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Feminist Trade Unionists Have Long Fought for Universal Health Care

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/01/feminism-trade-unions-universal-health-care

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Joe Biden Should Tell Amazon’s Workers They’re Stronger With a Union

Nearly 6,000 workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama are preparing to vote on unionizing. It's the most important labor battle in the US right now — and Joe Biden should say he stands with the workers.

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/01/amazon-organizing-union-joe-biden-alabama

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Why the Minimum Wage Won Where Biden Couldn’t

BY

GALEN HERZ

In conservative Florida, where Trump edged out Biden last year by 51 percent to 48 percent, a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2026 passed with nearly 61 percent of the vote. By appealing to Floridians' material interests across lines of race and geography, the campaign shows how left economic policies can win even in right-wing contexts.

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/01/minimum-wage-biden-fight-for-15-florida

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Biden toughens workplace safety guidelines but lets stand DPA meat production order

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/31/biden-workplace-safety-dpa-meat...

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Silicon Valley Wants to Entrench the Gig Economy and Neutralize the Labor Movement

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ALEX N. PRESS

Gig economy companies and organized labor are at war over the future of work and the definition of “employee.” The companies’ strategy has split the labor movement by enticing some unions into a partnership-based company unionism instead of independent workers’ organizing.

 

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/02/silicon-valley-gig-economy-labor-biden

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When are we ever going to address inequality?

How about it Lower Mainland?

Seattle City Council approves $4 per hour mandatory pay boost for grocery workers during COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-city-council-...

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Nice to see Uncle Joe supporting the Amazon workers who are trying to unionize, eh!

https://www.rawstory.com/joe-biden-unions/

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The Pro Act could do more than revive Unions

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/03/what-is-the-pro-act.html

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The 21st Century Serfdom Road Runs Through Silicon Valley

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/04/twenty-first-century-serfdom-silicon-vall...

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Gee, how could that be as our US haters krop and NDPP keep telling us Biden is so terrible

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/biden-to-raise-minimum-wage-for-feder...

kropotkin1951

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Gee, how could that be as our US haters krop and NDPP keep telling us Biden is so terrible https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/biden-to-raise-minimum-wage-for-feder...

Indeed this is as good as it gets from Biden. He has bravely ordered a $15 an hour wage to people employed by the federal government. This affects a few thousand people at best and is the centerpiece of his help for the working class. He deserves great applause for this. By sometime in 2022 most of those people will see a raise.

All hail this champion of the working class. Actually maybe I'll just hold off on that acclaim until he amends the Fair Labor Standards Act like he campaigned on.

President Joe Biden will issue an executive order on Tuesday raising the minimum wage paid by federal contractors to $15 an hour

 

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The 21st Century Serfdom Road Runs Through Silicon Valley https://jacobinmag.com/2021/04/twenty-first-century-serfdom-silicon-vall...

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Fast friends of Joe Biden and the Democrats.

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Union Nurses in Massachusetts Are Waging the Longest Current Strike in the US

 

Tenet’s CEO, Ronald Rittenmeyer, earns about 452 times the median pay for Tenet workers. As of 2019, Rittenmeyer’s total compensation package was over $24 million.

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/05/union-nurses-saint-vincent-strike-massach...

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Take Me to Your Leader: The Rot of the American Ruling Class

BY

DOUG HENWOOD

For more than three centuries, something has been going horribly wrong at the top of our society, and we’re all suffering for it.

 

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/04/take-me-to-your-leader-the-rot-of-the-ame...

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Take Me to Your Leader: The Rot of the American Ruling Class

For more than three centuries, something has been going horribly wrong at the top of our society, and we’re all suffering for it.

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/04/take-me-to-your-leader-the-rot-of-the-ame...

Alas, it must be conceded that, until the bonds of that constitution are broken and something approaching a real democracy is instituted, Baltzell has a point about how the loss of ruling-class authority — a legitimation crisis — might lead to social tensions and disorder. With the center so weak, it does present an opportunity for the organized right to make gains — but it presents an opening for the Left, too.

Making revolution against the ruling class, however, is a hell of lot harder than making a revolution within it.

 A very long redundant history that does rightly conclude that the US is in desperate need of regime change because it is not a democracy and has never been one.

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Here is an important message from the BC Fed for all those that might be thinking of visiting Vancouver when the province opens up.

The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) is calling on the public to boycott the Hilton Metrotown and Pacific Gateway Hotel as UNITE HERE Local 40 workers battle draconian layoffs and wage and benefit roll backs. Representing nearly fifty affiliated unions with some 500,000 members across the province, the BCFED is asking its members and the broader public not to cross picket lines or do business with the two hotels.  

https://bcfed.ca/news/releases/labour-movement-issues-boycott-pulls-mill...

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If you are earning $15 an hour in Vancouver, good luck finding accommodation. 

After Almost a Decade, Fight for $15 Has Made Progress — But It’s Not Enough

 

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/05/fight-for-15-minimum-wage-labor-mcdonalds...

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Although the union strategy left a lot to be desired in the first place, once the Bezos' of the world become rich and powerful, the idea of a level playing field goes out the window, and why not, when they have friends in high places who can do their bidding for them.

https://www.vox.com/recode/22446206/amazon-union-mailbox

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kropotkin1951

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Although the union strategy left a lot to be desired in the first place, once the Bezos' of the world become rich and powerful, the idea of a level playing field goes out the window, and why not, when they have friends in high places who can do their bidding for them. https://www.vox.com/recode/22446206/amazon-union-mailbox

Unions arose in North America during the Gilded Age. This cartoon says it all about friends in high places.