A question for so-called Democratic ‘moderates’: Have you no shame? / by John Wojcik

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, left, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, right, are the lead figures of a group of right-wing Democrats in Congress who threaten the reconciliation bill. | AP photos Speaker Nancy Pelosi has only a three-vote Democratic margin in the House, and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has no margin in theContinue reading “A question for so-called Democratic ‘moderates’: Have you no shame? / by John Wojcik”

AFL-CIO lawyer warns of incoming fire from High Court majority / by Mark Gruenberg

Workers must expect that the Supreme Court will continue to be no friend of theirs when it comes to labor rights, says Craig Becker, the AFL-CIO’s general counsel. Photo courtesy of AFL-CIO WASHINGTON—In the top U.S. Supreme Court case in the tribunal’s 2020-21 term directly affecting workers, they dodged a right-wing bullet. But a veteranContinue reading “AFL-CIO lawyer warns of incoming fire from High Court majority / by Mark Gruenberg”

60 million rural Americans: Brothers and sisters in the struggle / by Tim Wheeler

Image: Painting of Wheeler farm by Tim Wheeler (TW) A popular bumper sticker reads: “No Farms, No Food.” A similar notion was expressed by Lem Harris in his weekly column in the Daily Worker, now the People’s World, titled, “If You Eat, You’re Involved in Agriculture.” As a folk song puts it, “farmers live on credit tillContinue reading “60 million rural Americans: Brothers and sisters in the struggle / by Tim Wheeler”

Immigrant Sept. 11 cleanup crews look to residency as a reward / by Claudia Torrens

Franklin Anchahua-Herrera sits for a portrait in a room that he shares with his father, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, in the Queens borough of New York. Anchahua-Herrera has several health conditions certified by the World Trade Center Health Program that are approved for treatment benefits for individuals who worked at the site in the aftermathContinue reading “Immigrant Sept. 11 cleanup crews look to residency as a reward / by Claudia Torrens”

The state of working America, Labor Day 2021: Unsettled / by Mark Gruenberg

Striking workers attend a rally in Upper Senate Park with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to call for a minimum wage of $15 per hour, November 2015. Many of the low-wage workers hold jobs on Capitol Hill. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images WASHINGTON—At first glance, and by economic numbers alone, the state of workingContinue reading “The state of working America, Labor Day 2021: Unsettled / by Mark Gruenberg”

Unionists tell Shuler, Walsh of company anti-union hate during organizing drives / by Mark Gruenberg

WASHINGTON—From intimidation and deportation threats to anti-union harangues to outright lies, companies still use a variety of tactics to scare workers into voting against organizing to defend themselves, a workers’ pre-Labor Day roundtable told Biden Administration Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. And such company hate is all the more reason forContinue reading “Unionists tell Shuler, Walsh of company anti-union hate during organizing drives / by Mark Gruenberg”

Nina Turner: My Love Letter to Our Movement / by Nina Turner

Dear progressive movement, As I reflect on the past few weeks, I am filled with pride and gratitude for the incredible strides our progressive movement has made and continues to make. Our collective impact in improving the material conditions of working families of all races and from every walk of life in America is unmistakable.Continue reading “Nina Turner: My Love Letter to Our Movement / by Nina Turner”

Voting rights equal worker rights: Unions fight for John Lewis Act, PRO Act / Mark Gruenberg

Photo: Becky Pringle, president of the NEA, addresses the Fighting for Our Vote rally in D.C. on Aug. 21. WASHINGTON—Saying voting rights and worker rights are definitely and inextricably linked, advocates, led by the NAACP, the ACLU, and the AFL-CIO, launched a new campaign to pressure lawmakers to approve the John Lewis Act, restoring andContinue reading “Voting rights equal worker rights: Unions fight for John Lewis Act, PRO Act / Mark Gruenberg”

Capitalism Is Making You Lonely / by Collette Shade

Long before the coronavirus pandemic, we were amid a growing crisis of loneliness. The problem isn’t social media, popular culture, or city living — it’s capitalism. Loneliness is a global crisis. According to Britain’s Campaign to End Loneliness, 45 percent of adults feel “occasionally, sometimes or often lonely in England.” In a 2019 poll, 22 percent ofContinue reading “Capitalism Is Making You Lonely / by Collette Shade”

Recent Unemployment Cuts Made People Poorer Without Increasing Employment / by Matt Bruenig

The media breathlessly reported on labor shortages this summer, helping generate support for unemployment benefit cuts. But a new study shows such cuts didn’t do much but devastate poor people’s incomes. Six academics, including Arin Dube and Suresh Naidu, released a paper last week estimating the impact of the massive unemployment benefit cuts that occurred in twenty-twoContinue reading “Recent Unemployment Cuts Made People Poorer Without Increasing Employment / by Matt Bruenig”