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Jeff Bezos Screws Over Workers At Amazon. Now He Wants To Do The Same At The Washington Post.

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  • Can Silicon Valley’s anti-labor attitude survive actual contact with a labor union?
  • Related: Report: How Amazon's Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities

Paul Blumenthal, HuffPost 

10/12/2017 | Like most of the industry titans in the world of big tech, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is no fan of labor unions. Since 1994, he’s fended away every effort by Amazon warehouse workers to unionize.

But when Bezos purchased The Washington Post in 2013, he inherited more than 1,200 workers unionized with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. That union now claims that Bezos and Washington Post management are trying to gut protections and benefits for workers in the latest contract negotiations.

Paul Blumenthal is a reporter at HuffPost. His work has appeared on PBS' Frontline, MSNBC, CNN and The New York Times.

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• Amazon is far more than a big, aggressive retailer. As we show in this report, Amazon increasingly controls the underlying infrastructure of the economy. Its Marketplace for third-party sellers has become the dominant platform for digital commerce. Its Amazon Web Services division provides the cloud computing backbone for much of the country, powering everyone from Netflix to the CIA. 
• Our new report, Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities, aims to pull back this cloak of invisibility.

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These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists

Local 10 members gather to denounce fascism and white supremacy. (Courtesy of Ed Ferris, ILWU Local 10 President)  

  • The labor movement has been greatly weakened by decades of anti-unionism, but the ILWU and Local 10 remain unbowed. Other unions should follow their lead. And, for the 89 percent of American workers not in unions, they must be reminded that individual acts of resistance—while noble—are nowhere as effective as collective action. Sadly, there will be many more opportunities to act.
  • Related: Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions

Peter Cole, In These Times

August 29, 2017 | What role should the labor movement play in beating back the resurgence of fascism? Resistance, while a powerful concept, is far too vague. Local 10, the San Francisco Bay Area branch of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)—and perhaps the most radical union in the United States—demonstrates what can be done.

This past week, the San Francisco Bay Area—long a center of unionism, social justice movements and radicalism—took center stage. Patriot Prayer is a right-wing organization with a demonstrated history of inciting racist violence, most obviously in Portland, Ore., while ironically asserting peaceful intentions. The far-right group declared it would rally in San Francisco on Saturday.

Peter Cole is a Professor of History at Western Illinois University. He is the author of Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive Era Philadelphia and is currently at work on a book entitled Dockworker Power: Race, Technology & Unions in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a Research Associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has published extensively on labor history and politics.

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Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions, Seth Persily, Policulous
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Anyone who’s been paying attention to the state of union membership in the United States knows that unions have seen a tremendous decline since the 1960s. Whether you’re for or against them, taking a look at the stories below there can be no doubt that unions are rapidly becoming a disappearing facet of American working life.


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Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions

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Anyone who’s been paying attention to the state of union membership in the United States knows that unions have seen a tremendous decline since the 1960s. Whether you’re for or against them, taking a look at the stories below there can be no doubt that unions are rapidly becoming a disappearing facet of American working life.

Seth Persily, Policulous 

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Decline in Union Membership Has Matched the Decline in Middle-Class Wages
As union membership has fallen, so too has the ability of the working-class to negotiate competitive wages. The result is that with the dramatic decline of unions we have seen an equally dramatic increase of income inequality, with the richest one-tenth of one-percent of Americans now owning as much wealth as the bottom ninety-percent combined.
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First, Let's Explore the Impact on Our Economy
Economists generally agree that extreme disparities in wealth and income are unsustainable in a capitalist economy. Indeed, America learned this lesson in the 1920s. Without a thriving middle-class that could afford to buy consumer goods which fuel corporate profits, the American economy became unsustainable.
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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Labor%20Getting%20Its%20Fair%20Share%20of%20the%20Pie.jpgExtreme Disparities In Wealth Lead To Extreme Disparities In Power
Extreme disparities in wealth strain a healthy democracy because it inevitably leads to extreme disparities in power. Just as we are living in an age of unprecedented wealth, we are also living in an age of unprecedented power. We can all feel it. The system seems rigged.
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Extreme Disparities In Wealth Strain Our Democracy
There is no doubt that current disparities in wealth and income are wreaking havoc on our Democracy. Take a look around. Middle-class wages have stagnated for years. People are angry. Our country is divided. We are turning on each other.
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Rightwing Alliance Plots Assault to 'Defund and Defang' America's Unions

Teachers in California protest against a Wisconsin law affecting public-sector collective bargaining. Union membership among public-sector workers is about 35%. Photograph: Robert Durell/AP

  • It ain't about negotiating union collective bargaining agreements and resolving grievances any more (Actually, militant unions never were about such goals!)!
  • Conservative campaign aims to strike ‘mortal blow’ on government unions.
  • This is ‘A once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse the failed policies of the American left’.

Ed Pilkington, The Guardian (US) 

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A network of conservative thinktanks with outposts in all 50 states has embarked on a “breakthrough” campaign designed to strike a “mortal blow” against the American left. The aim is to “defund and defang” unions representing government employees as the first step towards ensuring the permanent collapse of progressive politics.

Ed Pilkington is the chief reporter for The Guardian (US). He is a former national and foreign editor of the paper, and author of Beyond the Mother Country

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Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment

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In exchange for $3 billion from the state government, electronics giant Foxconn will build a massive factory in Wisconsin. What’s good for big business is good for the rest of us. Right?

Willis and Jacob Druker, Socialist Alternative <>

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Labor%20Getting%20Its%20Fair%20Share%20of%20the%20Pie.jpgAugust 23, 2017 | Given who’s promoting the Foxconn deal, workers have a good reason to be skeptical. The plan, if fulfilled, would be seen as a political victory for President Trump as well as Wisconsin’s right-wing Governor Scott Walker, both of whom campaigned on boosting American manufacturing. Walker has spent his seven years as governor attacking workers’ rights and living standards. Meanwhile, Foxconn, the multinational corporation known for manufacturing the iPhone, is even better known for the high rate of worker suicide in its Chinese factories. Despite the populist rhetoric behind the Foxconn deal, it’s more about corporate welfare than anything that would benefit WIsconsin workers.

Foxconn’s recently announced plan entails building a 1,000 acre facility in southeastern Wisconsin. The facility, which would be located in either Racine or Kenosha counties, would cost $10 billion, and would open in 2020. It would immediately employ 3,000 people and could grow to 13,000. It would produce LCD screens, used in smartphones and flat-screen TVs. Foxconn is also reportedly considering building a secondary facility near Madison.

Willis and Jacob Druker, Socialist Alternative: a national organization fighting in our workplaces, communities, and campuses against the exploitation and injustices people face every day. We spearheaded the campaign to elect Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council in 2013, the first independent socialist elected in a major U.S. city in decades.

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Special Report | New Economic Perspectives: Universal Basic Income Needed, Not Our Charity

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  • Part 1: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'
    • Anthropologist Jason Hickel presents basic income as part of strategy of "planned de-growth," which will "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint."
  • Part 2: The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Our Charity
    • Community gardens, cooking classes, and food banks may make us feel good, but they don’t solve the problem of food insecurity.
  • Related: Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I

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Part 1: Universal Basic Income Needed to Break 'Addiction to Economic Growth Killing Us'

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Anthropologist Jason Hickel presents basic income as part of strategy of "planned de-growth," which will "increase human well-being and happiness while reducing our economic footprint."

Andrea Germano, Common Dreams
 
Friday, August 11, 2017 | As some tech giants throw their weight behind the idea of a universal basic income, one anthropologist says it's a key component of a strategy to break the "addiction to economic growth [that] is killing us" and the planet.

Offering his views this week on BBC's "Viewsnight," Jason Hickel, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and author of books including The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, says "we can't have infinite growth on a finite planet."

That argument—which others have made as well—should be clear by evidence of the "climate change, deforestation, and rapid rates of extinction" taking hold, he says.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Our Charity

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Community gardens, cooking classes, and food banks may make us feel good, but they don’t solve the problem of food insecurity.

Colleen Kimmett, The Walrus

Jul. 6, 2017 | utritionist and food-security expert Valerie Tarasuk recalls the meeting, early on in a five-year-long research project, when she and her fellow researchers reached the point of mind-numbing exhaustion that made civil discourse nearly impossible. It had become clear to them that the way Canadians talked about the prevalence of hunger—mostly framed in terms of food bank use—was missing the point. They needed some way to communicate the severity of the problem as they saw it. But would the public pay any attention to a purely descriptive report based on data gleaned from the “bowels of Stats Canada”?

The answer, it turned out, was yes.

Colleen Kimmett is a writer based in Montreal. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Al Jazeera America, and The Development Set.

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Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I, Maya Lehmann, Daily Work 

  • Like me, I hope this poem will make you think more deeply about the strengths of, and challenges faced by, people experiencing poverty.
  • Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017

Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I

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  • Like me, I hope this poem will make you think more deeply about the strengths of, and challenges faced by, people experiencing poverty.
  • Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017

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Maya Lehmann, Daily Work

July 26, 2017 | It seems like Americans are more polarized than ever before. It is very easy to dismiss and distance ourselves from people whose beliefs, education, background, or values are different from ours. This seems particularly true in the political rhetoric these days, especially when it comes to government services and public assistance. Essentially, we have created and reinforced an “us” vs. “them” mentality that is harmful to American society and impairs our ability to work together and make positive changes that can benefit us all.

This polarization and dichotomy is definitely true in the way that people experiencing poverty are viewed. It is very easy to treat “them” as if they are somehow lesser than “us.” Often we either look at someone who is experiencing poverty as lazy or incompetent, or we act as if we have all of the solutions to fix their life, but both of these perspectives are harmful to someone’s self-sufficiency. We need to actively combat this judgmental attitude because it is not productive and it is harmful towards other people. Not only that, but these negative stereotypes are simply not true. The poem below by Julia Dinsmore articulates why we should not blame people for their situations, but instead support, encourage, affirm, respect, and realize that their situations are often the result of circumstantial or systemic barriers.

Maya Lehmann, Case Management Intern, Daily Work 

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Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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• The United States of Cruelty, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire
• America's Disgusting, Boundless Hatred for Poor People, Brittney Cooper, Salon
• GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness, Lawrence Davidson, ConsortiumNews.com
• The rush to humiliate the poor, Dana Milbank, Washington (DC) Post 
• Indiana Republican: ‘No One Has the Guts’ to Let the Poor ‘Wither and Die’, Allen Clifton <>, Forward Progressives 

 

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Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017

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The United States of Cruelty, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

  • We are cheap. We are suspicious. We will shoot first. It does not have to be this way. Like Lincoln before us, it is time to do something about it.
  • Related: GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness

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America's Disgusting, Boundless Hatred for Poor People, Brittney Cooper, Salon 

  • We're now legislating away poor people's right to be happy.
  • Nixon's racial Southern Strategy applied to the economically poor.
  • Richer and Poorer: How much inequality can a democracy stand?

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GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness, Lawrence Davidson, ConsortiumNews.com

  • Since the days of Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” – a crass appeal to angry pro-segregationist whites – the Republican Party has descended into a political nastiness that has corroded the foundations of American democracy.
  • Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue

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The rush to humiliate the poor, Dana Milbank, Washington (DC) Post 

  • Never mind that few can afford filet mignon on a less-than-$7/day food-stamp allotment; they’re more likely to be buying chuck steak or canned tuna. This is less about public policy than about demeaning public-benefit recipients.
  • 10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are

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Indiana Republican: ‘No One Has the Guts’ to Let the Poor ‘Wither and Die’, Allen Clifton, Forward Progressives

  • John Johnston proved just how much Republicans loathe Americans who are living in poverty.
  • GOP Assault on Social Security Could be 'Death Sentence' for Nation's Disabled
  • New Budget Chair to cut Social Security! 

 

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