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Help Preserve A Major Victory in the Fight Against Income Inequality.

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Robert Reich, Democracy for America

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Money%20Pie.jpg May 20, 2016 | This is a big deal.

Because of a new overtime regulation issued this week by the Labor Department, over 13 million workers will get a raise. Starting on December 1, most salaried workers earning up to $47,476 a year will receive time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours during a week. The previous cutoff for overtime pay, set in 2004, was $23,660.

Democracy for America members played an important role in helping make this happen. In late 2014, 72,570 people signed my petition urging President Obama to expand overtime pay. In the summer of 2015, many of you submitted public comments directly to the Labor Department urging them to issue these new rules.

Together with the hard work of leaders like the Center for American Progress, the Economic Policy Institute, and activists across the country, we won a major victory in the fight against income inequality.

http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngUnfortunately, the battle is not over yet. Please sign my petition to Democrats in Congress: Don't let Republicans overturn overtime.

Robert Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He's the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. 

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As jobs vanish, forgetting what government is for

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Though the decline of well-paid working class jobs is often portrayed as the inevitable consequence of globalization and technological change, it is in large part the result of a failure of government.

Eduardo Porter, New York Times / Tampa Bay Times

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Friday, May 13, 2016  | America has been here before.

At the dawn of the 20th century, the economy was already well into a fundamental transformation of the labor force, as industry replaced farming and crafts as the primary source of new jobs. The shift was painful, spawning protest movements and political forces like progressivism. But the United States emerged from the turmoil far more prosperous and powerful.

Notably, the jobs of the new industrial economy were generally more productive and better paid than the jobs it left behind.

Eduardo Porter writes the Economic Scene column for the New York Times. Formerly he was a  member of The Times’ editorial board, where he wrote about business, economics, and a mix of other matters.

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From Fight for $15 to the Verizon Strike: We Must Protect Workers' Right to Walk Out

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  • Strikes can be legally threatening and socially disruptive. But in the absence of any serious, social efforts to change the economy, it is perfectly reasonable for workers to defend their interests. So long as the economy is as radically unequal and oppressive as it is, workers have a right to strike. They have that right just the way anyone facing oppression has a right to resist it.
  • Related: Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich

Alex Gourevitch, The Guardian / Portside 

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https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/cwastrike.jpg?itok=nIoTcR7gThe Verizon strike is one of the biggest in years, and comes on the heels of several other significant strikes. Mike Groll/AP

April 14, 2016 | Given the new politics of inequality, there is every reason to think that strikes will become more common. So long as the economy is as radically unequal and oppressive as it is, workers have a right to go on strike. This is an uncomfortable thing to say because of what it means to defend that right.

The 40,000-person, Verizon strike on Wednesday and the Fight for $15 strikes on Thursday are just the latest examples of worker walkouts. The Verizon strikers are protesting about a host of issues, including the company’s demand for reduced compensation, loss of job security, work relocations and schedules that would require workers to spend months at a time away from their families.

Alex Gourevitch is an assistant professor of political science at Brown University. He is author of From Slavery to the Cooperative Commonwealth: Labor and Republican Liberty in the Nineteenth Century and has written for magazines like Dissent, Jacobin, The American Prospect and New York Magazine.

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Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich, Dariel Garner, Popular Resistance 

The rich rely on us. They rely on our cooperation. They are nothing without us. As Martin Luther King said, “a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent”. It is time to stand up. We all can share the wealth.

Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part 3

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpg WSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • The first two parts of this three-part series were posted here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).

Walter Gilberti, World Socialist Web Site

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13 May 2009 | The ruling class was preparing for violence on the first May Day, but there was none. Instead, May 1,1886, was a historic culmination of the struggle for the eight-hour day.

More than 350,000 workers struck 11,562 establishments nationwide. In Chicago, 40,000 workers struck and another 45,000 were granted the eight-hour day without striking. Eighty thousand workers marched arm-in-arm down Michigan Avenue, led by Albert and Lucy Parsons and their children.

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Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich

  • The rich rely on us. They rely on our cooperation. They are nothing without us. As Martin Luther King said, “a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent”. It is time to stand up. We all can share the wealth.
  • From Fight for $15 to the Verizon Strike: We Must Protect Workers' Right to Walk Out

Dariel Garner, Popular Resistance

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https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Inequality.jpgMay 8th, 2016 | Like Bill Gates, George Soros, Warren Buffett and H. Ross Perot, but not as lofty, I was once called a “self-made man.” I was an entrepreneur who had co-founded over forty businesses in my career and had accumulated wealth that put me well within the top 0.01 of 1%. If people had something good to say about me, they would say I was a “marketing genius” and that I had the “Midas touch”; everything I touched turned to gold.

One afternoon I was signing some paychecks when I noticed how many people would only be paid  $20,000 in a year. I would “earn” the same amount in an hour. Why me? Was my effort really worth that much more? Wasn’t I really the same person that had worked as a janitor while attending college? Being a CEO and co-owner of a business certainly wasn’t any harder or riskier than being a janitor; if anything, being the boss left a lot more time for fun.

Dariel Garner was a member of the wealthiest 0.01 of 1%. He is the inspiration for Billionaire Buddha, a novel by Rivera Sun about a man who had incredible riches, turned his back on wealth and found everything worth living for. He speaks, holds workshops on wealth and income inequality and blogs at riverasun.com

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From Fight for $15 to the Verizon Strike: We Must Protect Workers' Right to Walk Out, Alex Gourevitch, The Guardian / Portside 

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  • Strikes can be legally threatening and socially disruptive. But in the absence of any serious, social efforts to change the economy, it is perfectly reasonable for workers to defend their interests. So long as the economy is as radically unequal and oppressive as it is, workers have a right to strike. They have that right just the way anyone facing oppression has a right to resist it.
  • Related: Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich

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Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part 2

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpgWSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • The first part of this three-part series was posted here.

Walter Gilberti, World Socialist Web Site

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12 May 2009 | The political outlook advanced in the “Chicago Idea” and championed by Albert Parsons and August Spies at the Pittsburgh Conference of 1883, anticipated the later development of anarcho-syndicalism.

It was their conception that the trade unions could serve only as organizations of revolutionary struggle for the overthrow of capitalism, and not for the acquisition of piecemeal economic concessions. The “Chicago Idea” carried the majority of the conference, despite the opposition of Johann Most, who was hostile to the unions.

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Can Climate Movement Break Free From ‘Jobs Vs. Environment’ Debate?

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A growing, green industry born of the United States’ hostile labor climate is unlikely to produce steady and well-paying jobs without a fight — not to mention a cross-movement plan beyond shutting down individual infrastructure projects. Breaking Free from fossil fuels can also mean breaking into a more sustainable economy.

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence / Popular Resistance

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https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/12932784_10154089622017708_1227210616867279612_n-e1462201557263.jpgMay 2nd, 2016 | For two weeks this May, organizers across 12 countries will participate in Break Free 2016, an open-source invitation to encourage “more action to keep fossil fuels in the ground and an acceleration in the just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.” Many of the month’s events — pulled together by 350.org and a slew of groups around the world — are set to take place within ongoing campaigns to shut down energy infrastructure, targeting “some of the most iconic and dangerous fossil fuel projects all over the world” with civil disobedience.

The Break Free site’s opening page invites viewers to “join a global wave of resistance to keep coal, oil and natural gas in the ground.” And that’s where some unions have taken issue.

Kate Aronoff is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, the Communications Coordinator for the New Economy Coalition, and a co-founder of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network. Her writing has appeared in the Nation, the American Prospect, Dissent and the New York Times.

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