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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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Fall, 2017 |

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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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Labor%20Getting%20Its%20Fair%20Share%20of%20the%20Pie.jpg August 30, 2017 | Rightwing activists across the US have launched a nationwide campaign to undermine progressive politicians by depriving them of a major source of support and funding – public sector unions.

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

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/hickel-degrowth-basic-income.jpg?itok=zA4SY-Ip"Curbing advertising, taxing carbon, a basic income, and a shorter work week" can be part of a strategy of "planned de-growth." (Photo: Generation Grundeinkommen/flickr/cc)

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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Related:

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

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Fake-News-400x255.jpgIf you solely rely on the Western media for enlightenment, your acquired knowledge is plain ignorance. You will never learn the truth because they simply manipulate the news. Learn the truth in our selection of articles below. 

• 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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