Cardinal defends comparing gay parade organizers... →
Thanks for making all Catholics look like bigoted assholes, Cardinal. Fuckin’ jackass. “Organizers (of the pride parade) invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church,” the cardinal said in a statement issued Tuesday. “One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940s, paraded...
Turkey: Unjust prison sentence on trade union... →
Brothers and sisters, please sign the petition and tell Turkey that jailing teachers for being union activists is not only wrong, but illegal! Education International (EI) calls on you to condemn the prison sentences imposed on 25 Turkish trade unionists from the teacher union Egitim Sen and the Confederation of Public Employees’ Unions (KESK). The 25 members of Egitim Sen and KESK were...
With no new contract, commercial building workers... →
Members of Local 32BJ say they want a deal that gives them a ‘fair’ wage and benefits New Year, New Strike. No, these are not the usual New Year good tidings for a new life and new beginnings, but rather an accurate description of what 2012 might bring to 22,000 office cleaners in New York. “We don’t want to go on strike,” said Iván Almendarez, 36, born in Nicaragua and a New York...
Young People More Likely To Favor Socialism Than... →
Young people — the collegiate and post-college crowd, who have served as the most visible face of the Occupy Wall Street movement — might be getting more comfortable with socialism. That’s the surprising result from a Pew Research Center poll that aims to measure American sentiments toward different political labels. The poll, published Wednesday, found that while Americans...
Socialist Worker: Who made the New Deal? →
Good article. —— Lance Selfa recounts the history of an era that is still remembered for the important changes that benefited the working majority. November 14, 2008 | Issue 685 A Civilian Conservation Corps crew constructing a new road COMPARISONS BETWEEN Barack Obama’s assumption of power and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s in 1933 have been many and varied. ...
Today In Labor History →
Today in Labor History: December 29 After years of intensive lobbying by the labor movement, a comprehensive national safety law is enacted as President Nixon signs the Occupational Safety & Health Act of 1970, creating the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) - 1970 — Selected highlights from this week’s labor history postings; click here for complete postings...
Italy: Demand freedom of association at Fiat →
ActNOW A LabourStart campaign Fiat, the biggest transnational company based in Italy, has excluded Fiom-Cgil, the largest Italian metalworkers union, from the whole group (80,000 employees) because this union did not sign an agreement which worsened working conditions, violated workers’ rights (including the right to strike); and cancelled all the existing company-level agreements...
Please let people who love Ron Paul for whatever bullshit reason know what he is really about. ———- So as Ron Paul is on track to win the Iowa caucuses, he is getting a new dose of press scrutiny. And the press is focusing on the newsletters that went out under his name in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They were called the Ron Paul’s Political Report, Ron Paul’s...
A tale of two systems: German Automakers and... →
A great article comparing US and German automakers. In Germany union density is higher, wages are higher, production is higher, and profits are higher. In Germany, companies are mandated to deal with workers (union or not) in “works councils” over various issues related to work life. The article also goes on to talk about how Germany automakers act completely different when...
Today In Labor History →
Today in Labor History: December 28 Auto workers begin sit-down strike for union recognition at GM’s Fisher Body plant in Cleveland - 1936 — Selected highlights from this week’s labor history postings; click here for complete postings and graphics. Member Tip: Membership and Dues in Your Union Contract Your union contract will specify what requirements there may be, and what procedures must...
Ron Paul quits CNN interview after being asked... →
Aww, racist doesn’t like being asked if he’s a racist. Wah, wah Ron Paul. What a jackass, walking away from an interview when there are real questions about his past that he finds inconvenient. People would probably stop asking so much about all the racist shit in his old newsletters if he.. oh I dunno.. stopped being in photos with leaders of white supremacist organizations like...
Michigan Small businesses benefit from Affordable... →
…but, but, but wait… I though “Obamacare” was the worst most job killing-absolutely awful-fucking every American in the ass-“Big Gubmint”-freedom hating-child starving-Sharia-socialist-communist-fascist law that would benefit no one except the most awful dredges of society. Oh, turns out the Republicans don’t know shit yet again. I wish we had full on...
Ayn Rand bullshit
So a kid in the grade below me was the front man for a punk band that my band did lots of shows with back in the day. He loved punk, hated authority, loved Anarchy, etc. Turns out he’s a Libertarian now. Fucking absurd. Here’s a nice quote from the idiot queen Ayn Rand from his facebook: “…If you tell a beautiful women that she is beautiful, what have you given her?...
Death Penalty Decline Continues →
Some hope for the end of capital punishment. From the ACLU: As 2011 comes to end, we’re taking a look back at the year in criminal justice. Over the next few days, we’ll run a series of blog posts on the developments, good and bad, that have shaped our justice system – from overincarceration and sentencing policy to the treatment of prisoners and capital punishment. Read the series here. ...
Cornel West: Occupy movement is a critique of... →
Click the title link for a really good video.
Mother Jones Report: Plan B Unavailable a Third of... →
Another great MJ article. This is total bullshit. We need universal healthcare for all, and total coverage of contraceptives. I don’t understand how anti-abortion advocates can be against contraception. I agree with Bill Clinton: abortions should be safe, legal, and rare. Key way to keep abortions down, we need total access to contraceptives and we need to educate young people on how...
Matt Damon Slams Obama, Democrats: 'One Term... →
Matt Damon, angry on the spinelessness of Obama and the Democratic Party lays down some truth: Matt Damon, one of Barack Obama’s earliest supporters and once one of his most staunch advocates, slammed the President in the new issue of Elle Magazine. “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will...
For First Time, Women Share 'First Kiss' At A Navy... →
+1 to the Obama Admin for this. Another brick out of the wall that keeps everyone in the LGBT community down and makes them 2nd class citizens. Also, awww, cute! Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va. Gaeta’s ship returned from 80 days at...
He [Jesus] accompanied me in difficult times, in crucial moments. So Jesus...– Hugo Chavez (If only more Christians thought like this)
Keep Christ in Christmas vs. X-mas, etc, etc.
So first off, I’m Catholic. I know many of the other members of the left that I follow/follow me on tumblr are militant atheists. I have no problem with that, I was for the better part of my college years a non believer myself. Simply stated: I won’t get all bent out of shape if you bash religion, and you shouldn’t get all bent out of shape if I bring up religion (odds of this...
"American politicians are the best thing you can...
leftish: ~ Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks
Moderate Dems Kill public option to jump in the... →
Classic “blue-dog democrat” bullshit. Cutting out what people really want: the option to buy public run healthcare. Scrapped to make sure their friends on Wall Street can keep lining their pockets with the money of the working class only to lose all of it gambling on the stock exchange. From nymag.com I’m surprised this Wall Street Journal story, detailing how hedge funds manage...
Ron Paul Takes the Lead in New Iowa Caucus Poll →
I’m loving this whole GOP Presidential race. It’s a game of musical chairs for who is number one over Romney for a month or so. Keep up Ron Paul, your fall is going to be absolutely hilarious, “libertarian” assclown. From Mother Jones (I love MJ if you haven’t noticed, both the person the magazine is named for, and the magazine itself.) Rep. Ron Paul, the...
Tea Party Mayor in Michigan Turns Down Millions of... →
“The federal government’s largess is no reason to build the transit center when the national debt stands at $15 trillion, Mayor Daniels said. Yet if the money does not go to Troy, it will not be used to pay down the national debt; it will be redirected to other projects around the country.” I’m laughing so hard right now. The Tea baggers once again show how they’re...
It happened in Calumet, MI, on Christmas Eve, 1913 →
A little Christmas time Michigan Labor history for all! — Tomorrow is the day before Christmas. It has been said, it comes but once a year. American Labor History features an event that I want you to know about. An event that I want you to learn about. I don’t want to pretend that it can or should replace the reasons you already have for celebrating the season, but I do want you to go...
The “Why Ron Paul is Awful” Mega-Resource →
stfuconservatives: Does the neocon in your life need some schooling? Here’s a mega-resource of assorted reasons Ron Paul is NOT Libertarian Jesus. (This is a rebloggable version of what’s on this page) What’s Wrong With Ron Paul? 10 Reasons Not to Vote for Ron Paul …
Working more to get less →
A chart that does a little explaining on why the working class can’t afford anything anymore: Robert Frank chart by way of Ezra Klein Ezra Klein today runs a year-in-charts post that’s purely the excellent. It includes the Toil Index, by the excellent economist Robert Frank. Basically, it shows why it’s so hard for working people to live decently these days. Working...
BCS DECLARES GERMANY WINNER OF WORLD WAR II… US...
(this was posted by a friend on facebook, and is floating around the tubes that are the internetz, so I can’t take credit. I enjoy college football, but I LOVE WWII history, so this is awesome to me.) Lulz to ensue: — After determining the Big-12 championship game participants the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests and today the BCS declared Germany to be the...
Ron Paul is a racist, plain and simple.
I’ll have some more on this in the coming days. I’m glad that I’ve been seeing more and more on Ron Paul’s racism. Most of us have known about it since ‘08, but we’ve got to make sure to spread the knowledge of Ron Paul’s racist bullshit far and wide. Too many just think he’s a libertarian, and too many think libertarians are just cute and odd,...
No health care for domestic partners under... →
Well, I’m sure the neo fascist Koch brothers are happy to see that their rent-a-governor is sticking to the script. Apparently there was some hope he would veto this, but I’m not surprised. The party of family values sure knows how to support families: denying LGBT families access to heathcare and ensuring that they are treated as 2nd class citizens. If you go to your bathroom...
How Boeing got away with breaking the law →
NLRB drops case as machinists’ union seeks to make the best of a bad situation Republicans won’t have the National Labor Relations Board’s case against Boeing to kick around anymore – though no doubt they’ll keep flogging its corpse. On Friday, the NLRB announced it was dropping its most famous investigation in years. The union that had brought the case, the International Association...
Holder: Obama Will Issue Signing Statement With... →
Let me know if any of you have more insight on this. Looks like the signing statement would basically state that the part of the law that includes indefinite detention would be ignored. Obama has only used 10 or so signing statements in the last 3 year. I can’t remember how many Bush used, but it was considerably more. If the signing statement is used by Obama, I will be much happier...
NLRB Speeds up Union elections! →
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/business/nlrb-adopts-rules-to-speed-unionization-votes.html Nice! Basically the rule changes will put most of the legal mumbo jumbo that employers use to delay union elections for months after the election. Then it can all be sorted out afterword. This will shorten the time that employers will have to bring in union busting law firms that help intimidate...
These are the Grover Norquist disciples who want to ‘drown government in the...– Rep. Keith Ellison: If It Ain’t Broke, Break It (via pantslessprogressive)