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Archive for 'Trade Unions'

Why are non-Unite members receiving campaign emails?

I was surprised yesterday to receive an email informing me that: You are receiving this email as a member of Unite the Union. It invited me to unsuscribe from future emails from Gerard Coyne. Looking back, I now see that I received an earlier email from the Coyne campaign on 20 March. It begins: Your […]

Unite and fight

One of the lessons that liberals need to learn from the recent election is the severe limitations of “identity politics” based on race, ethnicity and gender. Packinghouse workers in Chicago got it right in the 1930s: Nic Smith, a self-described “white trash hillbilly from the holler” in far southwest Virginia’s coal country, gets it right […]

The Mine Wars

If you’ve been at all interested by my posts about Mother Jones and the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain (the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War), you may want to take a couple of hours to watch this PBS documentary about the coal miners’ struggle to unionize in southern West […]

A gap “as obvious as a lost front tooth”

A lot of the support for Republican “outsider” candidates for president comes from working people who are rightly angry that while the economy has improved steadily since the depths of the 2008-2009 Great Recession, and millions of new jobs have been created, they are not feeling significantly more secure or prosperous. Both Donald Trump and […]

The Tories’ Trade Union Turn

This is a cross-post by Phil BC As audacious tank-parking goes, the Conservatives’ announcement that they’re (re)launching their own trade union movement is right up there. It has certainly raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. There will activists across the spectrum who looked up and saw question marks materialise above their heads. Haven’t the Tories proven […]

Scott Walker: leading by quitting

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, after dropping to somewhere around 0 percent in the polls, has dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. “Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top […]

Cork Mother Jones Festival

Nice to see the Irish paying tribute to their native daughter Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, labor activist and hell-raiser.

‘Small government’ advocates seek to ban the right to strike.

This is a cross-post from Futile Democracy A great test of consistency for those of us who believe in the fundamental right to express offensive ideas was presented this week, when a man wandered Parliament Square in the centre of London wrapped in an Islamic State flag. Liberals became conflicted; should he be arrested for […]

The difference between democratic socialists and other socialists

Democratic socialists like Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talk like this: Near the end of [an] interview, CNBC’s John Harwood asked Sanders to respond to President Obama’s criticisms of lawmakers like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), his chief critic from the left on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal. “[President Obama] says it’s the most […]

The fiery speech by a female Iranian teacher protesting for better pay

Cross-posted from Potkin Azarmehr at For a democratic secular Iran This footage was sent to me by one of the teachers taking part in the widespread strike by the Iranian teachers. They are demanding better pay and conditions. The video shows a fiery speech made by a female teacher. See the translation below: “Most of […]