Lessons learned from the past for the future: Reflections on 1968 and its implications for today

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | February 23, 2018

Memphis Sanitation workers march in Memphis during the 1968 strike

Important developments that took place in 1968 with the working class protesting against their deplorable working conditions are still relevant to what is happening five decades later in 2018. 

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#FightFor15: Fast Food Workers Stage Rallies Across Country, Demanding Living Wage and Union Rights

Common Dreams | February 12, 2018

Fast food workers in St. Louis staged a mini-action before dawn on Monday morning, prior to heading Memphis for a march in support of a $15 minimum wage. (Photo: @Show_Me15/Twitter)

Fast food and other low-paid workers across the country, with a focus on the South, are staging walkouts and demonstrations on Monday to call attention to the fight for a minimum wage of $15 per hour and the right to unionize.

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The British economy isn’t delivering for working people

FRANCES O’GRADY invites all trade unionists, community activists and friends of the labour movement to join the TUC march for a new deal for working people

by Frances O’Grady

From the Carillion collapse to the NHS crisis and from to the gig economy to the public sector pay cap, the pattern is clear.

All the risks of doing business are being shifted onto workers and taxpayers, while bad bosses rake in massive profits.Read More »

South Africa: 1,000 Miners Trapped Underground ‘Not in Danger’

teleSUR | February 01, 2018

Miners work deep underground at Sibanye Gold

Miners work deep underground at Sibanye Gold’s Masimthembe shaft in Westonaria, South Africa, in this file photo from 2017. | Photo: Reuters
The National Union of Mineworkers said 65 mineworkers had already been rescued after a storm knocked out power, but more than 1,000 remain underground.

South African gold-mining company Sibanye-Stillwater has said that more than 1,000 miners trapped underground at its Beatrix mine after a storm knocked out power are not in danger.

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An apple for Hannah: A Christmas story from the coal fields

by Tim Wheeler

People’s World | December 28, 2017

An apple for Hannah: A Christmas story from the coal fields

Miners with their mules. Like the miners, the only time the mules — often worked to death — got any rest was when the workers, unable to bear conditions any longer, walked out on strike. Library of Congress

Frank Novich was enrolled in the 5th grade at the Catholic school in Shamokin, Pennsylvania and was instructed by his teacher, a priest, to memorize and recite the catechism all other children were assigned to memorize. Frank, already rebellious at 11 years of age, refused. The priest smacked Frank across the knuckles with a ruler. Frank stood up, picked up his books and walked out of the school. That was the end of Frank’s formal education but the beginning of his learning in the “university of hard knocks.”Read More »

Universities Should Distance Themselves from Nike, But Here’s Why They Won’t

LA Progressive | December 01, 2017


Workers pack shoes at a Nike factory in Tangerang in West Java province August 2, 2007. (Photo: Reuters, Crack Palinggi)

Last weekend’s PK80 celebration—a 16-team college basketball tournament in Portland, Oregon—was organized to honor Phil Knight on this 80th birthday. If you watched ESPN’s coverage of the games, then you experienced a big dose of homage paid to Knight, including Bill Walton’s effusive adulation for Knight and his corporate success.

And why not? Knight has been responsible for putting big money in the pockets of universities and head coaches. Nike executes exclusive contracts with schools—“Nike schools” they’re called—to outfit schools with Nike equipment and manufacture merchandise with the “Nike swosh.”

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Political Economy of Labour Repression in the United States: An Interview with Andrew Kolin

Radical Notes | November 15, 2017

Labour Repression

Andrew Kolin’s Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States (Lexington Books, 2016) successfully demonstrates how labour repression is organic to capitalism; something that is central to the very constitution of the capitalist economy and its state. Traversing the history of the United States, the book is a survey of the evolving relationship between capital and labour and how repression has been (re)produced in and through that evolution – something that is structurally manifest in the institutional exclusion of labour. However, by presenting it as an expression of class struggle, the book refuses to deprive labour of its agency. It does not view labour as passive or even merely reactive. It suggests that insofar as the political economy of repression is composed through capital-labour interactions, it is contradictory and provides moments of escape or liberation from repression.

Pratyush Chandra and Pothik Ghosh talk to Andrew Kolin. Professor Kolin teaches Political Science at Hilbert College. His books include The Ethical Foundations of Hume’s Theory of PoliticsOne Family: Before and During the HolocaustState Structure and Genocide and State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of G.W. Bush.Read More »

Have a little faith: Union leader preaches the “union gospel”


Have a little faith: Union leader preaches the “union gospel”

North Carolina AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan speaking at a rally, with Rev. William Barber on her right. | North Carolina AFL-CIO

ST. LOUIS—Constant attacks on the rights of working people by the current administration occupying the White House have put the labor movement on the defensive across the country. The tough fight to spread the narrative about union power, push back the threat of anti-labor policies, and protect shrinking unions can make the outlook for the labor movement seem bleak.Read More »

US: Corporate Tax Cuts Will Not Increase Wages For Working Families

Economic Policy Institute | October 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – In a new paper, EPI Research Director Josh Bivens provides evidence that corporate tax cuts (like those included in the recent “Unified Framework” Republican tax plan) will not boost American wages, and demonstrates that claims to the contrary are based on faulty theory and evidence. Bivens looks specifically at a recent report released by the Trump administration’s Council of Economic Advisers, which claims that their proposed tax cuts for large corporations will somehow trickle down to help American workers by boosting economy-wide productivity and wage growth, giving households an income increase of at least $4,000.Read More »

Soros-Study: Why White Working-Class Voters Support Trump?

A Journal of People report

A recently-released study looks into the reasons the U.S. white working-class voters strongly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Three researchers from three universities authored the study “White Working-Class Views on Belonging, Change, Identity and Immigration.”

Open Society Foundations, a network of political organizations controlled by billionaire George Soros, funded the study.Read More »