More COVID movement demands

Working People’s Demands in Response to Coronavirus PRIORITIES OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT TO ADDRESS THE CORONAVIRUS: PROTECT FRONT-LINE WORKERS Streamline approaches for allocating and distributing personal protective equipment to working people in greatest need. Issue a workplace safety standard to protect front-line workers and other at-risk workers from infectious diseases. Provide workplace controls, protocols, training and personal protective equipment. Provide …

Post-Pandemic World and Just Transition Measures

Excerpt from Sharan Burrow, March 2020 The post-pandemic world will need Just Transition measures if people are to have hope and to trust governments can manage a future with: secure pensions income support and skills training in the face of jobs transition or displacement prevailing wage rates in new jobs investment and renewal in affected communities to secure vital jobs. …

Frederick Douglass Railed Against Economic Inequality: On Land Reform, Resources, and Socialism

BY FREDERICK DOUGLASS The great abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass died 125 years ago. Today, Jacobin publishes never-before-transcribed articles from Frederick Douglass’ Paper denouncing capitalism and economic inequality. Our new print issue, “Political Revolution,” is out now.  Get a discounted subscription today. Everyone knows that Frederick Douglass, who died 125 years ago today, was a fierce opponent of slavery and a powerful champion of freedom, justice, …

21st Century Bill of Rights

From Brand New Congress: The founders of the United States of America and those that followed established a Bill of Rights to constitute the values reflected by this great nation and those who reside within. Now more than 225 years into our nation’s founding, we recognize the current Bill of Rights falls short of securing the full scope of unalienable …

Jane McAlevey: The Path to Climate Justice Runs Through the UAW Strike: During Climate Week, why not show we can have economic and environmental justice?

https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-strike-uaw/ By Jane McAlevey, Sept 24, 2019 Union members stand outside of the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant on September 17, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. (Sara Faraj / MLive.com / The Flint Journal via AP) Few people know what’s really happening behind closed doors as General Motors executives and UAW officials try to hammer out an agreement to end their …

Clean energy jobs are big in Minnesota. But they often go to people from out of state

By Walker Orenstein | 08/16/2019 in MinnPost.com The fastest growing jobs in the country are solar panel installers and wind turbine service technicians, a fact that clean energy advocates use as evidence of a growing sector and the economic upside of transitioning away from fossil fuels. But in Minnesota, the rise of clean energy isn’t always resulting in new jobs for Minnesotans — at least …

New industrial standards boards with worker reps could set minimum standards for wages, benefits and hours across entire sectors of the economy

This is possibly the most important labor law reform that a Democratic president (with a Democratic Senate willing to nuke the filibuster) could achieve. It’s that one that could put a union in every workplace in America on day one. Because if unions had the legal reach to improve wages and working conditions across an entire industry, workers would join and support …

Raising the minimum wage to more livable levels is enormously important to the health of an economy that relies on consumer spending for two-thirds of its strength

August 29, 2019 at 10:32 am by David Cooper Raising the federal minimum wage isn’t just the right thing to do for workers—it’s also good for the economy Raising the federal minimum wage, which has now lapsed for the longest ever period without an increase, will benefit millions of low income workers and lift more than one million Americans out of poverty. …