Coal miners stripped of benefits by mine owners, despite agreements

Who else might like Medicare for All? Retired coal miners who just had their health benefits ripped away. Common Dreams: “On Friday, a ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge in Texas showed why retired coal miners led to believe their health benefits would be with them for life were wrong and at least one advocate for Medicare for All noted …

A Green New Deal for American Labor?

In New York state, a coalition called Climate Jobs NY has used pre-hire collective bargaining agreements, called project labor agreements, to win guarantees that workers will be paid prevailing wages in $1.5 billion in renewable energy projects. These are in wind energy construction, solar, and the retrofitting of schools and other public buildings to make them more energy-efficient. The Worker …

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky, by Erika Clugston in Clean Technica, February 8th, 2019 Tree planters are superheros, according to DroneSeed founder and CEO, Grant Canary. In one day, a person manually replanting trees will burn the caloric equivalent of two marathons. Wow. It follows that such labor-intensive work is difficult to implement on a large scale, without the time …

No Plant Closings! Plant Conversion to Save Workers and the Planet

Wendy Thompson December 18, 2018 What would it take to keep these assembly and transmission plants open? As autoworkers have begun to formulate demands for the opening of the 2019 contract negotiations, GM upped the ante by announcing the loss of 14,000 jobs with the closure of three assembly plants and two transmission plants to add to the two million manufacturing …

A global minimum wage: If capitalism is going to be globalised, it makes sense that we should globalise the rules and standards that protect people from it as well

There’s an obvious solution: a global minimum wage. If capitalism is going to be globalised, it makes sense that we should globalise the rules and standards that protect people from it as well. Economist Thomas Palley recommends a floor set at 50% of each country’s median wage, so it would be tailored to local economic conditions and cause minimum disruption to comparative …

ILO calls for universal labor guarantee, living wage, health, safety and education

The International Labour Organisation last week called for a universal labour guarantee to safeguard workers’ fundamental rights. There seems little real appetite for a new social contract among CEOs, despite the warm words.   The ILO report is the culmination of a 15-month review by a 27-member commission of senior figures from the world of business, academia, trade unions and charities. It calls …

Dem proposals for workers

Leading Democratic 2020 contenders are finally standing against unbridled capitalism. Excerpt from Robert Reich, The Guardian, Jan 2019Ohio senator Sherrod Brown has embarked on a “dignity of work” tour of key voting states ahead of a potential run for the Democratic presidential nomination – along with a 77-page economic plan to reverse “the declining value of work” and “make life better for all …

What King Said About Northern Liberalism:  “The white moderate” was more of an obstacle than “the Ku Klux Klanner”

A more sobering reality is how hard and infrequent such courage was, how tenacious and how steadfast activists had to be and how much pressure people exerted against the movement, just how hard it was. ‘A More Beautiful And Terrible History,’ Fuel For The Fight Ahead, TRANSCRIPT from NPR.org February 4, 2018, heard on All Things Considered, by MICHEL MARTIN A More Beautiful and …

‘Change Is Coming!’ Congressional Dems Join Sanders in Proposing Bill to End ‘Starvation Wages,’ Ensuring $15 Per Hour for All Workers

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Common Dreams by Julia Conley, staff writer “Every member of Congress should recognize the urgent need to raise the wage, and if they support a salary of only $15,080 per year, they should be forced to live on it.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined protesters at a Fight for $15 rally on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Getty) Denouncing the current …

Innovation Used to Benefit Workers. Can It Again? Machines can make jobs better, but a tiny class of bosses uses them to make jobs disappear. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Excerpt from Bob Lord, Thursday, December 27, 2018,  Inequality.org …Until about 1980, technological advances benefited American workers and American society. Technological advances improved productivity, and workers shared in the benefits proportionately. Wages rose at the same rate as productivity. Not only were American workers paid more, they enjoyed progressively shorter work weeks. As workers’ pay increased, they could buy more, which created …