We need an international movement of progressives to counter the fake opposition between two variations of globalised authoritarianism (neoliberal establishment and Nationalist reactionary right) which trap us in a business-as-usual agenda that destroys life prospects

To succeed we will need a common plan of action and an uncommon campaign strategy to energise progressives around the world to implement that plan. Last but not least, we’ll need the shared will to envision a postcapitalist reality. Progressives also need shared narratives. Thankfully, we know what must be done: power generation must shift massively from fossil fuels to renewables, …

Labor and Coal communities key in designing a Just Transition + 11 recommendations by CO Committee

Dharna Noor, Gizmodo, 9/25/20 GREEN NEW DEAL https://earther.gizmodo.com/why-unions-are-the-key-to-passing-a-green-new-deal-1845169012 There’s a persistent conservative myth that the clean energy transition must come at the expense of employment. Nothing could be further from the truth, though. The Congressional resolution on a Green New Deal, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey last February, includes a proposal guarantee employment to all those who want …

Amazon warehouses with robots are seeing injuries to around 1 in 10 people employed

How Amazon hid its safety crisis, by Will Evans | September 29, 2020 Robots. Prime Day. Holiday peak. Internal records show Amazon has deceived the public on rising injury rates among its warehouse workers. On Cyber Monday 2014, Amazon operations chief Dave Clark proudly unveiled the company’s new warehouse of the future in Tracy, California.  Behind him, tall yellow racks …

Guiding Principles for a Green New Deal

Published February 28, 2019 by DSA Humankind has reached a moment of existential crisis. Human activity is causing disastrous climate disruption and Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, triggering critical losses of biodiversity. We are already locked in for global warming that will have catastrophic effects, and we are on a slippery path to our own extinction. The 2018 Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on …

A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

The Real Reason Buses Were Losing Riders Even Before COVID-19: Labor off-loaded to gig economy workers averaging $9/hr rather than union labor

By Kea Wilson, StreetsBlog, Aug 26, 2020 Bus ridership had dropped like a stone even before COVID-19 — and if we want to stanch its decline, we need to end public subsidies to car drivers. That’s the conclusion of a Georgia Tech study that reviewed national bus-ridership data and found that the number of passenger trips declined every year from 2012 …

The business of protecting private profits at the expense of public goods — particularly when it comes to something as urgently needed as health care — is an impossible sell on its own terms, so it is purchased

Polls show that a majority of voters, and over 85 percent of Democrats, back Medicare for All. And this popular support has continued to steadily rise because of the pandemic. Some union leaders understand this too, as seen in the pro–Medicare for All vote of UNITE-HERE Local 2 president Anand Singh on Monday. The business of protecting private profits at the expense of public goods …

Gig Economy’s Highway toward Increasing Surplus Labor

FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditShare This article situates the gig economy as a tool for shoring up a falling rate of profit within the U.S. economic system. The main feature of this “gig economy” is that its businesses employ what are called private contractors instead of employees. This change allows a company to eliminate business expenses inherent to the typical economy and to shift …

To make companies moral, make the employees the owners

01-11-19 Fast Company WORLD CHANGING IDEAS by Marjorie Kelly: To make companies moral, make the employees the owners: Having stockholders can offer confusing incentives for business owners with a mission–but not if those stockholders are employees who believe in the mission, too. In the minds of many entrepreneurs, taking a company public, with shares trading on a public stock exchange, …

How Can We Help The Unemployed Get Good-Paying Work, Advance Toward A Green World, And Get More Workers Into Unions? We need a new WPA

By Max Page, Labor Notes.July 13, 2020 | CREATE! And at the same time rebuild what has been shattered by two generations of neoliberal attacks—a belief that government’s role is to build a more just society? A 21st century WPA. In the Great Depression of the 1930s the Works Progress Administration was one of the main New Deal agencies that put millions of unemployed …