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 …

Limit police union contracts to only wage and benefit issues, not protection of police violence

By Benjamin Sachs, On Labor.June 6, 2020 | CREATE! Collective action is the source of working people’s power. It is the source of the labor movement’s power. It is the source of power that has enabled workers to secure – through unionization and collective bargaining – fairness and dignity at work, living wages, protection against discrimination and harassment, and safe and healthy working …

Organized labor and Black Lives have worked together since 2015 on campaigns, including public school curriculum reform and the Fight for $15. Progressive rank-and-file of many unions continue to press their leadership into action for racial justice

Seattle: This week, the MLK Labor Executive Board met to discuss and respond to the extraordinary events of the past week. The Board passed a resolution that affirms that systemic racism exists in the Seattle Police Department and must be immediately addressed to protect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in our community from harm. The resolution rejects the notion that …

POWER OVER THE POLICE: ‘We should demand to be the funders of the police, to permanently and directly determine dollars. Instead of asking those who set police departments’ rules of engagement and goals to make them in a more community-minded fashion, we should demand to be the agenda setters…’

The core problem with policing and incarceration is the same problem that plagues our whole political system: elite capture. The laws, the regulations, the bailouts, and the wonks who write and evaluate all of the above are all powerfully influenced—if not functionally controlled—by elite political and corporate interests. We cannot put our faith in elected representatives and merely vote our way out of this problem: elections are more …

Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change: Yampierre says understand the economics–then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up

“You need to understand the economics. If you understand that, then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up, not just in terms of our freedom and taking away freedom from black people, but hurting …

The powerful appeal of populism fills a void, says Fiona Hill. Populism provides a narrative for people who have lost their identities that were tied to meaningful work.

“When people lose that then they’re looking for something. There’s a feeling they’ve been robbed and deprived of a golden age, and they want that back and populist politics feeds upon that, and provides scapegoats for losing it.” –Fiona Hill See interview with Fiona Hill in The Guardian, June 12, 2020… Excerpts below. Liberal democracy hasn’t been delivering, in the …

‘These Unions Dishonor the Labor Movement’: Nearly 200 Academics, Lawmakers, and Activists Demand AFL-CIO Expel Police Unions

June 06, 2020 by Common Dreams, by Jake Johnson, staff writer “The AFL-CIO cannot stand for criminal justice reform, while at the same time allowing police unions to use your power to impede reform.” People face off with police near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on …