Heat Wave Shows Climate Change Is a Workers’ Rights Issue

June 2021 While the 100 million computer workers in this country are more likely to be able to work safely indoors, other urgent and necessary work must continue outdoors, no matter the severity of the weather. The entirety of the working class is (or will be) affected by climate change, but it’s farm workers, letter carriers, construction workers, sanitation workers and other outdoor …

Juneteenth Is about freedom, snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy. Not only were promises of land overturned, ‘simply acting free was grounds for white retaliation’

By Dale Kretz, Jacobin, 19 June 21 Today, as we celebrate Juneteenth, we should remember not only the struggle against chattel slavery but the struggle for radical freedom during Reconstruction — snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy. t’s a funny thing how folks always want to know about the War,” mused Felix Haywood about that …

Nearly 40,000 agricultural workers in Colorado, 3,000 live in employer-provided housing and have long endured unsanitary, cramped conditions and grueling work hours with few breaks

June 2021, The Counter – There are nearly 40,000 agricultural employees in Colorado, 3,000 of whom live in employer-provided housing and have long endured unsanitary,  cramped conditions and grueling work hours with few breaks, according to advocates and workers themselves.  Senate Bill 87, also known as the Farmworker Bill of Rights, will require that farmworkers be paid Colorado’s minimum wage—$12.32 an hour …

Reforming heavy rail commuter transit in the US

Excerpt from Mass Transit and Governing – https://www.masstransitmag.com/rail/news/21224126/us-commuter-rail-reform-faces-high-labor-infrastructure-costs May-June 2021 Staffing levels on the Berlin S-Bahn, the German capital city’s regional rail network, are about one-third the size of the Long Island Rail Road (America’s busiest commuter rail system), which in turn serves only about a third of the passengers. “In Spain or Germany, you just have the train driver, …

Pseudo issues and real discourse; e.g. longer work hours lead to more deaths

Excerpt from Hamilton Nolan, In These Times, June 2021 There is much hand-wringing today over the idea that misinformation and conspiracy theories and omnipresent propaganda have created a situation in which Americans don’t seem to have a single set of mutually agreed upon facts. That is true. But it does not capture an even more elementary flaw in what we are doing. We …

Social justice and climate change are tied together: the areas of deepest poverty and under the darkest shadow of death are the ones where dispossession was the most far-reaching

…That’s in part because of what type of land marginalized people can live on. According to Savi Horne, executive director of the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP), the land that farmers of color were, and still are, able to afford is often land within the floodplains of river systems and marshes. As hurricanes reach further inland with greater intensity, the …

Long Working Hours Led To 745,000 Deaths Worldwide In 2016: WHO finds long hours lead to deaths from heart attacks and strokes

As ownership of the digital economy is concentrated into the hands of the very few, we see a small handful of the wealthy get obscenely rich, while an increasingly subcontracted and casualized workforce must accept precarity and the threat of unemployment as the ‘inevitable’ impacts of automation. May 26, 2021 | EDUCATE! As we emerge from the pandemic, we urgently need to reclaim our free time – …

Total wealth owned by American billionaires grew over half in a year. What if the US had a maximum wage or ratio to the lowest paid workers at a firm? Inequality news May-June 2021

May-June 2021 Inequality.org, In 2019, the ratio of CEO-to-typical-worker compensation stood at 320-to-1, with CEO compensation ballooning 940% since 1978.  Now a study released last month by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies found that the total wealth owned by American billionaires grew 55% over the preceding 13 months. Their total wealth increased by $1.3 trillion during the first 11 months of the pandemic, according …

Employee ownership funds, centers, certification, directory

Worker Buy-Outs: As the German model of industry-wide collective bargaining comes under pressure, unions are now being forced to look for other means of protecting jobs. Read how employee ownership, though not a one-size-fits-all solution, could help revitalize the labor movement in Germany. Don’t Start Just Any Kind of Business; Start a Worker Co-op End Capitalism Worker-Owned Cooperatives Are Creating …

Proposal to Electrify Bus and Rail: Elizabeth Warren and AOC Lay Down Climate Challenge to Biden

Their bill aims to electrify bus and rail infrastructure, with the aim of reaching net-zero U.S. carbon emissions by 2050. By Jarrell Dillard and Leslie Kaufman March 18, 2021 Progressives in the House and Senate plan to set down a marker Thursday for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plans, introducing a $500 billion proposal to shift U.S. transportation away from fossil fuels. Senator Elizabeth Warren and …