The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on employment for March 2013 paints a grim picture. The U.S. economy only added 88,000 jobs in March; down for previous monthly performances. The number of unemployed officially counted is 11.7 million. The unemployment rate of 7.6 percent is little changed from previous months. Certainly austerity measures and [...]
The Organizer DOSSIER: Obama’s State of the Union Address and The Fight for an Independent Labor Movement
In This Issue: 1) In the Aftermath of Obama’s State of the Union Address: Just Say No to the Cuts in Social Programs and to “Shared Sacrifice”! 2) The Reasons Behind Obama’s “Progressive” Speech, And Just How “Progressive” Was It Anyway? 3) Obama and Foreign Policy: War on Workers at Home and Abroad 4) Open [...]
On February 7, the leadership of the AFL-CIO launched a major nationwide campaign to promote the Obama administration’s proposed “comprehensive immigration reform” plan. The Obama plan calls for some legalization for undocumented immigrants in exchange for guest-worker programs and increased immigration enforcement. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO immigration Committee Chair Maria Elena Durazo announced [...]
Daniel Gluckstein, National Secretary, Independent Workers Party (POI) of France was the featured speaker at an August 25 event in San Francisco sponsored by Socialist Organizer. Video is now posted online.
When Wisconsin workers occupied the Capitol and took to the streets by the hundreds of thousands in February and March 2011 to defend their unions and living standards, the effect was electrifying. Workers throughout the U.S. and the world were elated to see American workers taking such militant actions, reminiscent of the 1930s. Messages of [...]
In June 2012, speaking at a fundraiser in Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden said that when the guy in Dunmore’s out of work, it’s an economic slowdown. When your brother-in-law’s out of work, it’s a recession. When you’re out of work, it’s a depression. It’s a depression for millions and millions of people. In a [...]
Unity Between Students, Workers and Their Organizations Is Needed to Defeat Calif. Gov. Brown’s Austerity Budget!
The upsurge in the student movement witnessed by the whole country this last six months, with the Occupy movement in Berkeley and Davis, the repeated shut downs of the Port of Oakland, and the occupation of the state capitol, has changed the terms of debate on budget cuts in demanding that the rich and the [...]
Ten days after the start of Occupy Wall Street, members of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association, or PALEA, carried out their own “occupation.” PALEA staged a sit-down strike at the Manila International Airport against the Philippines’ own symbol of corporate greed — the implementation of outsourcing scheme at the country’s flag-carrier, the Philippine Airlines (PAL). [...]
La Conferencia de la Red Laboral de Emergencia (Emergency Labor Network, o ELN) se compromete en ayudar a construir un movimiento obrero poderoso e independiente, junto con nuestros aliados comunitarios, capaz de derrotar la agenda de las corporaciones sobre la base de un programa que refleja las necesidades, esperanzas y aspiraciones de la inmensa mayoría de los trabajadores.