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Labor Today Labor Today is the publication of the Labor United in the Class Struggle caucus.

In the 1970's a national rank and file caucus was built across the United States within the union movement among organized workers. It's name was Trade Unionists for Action and Democracy (TUAD). The TUAD national publication was known as Labor Today and was available at plant gates and union halls in the big manufacturing areas of this country. That changed when NAFTA came into existence, followed by other trade agreements and global schemes like the World Trade Agreement and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Manufacturing left the U.S. and there was a tremendous loss of good paying union jobs. The service sector and fast food industries grew and low wage non-union workers replaced the higher paid union industrial workers. There was "a race to the bottom" in the USA. Soon there were more non-union workers than union ones and union membership declined to roughly 13% of the workforce. There was massive unemployment and underemployment. There was a massive economic crisis not only in the United States, but throughout the world. Action is needed to reverse this economic assault on workers. The Labor United in Class Struggle caucus was formed among activists, both union and non-union to build a movement in defense of all workers. We believe it is not enough to focus on the union movement alone. We believe in "organizing the unorganized". We seek to unite all workers into a single nationwide labor caucus to defend their rights. Our newspaper is Labor Today, uniting the tactics of the old with the new realities. JOIN US!

Mission: To unite all U.S. workers under one labor caucus, Labor United in Class Struggle, to build labor unity without regard to membership status in a labor organization. Labor Omnia Vincit!

Measure EE will provide funding to Los Angeles public schools. Funding from Measure EE will be used to create smaller cl...
05/25/2019

Measure EE will provide funding to Los Angeles public schools. Funding from Measure EE will be used to create smaller class sizes, attract/retain quality teachers, counselors and nurses, and also provide cleaner, safer school facilities. The measure is funded through a small property tax increase of 16 cents per square foot of building improvements annually, exempting seniors/certain disability recipients.

So who is opposing it? Measure EE is facing strong opposition from multi-national companies who don’t want to pay more in property taxes. They are putting their short-term profits (the measure expires in 12 years) over the future of LA's young people. And they're doing so at a time of record profits and tax breaks courtesy of the Trump administration and the Republican Party.

Please vote in the June 4th Special Election.

Onwards,

Robert Greenwald, President

Brave New Films Action Fund

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05/21/2019
Tell Congress: Shift power back to working people. Pass the “Restoring Justice for Workers Act” – EPI Policy Center

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Tell Congress: Shift power back to working people. Pass the “Restoring Justice for Workers Act” If a worker is seeking justice because they have not been paid fairly, have been discriminated against, or have been sexually harassed, they are often forced into a process that overwhelmingly favors ...

05/17/2019
Verizon Wireless Workers Rising

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BREAKING NEWS 📢: Jennifer Womack a Verizon Wireless Call Center worker in Irving, TX, confronts the CEO at the Verizon Shareholders meeting in Orlando, FL, about the ongoing anti-union hostilities and forced meetings. In an unexpected and hopeful sign CEO Vestberg promises “no retaliation” and agrees that workers have the right to join the union without company interference! An encouraging step toward respect and a better Verizon Wireless! But we must take the next step ourselves.

This is the time to get involved! Reach out to us and support the movement for a union at Verizon Wireless!

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05/10/2019
NYTWA Statement on the Passage of Comprehensive Congestion Pricing and the Impact on Taxi Drivers

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Bhairavi Desai , Executive Director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (she/her), released the following statement:  "Now, as the legislature waives off the congestion surcharge on private cars for another two years, taxi drivers will be still stuck in the same traffic they didn'

05/06/2019

Uber & Lyft drivers hope 80,000 strike

BY CLAYTON GUSE

NEWS TRANSIT REPORTER

The ride hails are virtual — but the strike won’t be, say New York organizers of a work stoppage against Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing apps.

Representatives of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance are working hard to get the city’s 80,000 app-based drivers on board with the Wednesday morning strike.

They’re spreading the word with email blasts and by sending organizers to the city’s airports. "Apps Off!" the alliance says on its website.

The European-style strike — announced in advance, and s cheduled to take place over a set period of time— is planned for Wednesday morning between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

"All we are asking for them is to turn off the app for two hours so Uber and Lyft feel the problem," said Henry Rolands, a Lyft driver and one of the strike’s New York organizers.

"You will not lose sleepover two hours of not driving," Rolands said. "Any driver who turns on their app then is most likely silly."

Drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hail apps will also strike in other cities. All say they are weary of low pay and mistreatment from Silicon Valley billionaires.

Lyft recently lost its lawsuit against the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission over its driver minimum wage rules, which went into effect at the start of February. But for drivers, even with that win, many still feel that they’re grossly underpaid.

"The minimum wage is just a minimum wage — it’s still not a livable wage," said Bhairavi Desai, president of the NYTWA. "We believe drivers should be entitled at minimum to 80% to 85% of their fares."

The drivers also fear for the future of their business.

"Wall Street investors are telling Uber and Lyft to cut down on driver income, stop incentives, and go faster to Driverless Cars," the Taxi Workers Alliance says on its website.

Many drivers also bemoan mistreatment from companies that boot them from their platforms without due cause.

04/28/2019
CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY IN TAMPA!
04/25/2019

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY IN TAMPA!

No Vote Until NAFTA is FixedFor a quarter century, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has failed workers. C...
04/16/2019

No Vote Until NAFTA is Fixed

For a quarter century, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has failed workers. CEOs continue to shutter factories in the U.S. while pursuing low wages and lax environmental standards as they set up shop in Mexico. For those U.S. workers who hang on to their jobs, there is still downward pressure on wages and benefits from this lopsided playing field. In Mexico, workers struggle to make gains.

Right now, at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a U.S. worker makes around $24 an hour. In Mexico, Goodyear pays workers less than $2 an hour. The company recently made a $500 million investment in a brand new facility in Mexico. They also announced layoffs in the U.S. This broken system isn’t designed to benefit workers here or in Mexico. It’s designed to maximize corporate profits.

Our union has been working with our allies in Mexico and Canada for years to bring attention to the problems. We have an opportunity to get it right as NAFTA is renegotiated. There’s been progress, but not enough. We need swift and certain enforcement of labor provisions. Mexican workers must be able to freely bargain for a better future, and not be subjected to threats and violence when attempting to form an independent union. We also need to fix problems in the proposed deal, like the monopoly rights for pharmaceutical corporations that will keep drug prices sky high.

This week and next, workers across America are taking action by sending their U.S. Representatives a simple message: No Vote Until NAFTA is Fixed!


Dial your U.S. Representative toll-free: 866-202-5409

You’ll be directed to the right person based on your zip code.

Please leave a message with staff (or on voicemail) saying:

“I’m [name], and I live in [city/town]. I want Congress to hold off on a vote on NAFTA until it’s fixed. The renegotiated NAFTA needs strong enforcement for its labor provisions and fixes to the rules that will keep drug prices high. Please take the time to do this right.”
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01/15/2019

PAME expresses its solidarity with the struggle of the workers at the port of Valparaiso, Chile.

PAME expresses its solidarity with the struggle of the workers at the port of Valparaiso, Chile. The strikers are workers who are employed with flexible forms of work and demand the improvement of their wages and working conditions. The flexible forms of work are expanding increasingly in all countries of the world turning the workers into hostages of this situation. Their just struggle also faces repression from the Chilean Government.

PAME denounces police repression and stands by the side of the strikers

Athens, January 15,2019



PAME expresa su solidaridad con la lucha de los trabajadores en el puerto de Valparaíso, Chile.

PAME expresa su solidaridad con la lucha de los trabajadores en el puerto de Valparaíso, Chile. Los huelguistas son trabajadores que trabajan con formas flexibles de trabajo y exigen la mejora de sus salarios y condiciones de trabajo. Las formas flexibles de trabajo se están expandiendo cada vez más en todos los países del mundo convirtiendo a los trabajadores en rehenes de la situación. Su lucha justa enfrenta, también, la represión del gobierno chileno.

PAME denuncia la represión policial y está a lado de los huelguistas.





Atenas, 15 de Enero de 2019

01/15/2019
14/01/2019 Διαδήλωση Εκπαιδευτικών στην Αθήνα

Massive Strike Protest of Teachers in Athens



The Teachers of Greece continued their struggle against the layoffs planned by the SYRIZA Government.

With a massive strike demonstration in Athens on Monday, January 14, they protested the layoffs and the oppression of the Government against teachers and workers. The teachers, alongside with school and university students will continue their actions till the cancelation of the SYRIZA bill on education and the layoffs of the teachers.

During the rally the teachers read statements of solidarity by Unions from all over the world and FISE of WFTU

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Athens, January 15,2019



Masiva protesta de huelga de los docentes en Atenas

Los docentes de Grecia continuaron su lucha contra a los despidos planificados por el gobierno de SYRIZA.

Con una masiva demostración de huelga en Atenas, el lunes 14 de enero, protestaron por los despidos y la represión del gobierno contra a los docentes y los trabajadores. Los docentes junto con los alumnos y estudiantes de universidad, continuarán sus acciones hasta la cancelación del proyecto de ley de SYRIZA por la educación y los despidos de los docentes.

Durante el mitín los docentes leen anuncios de solidaridad de uniones de todo el mundo y de FISE de la FSM.

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Atenas, 15 de Enero de 2019

Teachers Demonstration in Athens

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