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Forum Post: Happy May Day

Posted 11 years ago on May 1, 2013, 7:30 p.m. EST by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR
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Join May Day Celebrations for Workers' and Immigrant Rights


The Future of Work, Unions? Tune into the AFL-CIO Tweet Chat with President Trumka


We need to talk—about the future of workers and the union movement. We've all seen the numbers: People are working harder (and have longer hours) and still can't get ahead. Staggering inequality is on the rise and fewer workers have a voice on the job. So we're asking the tough questions:

• What's the future going to be for working people? • How can we build a real movement for broadly shared prosperity? • What should unions look like tomorrow?

That's where you come in.

The AFL-CIO is calling on everyone: Affiliate unions, worker centers, community and faith groups, students and young workers, civil and human rights activists, DREAMers—everyone—to weigh in on these big questions.

On Monday, May 6, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will kick off the conversation with a Twitter chat around these questions. We hope you join us at 3:30 p.m. ET by following @RichardTrumka and the hashtag #1uFuture.

Starting on Monday and leading up to the AFL-CIO 2013 convention in September, we're also gathering ideas from you on our new website, which will highlight specific questions about the future of work each week, facilitated by leading academics, reporters and innovative organizers.

The website will go live May 6 at www.aflcio2013.org.


Global May Day Marches Boil With Frustration, Fury Over A Brutal Year For Workers

...The Bangladesh tragedy drew a denunciation from Pope Francis as he addressed worshippers at a private Mass at the Vatican. He blasted what he called the “slave” wages of those who died, many of whom were being buried Wednesday as other bodies were still being pulled from the rubble. Francis criticized the focus on “balance books” and personal profit that he said are tied to the failure to pay workers fair wages...


May Day protests: From Bangladesh to Europe, angry workers rally in the tens of thousands

But this year's May Day demonstrations come on the heels of the tragic Bangladesh factory collapse, a potent symbol for many of the importance of workers' rights.

...May 1 is a national holiday in some 80 countries around the world, and its ties to labor advocacy date back to 1886, when American police killed 10 protestors at a rally for an eight-hour workday in Chicago’s Haymarket Square. International socialist organization and labor unions declared it a day of commemoration and action soon after.

Ironically, however, May Day is not celebrated in the United States. In the early 1890s, fearing the “socialist” overtones of the holiday, President Grover Cleveland quickly declared an alternate holiday, beginning the American tradition of celebrating Labor Day on the first Monday of September [to sell mattresses and cars]...


When Your Boss Steals Your Wages: The Invisible Epidemic That’s Sweeping America

Wage theft is fast becoming a top trend of the 21st-century labor market.

April 25, 2013 |

Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing AlterNet series, "The Age of Fraud."

Imagine you’ve just landed a job with a big-time retailer. Your task is to load and unload boxes from trucks and containers. It’s back-breaking work. You toil 12 to 16 hours a day, often without a lunch break. Sweat drenches your clothes in the 90-degree heat, but you keep going: your kids need their dinner. One day, your supervisor tells you that instead of being paid an hourly wage, you will now get paid for the number of containers you load or unload. This will be great for you, your supervisor says: More money! But you open your next paycheck to find it shrunken to the point that you are no longer even making minimum wage. You complain to your supervisor, who promptly sends you home without pay for the day. If you pipe up again, you’ll be looking for another job.

(Continued:) http://www.alternet.org/labor/when-your-boss-steals-your-wages-invisible-epidemic-thats-sweeping-america

Why Economic Criminals View Bangladesh as a Model for Workers Everywhere

Low wages and horrible conditions are just dandy in the neoclassical economic textbook.


Michigan Moms and Workers vs. Restaurant Industry and ALEC

Austin Taxi Drivers Affiliate with AFL-CIO, Gain Voice on the Job

Oregon Unions Work Together to Help Head Start Workers Win a Voice on the Job



Unite and Win, People!



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[-] 2 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 11 years ago

Seattle Mayday hammer gona come down soon, live local news, below


It's heating up, "flash fireworks?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Kind of a biased news source.

" A lot of these people came to town to cause just this sort of trouble they came to provoke the police they are getting what they wanted"

" some of the flash bangs are being/used thrown by the police "


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Yep - slightly biased.

Hooligans the reporter says - was there a soccer game? Hooligans hmmm

Destruction says the reporter as protestors put a line of news boxes out into the street. Funny they all look to be intact. Destruction Hhmm

[-] 1 points by gsw (3410) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 11 years ago

Flash bangs now reported used by blue shirts, not protestors.


[-] -1 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

Once Again The Stupidity Of The Few Ruin It For The Many

This is how we lose our rights to protest, but protests don't massacre!


[-] -1 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

CEO Pay 1,795-to-1 Multiple of Wages Skirts U.S. Law

...Almost three years after Congress ordered public companies to reveal actual CEO-to-worker pay ratios under the Dodd-Frank law, the numbers remain unknown. As the Occupy Wall Street movement and 2012 election made income inequality a social flashpoint, mandatory disclosure of the ratios remained bottled up at the Securities and Exchange Commission, which hasn’t yet drawn up the rules to implement it. Some of America’s biggest companies are lobbying against the requirement....


Smoking gun in West, Texas, fertilizer blast: lack of government oversight

...OSHA has inspected the West plant exactly once in the company’s 51-year history. That 1985 inspection detected multiple “serious” violations of federal safety requirements for which the company paid a grand total of $30 in fines. OSHA’s 1992 process-safety-management standard for highly hazardous chemicals is supposed to protect against disasters like the West explosion, but it wasn’t in place for that inspection.

Regardless, OSHA lacks the resources to undertake the kind of comprehensive inspection needed to ensure compliance with the process safety standard at small facilities like West Fertilizer Company. OSHA’s tiny staff of around 2,400 inspectors is spread so thin that it would take more than 90 years to conduct even cursory inspections of all eligible workplaces in Texas....


Could regulators have prevented the Texas fertilizer plant explosion?

Prior to the blast that killed at least 15 people, the West, Tx., plant had gone nearly 20 years without inspection