I want to continue with the need to shake the bugs from not only the democratic party.....neo-liberals, but the neo-liberal people heading our labor and justice organizations as well.
THERE IS NO REASON FOR ANYBODY TO BE SUPPORTING OBAMA AND CONGRESSIONAL NEO-LIBERALS....EVERYONE SEES THESE POLICIES PASSED ARE REPUBLICAN AND WORK FOR WEALTH AND PROFIT.
I have said that in Maryland labor and justice have a hard time since the political system is so crony and corporate that these groups sometimes feel they have to get along. For example, Morgan State and other Historically Black Colleges in Maryland are being deeply defunded and threatened with closure so what should be a campus of dissent against the dismantling of the US Constitutions and the Bill of Rights is instead deliberately quiet and too supportive as with the Arne Duncan and public school privatization. Labor unions have the same problem and make the same concessions because neo-liberals control Maryland Assemby and governor's office.
IF LABOR AND JUSTICE DO NOT MOVE NOW TO STOP THE PROGRESSION OF GLOBAL CORPORATE RULE....THERE WILL BE NO UNIONS AND WE WILL BE A THIRD WORLD COLONIAL SOCIETY WITH NO JUSTICE. THIS IS NOT HYPERBOLE. STOP CONCEDING!!!!!!
Below you see a blending of labor and justice that works. The nurses unions know that the Affordable Care Act is bad for both labor and justice and have been protesting for the entire time the ACA was under development in Congress. We thank them for continually shouting for Expanded and Improved Medicare for All and universal care. NAACP and NAN support ACA to the end even though it is people of color hit hardest with lost access.
New York State Nurses Association's status.
Today we joined thousands of our allies at the Black, Latino, and Asian Legislative Caucus to fight for an end to the Healthcare Inequality that is hurting too many of our patients.
We'll be back on March 26 to fight for Safe Staffing and Healthcare for All. Like & Share if you'll join us! (22 photos)
This is what I am saying about changing leadership, not only getting rid of neo-liberals in the democratic party, but the labor and justice leaders aligned with these global corporate pols! UAW and AFL-CIO and others seem content to organize international union membership and allow all of the TPP and global markets to expand. WE WILL NOT HAVE A DEMOCRACY IF WE DO NOT RETURN TO A STRONG DOMESTIC ECONOMY!
I spoke of Baltimore's teacher's union and Maryland teachers feeling that their unions are not speaking for them. Indeed, Baltimore's unions came out with a contract giving the members only the opportunity of three days to look at it and then vote.....no input. The Boeing aerospace unions in Washington State are booting their leaders and demanding a redo on that Boeing contract because it was so bad for the members. The Auto Workers union is saying the same for the vote at a Tennessee VW plant. These union members are shaking the bugs from the rug as they understand there is too much cronyism happening with union leaders and neo-liberals who are not working for labor and justice.
https://www.facebook.com/alewitz/media_set?set=a.2987080833548.2157477.1157866386&UNIONS DON’T ORGANIZE WORKERS – WORKERS ORGANIZE UNIONS!
The defeat of the United Auto Workers union in TN cannot be laid solely at the actions of the employers - the business union policies of the UAW bureaucracy are also to blame.
Decades of immigrant bashing, sweetheart deals and reliance on Democratic Party politicians have been a betrayal of the membership and the working class as a whole. It is not surprising that workers are confused about why we need unions.
From THE WORKER IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER
by Mike Alewitz
One of five 7’ x 10’ banners commissioned for the founding convention of the ICEM/ 1995. The banners hung briefly in the AFL-CIO Building in Washington, DC, until they were ordered removed by then Vice-President Richard Trumka.
Below you see the difference some unions are making.....health care and teacher's unions are fighting for their members whereas trades and services are seeming to be on board with neo-liberals and global markets. Keep in mind that when we had a domestic economy and not a global one.....auto workers were able to buy the cars they built as did the rest of the middle-class so auto manufacturers did not have to sell overseas. Now, auto workers are often forced to lease cars if that as Ford and GM spend all their money expanding overseas. GM's financial arm is what blew the company up with subprime mortgage debt and it was spun off as a bank owing tons of money to taxpayers while the union workers had all their wages and benefits slashed.
WE DO NOT WANT UNIONS ACCOMMODATING THE GLOBAL MARKET WHEN THEIR MEMBERS ARE BEING IMPOVERISHED BY THAT GLOBAL MARKET.
From a union member:
Had a chat about the UAW disaster with Jane McAlevey, who points out that the UAW made its primary relationship with the boss, not the workers. They agreed to no housecalls, no conversations with workers. Also, not a word about politics, situating the fight in any larger struggle.
But (and these are my conclusions, but I doubt Jane would disagree) this is entirely the norm for mainstream union strategies. It's precisely the formula for defeat, but it never gets rethought.
The contrasts with the Chicago Teachers Union are stark. But the UAW and the rest of the gang won't touch that shit. Better to write big checks to Dems instead.
Below you see how teachers stand with parents and students and shout loudly for everyone as well as their own rights. In return, the communities support these teachers......well, not in Maryland right now!
As this article shows, strikes are critical for unions to have power in contract negotiation. What we see in Maryland are neo-liberals dismantling union rights by forcing unions to sign PEACE AGREEMENTS....signing the right to strike away. The Maryland AFL-CIO did that with building casinos in Maryland and Unite Here did it with hotel workers unions. In addition, they allow the contract negotiations be done in arbitration instead of between employee and employer. These arbitration committees are always packed with corporate-leaning members taking away labor's ability for a fair deal. It is not in the member's interest to have these deals!
THIS IS HOW MARYLAND NEO-LIBERALS TREAT UNIONS WHEN THEY AREN'T PRIVATIZING THEM OUT OF EXISTENCE AND SOME UNIONS ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN AND SUPPORT THESE SAME POLS FOR ELECTION.
Ideally, the citizens of Maryland would run and vote forlabor and justice and get rid of these neo-liberals holding labor captive. That is what we are shouting as ALL MARYLAND LABOR ARE UNDER ATTACK, public and private sector.
So, when the Maryland AFL-CIO stands with O'Malley and his protege Anthony Brown after time and again being made to concede....when Maryland AFSCME watches as everything public is handed to private contractors and all public pensions used as fodder for Wall Street......
and still stand behind those same neo-liberals doing this......
WE NEED A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP OR THE UNION MEMBERSHIP WILL NOT TOLERATE THE LOSSES.
Strikes are still a really valuable way of exercising worker power!
Solidarity with teachers of working-class students everywhere!Faculty on Strike |
Jacobinwww.jacobinmag.comUIC United Faculty Local 6456 / Facebook On February 18, the tenure track and non-tenure track faculty who make up the University of Illinois-Chicago faculty union UICUF Local 6456 will walk out of the...
We all know the arbitration process is biased because just as with the Ratings Agencies Moodys and S & P which committed fraud to give AAA ratings because they made more money in doing such.....so do these arbitration companies. WHEN UNIONS AGREE TO PEACE AGREEMENTS AND ARBITRATION, THEY TAKE MOST BARGAINING POWER AWAY.
The Baltimore Teacher's Union actually agreed to a $1 increase for teachers. That is pitiful.
We understand that union leaders are under pressure with the democratic voters re-electing neo-liberals working to kill labor and justice for profits.....
BUT DO NOT TURN AROUND AND GIVE THESE SAME POLS HEADLINES AS LABOR-FRIENDLY FOR GOODNESS SAKE!
Corporations Only Want Arbitration Fairness for Themselves, Not Workers
April 30th, 2009 | Paula Brantner
Moreover, the EFCA arbitration provisions apply to two entities that commonly utilize arbitration to resolve disputes (unions and employers) and have expertise in navigating the system. The “repeat user bias” in employment arbitration has been well-documented, as arbitrators tend to favor the parties who are most likely to use their services again (which is rarely if ever the employee), and can be blacklisted if they are perceived as being too worker-friendly. (See Alexander Colvin, Empirical Research on Employment Arbitration: Clarity Amidst the Sound and Fury?, Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2007)).
So if employers truly think that arbitration is a better system than resolving disputes in court, then why are they fighting the EFCA provision? You don’t have to be a cynic to realize that they’re inclined to fight any effort to level the playing field for workers, which the Employee Free Choice Act would do. Just as they’re spreading the myth that EFCA would eliminate the secret ballot, it just comes naturally for them to confuse the public about the other EFCA provisions that would empower workers.
But if corporate America doesn’t want “a bureaucrat from Washington” to tell people how to run their businesses, then we have to wonder why they want arbitrators who are not even required to know the law or follow it passing judgment on their employment practices. Essentially, companies are talking out of both sides of their mouth: they want to impose an unfair arbitration process on their employees, but cannot bear to have even a fair arbitration process applied to them.
- Unite Here, Horseshoe Casino nearing labor peace agreement
In this week’s BBJ, I wrote about how the expansion of casino gaming in Maryland offers labor unions a huge opportunity to expand their membership and ...
WOW ----UNIONS HIT THE JACKPOT-----AND ALL THESE DEALS COME WITH PEACE AGREEMENTS. This headline will be used by O'Malley in his run for President as being union-friendly when in fact he is dismantling all union rights. I hear that unions back him because of threats to collective bargaining. So, what are deals that will ultimately put unions out of business by weakening them comes across as a big win. I like Unite Here people, they work hard so I do not mean this to be totally on these union leaders shoulders......
WE THE PEOPLE ARE ELECTING NEO-LIBERALS WHO ARE FORCING LABOR INTO THESE DEALS. LABOR UNIONS SHOULD NOT GIVE POSITIVE SUPPORT OR HEADLINES FOR WHAT IS BAD FOR UNIONS!
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014, 6:44 pm
Maryland Unions Hit Jobs Jackpot with New Casinos
BY Bruce Vail
“We have a labor peace agreement with MGM, so I expect we will be moving pretty quickly to organize wall-to-wall,” Boardman tells Working In These Times. About 2,000 of the permanent casino workers are likely to be represented by Local 25, he says, with the remainder spread out among Teamsters Local 639, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 99 and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 22. Similarly, the 2,000 temporary construction jobs are expected to be filled by union members linked to the Washington, D.C. Building Trades Council (AFL-CIO), a regional alliance of 15 union locals of electricians, ironworkers, painters, plumbers and others.
Anthony Brown is the same as O'Malley and both are raging neo-liberals and sold on Wall Street. All unions in Maryland lose because of these pols. O'Malley deliberately underfunded public pensions (FIRE, POLICE, TEACHERS) as Mayor and Governor and has allowed the pension fraud to stand even as sending them to 401Ks where they will be preyed upon by Wall Street even more. Brown will do the same. It was O'Malley/Brown forcing the peace agreements......that are pushing Race to the Top that kills teacher's unions.....that privatize all public services with outsourcing that often goes out of state or to any non-union contractor.
BROWN/ULMAN WILL KILL LABOR AS TPP-TYPE POLICIES EXPAND. YET, THERE ARE THE UNION BACKING. NOT ONE UNION/LABOR CANDIDATE IN THESE DEMOCRATIC RACES. SO, UNIONS WORK TO ELECT NEO-LIBERALS WHO THEN KILL UNION MEMBERS WITH BAD POLICY.
STOP THIS MADNESS AND RUN LABOR AND JUSTICE CANDIDATES AGAINST ALL NEO-LIBERALS IN PRIMARIES!
Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman Endorsed by Maryland-DC Council of AFL-CIO Saturday, October 26, 2013
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Teachers back Brown for governorLargest union endorses lieutenant governor
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, right, a gubernatorial candidate,… (Barbara Haddock Taylor,…)October 19, 2013|By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore SunThe state's largest teachers union threw its support behind the gubernatorial candidacy of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Saturday, passing over three other candidates who sought its endorsement.
Delegates to the Maryland State Education Association