Here we have the biggest global Wall Street pol---RANGEL OF NYC-----pretending to care about labor---unions----people in general----when he has been a CLINTON GLOBAL WALL STREET PLAYER these few decades killing labor, union, people in general.
Here we have IDAHO-----we discussed IDAHO when pointing to global 1% yogurt king from Turkistan opening a yogurt factory and bringing lots of MUSLIM 'refugees' to work at this global corporate factory. The national media spins this as a billionaire doing good rescuing war-torn refugees---when it was simply the expansion of global slave trade human capital distribution system inside US. We shouted this would end with US workers and those refugees working in IDAHO as they do overseas in Middle-East---our international labor union leaders have been working for global Wall Street promoting CLINTON INITIATIVE globally even when they knew it was enslaving to global labor pool. These international labor union leaders have been working for the ILO/UNITED NATIONS these few decades. Here we have the ILO now telling us collective bargaining is fading. We knew that during Clinton era.
WHEN GLOBAL WALL STREET PLAYERS PROMOTE A GERMAN LABOR UNION COLLECTIVE BARGAINING STRUCTURE----REMEMBER, GERMANY'S LABOR STRUCTURE IS THE OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE TRADE GUILDS CONTROLLED BY GLOBAL 1% AND CATHOLIC CHURCH. THE 99% WERE EXTREMELY POOR WHILE THE GLOBAL 1% WHERE EXTREMELY RICH.
That is to where MOVING FORWARD is going----please stop listening to all kinds of PRETEND LABOR POLICY from global Wall Street Baltimore Development 'labor and justice' organizations-----AND RANGEL AS WITH AL SHARPTON are those 5% .
'The sharpest declines (by an average of 21 per cent) were seen in countries hardest hit by the crisis, such as Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal and Romania.
With the excuse of the global financial crisis, collective bargaining all around the world is on decline, according to data provided by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on October 19'.
Yes, Medieval trade guild structures were slavery and yes, Rangel and his global Wall Street Clinton/Obama neo-liberal pols worked hard to bust WE THE PEOPLE from quality of life to extreme poverty. Remember, don't get mad at each other---don't harm each other----
HOLD THESE GLOBAL WALL STREET 5% TO THE 1% POLS AND PLAYERS ACCOUNTABLE.
Rangel: Abolishing unions' collective bargaining like slavery
By Jordan Fabian - 03/01/11 05:24 PM EST
State governments taking steps to "abolish" collective bargaining rights for workers is similar to slavery, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) contends.
Speaking Monday at a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) event about GOP-proposed budget cuts, Rangel brought up Republican governors' plans to target public sector workers, as in the case of Gov. Scott Walker's budget-fix plan in Wisconsin.
“It doesn’t really make any sense at all for the president of the United States to talk about creating jobs in order to improve the economy and find out that mayors and governors are talking about laying off people," Rangel said. "Collective bargaining is something that is so close to slavery in terms of abolishing it, that it is not an American concept to tell people that they cannot discuss their economic position."
Rangel's statement is one of the strongest rebukes of Republican-controlled state governments' efforts to cut spending and go after public-employee unions.
Walker's plan would not entirely abolish collective bargaining for state workers, but it would limit their ability to collectively bargain over everything but wages. The plan does not apply to police, firefighters or state troopers. Walker's proposal would also force workers to pay an increased share of their pension and healthcare benefits.
The budget bill sparked widespread protests from union workers and their supporters that have lasted weeks; state Senate Democrats have fled Wisconsin in protest, preventing the bill from being passed.
Ohio and Indiana have proposed similar plans.
On Tuesday, CBC members blasted congressional Republicans' plans to slash federal spending, calling that a step back for civil rights.
"It's really especially poignant that this year during Black History Month, the Republican leadership has proposed a budget for fiscal year 2011 that will fall most heavily, mind you, on the backs of the most vulnerable in our society: African Americans, Latinos, and poor, those who have been shut of the American dream," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
Rangel, who was censured by the House last year for ethics violations, said the GOP has "chutzpah" to support the spending cuts, which he said fall unfairly on the poor.
“In New York, they have a certain expression called 'chutzpah,'" he said. "And I think that it takes a lot of chutzpah to talk about everybody making a sacrifice and targeting just the working people that come from the poorest communities."
Here we see the reinvention of MEDIEVAL TRADE GUILDS-----they are calling themselves LABOR ALLIANCES. They will not look anything like our US or European labor unions tied to first world quality of life and 300 years of labor and justice law and US Constitutional rights------that was when the US was a SOVEREIGN NATION.
We see this movement hitting our immigrant workers first because it is tied to THIRD WORLD FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES. Overseas when a developing nation dictator allowed any labor organizing it was to create MEDIEVAL TRADE GUILDS. Those Foreign Economic Zones overseas never used the US labor union model. As we showed above the term COLLECTIVE BARGAINING as with the entire US LABOR UNION STRUCTURE is being dismantled and TRADE ALLIANCES are replacing them. Below we see global Wall Street central being one of the earliest to install MEDIEVAL TRADE GUILDS IN US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES----and of course many southern states moving global factories into their FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES have those dastardly global 1% pols embracing this as well------REPUBLICAN STATES EMBRACING 'LABOR UNIONS'.
MEDIEVAL TRADE GUILDS as we said were controlled by GLOBAL 1% OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE generally having a family member as head of each trade guild and selected members of community allowed to join a particular guild. It is basically today's FREEMASONRY. See how today's local freemasons are tied to those OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE CATHOLIC AND JEWISH FREEMASONS?
It is that 5% to the 1% global Wall Street player as labor union leader that took our strong local union representation and killed it---the voice of labor controlled by international leaders working for global 1%. All Western labor unions are experiencing this.......it is the 5% freemason groups.
'Other unions are also embracing the approach. Iron Workers vice president Bernie Evers told ThinkProgress that after a trip to Germany, he wondered why American unions couldn’t similarly represent workers without an agreement with the company'.
Here we see our old global Wall Street 5% to the 1% international labor union leader STERN selling these MOVING FORWARD MEDIEVAL TRADE GUILD structures.
6 Groups That Are Reinventing Organized Labor
CREDIT: NATIONAL DOMESTIC WORKERS ALLIANCE/DESIGNACTION.ORG/ANDREW BREINER
The National Labor Relations Act was enacted in 1935 to ensure protections for workers and employers and to encourage collective bargaining. In its preamble, Congress noted: “The inequality of bargaining power between employees who do not possess full freedom of association or actual liberty of contract and employers who are organized in the corporate or other forms of ownership association substantially burdens and affects the flow of commerce.”
But the act explicitly excluded certain types of workers from those collective bargaining rights — including agricultural laborers, many domestic workers, and independent contractors — meaning those groups cannot organize with the same protections.
Nearly 80 years later, we’ve seen the state of American worker organizing fluctuate massively. Over the past several decades, the number of American workers who are part of a labor union has declined fairly steadily. But while in this changed economy just 11.3 percent of the nation’s wage and salary workers — about 14.5 million people — belong to unions, millions of other American workers are also organizing and uniting for better conditions, in a manner outside of the union structure created by the National Labor Relations Act.
Bhairavi Desai, New York Taxi Workers Alliance executive director CREDIT: NYTWA
Through workers associations, work centers, and “alt-labor” groups, millions of these workers — along with part-time workers, temporary workers, and those who work for employers that have no union — are using new tactics to fight against that inequality of bargaining power. While the structures of these groups vary, each is pushing for higher wages, better working conditions, and other issues that benefit not just them but others in their communities. The groups are not competing with traditional unions, but rather working alongside them and in tandem. Here’s a look at the six groups using new and alternative methods to make gains for workers’ rights:
Organizing On The Road
The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) was formed in 1998, hoping to improve conditions for one of the city’s most atomized communities. Executive director Bhairavi Desai told ThinkProgress that the group’s success — its membership now includes 17,000 of New York City’s tens of thousands of yellow taxicab drivers — has come from “mobilizing, organizing drivers, bringing our fight into the public domain and out in the street where members of the public can really see the inner workings of the exploitative nature of the industry.” In 2011, the AFL-CIO recognized the National Taxi Workers Alliance, which now includes the NYTWA and groups in Philadelphia, PA and Austin, TX, as an affiliate organization.
Because New York considers taxi drivers to be “independent contractors,” they cannot collectively bargain. With the help of a pro-industry regulatory commission, Desai lamented, “slowly the industry has found ways of privatizing the wealth and socializing the risk on the backs of the drivers.” Organizing workers who are in their car for most of their waking hours and prohibited from using a cell phone has not been easy. “The partition is both practical and symbolic, people remain very hidden in front of it. It’s reflective of how drivers as a workforce have been treated politically. To break that isolation has been important,” she added.
The partition is both practical and symbolic, people remain very hidden in front of it. It’s reflective of how drivers as a workforce have been treated politically. To break that isolation has been important.To accomplish this, she and other organizers spent 70 to 80 hours a week in the field talking to drivers. This included, Desai recalled, “literally 12-hour days, just at the two airports, and restaurants and neighborhoods. Drivers tend to live near each other, different buildings like Brighton Beach in Brooklyn has a massive Pakistani community, parts of the Bronx have a huge Bangladeshi community. In one apartment building, we could have a meeting in one driver’s apartment with 20 to 30 drivers. It was tiring but also really exhilarating.”
By using tactics including driver strikes, demonstrations, and public presence, the commission has gradually had to take the group seriously. Desai said that even without collective bargaining rights, by uniting the group can collectively negotiate and has achieved better regulatory outcomes. Still, she said, “We’ve not been able to negotiate an industry wide contract with the trade association, but I think that’s only a matter of time. No group of workers should have to be in the predicament where you have to fight for so many years for recognition.”
Desai said 80 percent of the group’s budget comes from its membership: “We’ve grown slowly, through the years, as that dues base developed. We’re really proud of that growth. We’re about to open up a new office 10 times the size of our last office. We’ll soon have 11 staff people, including a staff attorney. We’ll have an education and training center for drivers and families, a number of services, a meeting hall that members can rent out for special family events, and monthly clinics on legal rights, affordable housing, financial empowerment.”
“Everything old is new again,” Desai observed, “This is how the labor movement started [when] the [collective bargaining] law didn’t exist. Workers throughout time have worked to defend themselves.”
Bringing The Labor Movement To Your Door
Karen Nussbaum, Working America executive director CREDIT: Working America
In 2003, the AFL-CIO launched Working America, a non-profit organization aimed at organizing people who are not members of a union. Through door-to-door outreach in working class neighborhoods, organizers enrolled people at two out of every three homes they visited, and signed up more than 3 million members. Many of those voluntarily contribute as little as $5 annually.
AS AFL-CIO TIED TO CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS FOR THESE FEW DECADES WERE KILLING THEIR US MEMBERSHIP ----THEY WERE CREATING THIS THIRD WORLD STRUCTURE USED IN FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES OVERSEAS.
Karen Nussbaum, executive director of the group, told ThinkProgress that some in the traditional labor world have compared Working America to “turning the funnel right-side-up.” In order to be part of a labor union today, a worker must fit into the narrow end of the funnel by finding a unionized workplace or by risking his or her job to start one in a workplace that is eligible to unionize. But, she says, “Working America says, ‘Oh, you want to be part of the labor movement? No problem, sign up here!’ And millions of people have done that.”
The organization then works with those members to encourage their involvement in pushing for progressive policies at all levels. “We turned our attention to campaigning around issues all year round and we found that we could have a huge effect in getting people who were the most unlikely activists to speak out on some of the most unlikely issues. We can generate hundreds of heartfelt hand-written letters on issues that are otherwise seen as these narrow union self-interest issues,” Nussbaum explained. And because it operates outside of the traditional sphere, she observes, “there’s also an element of jujitsu to it, too,” making it possible to bypass the resistance to unions and to “start a whole new conversation that’s really about the substance.”
By focusing on an economically progressive agenda, NEO-LIBERAL AGENDA Nussbaum added, Working America has attracted large numbers of white working-class moderates and conservatives. While that population generally votes overwhelmingly for Republicans — often on the basis of social issues — a super-majority of members vote for Working America-endorsed candidates. Many of the members are even Tea Party supporters.
“Populism operates on a Möbius strip, it turns around in ways that are not always predictable, it’s seamless in these really weird ways,” Nussbaum observed. “The same things about corporate control of government — those fundamental issues can either go in a direction like Working America (where it’s about building power to restore balance) or the can go into the Tea Party (which in a lot of ways is just a cover for deeper corporate interests). It’s cool when that happens, to see that you can bring people along in a different direction.”
THE TEA PARTY WOULD LOVE MOVING FORWARD FAR-RIGHT WING GLOBAL WALL STREET LIBERTARIAN MARXISM!
Other unions are also embracing the approach. Iron Workers vice president Bernie Evers told ThinkProgress that after a trip to Germany, he wondered why American unions couldn’t similarly represent workers without an agreement with the company. His union is now partnering with Working America on an Iron Workers Associate membership program for construction workers who are not in the union at work. By standing up for workers denied drinking water on the job, pay for all the hours they work, and even access to restrooms, he is hopeful that these associate members and others will get to see the benefits of union membership — and help improve conditions for everyone. A successful pilot program in Houston is now being expanded to places across the U.S. and Canada.
Andy Stern, the president emeritus and former national president of the Service Employees International Union, told ThinkProgress that the biggest challenge for groups like Working America that cannot rely on collective bargaining is “how to have sustainable revenues.” While today much of the funding for Working America comes from the AFL-CIO — about 10 percent of comes from voluntary membership dues from about fifteen percent of its members — Nussbaum is optimistic of finding a path to self-sustainability. The group is experimenting with multiple approaches, she said, including partnering with another non-profit to offer health insurance on the public exchanges.
Organizing In A Workplace Of One
Mariana Viturro, National Domestic Workers Alliance deputy director CREDIT: NDWA
Nussbaum also pointed to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) as an innovative group successful organizing “a workforce that is, by definition, the most atomized on the Earth.” Since 2007, NDWA has worked to organize nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers — many of whom work in a one-or-two-employer/one-employee relationship, behind closed doors in private homes.
Mariana Viturro, deputy director of the nonprofit organization, told ThinkProgress that alliance has focused on “worker-led grassroots campaigns.”
“A lot of the success has been having workers share stories with legislators, really lifting up their voices through a communications strategy that’s been most effective way to get bills through,” she said. By advocating for state-level bills of rights for domestic workers — first in predominantly progressive states like California, Hawaii, and New York — the 10,000-plus members have been able to “legislate terms of employment that other workers are able to bargain for through contracts,” by effectively “bargaining with the state on setting some standards for domestic work.” Their efforts include not only ensuring basic rights (like paid leave), but also shifting cultural perceptions regarding the value of work.
What we’re trying is sort of new: legislation with the enforcement mechanism that can advance the organizing, create revenue for organizing, building individual worker organizations to get us to a different scale…To connect with workers in a sector where collective-bargaining is not an option, Viturro explained, organizers often go to local parks, book stores, libraries, senior centers, and the bus lines on which the domestic workers commute. “We’re still grasping what the organizing model looks like — and trying to innovate on what will make the workers connect with the organization, either through specific services and benefits.” State member groups organize rallies, marches, mobilization, and lobbying campaigns in support of relevant legislation. The alliance aims to organize not only workers, but potentially employers who want to do right by their employees.
The organization mostly receives its funding from foundation grants, but does get some revenue through individual and organizational membership dues. It too is exploring various new ways to become self-sustaining. But, Viturro noted, things are still in an experimental stage. “What we’re trying is sort of new: legislation with the enforcement mechanism that can advance the organizing, create revenue for organizing, building individual worker organizations to get us to a different scale, and trying to influence an entire industry and new market players around domestic work and care work. We’ll see how all those things land.”
Workers’ Rights, Not Just For Americans
Saket Soni, executive director of the National Guestworker Alliance CREDIT: National Guestworker Alliance
In addition to her own group, Viturro identified the National Guestworkers Alliance as an organization organizing “some really exciting campaigns” outside the collective bargaining structure. And, like the domestic workers, the guestworkers’ group has seen some really success in organizing and protecting one the economy’s most vulnerable groups: workers from outside of the country with temporary work visas.
Saket Soni, executive director of the alliance, told ThinkProgress that guestworkers represent a crystal ball for the future of the economy. As economic shifts have brought more and more contingent work, left fewer and fewer workers tied to a particular place or employer, and made it easier and easier for businesses to distance themselves from the conditions of the people at the bottom of the supply chain. Looking at them, he observed, one “can see the future of work in the new economy” — one where worker power is undercut and so is any safety net.
Captive to employers who control their visas, guestworkers have, in some cases, been abused with labor camp conditions that the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as “close to slavery.”
After the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice successfully worked to improve the conditions of guestworkers and others in a post-Katrina New Orleans, the organization decided to expand nationally. In 2006, in the words of Soni, it began “pilot experiments in organizing and policy in cities across the country, to really figure out how workers themselves can shape the future of work.” So far, he noted, there have been some real successes: “We have had workers in small, tiny factory floors in the heart of Louisiana go on strike and redefine themselves as Walmart workers because they were part of Walmart supply chain, and subcontracted workers like in Minneapolis say they want to bargain not only with the people who sign their pay checks but the people who control the overall economy — the Target Corporation and their executives.”
With the alliance currently funded by foundations and donors, Soni does not expect self-sustainability to come immediately. “I think it’ll be several years of social-movement building until the energy and momentum of that social movement in translated into strong institutions that monetize and can self-sustain. It’s gonna be a while,” he explained. “In the meantime, people are gonna have to pool together. A host of people across the country will really have to give out of their own pockets to nourish and sustain a movement that can end up eventually setting policy, generating revenue, and rebuilding civil society. It’s gonna be a long journey.” He is optimistic that a “broad-based movement” will eventually “take off and gather steam in order for institutions to be created that sustain millions of workers.”
Progress, One Table At A Time
Restaurant Opportunity Centers United co-founder and co-director Saru Jayaraman CREDIT: ROC United
Like the Guestworkers Alliance, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United began with a local group working in the aftermath of a national tragedy. In the days after September 11, 2001, ROC-NY was formed to support restaurant workers displaced from the World Trade Center. Overwhelmed by calls from around the country, in 2007, its co-founders organized a national non-profit organization to take its workplace justice campaigns beyond New York City.
Co-founder and co-director Saru Jayaraman told ThinkProgress the group does campaigns against exploitation in standard settings and high profile companies, litigation, worker organizing, and community organizing. It has won better wages, improved working conditions, and helped recoup more than $20 million in stolen tips and wages for restaurant workers and pushed for legislation to raise the minimum wage above the current $2.13-per-hour federal rate for “tipped workers.”
The restaurant industry has boomed in recent years — more than 10 million employees in the U.S. — but its workers are the worst paid of any sector. ROC United has more than 13,000 members across more than 30 cities, working for livable wages, paid sick days, and protections from unfair business practices.
The majority of ROC-United’s fundraising comes from donors and foundations, but Jayaraman noted that the organization is receiving growing amounts of revenue from contributions “not just from worker members but also employer and consumer members” who join to promote a “high road” for the industry. What’s more, the organization is also receiving money from an unusual new source: cooperatively-owned restaurants that provide training and jobs to workers. “We get some income from the restaurants, but mainly we’d like to grow to be much more self-sufficient and have much more income coming from member contributions as well as restaurants,” Jayaraman explained.
She noted while the organization is often labeled “alt-labor,” she does not like the term. “We are the labor movement. ROC is part of the labor movement, the food movement, and the women’s movement. We’re not an alternative to the labor movement. We look something akin to what many unions looked like a hundred years ago — and different.”
Building A Better Workplace
Created in 2001 as a national gathering of day laborer organizations, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) unites dozens of community-based organizations and worker centers. Its members work to “develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights” and to foster “safer more humane environments for day laborers, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community.”
Stephanie Gharakhanian, Workers Defense Project director of policy and research CREDIT: Workers Defense Project
Stephanie Gharakhanian is director of research and policy for one of those member groups, the Workers Defense Project (WDP). Her group organizes construction workers in Austin and Dallas, TX. She told ThinkProgress that her organization began as a service provider organization at an Austin shelter for migrants and refugees, but has grown into an advocacy organization fighting against wage theft and unsafe working conditions.
By putting public pressure on large developers, they have nudged those who have real power to agree to “Better Builder” standards, not only for their direct workers, but for workers employed by their subcontractors. “Consumers want to live in homes knowing that the workers who built those homes were treated fairly,” she told ThinkProgress, “Consumers who go to the grocery store want to purchase produce knowing it wasn’t picked by someone abused on the job. It’s about changing public consciousness and shifting the framework for responsibility… creating a new public understanding that you don’t have to be a direct employer to be responsible for working conditions, preventing labor abuse.” WDP provides education and training, including English classes, computer classes, and occupational safety training (in partnership with OSHA) and leadership,and also teaches workers what their rights are and how to defend them. Through direct action, lobbying, and lawsuits, they seek to recover and stop wage theft and ensure safer working conditions.
Like many worker centers, Gharakhanian noted, WDP relies substantially on foundation grants, but also receives some funding from membership dues. She says the big challenge is to figure out “how can we be sustainable and make sure our workers feel a sense of ownership within our organization?”
As it has moved toward advocacy, WDP — like other members — has relied on NDLON for resources and technical assistance. “Those networks are helping in getting organizations like ours off the ground, a lot of technical assistance,” Gharakhanian said, “At times, they’ve led campaigns affiliates participate in across the country. And they make sure information sharing is happening across their networks, so we’re sharing best practices.”
“This is enough”Perhaps the biggest sign that these groups are having a real impact is the opposition they are engendering. Earlier this year, a prominent corporate lobbyist warned the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of the growing threat of groups with “the ability to leverage infrastructure to bring a multi-pronged attack, and force internal corporate changes [that] they wouldn’t have been able to get through [union] collective bargaining.” The anti-union Center for Union Facts has denounced them as “union front groups” that are “relying on a loop hole in labor law to operate largely unregulated.” The group labels worker centers as “the hubs of unionists’ hopes that so-called ‘alt-labor’ groups will replace or reinforce traditional unions in worker organizing.”
And these six organizations are just some of the many springing up around the country. Others, such as Making Change at Walmart and Fast Food Forward have also drawn national attention in their efforts to force major corporations to take ownership of the treatment of workers at all levels of the employment chain.
Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs with Justice (a non-profit incubator organization for “strategic campaigns to make concrete advancements in workers’ lives” and a partner in the Making Change at Walmart effort) told ThinkProgress that these organizations have having a major impact. “What’s working, broadly speaking, is that we have been seeing a rise of low-wage workers in motion right now, in ways that we haven’t seen in a long time,” she said, and the growing awareness of income inequality “didn’t just come from out of the view — it’s from seeing actual workers in motion who are telling their stories of not being able to survive in our economy. We have a political moment where income inequality is being talked about — and we can talk about what it means that so many people are working and still in poverty [and] what are the solutions.”
Gupta acknowledged that more experimentation is necessary to find sustainable labor models that can operate on a large scale. “We’re seeing a lot of pilots; no one has a silver bullet. Many of us are looking to talk to entrepreneurs and others for what could be possible business models that stay within the values we hold. Time will tell what will end up feeling scalable,” she explained, adding that the various organizations are eager to “to crack this knot as soon as we can.”
“At the end of the day, workers are struggling and are not just gonna accept that they work more, get paid less, and can’t survive,” said Gupta, “At some point, we’ll reach a moment where workers will say, ‘this is enough, we have to fundamentally shift how we think about workers globally.’”
Our Democratic voters know by now CA, HA, NY are not LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE----they are far-right wing global Wall Street ECONOMIC PROGRESSIVES and yes, that is why we are seeing these MEDIEVAL TRADE GUILD structures in these states as in TEXAS....THEY ARE US FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES.
'By advocating for state-level bills of rights for domestic workers — first in predominantly progressive states like California, Hawaii, and New York'
We see FORMER INTERNATIONAL LABOR UNION SEIU LEADER STERN TELLING US THIS IS MODELED AFTER GERMANY'S LABOR UNIONS----BUT IT IS NOT---WHAT????? ANDY STERN LYING, CHEATING, AND STEALING LABOR UNION MEMBERS' MONEY! YOU BETCHA.
Each of these trade guilds headed by our immigrant labor leaders is tied to structures that exist overseas in Foreign Economic Zones and indeed these leaders are no doubt that 5% to the 1% in their nations. If you followed overseas nations in Asia, Latin America, Middle-East, Africa----these are the kinds of labor unions being formed if allowed. Know who partners with these MEDIEVAL TRADE GUILD structures? Jill Stein and the Green Party/Bernie Sanders ------and overseas these groups support DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS. All of this has existed these few decades in third world nations and of course global labor 99% know these groups have no power and have done little to help.
We need first to shout out to our US global labor pool workers---these are NOT US labor unions working to rebuild American labor rights and justice----they are moving forward US labor to that status of workers overseas. Our US labor union members need to know our 5% to the 1% international labor leaders like former SEIU STERN are morphing into these OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE TRADE GUILDS.
Think Progress and MEDIUM.COM are global Wall Street Clinton neo-liberal media outlets.
Nussbaum also pointed to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) as an innovative group successful organizing “a workforce that is, by definition, the most atomized on the Earth.”
Dignity and fairness
The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women.
Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. The national alliance is powered by 48 affiliate organizations—plus our first local chapter in Atlanta—of over 20,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for the elderly in 36 cities and 16 states.
NDWA is winning improved working conditions while building a powerful movement rooted in the human rights and dignity of domestic workers, immigrants, women, and their families by:
Working with a broad range of groups and individuals—including supporters like you—to change how we value care, women, families, and our communities.
Developing women of color leaders and investing in grassroots organizations to realize their potential.
Building powerful state, regional, and national campaigns for concrete change.
Domestic workers care for the things we value the most: our families and our homes. They care for our children, provide essential support for seniors and people with disabilities to live with dignity at home, and perform the home care work that makes all other work possible. They are skilled and caring professionals, but for many years, they have labored in the shadows, and their work has not been valued. These workers deserve respect, dignity and basic labor protections.
Domestic work is the work that makes all other work possible. Together, we can win the protections and recognition that this vital American workforce needs. Join us today.
Tax ID: 35-2420942 • www.domesticworkers.org
Since this coming decade and next MOVING FORWARD US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES will see global labor pool employment SOAR----each global corporate factory built in US will operate just as it did overseas complete with foreign labor. This means those UNITED NATIONS third world trade guild structures found overseas will move in with these workers.
Many of global labor pool workers do not even know any other labor representation ----they know these leaders to that 5% to the 1% so we are not helping our 99% of immigrant labor with these OLD WORLD TRADE GUILD labor models.
Please take time to research these OLD WORLD TRADE GUILD structures ----don't read that captured article---look for one's that tell the life of those workers.
We in Baltimore have been listening to all those 5% to the 1% selling this idea of GERMAN LABOR STRUCTURES and we see them bucking to be a TRADE CRAFTS WORKSHOP player.
We won't take time to format this but please glance through to see to where MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE LABOR UNION goes.
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Iberia into the late eighteenth century. Some Germ
an territories did not abolish guilds until the later
nineteenth century; Württemberg, for
instance, retained its guilds until 1864.
Guilds are often portrayed as primarily medieval
, urban, and craft-oriented. But this view is
based on the experience of England and the Netherla
nds, which cannot be generalized. In most other
parts of Europe, guilds existed not just in crafts
but in export-oriented “ proto-industries” and tertiary
activities such as merchant trading. Rural or “ reg
ional” (rural-urban) guilds were formed in many
central and southern European societies, includi
ng Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Bohemia, Italy,
Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia. And in many pa
rts of Europe, guilds survived (indeed, continued
being formed) into the eighteenth
or even the nineteenth century.
The range and importance of the
economic sectors in which guilds operated, their existe
nce in the countryside, and their survival to the
dawn of industrialization and beyond, make it im
portant to find out wh
at they actually did.
The traditional literature on guilds consisted ma
inly of economic historians criticizing the
cartelistic provisions of guild charters, and social
historians praising gu
ilds’ contribution to the
solidarity of pre-modern society.
These two perspectives seldom intersected. Recently, however,
there have been some notable efforts to rehabilita
te guilds, on economic rather than socio-cultural
grounds. This “ rehabilitation” literature argues that
guilds were efficient institutional arrangements
that benefited the preindustrial economy. First, guilds are held to have solved asymmetries of
information between producers, merchants and
consumers concerning product quality, thereby
increasing exchange and enabling industries to expand over larger spatial areas.
Second, guilds are
supposed to have overcome imperfections in mark
ets for trained industrial labour, thereby improving
the performance of the pre-modern industrial sector.
Third, guilds are regarded as having solved
imperfections in markets for technological i
nnovations, thereby contributing to preindustrial
Finally, guilds are portrayed as social ne
tworks that generated beneficial social
capital by sustaining shared norms, punishing vi
olators of these norms, effectively transmitting
information, and successfully undertaking collective action.
These arguments offer stimulating new perspectives on a widespread and important
institution in the preindustrial economy. But up to now
they have not been tested against alternative
theories about guilds as institutions through deeper
empirical analyses of
particular industries and
economies. The lack of thorough em
pirical studies is a serious ga
p, since guilds rarely restricted
themselves to a single activity – maintaining quality, training labour, regulating technology, or
undertaking collective political action. Instead, they
engaged in a wide variety of interlinked
economic, social, political, religious and cultural activ
ities. To evaluate whether guilds were efficient
institutions – or beneficial social
networks – we must scrutinize the entire range of what they actually
did in real-life situations. That is the purpose of this paper.
Why does WALMART work with labor unions overseas and not in US? Well, overseas workers earn $3-6 a day ----$20-30 a day for professionals----and labor unions are tied to labor policies keeping those global corporations empowered----these labor unions are powerless say global labor 99%.
Here we have South Africa where massive protests by global factory workers enslaved while tied to labor unions. What we are seeing in US today ---is our international labor unions partnered with global Wall Street in taking US labor down to third world status under US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES----and once that happens---once BASIC INCOME happens----once global technology and robotics happens---and our labor unions are supporting all of these global corporations and Foreign Economic Zone policies.
This is why we see Walmart TOUTING GROWING LABOR UNION EMPLOYEES.
Wal-Mart works with unions abroad, but not at home
Correction: Earlier versions of this article about Wal-Mart’s international unions incorrectly described one of the conditions on which South Africa’s government approved the company’s acquisition of a retail conglomerate in that country. Wal-Mart was required to establish a fund for supplier development, not a fund to buy from local suppliers. This version has been updated.
Attendees from South Africa cheer during the Wal-Mart Stores annual shareholder meeting June 3 in Fayetteville, Ark. (Beth Hall/BLOOMBERG)
By Ylan Q. Mui June 7, 2011 Retailing giant Wal-Mart faced an unusual request when it sought government approval recently to buy a chain of stores in South Africa.
Labor groups there first asked for traditional protections, such as job security and a commitment from the new managers to buy merchandise from local suppliers. Then they called on Wal-Mart to end its long-running battle with unions thousands of miles away in the United States.
“You can’t say you violate the right to freedom of association because the culture in that country supports it,” said Mduduzi Mbongwe, who represents the South Africa Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union. “We don’t accept such an argument.”
The exchange highlights the complex relationship Wal-Mart has with its employees as unions become as globalized as the retailing giant’s footprint.
Its employees are not unionized in the United States, where the retailer has become infamous for its staunch opposition to labor groups. Even in Canada, it closed a store after workers there organized. But in the United Kingdom, Wal-Mart touts a growing roster of union employees and has negotiated contracts with entrenched labor groups in Brazil and Argentina for decades.
“We recognize those rights,” said John Peter “J.P.” Suarez , senior vice president of international business development at Wal-Mart. “In that market, that’s what the associates want, and that’s the prevailing practice.”
Union organizers are pushing for a unified approach to the retailer’s 2 million workers around the world. Labor leaders from disparate groups in Central America have begun talks, and unions in the United States, Argentina and Chile bolstered South African organizations during their negotiations. Last week, the international trade union coalition UNI sent a letter to Wal-Mart executives to discuss the possibility of a global agreement similar to those signed by competitors such as France’s Carrefour and retailers Ikea and H&M.
“Our message to Wal-Mart is that they should realize that this is the new reality of dealing with unions in a global economy, that we are so connected,” UNI General Secretary Philip Jennings said.
Wal-Mart has stores in 14 countries, and its expansion overseas is all the more important since it relies on international operations to fuel growth. While sales at home stagnated, its foreign stores raked in $100 billion in sales last year — a quarter of the company’s total revenue. That has forced the retailer to learn to play by a new set of rules.
In some countries, such as China, recognition of unions is required by law. Wal-Mart said about 70 percent of its employees there are members of the All China Federation of Trade Unions. In other cases, the political and social climate of a country makes union membership more palatable. Wal-Mart said that 18 percent of its workers in Mexico have chosen to organize, and British labor leader Paul Kenny said in recent news reports there that its dealings with Wal-Mart have been “honest.”
Chris Tilly, director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, said workers in the emerging markets that Wal-Mart is targeting in its international expansion often have a “split consciousness”: They are wary of large foreign enterprises, but the jobs they bring can be a boon to the community.
Tilly compared Mexican workers’ contracts with Wal-Mart to those at other supermarket chains in 2007 and found that Wal-Mart’s pay was comparable or slightly higher. He cited other studies that have shown Wal-Mart paying higher-than-average wages in China and as much as 40 percent more than major competitors in unionized Argentina.
“Certainly they prefer to do without unions, but there are other things that are more core to the model,” Tilly said, such as the retailer’s famously efficient logistics.
In South Africa, government officials approved Wal-Mart’s acquisition of retail conglomerate Massmart on the condition that it honor existing union contracts for three years and vow not to eliminate any jobs for two years. It also required the company to give preference to 500 workers who were recently fired from Massmart and establish a fund for supplier development.
But the government’s decision made no mention of Wal-Mart’s tension with U.S. unions and ignored labor’s request that the retailer drop its opposition to a bill that would make it easier for U.S. workers to organize.
“We have a local philosophy,” Wal-Mart International Chief Executive Doug McMillon recently told reporters. “It’s our intention to demonstrate that we are a great corporate citizen.”
Still, labor organizations pointed to a strike in Chile this spring by 300 Wal-Mart employees to showcase the need for an international alliance.
“We ain’t going anywhere,” said Michael Bride, deputy organizing director for global strategies at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which has been a vocal Wal-Mart critic. ”That’s something that the company’s going to have to grapple with again and again.”
Here we have a basic application for citizenship for those immigrants qualifying for naturalization. As this video states there are many steps------those steps are made longer during CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA and as most immigrant advocates state---the costs for this process are rising out of reach of 99% of immigrants. Know who is just as happy with immigrants not attaining citizenship status as GLOBAL WALL STREET? That's right, those pesky 5% to the 1% white, black, and brown players. These 5% are again those global Wall Street 'labor and justice' organizations which PRETEND TO WANT TO HELP THE 99% OF IMMIGRANTS.
As this video states ---filling out the FORM N-400 is not that hard and it is free.
Published on Feb 18, 2014
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Form N-400 is the Application for Naturalization.
It's used mainly by permanent residents and other qualified immigrants who live in the United States and want to become U.S. citizens.
It's important to understand that becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization is a long process. There are typically many steps before a candidate can use Form N-400.
The majority of people that become naturalized citizens meet the eligibility requirements in one of the following ways:
• You have lived in the United States as a permanent resident for 5 years.
• You've been married to a U.S. citizen and lived with that person for 3 years.
• You've served in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 1 year.
If you fulfill one of these criteria, you will also have to meet some additional requirements such as:
• Have good moral character during the required period
• Demonstrate knowledge of the English language
• Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. history and government
There are exceptions to some of these requirements that are important to know, so if you have questions about Form N-400, simply click the "Help" tab on our website.
If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime or offense during the period of your legal residence, you should consult with an immigration attorney before filing Form N-400.
However, people with straight forward cases can usually file by themselves. CitizenPath, a company developed by immigration attorneys, makes applying for naturalization quick and easy. Simply select Form N-400 from the menu and follow the step-by-step instructions. It's also free to try.
Why would an advocacy group for immigrants want to create that much debt for a citizen for a pathway to citizenship? That in itself seems a financial hurdle.
Welcome to Citizenship Maryland Program'!
If we look at CASA DE MARYLAND'S WEB PAGE we see an image of labor strength---the icon of ROSIE THE RIVETER tied to VISTA CORP. Now, we have spent many days discussing the use of our young adults as college grads as free labor to pay off college debt----often it is tied to that $1 trillion for-profit higher education fraud. The Vista Corp has nothing to do with labor empowerment---it is the opposite----it is fast becoming a long-term temporary employment status for many.
CASA de Maryland is that global 1% organization filled with 5% global Wall Street players that control 99% of immigrant citizens.....it supports all the most global Wall Street Clinton neo-liberal candidates for decades---it supports the global labor pool human capital distribution system. We see that 5% immigrant citizens often tied to far-right wing Libertarian Marxism which filled our Latin American nations with civil instability. It is far-right wing extreme wealth extreme poverty as Foreign Economic Zones in Latin America have long ago created this same enslaving mess below the border.
THE TRUTH ABOUT CITIZENSHIP THROUGH NATURALIZATION IS----WHAT USED TO BE A ROUTINE PROCESS HAS BEEN CORRUPTED AND WE ARE SEEING IT NOW HARDER TO ACCESS THIS PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP.
My question with this web page is this----why would someone need a $680 microloan to get help with a very basic USCIS N-400?
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Welcome to Citizenship Maryland Program!
If you are an eligible Legal Permanent Resident, we provide you all the assistance you may need to have a smooth and successful naturalization process. Among others, you may access:
Assistance to complete the USCIS N-400 Form by one of our specialist.
Citizenship classes in a variety of days and times. Classes are also available in Spanish.
Free Individual Tutoring
Financial support to afford USCIS fees ( $680.00) through a low interest microloan ( Click in services and then Citizenship Loan Program)
Legal referrals when needed.
Service in English, Spanish,Russian and French.
Monthly clinics on Saturdays if you cannot attend during our regular hour service Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Offices in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Baltimore City and Frederick.
The Citizenship Maryland Program, is an initiative of the Maryland New Americans Partnership, a volunteer coalition of over 35 organizations and institutions. Please take a moment to explore our site and see how we can help YOU become a U.S. citizen!
One thing for sure---MARYLAND IS RAGING GLOBAL WALL STREET ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA NEO-LIBERAL so there is absolutely no support system actually working to help the 99% of immigrant citizens. We see below the same MEGA SYSTEM OF NGOS-----that we see in Baltimore for our low-income US citizens. With that comes loads of VOLUNTEER WORK. Now, CASA de Maryland is simply that OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE CATHOLIC FREEMASON GROUP ------let's not think it is not doing to our Latino citizens what we see being done with our CATHOLIC, JEWISH, MUSLIM, AND PROTESTANT FREEMASON GROUPS. Remember, freemason groups are NOT RELIGIOUS.
The New Americans Citizenship Project of Maryland is an initiative of the Maryland New Americans Partnership (MNAP). MNAP is an expanding volunteer coalition of 35 organizations whose goal is to bring together nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, businesses, unions and faith communities in Maryland who are committed to supporting eligible immigrants in their efforts to become U.S. citizens and active members of their communities post-naturalization.
What are the requirements for pathway to naturalized citizenship? Know what the Clinton neo-liberal arm of our new immigrant citizens is called? NEW AMERICANS CAUCUS. The New American caucus is global Wall Street Clinton neo-liberal and we can be sure all these NGOS are pressing for support from these 99% of immigrant citizens just as hard as these same global Wall Street Clinton neo-liberal groups press our Baltimore low-income citizens as regards support of public policy----coming out for all MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD US CITIES AS FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES filled with the same enslaving global corporate campuses and global factories many of these citizens are trying to escape in their own nations.
- Reps. Torres and Ros-Lehtinen Launch "New Americans Caucus ...
torres.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/reps-torres-and-ros-lehtinen-launch-new-americans-caucus-highlighting Feb 7, 2017 ... Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) announced the creation of the New Americans Caucus to celebrate the growing ...
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Leadership PAC ...
www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/statements/2016/05/31/congressional-asian-pacific-american-caucus-leadership-pac-endorses-hillary-clinton/ May 31, 2016 ... Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Leadership PAC Endorses Hillary Clinton ... “As both First Lady and Senator from New York, I was proud to work with the AAPI community to build a fairer, freer, more tolerant and ...
SO, WHO IS MAKING THIS PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR OUR 99% OF IMMIGRANTS HARDER WHEN FAR-RIGHT CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS ARE INVOLVED?
For the 80% of Democratic voters who are really left social progressive whether white, black, brown citizens----this is where we are losing -------there are so many NGO non-profits controlling all information our 99% of immigrants get---and these folks are already fearful of pathway to citizenship problems. If WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% do not stand up for our immigrant citizens who have played by the rules----what is our own US SOVEREIGN RIGHTS AS CITIZENS will be dismantled in MOVING FORWARD.
New Americans Citizenship Project of Maryland
The New Americans Citizenship Project of Maryland is an initiative of the Maryland New Americans Partnership (MNAP). MNAP is an expanding volunteer coalition of 35 organizations whose goal is to bring together nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, businesses, unions and faith communities in Maryland who are committed to supporting eligible immigrants in their efforts to become U.S. citizens and active members of their communities post-naturalization. In September of 2009, with support from the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism and AmeriCorps, MNAP launched the New Americans Citizenship Project of Maryland to build the capacity of existing community-based organizations through integrated citizenship services.
New Americans Citizenship Project of Maryland AmeriCorps Members provide direct service in outreach, individual service delivery, and coordination of naturalization volunteers. Activities include teaching ESOL and citizenship classes, assisting people with the N-400, and organizing citizenship workshops. A total of seven volunteers are placed at host sites in Montgomery County, Baltimore City, Howard County, and Frederick County.
Download a copy of the A Regional Citizenship Promotion Plan: The New Americans Initiative, or read the stories of immigrants who have worked with NACPM members to get their citizenship.