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Haiti's Tourniquet

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Emergency Relief and Solidarity needed for Haiti

A
devastating 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti Tuesday January 12th. Thousands
have been killed, and much Port au Prince leveled. This follows a
series of deadly hurricanes in late 2008, and decades of
foreign-influenced economic terrorism, culminating in a US-led coup in
2004, and continuing UN occupation. Haiti, the poorest nation in the
Western Hemisphere, is the only country to successfully liberate itself
from slavery and the former colonial masters have not let them forget.
Most people live on less than $2 a day, and many on less than $1. In
April 2008 representatives of the ISC participated in an IWW delegation
to Haiti where they met with workers and peasants struggling against
neo-liberal slavery. We pledged our continued support to their
struggle, and FW's donated generously to support their organizing, and
again for aid following the hurricanes. Currently communications with
Haiti are nearly impossible, but no doubt they will need our help again.


The
delegation made a short video about our trip, "Haiti's Tourniquet"
which we're selling for $15 (includes shipping) to raise money for our
comrades in Haiti, and any donations large or small are greatly
appreciated.

You can purchase videos and send donations to:
Nathaniel Miller, PO Box 31909, Philadelphia, PA 19104-- please mark
checks "IWW Haiti Fund," and note if you want a video. Contact

nathaniel@iww.org

to arrange online payment, or for other questions.

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Labor's Beating Heart

By DAVID MACARAY

One of life’s gross inequities is that the people who actually do the work receive relatively little in the way of credit or compensation, while the people in charge of the work—the ones who plan it, assign it, oversee and critique it—receive regular promotions and large paychecks. 

This
discrepancy wouldn’t be so objectionable if it could be shown that the
planning and supervisory aspects of the job were what made all the
difference—that it was the boss’s contributions, the efforts of the
guys in the front office, and not those of the workers on the floor,
that determined the success or failure of a venture, but,
unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

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What Happens in Congress Stays in Congress

The Democrats Have Much to Answer For


By DAVID MACARAY

In
1935, as part of the National Labor Relations Act (popularly known as
the Wagner Act), the federal government gave labor unions the “right to
organize,” which meant, among other things, that it was now a federal
crime for companies to attempt to dissuade employees from joining a
union by issuing threats of reprisal or discharging union activists.

In
principle, if management did something blatantly illegal, such as
firing the employees who were promoting (or, in management’s view,
“instigating”) the union membership drive, the company could be charged
with a violation of federal labor law.  If found guilty, the company
would be fined, the employees would be reinstated, and the company
would be forced to pay back wages to the reinstated employees (minus
any wages they earned at other jobs during the interim).  That’s how it
was intended to work.

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Obama's Labor Day Report Card

By DAVID MACARAY

This
being Labor Day and all, it might be appropriate to assess—from the
express vantage point of organized labor—the job President Obama has
done in his eight and a half months in office.

Our
appraisal should be “realistic” rather than doctrinaire.  Which means
we ignore the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, RNC (Republican National
Committee), and Wall Street Journal, all of whom have accused Obama of
being “dangerously pro-labor,” as well as those hope-to-die radicals on
the other side who think Obama has sold out the Movement.

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