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Six Ways to Reinvigorate Labor

By DAVID MACARAY

If
America’s working people are going to make any meaningful progress,
they’ll need something more promising than having the recession end. 
After all, they were disadvantaged before the recession hit (during the
so-called “boom” years), and, unless things change, they’re certain to
remain disadvantaged after we climb out of it.

Because
the government can’t or won’t do it, and because management will never
voluntarily give employees one dime more than it absolutely has to,
it’s up to organized labor to lead the charge.  Unfortunately (and for
a multitude of reasons), it’s been a while since labor has been a
significant factor in the economy.

Here are six ways unions can help themselves.

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Open letter to the University of Massachusetts

to scoop@admin.umass.edu

As a UMass graduate, I would like to like to raise my objection to your
support of a radio station, WTKK 96.9 Boston, that has refused to fire a
broadcaster, Jay Severin, after he called Mexicans primitive and stated
that their number one export was women with venereal disease. He is
currently suspended but I as decent human don’t feel that a radio
company should support indecent comments that are blatantly racist. This
is disgusting and your support of a radio station like this is just as
disgusting. To see what was said, you can watch this link.
http://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=Mh3dR5QxB5U
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh3dR5QxB5U>

I will be contacting other alumni to encourage them to withhold any
financial contibutions to UMass until this situation is resolved.

Thank you for your time,

Bill Bumpus '06

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Alcohol as Metaphor

By DAVID MACARAY

Some
years ago, when I was a union rep with the West Coast papermakers, I
was called in on a DOJ case (drunk on the job) to represent an employee
who was facing termination.  While DOJs were by no means common, they
weren’t exactly rare, either. 

Alcohol
cases vary dramatically in how they’re perceived.  If a professor or
judge shows up drunk, it’s amazing how sympathetic people can be.  They
become almost maternal in their concern.  Someone this
accomplished, this educated, doing something this disgraceful can mean
only one thing: the man is “fighting personal demons.”  A drunken
judge?  Oh my god, there has to be some tragic human story to explain
it.

But
let it be a factory worker who’s been drinking, and the guy is regarded
as a low-class degenerate who needs to be fired immediately.  But what
about this man’s “personal demons”?  Screw his personal demons.  He’s
fired.  Get him the hell out of here.

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Recessions and Labor Unions

 

By DAVID MACARAY

"With a
world recession, the collapse of the U.S. housing bubble, and
twenty-five years of unsound, unscrupulous and unregulated financial
policy coming home to roost, organized labor leaders knew they were
going to be in for a bumpy ride.  They weren’t wrong.  Not only are
labor unions being punished by the recession, in many instances they
are, predictably, being blamed for it." 

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Fighting back against Jay Severin

posted by Das Gimp

For all of those who are upset about the most racist comment against Mexicans (for those who don't know it http://www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=Mh3dR5QxB5U
 ) I have gotten information on the situation.  He works at 96.9 WTKK http://www.wtkk.com/.  I have gotten a list of just some of their advertisers and how to contact these advertisers. 

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Workers at AT&T Poised to Strike - Job action would be biggest U.S. strike in recent years, and first under Obama

By x359209 - IU 560 Job Shop (dual card CWA)

IWW/CWA dual-carders in the heart of the struggle


At midnight April 5, 2009 contracts for most of the component groups
represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at the
telecom giant AT&T have expired. After weeks of mobilizing, around
90,000 workers are poised to strike one of the largest and most
profitable multinational corporations. A job action by CWA would be the
largest and among the most significant labor action in the United
States since the UPS strike in 1997. It would also be the first major
strike under the Obama regime. The brewing confrontation could set the
tone for class struggle in the U.S. for the near future.
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