Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UWS Shamefully Fires its Custodians & Grounds Worker

The UWS administration announced today that is laying off all of its custodian and grounds crew, and replacing them with non-union contractors.  Their claim is that they need to cut costs, so naturally they decided to go after the lowest paid workers on campus.  And adding insult to injury, these are same big shots who voted to give themselves 12% raises.  To these administrators who just destroyed the livelihoods of two dozen hard working men and women, we say rot in hell. To the thousands who participated in our 7 month campaign to save these jobs, a most sincere thank you.  Lets all take this opportunity to re-commit ourselves to the class struggle.  So that next time when we raise the call of "An Injury to One is An Injury to All!" it will be so loud as to bring the down the walls of power and privilege once and for all!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Northland Unions Say Management is Destroying Mail Service

Members of the Greater Northland Area Local 142 of the American Postal Workers Union joined postal employees across the United States Friday, Nov. 14, in another National Day of Action against their employer, the U.S. Postal Service.

Leafleting at Duluth’s Main Post Office, the workers’ action was to tell Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! 

Donahoe, who is said to be close to retiring, is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service say postal unions.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Mid-Term Election Charade

The results are in: The Republican Party won at least seven more seats in the Senate, and now controls both houses of the U.S. Congress. Disaster is in the making! Right?

The Democrats and Republicans spent an unprecedented mid-term, if not all-time, election total of $4 billion, roughly $2 billion each. The giant corporations that footed the bills for their chosen candidates undoubtedly will get trillions of dollars in return, as is always the case in capitalist elections. The working class, which creates all wealth, will continue to pay regardless of who officially runs the country.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

NLRB Moves to Protect Workers Facebook Discussions

In a ruling involving a sports bar whose owners shorted their workers on state withholding taxes – leaving them cursing and stuck with unanticipated bills – the National Labor Relations Board moved to protect workers' Facebook discussions and posts. 

It also ordered the bar to restore the two workers it fired to their jobs. And it told employers they could not promulgate and enforce overly broad policies regulating what their workers say on the workers' own Facebook accounts.

At issue in the case, involving the Triple Play Sports Bar in Watertown, Conn., and workers Jillian Sanzone and Vincent Spinella, is whether workers' comments on Facebook are “protected concerted activity” under labor law. The three-member NLRB panel ruled they are.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Nurses Call for Higher Standards in Confronting Ebola

Following news that the first U.S. nurse has now tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, National Nurses United called for all hospitals to have in place the highest standard of optimal protections, including Hazmat suits, and hands-on training to protect all RNs and other hospital personnel to confront Ebola.

“There is no standard short of optimal in protective equipment and hands-on-training that is acceptable,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses. National Nurses United represents 185,000 registered nurses across the country, including members of the Minnesota Nurses Association.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Workers Rally in Duluth to Save Postal Facility



Letter Carriers from across Minnesota were joined by local residents at a rally Monday, Oct.6 to save the Duluth mail-processing facility.

The U.S. Postal Service has already consolidated 141 mail-processing facilities nationwide and another 82, including the one in Duluth, are on the chopping block.

Friday, October 3, 2014

400,000 March Against Climate Change

An estimated 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan on Sept. 21 for the largest single climate change protest to date.

The People’s Climate March, which took place two days before a one-day United Nations Climate Summit, was about twice as large as organizers had expected. There were so many present that by the time the back of the march began to move—over four hours after the front stepped off—many thousands of people had already finished the 2.1-mile route. It took more than six hours for the entire march to end.

The event was organized by 350.org and the liberal internet activism group Avaaz, with over 1500 endorsing organizations. While the New York march was the largest, 2646 companion rallies took place in 162 different countries. A West Coast People’s Climate Rally in Oakland, Calif., drew about 4000 participants.

Friday, September 26, 2014

10 Points for a Labor Strategy Against Climate Change

Since each of us gets only a few minutes for our contributions on such a large subject as climate change, I have chosen to put forward ten brief points for a trade union strategy against climate change. Firstly, I will establish some of the important factual basis on which we have to build our strategies and policies.

1. Climate change is not a threat of the future, it is already happening here and now, it is man-made, and the consequences can be catastrophic.

2. The climate threat will have widespread implications for social development – either as a result of climate change itself, or as a result of measures to prevent or mitigate climate change. The way we live and work will thus change considerably, whether we take action or not. Inaction, or postponing action, represents the greatest threat – with disastrous effects.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fracking Must Be Banned!

Despite the imminent perils of global warming and global ecosystem collapse, capitalism has accelerated the assault on Earth’s environment. Faced with the need to grow or die, the global capitalist economy requires ever more non-renewable natural resources and fossil fuels, whatever the environmental cost. Serving their corporate overlords, government regulators pay lip service to environmental protection while they rubber-stamp pollution. It is only when affected communities build determined, militant resistance movements that extraction projects can be halted.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a terrifying example of how fossil fuel company profits take precedence over people’s health. The process of fracking involves drilling a well up to thousands of feet deep into layers of shale bedrock, then drilling sideways for several hundred more feet. Explosives are then used to fracture the bedrock, exposing the oil or gas within. A simple graphical explanation can be found at www.dangersoffracking.com.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

MN Home Health Care Workers Win Historic Victory

On Tuesday, Minnesota’s home care workers etched a new chapter in the state’s history, alongside the miners who organized the Iron Range, the truck drivers who shut down Minneapolis in 1934 and the women who led landmark strikes by teachers in 1946 and 1970 and by nurses in 1984.

Ballots were mailed to 26,000 home care workers Aug. 1 in the largest union election in Minnesota history. When the state Bureau of Mediation Services counted the ballots Tuesday, 60 percent of those voting (3,542 out of a total of 5,872) chose SEIU Healthcare Minnesota to represent them.

“Despite every obstacle put in our way, we stuck to our promise to keep fighting until we were able to exercise our democratic right to let home care workers decide for themselves whether to form a union,” said Sumer Spika, a home care worker from St. Paul.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Petitions for Janitor Jobs Delivered to UWS Chancellor

Today there was a welcome back event at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for faculty and staff. In solidarity with the janitors whose jobs are threatened with outsourcing, supporters handed out hundreds of leaflets and stickers to what proved to be a very receptive audience.

During the "Town Hall" session of the event we delievered the 5,000 petition signatures, that we've gathered on behalf of the janitors, to the embarassed UWS Chancellor. 

A big thank you to everyone who helped to today, and to the hundreds who proudly wore the solidarity stickers!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Douglas County Board Opposes Outsourcing of UWS Janitors

WHEREAS, the University of Wisconsin system, one of the leading university systems in the nation and world, provides a wealth of quality education and prominent research that benefits the health and well-being of the world population, and

WHEREAS, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, with 2,700 students, is home to important environmental, transportation, and economic research and development centers, and

WHEREAS, the University of Wisconsin-Superior is a regional campus offering quality higher education for both traditional and non-traditional students at an affordable cost, and

WHEREAS, the University of Wisconsin-Superior is a significant cultural and economic contributor to the region, and

Friday, August 15, 2014

Justice for Michael Brown!

“I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” — Michael Brown, Rest In Power, killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9. Unarmed, Michael had already been shot in the back once when—according to witnesses—he turned around, raised his arms in the air to surrender, and pleaded for his life. Brown, an African American, was then shot to death by a reportedly white police officer.

Thousands of people in over 100 communities held vigils on Thursday in remembrance of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police on Aug. 9. Protesters demonstrated their solidarity with a moment of silence, told stories of police brutality, chanted demands, and raised their arms as Brown had done, among other things (use hashtag #NMOS14 to search the powerful photos). Events took place in towns and cities from London to California.