Archive for March, 2009

Students Speak Out this Week in Support of the Employee Free Choice Act

Big business is spending millions on its campaign of misinformation on the Employee Free Choice Act and is hailing the bill’s death in the Senate. Unfortunately for these anti-worker interests, the fight for a level playing field between CEOs and workers, freedom of association in the workplace, and an economy that works for everyone is just heating up—and students are now leading the charge!


The Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign: What it is and why you should join

“Bail out working people — not Wall Street.”


Joseph E. Stiglitz: Fiscal Plan Fails both Markets and Taxpayers

“Socializing losses while privatizing gains is more worrisome than the consequences of nationalizing banks.”

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Geithner plan will rob American taxpayers: Stiglitz

Geithner plan will rob American taxpayers: Stiglitz
Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:26am EDT
By Susan Fenton and Deborah Kan
HONG KONG (Reuters) – The U.S. government plan to rid banks of toxic assets will rob American taxpayers by exposing them to too much risk and is unlikely to work as long as the economy remains weak, Nobel Prize-winning [...]

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“The Zombie Ideas Have Won”–Paul Krugman on $1 Trillion Geithner Plan to Buy Toxic Bank Assets

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is preparing to unveil a plan today to purchase as much as $1 trillion in troubled mortgages and other assets from banks. The government is reaching out to hedge funds, private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds to help buy the toxic assets. The Obama administration has described the plan as a public-private partnership, but most of the actual money will be put up by the government. We speak with Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman.

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The Real AIG Scandal, by Eliot Spitzer

It’s not the bonuses. It’s that AIG’s counterparties are getting paid back in full.
By Eliot Spitzer
Everybody is rushing to condemn AIG’s bonuses, but this simple scandal is obscuring the real disgrace at the insurance giant: Why are AIG’s counterparties getting paid back in full, to the tune of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars?
For the [...]

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No BS–We Need REAL National Healthcare – February 5, 2009 – Issue 310

by Bill Fletcher
Executive Director, Black Commentator

The other day I went to a community meeting sponsored by my Congressional Representative, Ms. Donna Edwards. Donna Edwards is a very progressive, long-time activist in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The meeting was organized for the purpose of going over, with her constituents, [...]


Join us on May 9 in San Francisco!

Bail Out Working People – NOT the Banks!
Join us on May 9 in San Francisco for a
Learn about what is happening in the labor movement and in our communities to fight for the interests of working people.
Help organize a mass mobilization around our demands, including:
- Massive job-creation program.
- [...]


WERC Forms National Steering Committee To Promote Workers’ Recovery Plan

The deepening U.S. financial crisis has spread to all sectors of the economy, triggering a worldwide recession that is fast becoming a Depression.


CFT Convention Adopts WERC 10-Point Platform (with two amendments)

The California Federation of Teachers held its statewide convention in Sacramento on March 20-22, 2009. The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) submitted a resolution to the convention in support of the 10-point platform of the Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign.

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Interim National Committee of the WERC Announced

1. Pat Gowens, National organizer, Welfare Warriors, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2. Cynthia McKinney, Former Member of Congress, 2009 Green Party presidential candidate
3. Jack Rasmus, Economist, Professor at St. Mary’s College
4. Marc Rich*, UTLA delegate, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Pasadena, CA
5. Al Rojas, Coordinator, Frente de Mexicanos en el Exterior, Sacramento, California
6. Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star mother, antiwar activist, San Francisco, California
7. Nancy [...]


Labor Leaders Demand That ‘Single Payer’ Be Part Of Obama Healthcare Reform
Article Date: 05 Mar 2009 – 6:00 PST
The Obama administration’s plans to hold a “Health Care Summit” that excludes advocates of single-payer healthcare reform has drawn a sharp response from labor leaders around the country.
“President Obama has indicated that his administration is committed to the passage of a new ‘universal’ national health care program for [...]

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White House Relents, Extends Last-Minute Invite To SIngle-Payer Advocate Conyers

After a protest from supporters of single payer national universal health care, Congressman John Conyers was invited as the lone advocate of single payer at President Obama’s health care reform summit today.

Watch the New Video Supporting the Employee Free Choice Act!

Watch our New Video and Take Action
America’s workers are struggling to make ends meet. But when workers are free to choose to join a union, our economy can work for everyone again.
That’s why we need the Employee Free Choice Act—a bill in Congress that would help level the playing field and give workers the freedom [...]

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Cynthia McKinney: Ruminations on President Obama’s Tenure Thus Far and “Acceptable Punditry”

I implore the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus to spearhead the participation of the United States in the United Nation’s World Conference Against Racism: to boldly go where we have gone before.

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