Archive for April, 2009

San Francisco Labor Council: Come to May 9 Teach In!

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I want to urge you and your members to participate in a teach-in and
mobilizing meeting scheduled for May 9, 2009 at the Plumbers’ Hall (1621
Market Street, between Franklin and Gough) from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. This event
is being co-sponsored by Bay Area Labor Councils. (See attached leaflet).
This event is of special importance [...]


Póster en español: 9 de Mayo



May 9 Poster (11×17)

Click here to download the 11 x 17 poster for the May 9 Teach In and Mass Action Organizing Meeting.11-17-may9


May 9 Teach-In Flier

Download the Flier for the May 9 Teach In and Mass Action Organizing Meeting In San Francisco



Bail-out working people – Not the Banks’ Mass teach-in’ scheduled in San Francisco by Eric Sommer

A large-scale ‘Bail-out working people – Not the Banks’ teach-in’ and mass mobilization planning meeting’ scheduled for San Francisco May 9 is a hopeful harbinger of things to come.. This teach-in is heavily supported by organized labour and may well serve as a model for teach-ins in other areas. Such teach-ins can help to usher in a new era of greatly intensified grass-roots struggle against the power of finance capital in the U.S. and other countries with their anti-labour and anti-people policies.


Railroad Workers United Endorses WERC!

Railroad Workers United

Unity – Solidarity – Democracy: The Rank & File in Action! (206) 984-3051

PO Box 1053, Salem, IL 62881

Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign
P.O. Box 40009
San Francisco, CA 94140
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
At our Executive Committee Conference Call on April 7th, 2009, Railroad Workers United (RWU) voted to endorse [...]

The Geithner-Summers Plan: Even Worse Than We Thought

By Jeffrey Sachs, Huffington Post
Posted on April 8, 2009, Printed on April 8, 2009
Two weeks ago, I posted an article showing how the Geithner-Summers banking plan could potentially and unnecessarily transfer hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth from taxpayers to banks. The same basic arithmetic was later described by Joseph Stiglitz in the New [...]


Ten Principles for a Black Swan-Proof World

Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 by Financial Times

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

1. What is fragile should break early while it is still small . Nothing should ever become too big to fail. Evolution in economic life helps those with the maximum amount of hidden risks – and hence the most fragile – become the biggest.

2. [...]

Single-payer plan is best way to assure true reform in care

By Geri Jenkins
LA Daily News
March 7, 2009
President Obama’s call for achieving “comprehensive” health-care reform this year, and the criteria laid out by the White House for what the plan should include, reflect a large vision and laudable commitment.
Clearly, the moment for transformative change has arrived, starting with the bully pulpit in the Oval Office. What a stark [...]


The Case for More Union Power

By Liza Featherstone

It was surreal, last month, to see Citigroup organizing the business community against the Employee Free Choice Act [1], a bill that would make it easier for workers to join unions by forcing employers to recognize a union after a majority of workers have signed cards. Here is a company whose CEO, Vikram [...]


Joseph Stiglitz: “It’s going to be bad, very bad”

In an interview, the Nobel Prize-winner and former chief economist
at the World Bank talks about the Great Depression, Obama’s stimulus
package and today’s financial crisis.