After Quiet Quitting, It’s a New Year for Labor

Amazon Labor Union Organizing Drive in Inland Empire By Mark Friedman Bolstered with supporters from Los Angles, Amazon Labor Union organizers held a successful information distribution at the Amazon ONT8 warehouse during shift change in Moreno Valley Wednesday, December 14. Activists from the LA Tenants Union, ILWU/IBU members, other unionists and Hands Off Cuba committee members assisted the ALU organizers. Also participating was ALU president, Chris Smalls who has been centrally involved [...]

Chateau Marmont Workers Win Historic Union Contract between Hotel & UNITE HERE Local

In a historic breakthrough, UNITE HERE Local 11 and management at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont have reached agreement for a historic union contract.  On Dec. 22, the hotel’s workers overwhelmingly ratified the contract. The new contract, which takes effect immediately, sets a new standard for boutique hotels.   Some highlights include: An immediate 25% wage increase for returning non-tipped workers. Housekeepers, for example, will earn $25.00 an hour within one year. Free family health [...]

By |2023-01-02T02:28:07-05:00January 2nd, 2023|Activism, Elections, Labor, Los Angeles, Movements|0 Comments

48,000 Striking UC Grad Workers win Bittersweet Contract

Striking graduate students at the campuses of the University of California ended their strike with contract agreements between two UAW locals representing teaching assistants and graduate student researchers with hefty percentage agreements. But a split arose between workers at different campuses, some of whom rejected the deal overwhelmingly while the majorities across the multi-campus system approved the settlement. Many felt that their own union, UAW, had sold them out. UAW hired Brightline [...]

Starbucks Workers United Strike at 100 Stores Nationwide

Starbucks Workers United Strike at 100 Stores Nationwide by Mike Elk, PayDayReport.com Nationwide, workers at over 100 Starbucks stores walked out on a three-day-long strike in December. The strike comes as Starbucks has been cited multiple times by NLRB for refusing to bargain a first union contract with the workers. “Starbucks sent a clear message when they closed the Broadway and Denny store,” Michelle Eisen, a Buffalo-based barista who has been a [...]

By |2023-01-02T02:26:07-05:00January 2nd, 2023|Activism, Labor, Movements, Solidarity|0 Comments

Poetry Corner: That Man’s America

That Man’s America by S. A. Gerber   I struggle to stand on the wave covered deck. My work boots are held together with glue and screws. I impress the Liberals with my ragged appearance. I will work until they say stop. I will eat their leftover sandwiches and drink free coffee. I smoke on their loading docks and write poetry. I accept their pay and do not ask for more. I [...]

By |2023-01-02T02:25:09-05:00January 2nd, 2023|Arts, Low income, People, Poetry Corner, Poverty|0 Comments

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE DIGITIZED (2022)

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE DIGITIZED (2022) By Kevin "Rashid" Johnson   Revolution won't happen in Virtual space The oppressed communities, Where it must take place. For all the Social media clout chasers GoFundMe grifters Mass line fakers Political shape shifters And Posturing pixies In costumes From the 60s. The people's struggle Won't be made with your mouth, Where the people live Is where shit plays out. You can't impose Things you [...]

The Ukraine Crisis Is a Classic “Security Dilemma”

The Ukraine Crisis Is a Classic “Security Dilemma” by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies Photo: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) meets in Lodz, Poland, on December 1, 2022. Photo credit: OSCE On December 27 2022, both Russia and Ukraine issued calls for ending the war in Ukraine, but only on non-negotiable terms that they each know the other side will reject. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Kuleba proposed a [...]

Mumia Abu-Jamal may Win New Trial

Surprise Victory for Mumia by PrisonRadio.org In a shocking reprieve, Judge Lucretia Clemons on Dec. 16 ordered the DA to open up all of their files to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s defense team. Judge Clemons stayed her prior “intent to dismiss” notice. She stated she would rule in 60-90 days on Mumia’s request for a new trial. Speaking directly to all parties from the bench, she said “I do not want to return to [...]

Letter to the Editor: Climate Change and Cultivated Meat

To the editor, If our political leaders are serious about addressing the climate crisis, they should support increased public funding for cultivated-meat research. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, cultivated meat is grown from animal cells, without slaughter. It requires a fraction of the greenhouse-gas emissions that raising livestock does. While the Food and Drug Administration recently gave its approval to the new protein, further technological development is needed so [...]

Stop Racism by Educating the Children

Stop Racism by Educating the Children by Errol Segal Since day one, we have had racism in America and for sure all over the world.  On Thursday, December 8th an article appeared in the LA Times stating that “Hate crimes in L.A. County reach[ed] the highest level in nearly two decades”. My name is Errol Segal.  I am the Senior Recycling Consultant for Active Recycling Co. Inc. located at 2000 West Slauson [...]

Can the Left Disagree without Being Disagreeable?

Can the Left Disagree Without Being Disagreeable? We need to be far more generous with each other, able to hold conversations without resort to insults and abuses. Out of disagreement comes understanding. But out of malicious slander only comes disorientation. by Vijay Prashad in COUNTERPUNCH I have been a reporter for thirty years. During this period, I have been to many former war zones and to active war zones, including in Iraq, [...]

Dynamic New Programming, Newscast on KPFK 90.7 Pacifica Radio

KPFK, listener-sponsored Pacifica community radio for Los Angeles and all of Southern California, is refreshing its programming schedule, adding new more radical, community-based, solution-oriented programming, and launching a locally produced newscast for the first time in over a decade. Anti-racist, anti-war, and anti-capitalist viewpoints are taking center stage in a new morning mix radio magazine. The station is bringing back some other important voices from communities of color that have been missing [...]

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