The following commentary by Peter Shapiro is from Fight Back! News:
Peter Shapiro speaking at a October 15 rally for health care. (Fight Back! News)
Insurance company profiteering has laid waste to the U.S. health care system and sparked a wave of protest throughout the U.S. But the response of Congress to the crisis suggests that the battle is just beginning.
Through the month of October and the first weeks of November, hundreds of people across the country volunteered for civil disobedience, calling for a single-payer system which guarantees access to health care for everybody and pays for it with tax dollars instead of insurance premiums.
Close to 200 were arrested in sit-ins at insurance company offices in over a dozen cities. The wave of direct action climaxed with mass arrests at the San Francisco office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Protesters demanded that Pelosi allow a floor vote on Rep. Anthony Weiner’s single payer amendment to the House health care reform bill.
Posted in Electoral Politics, Labor Movement
Tagged AFL-CIO, Anthony Weiner, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Employee Free Choice Act, Fight Back!, health care, Jobs with Justice, Mobilization for Health Care for All, Nancy Pelosi, Peter Shapiro, SB 703
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The following is a new pamphlet on class struggle unionism from the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization. It helps give the lay of the land in the labor movement in the U.S. today and gives some particular guidance to communists intending to organize in the trade unions.
Build a Fighting Workers Movement
A pamphlet by the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Posted in FRSO, Labor Movement, Political Economy, Theory, U.S. Oppressed Nations and Nationalities, Women's Liberation
Tagged AFL-CIO, Andy Stern, Change to Win, Class Struggle Unionism, crisis, Employee Free Choice Act, FRSO, James Hoffa, John Sweeney, LGBT liberation, Mass Line, militant minority, national question, SEIU, Solidarity Center, Teamsters, UAW, UNITE-HERE, Women's Liberation
What does the boss think of the Employee Free Choice Act?
What do the workers think of the Employee Free Choice Act?
The Employee Free Choice Act is an important reform that could drastically change conditions to make them more favorable for labor organizing and building the class struggle. The EFCA can help do this by strengthening penalties against employers who break the law and thereby helping to stop employers from using attacks against pro-union workers to keep unions out. If passed, it can also speed up the process through which workers can get a contract and allow workers to form unions through majority sign-up. Continue reading