The following statement is from the Network to Fight for Economic Justice (NFEJ):
October 2nd, 2010, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
The Network to Fight for Economic Justice (NFEJ) is calling on all affiliates and supporters to rally for Jobs, Education, Peace and Equality, on October 2nd in Washington D.C. Initiated by the NAACP and labor unions, along with hundreds of progressive organizations, this rally promises to be powerful. The NFEJ is an endorser and is calling upon our members and affiliates to promote and mobilize our unions, community groups, poor people’s organizations, and student groups. We want to build our own movement that brings real change to the society we live in.
Posted in Action Alerts, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Black Liberation, Labor Movement, Political Economy
Tagged budget cuts, NAACP, Network to Fight for Economic Justice, NFEJ, One Nation Working Together, oppressed nationalities, Tea Party, Trade Unions
The following statement is from the Network to Fight for Economic Justice:
The Network for Economic Justice (NFEJ) is calling all members and affiliated unions and groups to mobilize for the May 1st immigrant rights marches and rallies across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of working people, mainly Chicano/Mexicano – but all sorts of working people who want justice – will be out in the streets with signs and chants demanding “Legalization now!” and “Stop the raids and deportations!”
Students picket with striking Crimson Ride bus drivers at Univ. of Alabama (Fight Back! News/Staff)
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Network to Fight for Economic Justice on the important victory by bus drivers in Alabama.
Alabama Bus Drivers Win Union Contract!
Statement from the Network to Fight for Economic Justice (NFEJ)
Union bus drivers at the University of Alabama are celebrating today! They voted to accept their first union contract late last night, March 8, 2010. All the members and supporters of the Network to Fight for Economic Justice are rejoicing with them!
Organizing a union and winning a first contract are difficult enough. To organize in the South where racism and intimidation are strong factors, is spectacular! The union workers and leaders of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1208 are to be congratulated for their grit and determination. They stood up and sent a message across the country, “We’re NOT going to take it anymore!”
Posted in Labor Movement, Student Movements
Tagged African Americans, Alabama, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), ATU Local 1208, Class Struggle, Fight Back!, First Transit, Mario Harmon, Network to Fight for Economic Justice, NFEJ, Robert Witt, Students for a Democratic Society, Tuscaloosa
Chanting, “What do we want? Contract! When do we want it? Right now!” the drivers and their supporters stood as the sun rose and waited for any possible strikebreakers. (Fight Back! News/Staff)
The following article by Jenae Stainer is from Fight Back! News:
Tuscaloosa , AL – On March 1, the University of Alabama Crimson Ride shuttle bus drivers began a strike in order to gain a living wage, benefits, job security and respect on the job. At 5:00 a.m., the drivers formed their picket line in front of the local First Transit headquarters and Crimson Ride bus yard. Students quickly mobilized to support the drivers, making signs and a massive banner reading, “Students support the strike!” They held signs reading, “Walk or bike, respect the strike!” and “Safety and dignity for drivers now!” Chanting, “What do we want? Contract! When do we want it? Right now!” the drivers and their supporters stood as the sun rose and waited for any possible strikebreakers.
Posted in Labor Movement, Student Movements
Tagged Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), ATU Local 1208, Crimson Ride, Fight Back!, First Transit, Jenae Stainer, living wage, Network to Fight for Economic Justice, NFEJ, Pia Garber, Robert Witt, Students for a Democratic Society, Tia Brown, University of Alabama
Students in solidarity with the Crimson Ride bus drivers
The following call to action is from the Network to Fight for Economic Justice. See also Jenae Stainer’s article Bus drivers continue fight for living wage from Fight Back! News:
In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, bus drivers are in the midst of a struggle for a living wage. Fed up with earning poverty wages, the bus drivers are demanding their first union contract. Nearly a year ago, the Crimson Ride bus drivers voted unanimously to join Amalgamate Transit Union (ATU) Local 1208.
The University of Alabama contracts out to First Transit, a division of the massive British multinational FirstGroup PLC, which runs the Crimson Ride bus service on campus. The university pays the company $55.50 an hour, and in turn, the company pays the drivers a paltry $9.50 an hour – poverty wages. The union drivers are demanding $14 per hour and benefits comparable to university bus drivers in other states.
Posted in Action Alerts, Labor Movement, Student Movements
Tagged Alabama, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), ATU Local 1208, Crimson Ride, Crimson Ride Shuttle Bus Drivers, Fight Back!, FirstGroup PLC, Jenae Stainer, national oppression, Network to Fight for Economic Justice, NFEJ, Robert Witt, Students for a Democratic Society, Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama
The following statement is from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and is being reposted here from Fight Back! News:
Across the country, more working people are losing our jobs and our homes. Each week, the ranks of those running out of our unemployment benefits grow. In every state, public schools and programs that serve poor and working people are being cut. Health care is in crisis and congress is debating another bailout for the insurance companies. Oppressed nationality – Black, Chicano, Latino, Asians and Native Americans – are hit the hardest by the economic crisis.
Some in government, the media and a few economists say the economic crisis is over and that “we have turned a corner.” This is a joke that’s not funny. More money flowing into the stock market does not change the fact that life is getting worse for the people of the United States. Bailouts for the banks let the bankers maintain the standard of living they are accustomed to – the best mansions, vacations, cars and luxuries money can buy. The rest of us get what is left, which is less than we had before.
Posted in FRSO, Political Economy
Tagged Afghanistan, economic crisis, GEO Urbana, Leslie Parks, Network to Fight for Economic Justice, Republic Windows and Doors, Rosemary Williams, SEPTA, SK Hand Tools, U.S. Oppressed Nations and Nationalities