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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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This is Why the SDP Wants Trade Unions to be Free

This is Why the SDP Wants Trade Unions to be Free | real utopias | Scoop.it
www.therealsingapore.com | An online community that provides media coverage without censorship.
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Read to fight: Developing a 21st century community syndicalism - libcom.org (blog)

Read to fight: Developing a 21st century community syndicalism - libcom.org (blog) | real utopias | Scoop.it
As we develop new strategies to work on community organizing campaigns, what ideas and strategies can we port over from the history of syndicalist workplace struggles?
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City Link collapse: union meets administrators in effort to save jobs - The Guardian

City Link collapse: union meets administrators in effort to save jobs - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it
RMT union vows to do everything it can to prevent nearly 3,000 job losses at Coventry-based parcel delivery firm
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Republicans prepare for battle with unions in 2015, after midterm gains - Fox News

Republicans prepare for battle with unions in 2015, after midterm gains - Fox News | real utopias | Scoop.it
Republicans in statehouses across the country are plotting a tough new campaign to check the power of labor unions and chip away at their political influence.
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The argument that most workers are better off without unions - Washington Post

The argument that most workers are better off without unions - Washington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
James Sherk, of the Heritage Foundation, makes the case that declining union membership isn't hurting the middle class, and is in fact, helping.
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It's Going To Get A Little Easier For Workers To Unionize - Huffington Post

It's Going To Get A Little Easier For Workers To Unionize - Huffington Post | real utopias | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials unveiled new rules on Friday that will streamline and simplify the union election process, a reform long sought by labor unions and fiercely opposed by businesses.
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Review: How wildcat strikes made public worker unions grow and thrive - Facing South

Review: How wildcat strikes made public worker unions grow and thrive - Facing South | real utopias | Scoop.it
Joe Burns' latest book examines the wave of wildcat strikes that swept the U.S.
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Labor will be making a mistake if it simply divorces the unions - The Conversation AU

Labor will be making a mistake if it simply divorces the unions - The Conversation AU | real utopias | Scoop.it
Proposed reforms in the Australian Labor Party aim to give members a greater voice in party governance and policy development.
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Where would workers be without labor unions? - Arizona Republic

Where would workers be without labor unions? - Arizona Republic | real utopias | Scoop.it

Labor Day falls in an interesting time of our political season, when the primary race ends and the general-election cycle begins. No doubt politicians will praise workers on the day that pays tribute to their contributions to the strength and well-being of our nation, but most candidates likely will avoid mentioning the words union or labor.

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Artur Coelho's curator insight, September 2, 2014 3:58 AM

resposta fácil. basta olhar para os primórdios da era industrial. ou para a versão moderna disso, a precarização e trabalho a muito baixo custo: "Unions were in the forefront in the fight for laws and programs we take for granted — Social Security, health insurance, the eight-hour day, overtime pay, pensions, paid vacations, paid holidays, maternity leave, safe-working conditions"

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Are unions dead? - The New Republic

Are unions dead? - The New Republic | real utopias | Scoop.it


Their power has declined enormously, obviously, but unions, especially the largest ten or so, are still significant American institutions.

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Union-busting? Just stop it.

Union-busting? Just stop it. | real utopias | Scoop.it
Global sportswear giant Nike made $25.3 billion in revenue last year. So why have nine workers in Indonesia just been sacked and intimidated for trying to get better conditions?
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Occupy the minimum wage: will young people restore the strength of unions? - The Guardian

Occupy the minimum wage: will young people restore the strength of unions? - The Guardian | real utopias | Scoop.it

“By going to college and graduate school, I thought I was insulating myself from being broke and sleeping on friends’ couches and being hungry again. The big, scary part is that I am going to end up where I was, but now I am going to be in that awful situation with $50,000 of debt,” White says.

 
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Cambodian garment workers join Opposition protests

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Thousands of Cambodian garment workers on Thursday joined anti-government protests demanding that Prime Minister Hun Sen step down and call a new election.

 

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Four reasons why defending the postal workers must be labour's top priority - rabble.ca

Four reasons why defending the postal workers must be labour's top priority - rabble.ca | real utopias | Scoop.it


Most importantly, the postal workers have fought for control of the process of their work.

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Workers of the (finance) world unite, and unionize - Al Jazeera America

Workers of the (finance) world unite, and unionize - Al Jazeera America | real utopias | Scoop.it

NEW YORK — Adjacent to its lofty, glass-faced midtown headquarters, Bank of America operates a humble retail location for individuals and small businesses. The branch serves many customers who work in the Bank of America Tower —secretaries and tech support, analysts and executives. One such patron, a former investment banker raised by struggling immigrants but schooled in the Ivy League, recalled the disconnect between his sky-high office and the retail branch. “I wondered if they feel inferior,” he said of the bank tellers, who likely earned a fifth of his salary.

 
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Strikes To Hit 100 American Cities

Strikes To Hit 100 American Cities | real utopias | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job this Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.
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Amazon workers in Germany strike and threaten more action

Amazon workers in Germany strike and threaten more action | real utopias | Scoop.it
Nearly a thousand Amazon employees on Monday participated in strikes at two of the company's German sites and services union Ver.di threatened further action as the year's busiest shopping season begins.
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Corporate America’s new scam: Industry P.R. firm poses as think tank!

Corporate America’s new scam: Industry P.R. firm poses as think tank! | real utopias | Scoop.it
How the media fell hook, line and sinker for the propagandist, respectable-sounding "Employment Policies Institute"
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Mister Al's curator insight, November 16, 2013 1:20 AM

Corporate America doesn't have the numbers on the ground, but it has the money, control of mainstream propaganda, and a boat load of dirty tricks. 

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Belgium: Class trade unionism seeks political expression - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Belgium: Class trade unionism seeks political expression - Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal | real utopias | Scoop.it

October 17, 2013 -- International Viewpoint -- In the social and political history of Belgium, May 1, 2012, could mark a milestone. On that day the leaders of the Charleroi regional branch of the socialist trade union General Federation of Belgian Labour (Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique/Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond, FGTB/ABVV) — the second biggest in the country, with 102,000 members — publicly broke with the social-democratic party and called for a rallying of the left to the perspective of a new broad, anti-capitalist force to the left of the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Greens. An unprecedented thunderbolt… and not without consequences.

 
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Low-wage workers, top-down unions - Waging Nonviolence

Low-wage workers, top-down unions - Waging Nonviolence | real utopias | Scoop.it
In the high-profile fight for low-wage workers, a gap has emerged between the institutional organizers and the workforce they are seeking to organize.
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Robert Reich Warns Record Income Gap Is Undermining Our Democracy

Robert Reich Warns Record Income Gap Is Undermining Our Democracy | real utopias | Scoop.it
'Who is actually looking out for the American worker? The answer is nobody.
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The Three C's: Capitalism, Cronyism and Corruption - In These Times

The Three C's: Capitalism, Cronyism and Corruption - In These Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

Capitalist theory asserts that CEOs rise to the top based on merit and moxie and deserve million dollar pay packages. Turns out, though, capitalism doesn’t really work that way. Conniving Jonnies rule the business world. First they ditched the philosophy that corporations are equally responsible to America, shareholders, workers, customers and communities. Then they enshrined CEOs as corporations’ primary beneficiaries, thus golden parachutes awarded to failed and fired executives. In the real world, CEOs rise to the top based on cronyism and corruption.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation