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Solidarity rally with workers from the Colonade Hotel
IMG_2331.jpgSkilled trades and maintenance workers at the Colonade Hotel are united in the Area Trades Council. Hotel management is refusing to agree to a contract that would provide fair wages and benefits based on area standards. Union and community supporters came to a rally to show support for fairness and put pressure on management to treat employees with dignity and respect.
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30 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor
Aramark Workers Strike at Boston’s Convention Centers
protest.jpgOn June 21st, hundreds of food service workers initiated a strike against the Philadelphia-based Food Service company, Aramark, walking off the job and picketing at Boston’s two biggest convention centers: the Hynes Convention Center (HCC) and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). 350 food workers at the two convention centers, members of Unite Here Local 26, have been without a contract since October, and the company called off all negotiations in May.

[Reposted from BAAM! newsletter: Print your own personal copy from article below!]
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30 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor
Boston Area Multinational Lionbridge in Union Busting Scandal
lion.jpgWaltham based Lionbridge Technologies is target of international protest. Labor activists in Poland have made the call for solidarity actions and protest letters to a MA based multinational, Lionbridge Technologies. The globalization giant, which provides services for Microsoft, Google and other corporations, apparently did a little union busting in the birthplace of Solidarity.
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27 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor
Queer Liberation and Anarchist Communism
DSC00140.JPGAs anarchist communists, it is only logical and consistent with our principles in the struggle for a free humanity that we support the personal, cultural, and institutional fight against patriarchy, hetero-sexism, the gender bi-nary system and all other struggles for queer liberation both in themselves and in their intersectionalities with capitalism, the state, white supremacy, and all other forms of human oppression.
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19 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
The Mortgage Crisis in the USA
drooker4.gifCommentators complain of "partisanship" in Washington. Society's problems are said to result from infighting between parties. We should celebrate, then, because Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a plan to end the mortgage crisis. What solution do they offer? Handouts to Big Business, and "fiscal discipline" for the rest.
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19 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
The Degeneration of the Russian Revolution
3andywarholredlenin.jpgThe Russian revolution go from an extreme popular democracy to the horrors of Stalin’s totalitarian state capitalism. How did this happen and when did this happen? What does this tell us about the nature of socialism?

How did the Russian revolution go from an extreme popular democracy to the horrors of Stalin’s totalitarian state capitalism? The Russian revolution of 1917 involved vast numbers of people. It included almost all the working class of the cities, most of the peasants, and the mostly-peasant ranks of the military (swollen by the needs of World War I). The working people created delegated representational councils (soviets), along with factory committees, unions, regimental councils, peasant village councils, and cooperatives.
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12 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / DNC : Education : Environment : Gender : GLBT/Queer : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : Technology : War and Militarism
Janitors for Justice Protest Unfair Dismissals
demogroupcopy.jpgOn May 30th, janitors, members of the SEIU, called for support from fellow Wyeth employees at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, after many were laid off from their low wage jobs with only two days notice in Wyeth Andover. The workers were represented by SEIU Local 615.
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02 Jun 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor
Hundreds of telephone workers demonstrate against shifting burden of health care costs to employees
IMG_2036.jpgTelephone employees across Massachusetts spearheaded a day of action on May 22 to protest efforts by Verizon and many other employers to force workers to pay more for their health insurance premiums or increase co-pays and deductibles. Earlier this year, Verizon proposed raising premium costs and out-of pocket medical expenses for employees.

[IBEW and CWA unions, Jobs with Justice join with reform organizations in call for health care for all!]
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25 May 2008 | Filed under: News / Labor : Social Welfare
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