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Council Progressives, Labor, Cry Foul Over Occupy Evictions

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The City Council’s progressive wing and their labor allies threw their support behind the Occupy Wall Street protesters, backing “the day of action” the movement has planned for Thursday.

“It is shameful to use the cover of darkness to trample on civil liberties without fear of media scrutiny or a public response,” the City Council’s Progressive Caucus said in a statement. “In the aftermath of the eviction, we reiterate our support and look toward the future. We know that the fight is far from over, and that last night’s events will only fuel the fire for change.”

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Caracas, Venezuela: ‘The streets belong to the people — for peace, against fascism! No to the oligarchy’s return!’ March in solidarity with President Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution, February 20, 2014.

Aporrea: March of Popular Movements and Revolutionary Currents Against the Coup, from Catia Square to Plaza Venezuela

Photos: Barrio TV

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Verizon cancels benefits for striking workers

A piece of news that won’t be news for striking workers in today’s Communications Workers of America Unity@Verizon (PDF) newsletter:

Members recently received letters from Verizon announcing that it is canceling group benefit plans for striking workers. This is an action which employers often take in strike situations to try unsettle the resolve of the strikers.

At CWA, we have faced this issue many times in the past and always protected our members and their families so that no one is harmed as a result of management’s ruthless act. This will be true for this strike as well.

H/t: Laura Clawson at Daily Kos Labor

Comrades, this soldier regrets killing people in fights and some executions that the US has in the Middle East. Maybe this picture will get the Americans thinking about their military’s actions.

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Stand in Solidarity with Striking Verizon Workers

Tomorrow, May 5th 2016, striking Verizon workers with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have called a national day of action. From the event description:

“Nearly 40,000 workers from Massachusetts to Virginia are still on strike at Verizon. They’re determined to do whatever it takes to stop the outsourcing of good jobs and protect the benefits that workers and retirees have earned. On May 1st, Verizon cut off health care coverage for these workers and their families, leaving tens of thousands of families and children exposed. The company did not have to do this, they chose to. 

“Verizon continues to put corporate profits ahead of working families. They’ve refused to bargain in good faith and their scare tactics continue to fail. Tomorrow, May 5th, Verizon’s corporate executives will meet with shareholders to discuss one thing – their bottom line.”

Richmond City has three Verizon Wireless stores, at the following addresses: 7720 West Broad Street, 11591 West Broad Street, and 11409 Midlothian Turnpike. To RSVP to join the picket line of a wireless store near you, use this form.

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Labor Finally Figures Out That Sanders is Their Candidate and That He Can Win
America’s most powerful labor union leader announced that he is joining Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign, reported the Huffington Post. After trying to work with Hillary Clinton to speak out against the trade deal fast-track authority, Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), decided Sanders was the best choice. Cohen shouldn’t...

America’s most powerful labor union leader announced that he is joining Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign, reported the Huffington Post.

After trying to work with Hillary Clinton to speak out against the trade deal fast-track authority, Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), decided Sanders was the best choice. Cohen shouldn’t have tried to tap Clinton in the first place. She’s an Establishment candidate who stands for everything that progressive labor unions are against.

“I did everything I knew how to do to get Clinton to speak out on fast track, and she wouldn’t,” said Cohen. “We begged her to speak out. There was a million ways she could have done it … Why was she silent on this?”

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) became a rallying point for labor unions, environmental groups, and progressive Democrats as they opposed President Obama’s trade agenda. Progressives said that TPP will cut American jobs and give unprecedented powers to international corporations.

Clinton once said TPP is the “gold standard” for trade deals, but has avoided taking a clear stance recently. Clinton’s shifty silence on TPP and fast-track authority helped Cohen decide to go with Sanders, a smart choice. He noted that Clinton is another brand-name candidate that is too far entrenched within the Establishment to facilitate any real national change.

“Without a candidate like Bernie, we’re going to get a repeat of the same stuff,” said Cohen. “Bernie is movement-building, and we need a new movement. We need to get big money out of politics.”

Cohen’s place in Bernie’s campaign will further power an already surging presidential campaign. Considering Cohen’s ideology, it’s odd that he reached out to Clinton in the first place. Luckily, he realized that Sanders is the right choice.

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Bernie Sanders' Campaign Just Got A Big Boost
WASHINGTON -- The longtime leader of one of the country’s most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and he says presumed frontrun

WASHINGTON – The longtime leader of one of the country’s most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and he says presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton made it an easy call.

Larry Cohen, outgoing president of the Communications Workers of America, told The Huffington Post he will serve as an unpaid volunteer stumping for Sanders as the Vermont senator seeks the Democratic nomination. One of the main factors in his decision, Cohen said, was Clinton’s equivocation on granting President Barack Obama so-called fast-track authority on his mammoth trade deal.

“I did everything I knew how to do to get Clinton to speak out on fast track, and she wouldn’t,” said Cohen, whose 10 years leading CWA came to an end in June. “We begged her to speak out.

Bosses Can’t Stop Workers From Unionizing Over Company Email

Federal regulators decided Thursday employers can’t stop workers from organizing and forming unions over company email in their free time.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which oversees labor disputes and union elections in the private sector, reversed a Bush-era policy banning employees from using company email systems to discuss how to improve wages and working conditions during non-work hours.

The case finalized Thursday between sign language interpretation service provider Purple Communications and the Communications Workers of America found that the 2007 decision focused “too much on employers’ property rights and too little on the importance of email as a means of workplace communication, [and] the Board failed to adequately protect employees’ rights,” the decision states.

Purple Communications prohibited its employees from using computers, internet, voicemail, email and any company equipment for anything other than work. Labor union Communications Workers of America petitioned the NLRB to reverse the policy because it was restrictive and interfered in employees’ ability to vote in union elections.

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A good day for Bernie Sanders
In one morning, the insurgent Democrat picked up two big endorsements and hit his goal of 2 million campaign contributions.

It was a good day for Bernie Sanders – and it came just when he needed one.

In a string of victories Thursday morning for the insurgent Democratic presidential candidate, Sanders announced that his campaign had hit its goal of receiving 2 million individual campaign contributions,picked up the endorsement of the 700,000-member strong Communications Worker of America and earned a nod from the liberal group Democracy for America.  

It’s a much needed boost for a candidate whose campaign’s momentum seemed to stall a bit lately, and it comes just two days before the party’s next presidential debate in the crucial state of New Hampshire.

Introducing Sanders at a joint press conference at the union’s headquarters here as “the next president of the United States,” CWA President Chris Shelton said the union decided to back Sanders only after its members had made their preference overwhelmingly clear in an online poll.

“The executive board stayed out of this, we did not want to influence what our members decided, they decided this on their own,” Shelton said. “This is absolutely a democratically come to decision.”

Sanders has lost out on endorsements from a string of other major unions, who sided instead with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. But Sanders and Shelton suggested that the leadership of the unions might be out of step with their membership.

“What we are seeing is a lot of grassroots support in union after union throughout this country, but that support has not necessarily trickled up to the leadership,” Sanders said.

“I can’t tell you what every member of the AFT or the NEA believes,” he said, referring to two major teachers unions that backed Clinton. “So the answer is, what I would have hoped is that unions who believe in democracy would have done what the CWA did, which was to really bring a wide open process … I think we would have won a lot more union support than is currently the case.”

It’s easy to spout tag lines without facts to back them up.  Let’s review Reich’s critique, line by line:

► “Continues to keep wages down”

Verizon officials say that the employees covered under the current contract, which expired Aug. 1, 2015, have a wage and benefit package that averages more than $130,000 a year. [1]  More specifically, Verizon officials stated it’s $136,000, verified by employment site Climber.com [2]

► “shipping jobs overseas…and cutting the number of full-time workers”

While Verizon has indeed outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers in Mexico, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic,[3] “At issue for strikers is a series of sticking points between the unions and Verizon, with the company pushing to consolidate some call centers and cut health care costs. The unions, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, say Verizon is also trying to ramp up its reliance on cheaper outside contractors to finish certain jobs.”[4]

The union isn’t concerned about AMERICANS losing jobs, they’re only concerned about their own members losing jobs to OTHER Americans.

► “it’s raking in over $1.5 billion a month in profits.”

Most of which is in Verizon’s wireless operations (not on strike), which has grown by 45% in revenue between 2010 and 2015, while its wireline revenue has declined every year during that period, down 9%.[5]

Last fall Verizon “posted a 9.3% increase in quarterly profit, boosted by its recent acquisition of AOL Inc. and improved customer retention in its wireless business…The company ended the quarter with 110.8 million retail connections.”[6]

But it’s not Verizon that’s shifting away from landlines, but rather the market itself.  Almost half of Americans (47%) don’t have a landline phone at home, relying on cellphone only, outnumbering Americans with both cell phones and landlines (42%). [7]
“Nostalgia for the rotary phone era won’t save American jobs, any more than ignoring the global forces reshaping the auto industry saved the Detroit auto makers.”[8]

► “instead of investing those profits in high-speed internet, it’s spending $35 billion to buy Yahoo and billions more in stock buybacks”

How a company invests/spends their profit should be their business!  And Verizon is investing in US infrastructure!
“In the last two years, Verizon has invested some $35 billion in infrastructure – virtually all of it in the U.S. – and paid out more than $16 billion in dividends to the millions of average Americans who invest in our stock. In Sanders’s home state of Vermont alone, Verizon has invested more than $16 million in plant and equipment and pays close to $42 million a year to vendors and suppliers, many of them small and medium-sized businesses. Just yesterday, we announced a $300 million investment to bring fiber to the city of Boston, which will make it one of the most technologically advanced cities in the nation and expand broadband access for its residents. Boston’s Mayor Walsh is partnering with us on this initiative, calling it crucial for providing the foundation for future technology growth. We’re making significant investments in New York City, Philadelphia and other metro areas throughout our wireline footprint.”[8]

Verizon’s duty is to make money for its stockholders, including institutional funds that finance retirees’ pension payments!

[1] http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/04/13/nearly-40000-verizon-workers-go-strike/82972508/

[2] http://members.climber.com/career-research-resources/company-ratings/318420609/Information-Technology/Verizon

[3] http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/13/technology/verizon-strike/

[4] http://www.cnet.com/news/verizon-strike-longer-waits-and-more-headaches-for-customers/

[5] http://www.statista.com/statistics/257309/verizon-communications-revenue-from-wireline-and-wireless-services/

[6] http://www.wsj.com/articles/verizon-profit-tops-expectations-1445342282

[7] http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/12/03/458225197/the-daredevils-without-landlines-and-why-health-experts-are-tracking-them

[8] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/feeling-bern-reality-facts-verizon-moral-economy-lowell-mcadam

United Electrical Workers Endorse Sanders

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday welcomed an endorsement by the 35,000-member United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.

Peter Knowlton, the union’s national president, called Sanders “the most pro-worker pro-union presidential candidate I have seen in my lifetime” and said electing Sanders “is a unique opportunity that workers and unions must not pass up.

“We are proud to endorse Bernie Sanders and support his campaign,” he added.

The endorsement was approved unanimously by rank-and-file local delegates from the union’s three regions over the past six weeks.

Keijo Hyvönen originally shared:

★Press Release

United Electrical Workers Endorse Sanders

April 24, 2016

Altogether, more than 100 national and local unions, representing over 1.5 million workers, have endorsed Sanders. They include the Communications Workers of America, the American Postal Workers Union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, National Nurses United, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the United Electrical Workers.

https://berniesanders.com/press-release/united-electrical-workers-endorse-sanders/

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