February

Pages from workers lives Love and union

Love and union The merger last summer of the Union of Needletrade, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees was the reflection of an earlier “merger” which took place on a smaller scale. We reprint below UNITE’s interview with Rosa Garcia.

Policy wonks project key health care issues

A year-end report from the Commonwealth Fund highlights core, mainstream health care issues. These, in turn, show some key points of struggle in 2005.

The myth of capitalist efficiency

The Great Depression shattered the myth that capitalism—a for-profit market economy—constituted a fail-safe, efficient system of economic organization. Before the Great Crash and the free fall of the world economies (excepting the Soviet Union), orthodoxy insisted that the marketplace was a rational, self-correcting mechanism, that markets might stumble, but in the long run they would deliver the most efficient distribution of goods and services.

Care providers win two-month strike

Should taxpayer money go to the creation of poverty wage jobs? Should public dollars go to virulently anti-union companies? A resounding “no” was the answer in Portland, Ore. when 85 workers at the Parry Center, a residential care facility providing direct care to children with severe mental illness, won a two-month strike.

WORLD NOTES

Canada: Union calls for marriage rights / South Africa: Laborers to get land back/ China: Deputies urge more social security / Brazil: Jobless rate hits new low

Haitis poor struggle against inhuman horror

The University of Miami Law School's recently released report exposes widespread human rights abuses taking place in Haiti under the U.S.-imposed government. The U.S.-sponsored coup on Feb. 29, 2004 ousted elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide. A team of investigators from UMLS’ Center for the Study of Human Rights visited Haiti, Nov. 11-21, 2004.

Quebec toys with electoral reform

The year 2004 closed with some tentative steps toward electoral reform in Canada, but no guarantee of real change. In December, Quebec became the first provincial government to submit a draft bill for mixed member proportional representation voting, although the legislation is considered weak by critics of the current “first past the post” system.

Voices of the World Social Forum

“Filipino migrants are all over the world. Why? Because they cannot make enough money to care for their families in the Philippines.

Feel good speech opens NYC mayoral battle

NEW YORK—Though elections won’t be held until November, the battle for the mayoralty here has already begun. Critics charge that Mayor Michael Bloomberg used an unrealistic “feel-good” State of the City address as a campaign tool. His challengers have come out swinging on a number of issues, ranging from labor to his failed school reforms to his proposed city budget.

Airline gets handout, workers get shaft

PITTSBURGH — At 5:30 a.m. Julie Burnett, 53, was busy at the US Airways ticket counter assisting passengers with the newfangled machines generating their boarding passes. “These machines are taking our jobs along with those crooks in the front office and that judge,” she said. “It’s criminal. [Allegheny County Executive] Dan Onorato was right. Don’t give these thieves another dime. They are destroying our families and our neighborhoods.”

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