Saving Amtrak: profits vs. public interest

It is not yet clear what will be the final outcome of the latest funding crisis to hit the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), the federally supported intercity railroad passenger service.

Union members serving public interest

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The AFL-CIO has projected electing 5,000 union members to public office between now and the end of the 2004 election cycle as part of their “people-powered” political campaigns. Here, one of the trail-blazers for such a movement is Kenny Jones.

International notes

100,000 rally for Chavez/Demand to free jailed S. Korean unionists/Protest foreign investment in India’s media/Argentina police killings draw big protest/Georgian workers say TNCs flout standards/German phone workers win pay hike

Drivers have grievances with UPS

OAKLAND, Calif. – Interviews by the People’s Weekly World with two UPS drivers at the company’s Oakland terminal brought out an accumulation of grievances that lie behind the union’s fight to get a new contract.

Machinist union, Boeing begin talks

Facing company threats to move more jobs and production overseas, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) opened talks with Boeing on June 25 in Kansas City. The union represents 25,000-26,000 Boeing workers. The present contract expires at 12:01 a.m., Monday, September 2.

Israel denies entry to U.S. interfaith delegation

The Israeli government refused entrance to a group of 19 Americans of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, July 2. The Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegation (IPBD), organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) was scheduled to meet with peace, civil rights and elected officials in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Homeland Security Dept. proposal draws fire

The Bush administration is trying to make its proposed new Homeland Security Department “above the law and outside the checks and balances these laws are put there to ensure,” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of the most senior members of Congress, charged on June 26.

Arab Americans mobilizing for empowerment

ARLINGTON, Va. – On June 6, over 500 Arab Americans went to Capitol Hill to kick off the 19th National Convention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). They lobbied their Congressional representatives on the protection of civil liberties at home and fundamental human rights throughout the world, issues highlighted at the four-day convention.

ACORN convention targets peoples needs

CHICAGO – Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) brought some 2,000 delegates attending the national convention of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to their feet with a ringing call for “the people’s agenda.”

Saving and improving Social Security: The Communist Partys solution

Marx’s observation that the task of a movement goes beyond mere interpretation of events was never more apt than when it comes to the struggle to defend – and improve – the Social Security system.

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