June

New terrain requires new tactics

The new balance of forces in Congress, the greatly weakened position of the Bush administration, and the growing activity of the labor-led people’s coalition have rearranged the political playing field in our country. Everyone involved in politics has to adjust their tactics to these new realities.

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Labor applies Capitol Hill heat for worker rights

WASHINGTON — No matter how hot and sweaty it got here June 19, support for the Employee Free Choice Act was hotter. Some 3,000 union members and allies rallied on Capitol Hill for the most radical reform of U.S. labor law in over 70 years.

EDITORIAL: Taking back America

The Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) will convene its sixth annual “Take Back America” conference in Washington, D.C., June 18. Every year for the past five years thousands of union members, peace, civil and human rights activists, and environmentalists have gathered for these conferences.

EDITORIAL: Reverse unequal pay ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s extreme right majority handed down a decision May 29 crippling the right of women workers to win justice in pay discrimination cases. The court ruled 5-4 that women have 180 days to file a wage bias complaint against their employer. If they miss that deadline, they are barred forever from winning redress

Dead last: health care quality in the U.S.

Among the six nations studied — Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States — the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2006 and 2004 editions of the Commonwealth Fund report.

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New Yorkers rally for affordable housing

NEW YORK — “When I left New York City in the early ’80s, I paid only $150 a month in rent,” said a cabdriver who participated in last week’s demonstration here against the city’s growing crisis of affordable housing. After living in Florida for 15 years, he recently returned, finding that “the same kind of apartment in the same neighborhood is maybe $1,000.”