“Workies”: The World’s First Labor Party

Chapter One (first of 8-Part Series by Stan Phipps             The idea of a Labor Party based on the existing trade union movement to defend working class interests is far from new.  The origins of the concept can be traced to even before the much celebrated nineteenth century efforts of workers and farmers to createContinue reading ““Workies”: The World’s First Labor Party”

Message from Mark Dimondstein

Message from APWU President Mark Dimondstein to the Eugene V. Debs Centennial Commemoration [Note: Following are major excerpts from a message sent to the Debs’ Centennial Commemoration, held in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 5-6, 2018, under the sponsorship of the Labor Education and Arts Project.] Dear Sisters and Brothers: I salute you for having thisContinue reading “Message from Mark Dimondstein”

U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder!

By The Organizer Editorial Board As we write these lines [May 16, 2019], the U.S. war drums are beating louder and louder. As part of a mounting series of U.S. provocations against Iran, the U.S. State Department has ordered all “non-critical government employees” to leave Iraq on the grounds that, “U.S. intelligence has learned thatContinue reading “U.S. War Drums Beat Louder and Louder!”

Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do

By the Labor Fighback Network Since the enactment of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (ACA) in 2009, congressional Republicans have vowed to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” For seven years that promise was never anything more than a campaign slogan — no Republican ever offered an alternative health plan to Barack Obama’s signature legislation.Continue reading “Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do”

It’s Time for a New Political Party!

By Labor Fightback Network (February 2017) With each passing year, elections in the United States have been increasingly insulting of working people’s intelligence. To be sure, the politicians have never had much respect for the people who vote them into office. During every election campaign season, the voters are subjected to a chorus of personalContinue reading “It’s Time for a New Political Party!”

What Lessons Can We Learn From Labor’s Defeats in Wisconsin in 2011 and 2015?

By Jerry Gordon, Labor Fightback Network Now that Governor Walker has signed the “right-to-work” bill passed by the Wisconsin legislature, whose purpose is to severely weaken private-sector unions, it is high time for trade unionists to step back and ask ourselves how it is that we have come to this critical juncture. After all, notContinue reading “What Lessons Can We Learn From Labor’s Defeats in Wisconsin in 2011 and 2015?”

2016 Elections Underscore Need for Independent Labor Political Action

By Labor Fightback Network Once again the U.S. electorate is given the “choice” between two corporate parties and urged to vote for one of the two, despite their low ratings even among their members and supporters, not to mention independents. To be sure, insurgents — first Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran in the Democratic primary,Continue reading “2016 Elections Underscore Need for Independent Labor Political Action”

2014 Mid-Term Elections, Latino Voters, and Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

By Labor Fightback Network Last September, one week after President Obama announced that he was postponing until after the mid-term elections his long-promised decision to protect 11 million undocumented immigrants from deportation by executive action, Latino activists across the country were furious. (Administration spokespersons explained that the president did not want the issue of immigrationContinue reading “2014 Mid-Term Elections, Latino Voters, and Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration”

Just How Progressive Are the Democratic Party ‘Progressives’?

(Black Agenda Report) AOC’s Tweet to John McCain (Following are excerpts from an article by Danny Haiphong that was published in the Sept. 12, 2018, issue of Black Agenda Report. The full article can be accessed at http://www.blackagendareport.com.) It should be all too clear by now that the “Resistance” to Donald Trump within the U.S.Continue reading “Just How Progressive Are the Democratic Party ‘Progressives’?”