Hillary Lays Out Vision for Economy

In her first major policy speech today since announcing her candidacy for president, Hillary Clinton put higher wages for low-income workers at the heart of her economic policy outline saying “I believe we have to build a growth-and-fairness economy.” Hillary also spoke out about the rise in corporate profits, taking a jab at big industry, as she said, “Corporate profits are at near-record highs and Americans are working as hard as ever but paychecks have barely budged in real terms.” Clinton also took on Wall Street today in her speech saying, “Too many of our major financial institutions are still too complex and too risky and the problems are not limited to the big banks that get all the headlines.” Clinton warned … Continue reading

A Gig Isn’t A Job

The middle class is eroding. A real full-time job is a thing of the past for many working Americans. The part-time, freelance gig has replaced the full-time job and that has created shrinkage in the middle-class and income insecurity has become the norm for too many people. While some people might like having a little more free time, the average worker depending on freelance and gig type work has a hard time making ends meet on a regular basis. For many of these people they don’t know when or if they will find a gig. Many people feel that the economic crisis we faced a few years ago simply has not been addressed in a way that can facilitate real change … Continue reading

Divesting America of Ozone-Destroying Energy Sources

  by Walter Brasch   Long before the price of gas and oil began to plummet, socially conscious churches, universities, non-profit organizations, and local governments began to divest themselves of fossil fuel stock and shock the fossil fuel industry to understand the environmental and public health concerns. The World Council of Churches, which represents about 590 million Christians in 520,000 congregations, decided in July that to continue to hold fossil fuel stock would compromise its ethics, and recommended that the 349 member denominations consider divesting oil and gas stock. Six of the eight Anglican dioceses of New Zealand and Polynesia, and four dioceses in Australia divested their portfolios of fossil fuel stock. In the United States, the United Church of … Continue reading

The Fracking Boom is a Fracking Bubble

  by Walter Brasch   Gas prices have plunged to the low $2 range—except in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, the prices at the pump are in the mid-$2 range. That’s because Gov. Tom Corbett and the legislature imposed a 28-cent per gallon surcharge tax. Until 2019, Pennsylvanians will be paying an additional $2.3 billion a year in taxes and fees—$11.5 billion total—to improve the state’s infrastructure. In addition to the increased tax on gas at the pumps, Pennsylvania motorists will also be spending more for license registrations, renewals, and title certificates. For far too many years, the state’s politicians of both major parties, preaching fiscal austerity—and hoping to be re-elected by taxpayers upset with government spending—neglected the roads, bridges, and other … Continue reading

A Win for Arthur T. Demoulas and Market Basket

Market Basket Newburyport, MA Last night when the news broke here in Massachusetts that the workers and former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas had prevailed and deal was finally signed for Arthur T. Demoulas to by the beleaguered Market Basket company from his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, I was among the many loyal customers who cheered the news. Twitter was abuzz with the news and many customers like myself chimed in to spread the news. If you don’t live in a community where there is a Market Basket grocery store, chances are you hadn’t been paying much attention to the Market Basket employees strike and all the many implications it carried for entire communities and the corporation itself. The employee strike … Continue reading

Market Basket Saga Continues As Workers Defy Back to Work Order

Living in a community where there are two Market Basket grocery stores within a short drive, I have been fascinated and inspired by the courage and commitment of the employees to stand up against corporate greed and demand the return of the former CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. As the days go by, the saga has now entered its third week, and employees have not backed down with their demands, defying a back to work order from the company’s new co-CEO’s Jim Gooch and Felicia Thornton. In communities around New England where there are Market Basket stores, it is not just the employees rallying for the former CEO, customers have also entered into the fray, expressing their support for the beloved … Continue reading

Market Basket Employees Are a Powerful Testament to the Power of the People

State Rep. Renny Cushing of Hampton just spoke at #MarketBasket rally. “This is a watershed moment in history.” @seacoastonline — Jason Schreiber (@Schreibernews) July 25, 2014 Local media is covering today’s employee rally at Market Basket’s headquarters in Tewksbury, MA and the board meeting that is also under way in Boston. The ripple effect of the warehouse workers walkout that started a week ago has grown into a full-blown employee movement that has drawn thousands of employees to headquarter’s today, in support of ousted CEO Artie T. Demoulas. Watching the groundswell of support for Artie T. in the past week, one cannot help but marvel at the incredible testament of a the power of the people, to take on a feuding … Continue reading

Standoff Continues Between Market Basket Employees and New Management

Yesterday I stopped by my local Market Basket in Newburyport, to see if they might have a few things I needed, although the stock on their shelves continue to dwindle, I was able to pick up the few necessities I stopped in for. I spent sometime there yesterday talking with a few employees I have gotten to know over my years of shopping there. Market Basket employees are a loyal bunch, they love their jobs and so many of them have been loyal employees for decades. Their loyalty was inspired by their ousted former boss, Arthur T. Demoulas, who was so beloved by his employees, that now many employees, across the supermarket chain’s stores are standing in protest to have … Continue reading