The Teachers Strike May Be Over But The Crisis Continues

The Chicago strike is at the epicenter of many the critical problems in American society — profound issues aggravated by the recession — and the increasing threat of global competition.

These are:
•The deteriorating prospects and stability of the middle class and civil servants
•The long term stagnation of the underclass,
•Issues of income inequality,
•The unfairness of the tax system,
•The decreasing power of labor unions,
•And the quality of education of all children that is necessary for a nation to compete.
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Obama Fires Up Labor Crowd

Although he hasn’t quite kicked off his first official campaign events, President Obama roused an organized labor crowd on Monday as if it were a full-fledged rally. Obama spoke to a capacity crowd of 3,000 delegates at the Building and Construction Trades Department’s 2012 National Legislative Conference in Washington. The president clearly is working to fire up labor unions to come out for him this year much as they did in first propelling him to the White House four years ago. The president’s remarks were part infrastructure advocacy, and part basic stump speech. He also wove in praise for unions which underscored his basic campaign themes of fairness and income inequality. “It was workers like you who led us westward.  … Continue reading

It Could Get Crowded Out There: New Protests Planned ‘In Solidarity With’ OWS

In just a few short weeks, Occupy Wall Street has done more than merely spawn hundreds of other Occupy protests across the country and around the world. It’s given birth to an entire movement which has rejuvenated the whole of the American left, almost literally overnight. Labor unions, progressive advocacy organizations, and others have all rushed to associate themselves with Occupy, and that association has clearly become a two-way street. The unions and others have been supporting Occupy with financial, media, and other forms of support. But these organizations also very much seem to want to tap into all of this new energy on the left. Democracy For America, an organization associated with former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean, has … Continue reading