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Labor

The pandemic and mental health

Gloria Meneses-Sandoval |  Issue: April 2021

One of the most obvious effects of the pandemic is the loss of jobs, income, housing/evictions, no healthcare, or food insecurity.

A new dawn

from the Editors |  Issue: April 2021

Our world has been transformed. Expressing itself first as practical struggle for a decent standard of living leading to a new struggle for our survival.

Oppose Washington SB 5172

Community 2 Communuty |  Issue: February 2021

SB 5172 is an attempt by the agricultural industry to avoid paying retroactive overtime for farmworkers.

Stop the hypocrisy!

Gloria Meneses-Sandoval |  Issue: July 2020

Only now are farmworkers needed when before the pandemic they had been expendable and deportable.

Yakima Valley: The strike ended but the fight continues

Laura Garcia interviews Edgar Franks, Organizing Director of the Farmworkers Union Familias Unidas por la Justicia. |  Issue: July 2020

All the striking workers agreed on their demands – protection from the coronavirus, payment for working in dangerous conditions, and no retaliation.

Líderes Campesinas

Irene de Barraicua and Marco E. López |  Issue: May | June 2020

California farmworkers are considered “essential” to the U.S. economy, they are also the most vulnerable link in our nation’s food supply chain.

Capitalist pyramid scheme may come crashing down

Dave Ransom |  Issue: May | June 2020

One of Europe’s biggest capitalists, industrialist Jacob Wallenberg explained: “There will be no recovery,” he said. “There will be social unrest.”

Los Angeles: “Reclaiming our homes’’

Steve Teixeira and Xochitl Palomera |  Issue: May | June 2020

Just before spring, something new bloomed. Homeless people and their neighbors in Los Angeles launched a campaign to take over vacant state-owned homes.

Victory for women janitors and farm workers

Irene de Barraicua |  Issue: January 2020

Women have been fighting for equality in the workplace for generations. Much progress has been made, but as we say, the struggle continues.

‘The unwanted ones’

José Torres |  Issue: October | November 2019

The rich capitalists blame us for their economic problems by agitating a section society. These are lies meant to divide us, and they continue in power.

Let’s fight like hell for the USA we want!

From the Editors |  Issue: October | November 2019

Our country has crossed a point of no return. It is either worsening division, fascist repression and killings or we unite based on what we have in common.

Lionizing Workers, robotizing vineyard

Dave Ransom |  Issue: July | August 2019

Vineyard workers will be automated out of their jobs in the near future. Pruning, leafing, thinning, and picking will be done by machine.

A fearful dilemma

Dave Ransom |  Issue: July | August 2019

Automation and robots will change the face of manufacturing. We will have to wrest control from the capitalist class and manage the transition ourselves.

May Day 2019

Adamarys and Rich Monje |  Issue: May | June 2019

In 1886, workers were protesting exploitation and demanded an 8-hour workday. Today, workers continue to protest exploitation but in other areas.

Why the exodus from Central America?

From the Editors |  Issue: February | March 2019

The United States has played and still plays an active role in creating the conditions that force people to leave.

Shutdown: Government makes war on workers

From the Editors |  Issue: February | March 2019

This shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms. – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The America that can be

From the Editors |  Issue: February | March 2019

Immigrants and U.S. workers face the same enemy: the capitalist class, whose only solution is to ‘divide and conquer.’

Migrant caravan

Laura Garcia |  Issue: November | December 2018

We the workers of the United Sates, a country of immigrants, must fight to keep the gates open for our sisters and brothers.

Rise of the grassroots

from the Editors |  Issue: September | October 2018

Fascism and the breakup of the old political party systems in the United States and Mexico resulting from pitting workers against high-tech robotics.

‘Big data’ makes enough-for-all economy possible

Dave Ransom |  Issue: June | July 2018

Most important question — Who will own the robots? Now for the good news. Speaking to a Los Angeles policy institute recently, a prominent Chinese legal scholar, Feng Xiang, concluded that artificial intelligence (AI) is “the most momentous challenge” facing society today. Harvard-trained Feng is a professor at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, China’s top technology university […]

Half of jobs can be automated now

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: June | July 2018

While the oligarchy debates, el pueblo pays the price “What are my grandkids going to do?” — David Patterson, winner of 2018 Touring Award. Even a winner of the year’s top prize in computing worries about oncoming joblessness in a society that rewards only work for pay. Google’s David Patterson hopes we figure it out […]

Teachers wave strike: A turning point

Richard Monje |  Issue: June | July 2018

A striking Oklahoma teacher called the mushrooming struggle around public education “a turning point.” She is right. And it’s a turning point about more than education.     This year we have seen sweeping, rolling statewide strikes by teachers that began in West Virginia and spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arizona, with stirrings in […]

The moral side of the American workers

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: June | July 2018

We have all seen the social face of fascism breaking into churches and schools and roaming through streets and rural roads in America. Fascism. To the immigrant population, fascism has the face of the ICE and border patrol agents. The ruling class is using its billionaire propaganda machine to foment a fascist culture that blames […]

In the hard struggle of revolution

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: June | July 2018

  We are in a worldwide revolution that dwarfs the American Revolution of 1776. Despite the din and chatter of sex scandals, probes of foreign meddling in our elections, saber-rattling over North Korea, trade wars with China, destabilization of the Middle East and support of murderous regimes around the world, the relentless attack on our […]

The Janus case is a call to arms for unions

Interview by Dr. María de Jesús Estrada |  Issue: April | May 2018

Interview with President Tony Johnston, Cook County College Teachers Union Background Information: On Monday, February 26, the Supreme Court heard the Janus vs. AFSCME. Mark Janus sued AFSCME claiming that unions did not represent his political interests and that payment of Fair Share dues is a violation of free speech. The bill is supported by […]

New York Teamsters local joins sanctuary movement

Richard Monje |  Issue: April | May 2018

  In every corner of the United States, there are horror stories emerging as Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) is captured ripping mothers and fathers from their children. They are terrorizing communities and workplaces as raids are planned and implemented without consideration for families or minors that are left at times unattended. Cities, counties and […]

The best of times, or the worst of times — our choice

Dave Ransom |  Issue: April | May 2018

“It will soon be obvious that half our tasks can be done better at almost no cost by AI (artificial intelligence) and robots,” wrote venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee to the technology community recently. “This will be the fastest transition humankind has experienced,” he said, “and we’re not ready for it . . . not ready […]

Robots come to the garment trade

Dave Ransom |  Issue: April | May 2018

  Ever since the industrial revolution took making clothes out of the cottage, the textile industry — spinning yarn, weaving cloth, and making garments — has provided hot, dirty, low-wage jobs that enriched only the owners and their financiers. Whether the work was done by the children of England’s “dark, satanic mills,” by farm girls […]

In memory of a comrade, a veteran fighter for a better world: Juan Torres

José Torres and Manuel Torres |  Issue: April | May 2018

  A veteran comrade, Juan Torres, passed away in January 2018. He was born and raised in the Rio Grande “Valley of Tears.” Juan labored in the fields during his youth as an adult In the Valley and in the summers migrated north. After graduating from high school, Juan joined the Marines and achieved the […]

Texas: As we battle forward unity will be our only weapon

Jose Torres and Manuel Torres |  Issue: February | March 2018

Unity is our only weapon as we battle forward for clean and safe water, and the means to feed and clothe our families. Unity is also our only weapon to fight for our democratic rights —all of which are at peril with SB-4. Texas unemployment is the lowest in decades and one of the lowest […]

Stars acknowledge campesina support

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2018

Alianza letter sparked Hollywood’s Time’s Up organization dedicated to low-income women who suffer sexual attack or harassment     More than a thousand women have signed Hollywood’s “Time’s Up” letter against sexual abuse — including stars like Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, and Meryl Streep. They pay homage to the […]

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, stands with Hollywood actors against sexual assault

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas Latina |  Issue: February | March 2018

Even though we work in very different environments, we share a common experience of being preyed upon by individuals who have the power to hire, fire, blacklist and otherwise threaten our economic, physical and emotional security.     Editor’s note: On Nov. 12, members of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas Latina wrote a letter of solidarity […]

Toward the Chicago Poor People’s Conference in 2018

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Basing ourselves in the long history for justice and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, we announce our plan to build citywide organizations in Chicago around the following five-point basic agenda. These five points are not meant to fully represent all our areas of concern, but they serve as a unifying beginning […]

‘People are freaking out!’

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2018

Time to get ready, there’s a change a’coming “People are freaking out,” a Massachusetts auto mechanic told the Washington Post in December, describing the reaction among other mechanics to the oncoming end of their jobs. “Ninety percent of our industry has done nothing — absolutely nothing — to prepare.” What he says is true of […]

More jobs are going to the robots

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2018

Car mechanics, drivers, real estate agents, security guards – is the last human work being homeless?     Are you a car mechanic, a real estate agent or a security guard? Do you drive a delivery van, a taxi or a semi-truck? Are any of these your backup plan for keeping body and soul together? […]

NAFTA — the way corporate America exploits Mexico

Cathleen Williams |  Issue: February | March 2018

Bi-National Conference chides Democratic leadership, as well as Republicans NAFTA is not about trade. That message resounded throughout the Bi-National Conference. Instead, it is about the complete corporate penetration and domination of Mexican and Central American society and economy, as corporate America shifts factories and services to Mexico, exploits its desperate work force and blames […]

‘Cancel NAFTA! Tear Down the Wall!’

Cathleen Williams |  Issue: February | March 2018

Bi-National Conference brings together unions and workers from the United States and Mexico      “I arrived in this country when I was eight years old. My parents were peasants in Mexico. In 1994, when the NAFTA agreement privatized the lands [the ejidos] in Mexico, they had no choice but to migrate to the United […]