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#VT AFL-CIO – The End Of Politics As Usual!

*VT Political Parties To Back Labor Initiatives Or Face Moratorium On Political Endorsements;

*Top Priorities $15 An Hour Livable Wage For All, Card Check, Worker Miss-classification;

*Strategic Partnership With VT Progressive Party On Union Based Green Mountain New Deal;

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#Paris: Call for an internationalist bloc at demo on the first day of unlimited strike

Paris. Shortly after the historic and almost total strike of September 13 at RATP, five unions – UNSA (majoritaire section), CFE-CGC (executives), FO, Sud RATP ( ousted from Solidaires), and Solidaires RATP – signed a joint statement calling for an unlimited strike as of December 5. Unlimited. Since then, there have been dozens of calls for renewal in all sectors, public and private. The Gilets Jaunes and students announced that they will join the actions. On December 5 there will be an internationalist block at the strike demo in Paris. What follows is the call for the internationalist bloc.

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VT AFL-CIO Adopts Leftist Platform For Change

Following the election of a new progressive leadership by members of the Vermont AFL-CIO (September 15, 2019), the new Executive Board, on October 6th,  unanimously voted to adopt the following as the official platform of the Vermont AFL-CIO. This platform makes the Vermont AFL-CIO among the furthest left major labor organization in the United States.

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Brazilian territory: Anarchist call for the #14J general strike

Brazilian territory: Anarchist call for the general strike on Friday June 14.

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#Anarchism’s relevance to black and working class strategy: Dispelling ten myths

The anarchist tradition – including syndicalism,anarchist trade unionism – provides a coherent approach to issues of strategy, tactics and principle. It is a rich set of resources of the working class today, not least the black working class in South Africa, which remains, in important ways, not just subject to capitalist exploitation and state repression, but also racial/national oppression.

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#Thessaloniki, Greek territory: #Viome is not for sale

The Greek judiciary has set five new dates for the forced liquidation of the former PHILKERAM JOHNSON AG group, on whose premises the reconquered and self-managed VIO.ME factory is located. The dates: Jun 13/20/27, September 19 and October 24, 2019. What follows is a statement by the Trade Union of VIOME Workers and the Thessaloniki Solidarity Initiative.

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When and Why Did Unions Start Signing Contracts?

Robin J. Cartwright explores the historical origins of “workplace contractualism” in the U.S. — the predominant model of unionism, whereby workers and employers negotiate a contract. He notes that employers themselves pushed for the contract system in order to tame unions, and to engage union officers and leaders in suppressing worker strikes.

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Will #Bernie’s Proposals Build Worker Power? Interview With a Swedish Labor Activist

Presidential candidate and open socialist Bernie Sanders announced this week that his campaign is preparing a proposal to encourage employee ownership in large companies. While details are yet to be released, what has been reported so far is the plan would have employers “contribute a portion of their stocks to a fund controlled by employees” that would pay dividends to workers. A second aspect of the proposal would potentially allow workers to become “a powerful voting shareholder” leading to the election of worker representatives on corporate boards. As well, version of this idea has been taken up by Jeremy Corbyn, the leftist leader of the UK Labour Party.

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Rebuilding the workers’ movement for counter-power, justice and self-management

A contribution to the debate

Don’t abandon the unions, or take sides in inter-union rivalries. Build a serious, organised, non-sectarian project of democratic reform and political discussion that spans the unions, including a rank-and-file movement that fosters debate, and opens the treasure-chest of union and left history and theory. Recover the politics of disconnecting from the state as raised by, for example, Occupy and the Rojava Revolution. Replace reliance on the state and parties with struggle, and destructive inter-union rivalry with a serious project of working class counter-power. 

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#AFSCME – #Vermont calls for picket line against Scott Walker 5/30/19

Rutland, Vermont, 2019 –The Vermont Republican Party has invited former Union-busting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to talk at a private fundraiser on May 30th, in Burlington at the Hilton Hotel on Battery Street. And while Vermonters are struggling to win a basic $15 an hour livable wage for all, wealthy VIP donors will be paying $1000 a seat to hear how Vermont too should follow his anti-Union lead. This is unacceptable.

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