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The U.S. Postal Service is essential to our democracy and our economy

The free exchange of ideas is critical to representative government and was one of the reasons why the US Postal Service(USPS) was created. At its founding the Postal Service had a deliberate policy of subsidizing the mailing of newspapers and other periodicals, precisely to encourage the communication of ideas. The importance of this was understood by President George Washington who signed the bill authorizing the US Postal Service in 1792. The idea of a postal service is enshrined in the…

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Added by Bob Simpson on August 13, 2012 at 17:47 — No Comments

Everything You Always Wanted (Didn't Want) to Know about US Unionism

Peter sez:

This searing critique of US unionism, including its Left, was written by Bob Fitch, who died not too long ago. I post it here in part as homage to a brilliant critic. It's a longish piece and there is a Part 2 also (see link at end of main text). For us Euros, Latinos, Asians and African labour movement activists, it should be a warning about what and who we might be relating to in any links with US unions, or any joint membership with them in…

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Added by peter waterman on August 13, 2012 at 9:55 — No Comments

CLASSE: Student, Labour and Social Movements in Quebec

The   B u l l e t

Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 680

August 13, 2012

Socialist Project - home

Quebec's "Red Square" Movement:

The Story So Far

David…

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Added by peter waterman on August 13, 2012 at 9:04 — No Comments

(PLF) Solidity Support PALEA Philippine

 

(PLF) Solidity Support PALEA Philippine

 

On behalf of the Executive Board of Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) we are writing to express our deep concern with the plight of the approximately 2,600 locked-out and terminated ground crew of Philippine Airlines in the airport services, in-flight catering and call center reservations departments who are represented by the union Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association…

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Added by Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian on August 12, 2012 at 16:37 — No Comments

South Africa's Cosatu and Others Favour Israel Visits Boycott

[Debate] (Fwd) Visiting Israel? sanity prevails on KZN ANC boycott-busters

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Added by peter waterman on August 12, 2012 at 10:50 — No Comments

Struggles over Land, Production and Democracy in Urban Venezuela

Peter sez:

Well, not much about production or workers, so why post it on UBook? It just raises in my mind questions about social relations, imperialism, power and visions that are beyond the imagination of 'unionism as we know it'. I'm not sure how UBook contributors might react to it, apart from finding it either exotic, irrelevant, or having nothing to do with unionism as we know it in Birmingham, Bucharest, Beijing or Botswana. Perhaps a reader will let me…

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Added by peter waterman on August 11, 2012 at 8:17 — No Comments

IFJ Condemns Hamas Interfering with Gaza Journalists (via Eric Lee)

Peter sez:

Here is Eric's presentation of an IFJ position. He uses it to show Israel as Virtuous, Gaza as Vicious.

This is not, of course, in the original IFJ document, to which he provides a clickable link. To be even relatively balanced, Eric could have contrasted 'Pro-Iranian Hamas', with 'Pro-American Israel', or 'Zionist and US-Dependent Israel'.

The point is that with respect to trade unionism, as to…

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Added by peter waterman on August 10, 2012 at 17:07 — No Comments

3000 SanFrancisco Janitors Prepare 4 Strike (David Bacon)

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Three Thousand San Francisco Janitors Prepare for a Strike

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Added by peter waterman on August 10, 2012 at 16:46 — No Comments

Katie Melua: “Don’t let airline companies decide whether or not we may perform abroad!”

With her third album, ‘Pictures’, Georgian-born Katie Melua became in 2007 the biggest-selling UK-based, female artist in the world and is one of Britain’s most successful artists of the new millennium.

“It is always exciting for a professional musician to be given a new opportunity to perform abroad. This is what our life as performers should be, performing for as many people as possible in as many possible places throughout the world. Unfortunately, this can become a nightmare as…

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Added by Benoit MACHUEL on August 10, 2012 at 10:06 — No Comments

Desperate message from musicians of the KBS Symphony Orchestra (Seoul)

A desperate message from musicians working in the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul (Korea):

"KBS has decided to outsource KBS Symphony Orchestra and make it an independent foundation, without any discussion with the musicians and the KBS trade union. This is against the law in Korea. This plan also provides that orchestra members must audition every year to prove their musical ability. The KBSSO will be disbanded on Sept. 1st and KBS will dismiss all musicians who refuse to sign the…

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Added by Benoit MACHUEL on August 10, 2012 at 9:43 — 1 Comment

Handbook on Organising in the Informal Economy (Inc. section on international networking)

[Global Labour Institute UK] New WIEGO Handbook on Organising in the Informal Economy

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Added by peter waterman on August 9, 2012 at 18:10 — No Comments

Preliminary Report on Global Labour Institute's 2012 Summer School, UK.

http://www.theyorker.co.uk/comment/blogs/summerblogs%20/12024

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A week as a rapporteur for the global trade union movement

July 26th, 2012

For a…

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Added by peter waterman on August 9, 2012 at 18:01 — No Comments

Class Struggle in the Philippines

Socialist Project - home

The   B u l l e t

Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 678

August 9, 2012…

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Added by peter waterman on August 9, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

(PLF) Solidarty With the Workers of Turkish Airline

Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Republic of Turkey

Mr. Faruk Çelik, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

Mr. Binali Yildirim, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications

Mr. Hamdi Topcu, Turkish Airlines, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Temel Kotil, Turkish Airlines

 

Dear Sirs:

 

On behalf of the Executive Board of Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) we fully…

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Added by Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian on August 9, 2012 at 3:46 — No Comments

The Big Society

Prisoners paid £3 a day to work at call centre that has fired other staff

Becoming Green, which took on prisoners for 'work experience', says dismissals 'part of normal call centre environment'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/aug/08/prisoners-call-centre-fired-staff

Added by Jemmy Hope on August 8, 2012 at 20:15 — No Comments

Direct Action, Spain

Members of the trade union, Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores, have gone into two supermarkets and leave with goods without paying, one being in Seville and the other in Cadiz. The food was destined to a social center that provides food for those who are in desperate situations. Trade unionists took goods of first necessity like olive oil, sugar, milk and vegetables that were later gave to an ONG to be distributed amongst those more needy. There was no reports of confrontation with the…

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Added by Jemmy Hope on August 8, 2012 at 20:05 — No Comments

Critique of Paul Mason's New Book, 'Why it's Kicking Off Everywhere'

http://links.org.au/node/2966

Paul Le Blanc: Occupy, insurgencies and human nature: Paul Mason and/or Karl Marx

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Added by peter waterman on August 8, 2012 at 15:14 — No Comments

Worker Control in Venezuela - Ewan Robertson

Peter sez:

This is the conclusion of a long and detailed piece on the movement for workers' control of enterprises in Venezuela. Bearing in mind the intensive experiments and debates about this subject internationally in the 1970s, this experience deserves close attention. Indeed, it would be good if some involved with past experiences and debates were to respond to this piece.

Now read on - and…

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Added by peter waterman on August 8, 2012 at 15:09 — No Comments

Greece: The New Syriza Party, Social Movements and Grassrots Unionism - Hilary Wainright

The   B u l l e t

Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 677

August 8, 2012

Socialist Project - home

Greece: Syriza Shines a Light

Hilary…

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Added by peter waterman on August 8, 2012 at 14:28 — No Comments

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Just a week left to enter our exclusive competition for your chance to win a free tank of petrol. Perfect if you're looking to gas guzzle your way to the coast before the summer ends - or get filled up for the return of the school run next month. Easy to enter. Click…

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Added by Unison Protect on August 8, 2012 at 13:26 — No Comments

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