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Financing the New Economy

Abby Scher Dollars and Sense
We have working examples of the kinds of cooperative banking and financial institutions we need in order to scale up our vision of a New Economy beyond corporate control: from cooperative banks to credit unions, to federal loans and the community’s own investment. By enriching this sector, we can nurture the power of workers over capital, an age-old struggle that the most recent financial crisis makes only more urgent. But there are real constraints.

Teachers Unions Face Moment of Truth

Stephanie Simon Politico
Teachers unions are facing tumultuous times, grappling with financial, legal and public-relations challenges as they fight to retain their clout and build alliances, and deal with declines in membership.

Republic Windows ex-CEO gets 4 years in prison

Steve Schmadeke Chicago Tribune
Five years ago the workers at Republic Windows sat-in to demand the boss pay them their vacation and severance pay. Today, the former owner of Republic Windows was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing the workers money. Since then, the workers, members of the United Electrical Workers Union, have formed a workers owned co-op, New Era Windows.

Celebrating the Life and Work of Nelson Mandela

Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) COSATU
Statement by COSATU - The Congress of South African Trade Unions on the death today of Nelson Mandela - "the greatest ever South African and most inspirational leader in our struggle for liberty and democracy, our beloved Comrade, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela."

More College Adjuncts See Strength in Union Numbers

TAMAR LEWIN The New York Times
Many college adjuncts are going to the Service Employees International Union for help in organizing a union. Because of low wages and abysmal working conditions adjuncts feel they have on other choice.

In Largest-ever U.S. City Bankruptcy, Cuts Coming for Detroit Creditors, Retirees

BY JOSEPH LICHTERMAN AND BERNIE WOODALL Reuters
Harold Schaitberger, general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters based in Washington, said, "Going forward, this is as much about politics and the priorities of public officials as it is about bankruptcy and the court." Schaitberger said that elected officials in the United States are expected to continue to "push for austerity no matter the cost to the lives of workers and public safety."

Wal-Mart Arrests - "A New Political Movement"

Josh Eidelson Salon
Wal-Mart arrests could fuel "A New Political Movement of the Disenfranchised," Florida Congressman Alan Grayson tells Salon. The Congressman questions Obama's praise for Wal-Mart: "What has Wal-Mart given the president in return?"

The Changing American Family

Natalie Angier New York Times
Researchers who study the structure and evolution of the American family express astonishment at how rapidly the family has changed in recent years. Fewer women are becoming mothers, and those who do are having fewer children. Families are becoming more socially egalitarian but, as economic disparities widen, the marital class divide has sharpened. Fewer women are becoming mothers and one big reason is the soaring cost of raising children.

AFSCME 3299 Strikes in Response to UC’s Unfair Labor Practices -

Pragya Parmita The Bottom Line
University of California campuses and medical centers were hit with a one day strike on Wednesday,November 20 by AFSCME Local 3299 which represents 22,000 Service and Patient Care Technical Workers. Local 3299 says the central issue is safe staffing.