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Review: Labor and the Class Idea in the U.S. and Canada

Steve Downs Labor Notes
The difference between these two systems of labor relations shows up in the different weight given to individual rights, such as freedom of speech, and collective rights, such as freedom of association.

The Zombie Guest Worker Bill

David Bacon Capital and Main (co-published by Fast Company)
“Over the last year,” Goldstein charges, “Rep. Goodlatte has made it his mission to create a massive new guest worker program of millions of captive workers who have even fewer labor rights than the current workers they would replace

Getting Back the American Dream

Roy J. Adams Portside
The American Dream, should be one of equality and inclusion, with fundamental rights of all Americans guaranteed. Unionization as a seamless aspect of democratic society; universal collective bargaining and full employment an essential policy goal.

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Protests in Iran Took Many by Surprise - But Not Iranian Labor Activists

Murtaza Hussain The Intercept
Working people in Iran have been dreaming of a better life for four decades, but today ordinary people often have to work two or three jobs simply to survive. Many people inside and outside Iran may be shocked by what is going on, but trade unionists have been warning for the past 10 years that there will be an uprising against the ruling class and their kleptocracy.

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American Workers Need Better Job Protections

Moshe Z. Marvit and Shaun Richman New York Times
Just cause — a legal right to your job — should be an essential part of any package of reforms to restore workplace dignity and fairness.

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Indonesia: Global tTade Unions and NGOs back PepsiCo-linked Palm Oil Workers

Nithin Coca Equal Times
The Indonesian union OPPUK (Organisasi Penguatan dan Pengembangan Usaha-Usaha Kerakyatan) representing palm oil workers indirectly employed by PepsiCo and the Teamsters in the United States representing about 200,000 PepsiCo workers in North America reaffirmed their solidarity in a shared fight for global labor and human rights.

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The Inter-American Development Bank’s ‘Investment Shock’ Will Not Benefit Central American Workers

Leo Baunach Equal Times
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the US Chamber of Commerce that are at the centre of plans for an “investment shock” to create jobs for would-be Central American migrants. In a region beset by violence against workers and a legacy of economic exploitation without development, concern is growing that the Bank is inadequately prepared to ensure inclusive economic growth and basic rights

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Egyptian Regime Responds to Economic Crisis by Repressing Workers

Pino Dragoni il Manifesto
In the past 11 months, 151 workers and trade unionists have been arrested in Egypt and at least 2,691 have been fired taking legal strike actions. Repression of conflicts in the workplace has increased dramatically within the last few months, together with the worsening economic crisis. Recent economic and monetary policies have caused a dramatic deterioration in the living conditions of workers and the middle classes.
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