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Reader Comments: Jerusalem Embassy - Palestinian Reality; Public Worker Unions, Union Membership and Janus; Portside Culture stirs responses: Radical mysteries; food; Avengers; Tidbits Returns after six-week hiatus; Today in History: Brown v. Board of Education; Resources and more...


Unions Set to Oppose a Constitutional Convention

New York State's constitution mandates that every 20 years a referendum be held on whether to hold a constitutional convention. Some government reform groups are advocating a "yes" vote, but so too are right-wing groups that want to eliminate worker rights and social service protections. Unions are therefore urging a "no" vote this November, just as they did in 1997.


Organizing New York

Joshua Freeman Jacobin
As public worker union growth ran into the realities of an increasingly conservative national climate, effective advocates for labor, like Victor Gotbaum -- who passed away on April 5 --like many of his peers, proved unable to find a way to keep renewing union power.


Pension Bonds: State and Local Official Should Proceed with Caution

Aaron Kuriloff WSJ Money Beat
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants to make a decades-long bet that pension-fund returns will exceed current interest rates for taxable municipal bonds. “The use of pension bonds impugns an issuer more than a downgrade, because it shows they’re willing to saddle future generations with risk in order to make current budget discussions easier,” says Matt Fabian, a partner at Concord, MA-based research firm Municipal Market Analytics.

Police and Communities: It's Complicated

Roger Toussaint Portside
In New York, some of the very former governors and mayors who gave the police hell to get raises, insisted on underpaying them, leaving them without contracts for years on end are today, once again, claiming to be their best defenders and crusaders. Why is that?

Puerto Rico Unions Threaten Strike Against Austerity Budget

Yana Kunichoff In These Times
The unions have for years been telling the government, let’s address this, and offering an alternative plan. But workers’ attempts to have fruitful dialogue with the administration are not having any results.


BART Strike Illustrates Heated Debate Over Public-Sector Work Stoppages

Josh Richman San Jose Mercury News
"Union struggles reflect on all jobs," said Jane Smith, 30, a data scientist from San Francisco. "Unions won the struggle for a 40-hour workweek, and we are all benefiting from that still. Unions also fight for higher wages, which translate to higher wages for all Americans." The BART strike is a symptom of "the income and wealth inequality that is plaguing our nation," she said. "I can't believe that people are missing the point."
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