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Tidbits - February 8, 2018 - Reader Comments: Nunes Memo; Puerto Rico; Union Membership; Medicare for All; Teaching Slavery; Antonio Gramsci; Trump's Military Parade - in song; Olympic Truce Actions; Scholarships for Young Activists; and more ....

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Reader Comments: Nunes Memo - Big Dud; Puerto Rico - many still without power; Union Membership Growth...Amidst Decline; Medicare for All - Canadian Readers Tell Their Story; Teaching Slavery; Antonio Gramsci; Trump's Military Parade - in song; Olympic Truce Actions; Cuba's Historic Literacy Campaign; The Puerto Rican Socialist Party; Scholarships for Young Activists; 50th Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre; and more....

Tidbits - February 1, 2018 - Reader Comments: Constitutional Crisis; Tax Cuts Don't Spur Growth; New Charges Against Lac-Mégantic Workers; 'Two-state Solution'; Young Workers and Unions; Football; Students' Right to Vote; Today in history - Start of the s

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Reader Comments: Constitutional Crisis - Trump vs. Truth; Tax Cuts Don't Spur Growth; Need to Drop All New Charges Against Lac-Mégantic Workers; Immigration - and Norwegians; Hugh Masekela; 'Two-state Solution'; Young Workers - Largest Union Gain; Football; Announcements: Jews in American Labor ; Bill Fletcher in Bay Area; Angela Davis, Patrisse Cullors in New York; Students' Right to Vote; Today in history - start of the sit-ins; and more....

Tidbits - January 25, 2018 - Reader Comments: Immigrants Have Always Come; Women's March in Pictures; #TimesUp; Organizing Working People Is Not a "Lost Cause"; Voices from Puerto Rico; Roseanne Show; Three Billboards; Marcus Raskin Memorial; and more....

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Reader Comments: Immigrants Have Always Come - And Not Always Been Welcomed; Women's March - Million Strong in Pictures; #TimesUp - Role of Celebrities in Our Struggle and Leftist Critique; Why Organizing Working People Is Not a "Lost Cause"; Taxing Puerto Rico to Death - Voices from Puerto Rico; What is Message of new Roseanne Show and Three Billboards; Memorial for Marcus Raskin; Resource: Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters; and more....

Tidbits - January 18, 2018 - Reader Comments: Nuclear Disarmament; Trump's Racism; Radical lessons of Martin Luther King; #TimesUp; Sports; Oprah; report from Austria; The '60s; War or Peace with North Korea? and more....

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Reader Comments: Nuclear Disarmament - Again on the Agenda; Trump's Racism - recalling Martin Niemöller's dire warning in Nazi Germany; Radical lessons of Martin Luther King; #TimesUp; Traditional Labor Organizing - sharp disagreement with Portside Labor post; Sports in Colleges; Oprah - more disagreement with Portside posts; Grim Times in Austria; Announcements: The '60s-Years that Changed America; Concert for Puerto Rico; War or Peace with North Korea? and more....

What #MeToo Can Teach the Labor Movement

Jane McAlevey In These Times
For the #MeToo moment to become a meaningful movement, it has to focus on actual gender equality. Lewd stories about this or that man's behavior might make compelling reading, but they sidetrack the real crisis... Until we effectively challenge the ideological underpinnings beneath social policies that hem women in at every turn in this country, we won't get at the root cause of the harassment.

Retail Jobs Don’t Need to Be Bad. Here’s Proof.

Eduardo Porter New York Times
Retail work does not have to pay poverty wages. New study compares work in Europe and the U.S. For all the power of market forces, from automation taking over routine tasks to globalization squeezing retailers’ margins, there is nothing inevitable about low-quality retail jobs. Social norms and political institutions can make them better, or worse.

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A Novelist Revisits a Deadly Textile Union Strike From 1929

Amy Rowland New York Times Sunday Book Review
A novel set in the context of the historic Gastonia strike of textile workers in 1929 and featuring labor songwriter and indigenous strike leader Ella May Wiggins, the book, based as it is on an actual struggle uniting black and white workers, speaks to contemporary concerns through a vivid portrayal of struggle against historical injustice.

Unions and the Gig-Economy: The Case of AirBnB

Steven Tufts Socialist Project
The so-called gig-economy is celebrated, maligned, fetishized, and qualified by analysts. Whether it is called the collaborative, platform, crowd-sourcing, or sharing-economy, the rise of peer-to-peer exchanges does raise important questions for workers. Do emerging ‘sharing-economy’ platforms such as Uber and Airbnb mark a significant shift in production and distribution systems? Are they emancipatory or exploitive?
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