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The 99 Percent Organize Themselves

"Occupy Wall Street" is inspiring a broad movement for the interests of the "99 percent" against domination of our country and the world by corporate greed.  That movement is challenging the sacrifice of the common interests of ordinary people -- the "99 percent" --...

Petition Against Keystone XL and Tar Sands Pipeline

[The following petition, initiated by Tar Sands Action, calls on the labor movement to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline.] Dear sisters and brothers: Recently we signed this on-line petition "Labor Movement Against the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline"  and we would like...

Climate Change: A Dagger Pointed at Your Job?

[Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith] Climate change has arrived in America. What will it mean for your job? Climate change affecting my job? Many people have never even considered the possibility. They have been misled by false assurances like the testimony of Douglas...

The Keystone Pipeline: Too Dirty for George W. Bush?

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher] The Keystone XL pipeline, recently approved by the US State Department and awaiting President Obama's declaration that it is in the "national interest," will carry oil that is too dirty for the US government to buy -- under...

American Labor: A Sustainable Path

By Joe Uehlein This Labor Day, as union membership falls to a mere seven percent of private sector workers and bargaining and political clout shrink to match, two roads diverge for American labor.  One is to attempt to find a niche within an economic-political system...

Pipeline Climate Disaster: The Keystone XL Pipeline and Labor

[by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith] More than two million American construction workers -- nearly one in five -- are currently unemployed. Factories that produce building materials are operating at only half their capacity. So when a private company proposes a...

Are Progressives in Denial About Climate Change?

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher] If you listen to right wing commentators, you might think American progressives are leading the charge to protect our planet from climate change. Would that it were so! All around the country, progressives are fighting to make our...