2013 Lac-Mégantic, Quebec Disaster

100 Car Train With a Crew of One?

Rail Workers Revolt Over Solo Crews

by Alexandra Bradbury
Reposted from Labor Notes

Railroaders are racing to put the brakes on a secret deal between their union officers and Warren Buffett’s railroad. It would allow huge freight trains to rumble through towns across the western U.S. with just an engineer onboard, no conductor. “There’s a real rank-and-file rebellion going on right now,” says Jen Wallis, a Seattle switchman-conductor for Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. “People who’ve never been involved in the union, never went to a union meeting, they are showing up Continue reading

Stop TPP

Jan 31st Protests to Block ‘NAFTA on Steroids’

by Benjamin Gerritz – Reposted from Labor Notes

San Francisco March Against TPP
Friday – Jan 31 90 7th st. San Francisco

Workers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will unite in an Inter-Continental Day of Action Friday to stop a massive new trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership—commonly referred to as “NAFTA on steroids.” In the U.S., the immediate fight is to block a bill that would grant the president “fast track” authority to sign off on the TPP. Defeating fast track would likely stop the TPP. Fast track is designed to swiftly pass trade deals, circumventing the standard Congressional Continue reading


Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is NAFTA on Steroids

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a Corporate Coup

Both Bush & Obama have kept negotiations secret – TPP is not about free trade

Edited by Jim Hightower and Phillip Frazer

Reposted from Hightower Lowdown

This thing is a supersized and nuclearized NAFTA, the 1994 trade scam rammed through Congress by Bill Clinton, Wall Street’s Robert Rubin, and the entire corporate establishment. They promised that the “glories of globalization” would shower prosperity across our land. They lied. Corporations got the gold. We got the shaft–thousands of factories closed, millions of middle-class jobs went south, and the economies of hundreds of towns and cities (including Detroit) were hollowed out. (Most Mexicans got the NAFTA shafta, too. US grain traders like ADM dumped corn into Mexico, wiping out millions of peasant farmers’ livelihoods, and thousands of local businesses were crushed when Walmart invaded with its Chinese-made wares.)

Twenty years later, the corporate gang that stuck us with NAFTA is back, hoping to fool us with an even more destructive multinational deal. This time we really must pay attention, because TPP is not just another trade Continue reading

In-bound Oil Tanker- SF

Summer Heat Richmond: 30 unions join 3,000 protesters at Chevron refinery – 210 arrested

by Brooke Anderson

Re-posted from Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

On Saturday, August 3rd, in one of the largest climate justice protests in recent history, thousands of people came together in a momentous West Coast mass action – Summer Heat Richmond – to stand with the people of Richmond, California (CA) who are on the frontlines of our common fight Continue reading

91,000 degrees

Summer Heat Richmond: 91,000 Damn Degrees

by oaklandsocialist   Posted on August 4, 2013

Re-posted from oaklandsocialist

I was at yesterday’s protest against climate change – the march in Richmond, CA to the Chevron refinery. I felt I had to do something, that I had to add my voice to others to protest what the Chevron’s of the world are doing. Since that march, I’ve seen lots of self-congratulatory comments. But let’s Continue reading