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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

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- Ben Franklin

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Why the Revival of US Labor Might Start with Nonunion Workers

Why is it the number one reform, the repeal of "At-will Employment," that could bring organized and unorganized workers together is never mentioned in articles like this:

I believe the reason is because The Century Foundation is doing the thinking for the AFL-CIO.

The Century Foundation is funded by a bunch of billionaire "philanthropists" whose fortunes are made by exploiting workers, and the "fellows" are more interested in big salaries for themselves than the plight of working people.

How else can one explain why the need to repeal "At-Will Employment" never comes up? Not from the unions; not from the Democratic Party; and not from the liberals, progressives and leftists who continue to support Obama and the Democrats instead of breaking free from this two-party trap.

Working America is an organization born in the thoughts of Century Foundation "fellows." Should we expect this organization to push a working class struggle point of view and agenda? No; class collaboration serves Wall Street's interests: maximum profits.

Working America never brings forward the job killing aspect of these imperialist wars.

Working America doesn't push Full Employment as being a governmental responsibility.

Working America doesn't support the enforcement of Affirmative Action.

Working America pushes to keep the Minimum Wage a poverty wage instead of linking the Minimum Wage to all cost of living factors--- the only fair way to establish a Minimum Wage.

I find it noteworthy the head of Working America walks very effectively between government and organized labor and is now pushing to keep workers trapped in the Democratic Party--- just like Amy Dean who wrote this article in the foundation-funded YES! magazine.

I would also note that workers employed in the Working America call-centers employed to raise funds instead of mobilizing people are treated like shit... what does this tell us about what kind of unions Working America wants to organize the unorganized into?

Workers seeking to organize would be further ahead organizing independently of the AFL-CIO and Change To Win affiliated unions... and they would be more successful.