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Sept. 17, 2011: The Occupy Wall Street movement is launched with an anti-Wall Street march and demonstration that ended up as a 2-month encampment in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. The event led to protests and movements around the world, with their focus on economic inequality, corruption, greed and the influence on government of monied interests. Their slogan: “We are the 99%.”

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Today's Teamster News For September 17, 2014
Teamsters, PSI Sound Alarm For Public Workers About Trade Deals
Arbitration TLA Scheduled November 18-20
American Airlines, US Airways Passenger Service Agents Vote To Join Teamsters-CWA Association
Teamsters, Global Public Sector Trade Unions Warn Of Consequences Of Trade Policies
Teamster Bus Drivers To School Board: “We Cannot Promise Labor Peace”
Mobile Mini Workers in Kansas City Vote Unanimously to Join Teamsters Local 541
Report: TISA Endangers Public Service Jobs
Today's Teamster News For September 16, 2014
Hoffa: Trade Deals Set Their Sights On Public Workers
 
     
They're Called 'Scabs' for a Reason
Posted On: Oct 05, 2012

Oct. 5, 2012 | …When Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said, "Labor cannot, on my terms, surrender the right to strike," he acknowledged that working people have only one weapon at their disposal–i.e., withholding their labor. Workers can scream and argue all they like, but without the threat of withholding their labor, they have no leverage…Strikes are perfectly legal; they've been around for a couple of hundred years and are recognized all over the western world. But if hitting the bricks is tantamount to economic suicide, it practically gives businesses free rein, which, with the middle class melting away like the earth's glaciers, is the last thing we need. Striker replacement legislation would make a tremendous difference. It would unshackle the American worker. It would liberate him, energize, inspire him. Guaranteeing workers the right to return to their jobs would not only level the playing field, it would change the whole ballgame. Read labor columnist David Macaray here.


 
 
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