Tag: Labor

Just kidding!

But not just kidding: the article linking to this page merely extends to their logical conclusion the arguments made against living wage standards.


Audio: Radio Debate on a Living Wage at University of Virginia

Tag: Labor

Listen to this mp3 recording of the Schilling Show. It's a right-wing show that provided a totally fair format for a civil debate. I argued for a living wage at UVA. David Marotta and the host Rob Schilling argued against. For more on the Living Wage campaign at UVA go here.


Audio: Wisconsin and Michigan Discussed by Coy Barefoot and David Swanson

Tag: Labor
Charlottesville-Right Now: David Swanson

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Dave Swanson joins Coy to discuss the latest on the outcry in Wisconsin over cuts to collective bargaining rights and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder seeking emergency powers.


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Charlottesville--Right Now: David Swanson joins Coy Barefoot

Tag: Labor

2.21.11 Best-selling author David Swanson joins Coy to discuss the labor unrest in Wisconsin. Be sure to check out his most recent book War is a Lie.

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Why Did the President Cross the Road?

Tag: Labor

By David Swanson

To kneel before the corporate throne of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And here's what he had to say there on Monday.

President Obama again stressed that he wanted to freeze non-war/military spending well into the next president's tenure:

"That's why I've proposed that we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. Understand what this means. This would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, and bring this spending -- domestic discretionary spending -- down to the lowest share of our economy since Eisenhower was president. That was a long time ago."


Conversion Is The Way

Tag: Labor, Peace and War

While economists have shown that investing our public dollars in the military hurts our economy, because investing in other industries would produce more jobs, the fact remains that millions of Americans who have jobs have them through the military and the privatized war machine. How do we keep those people at work while employing more people for the same investment, and while avoiding all the other negative consequences brought on by the war economy?


Jefferson's Eternal Sweatshop

Tag: Labor

I attended a rally at the University of Virginia Monday evening that was organized by students who would like UVA to pay its workers a living wage. The event was inspiring, but it could easily have been aggravating -- for the simple reason that 12 years ago I and a lot of other students held similar rallies to make the same demand.

Back then our demand was for a minimum of $8 per hour, and we displayed that $8 in orange and blue on buttons and stickers, on shirts and in store windows, and in the new policies of local businesses, school boards, and governments. We held rallies and concerts, gathered petitions, and made a heck of a lot of noise.


When Teachers Unions Back War Escalations

Tag: Labor, Peace and War

Special to the International Labor Communications Association

On July 12th I received an Email from the American Federation of Teachers with a soft pink headline and an image of a heart. It said: "Pink Hearts. Not Pink Slips." That sounded nice. The text continued:

"Now is the time to tell the Senate to put our children first. The House of Representatives approved an emergency spending bill that included $10 billion to save educator jobs and $5 billion for Pell Grants. It is now up to the Senate to do its part and approve the same level of assistance when it returns to Washington, D.C., this week."



Tag: Banking and Housing, Civil Rights, Culture and Society, Elections, Labor, Race Relations

By David Swanson

Much of this country believes that ACORN, the now defunct Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, supported prostitution, engaged in voter fraud, and caused the subprime lending crisis. Some people are aware that these lies have been more solidly disproven than Saddam Hussein's friendship with Al Qaeda. The Government Accountability Office has now joined a former Massachusetts attorney general, a federal court ruling, and the Congressional Research Service in finding no wrongdoing by ACORN. But I suspect that only a very tiny percentage of Americans has any idea what ACORN was or why we need it.


Dear Fiscal Conservative War Supporter

Tag: Labor, Peace and War

By David Swanson

Is it that you don't know what war costs, or that you don't know that it makes us less safe?

We've spent $268 billion on making war on Afghanistan, and using Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz' analysis of Iraq we need to multiply that by four or five to get a realistic cost including debt, veterans care, energy prices, and lost opportunities. Public investment in most other industries or in tax cuts produces more jobs than investment in military. In fact, military spending is economically, as well as morally, the worst thing Congress can do. And this is economically the worst time in many decades to be doing the worst thing you can do.

World Beyond War

War Is A Crime

Talk Nation Radio

There Is No Way To Peace

Peace is the way.

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