WW 3-19-19 New Zealand Massacre & Labor Fighting Back and UC CWA UPTE Workers Strike

WorkWeek radio looks at the rise of fascists and racist terror in New Zealand with the massacre of 50 Muslims and the wounding of many others. We talk with New Zealand Unite unionist Joe Carolan who is a senior organizer for casino and security. He is also a member of Socialist Aotearoa group. He talks about the rise of racism, fascism and the role of Trump in inciting xenophobia and attacks on immigrants along with New Zealand government officials. He reports that the leader of the Greens was physically assaulted the day before the massacre.
Next we talk about the upcoming strike of CWA Union of Professional and Technical Employees UPTE and AFSCME 3299 at all UC campuses. We talk with UC UPTE members Kelsey Zorn and Lisa Milos who both work at UCSF.
Additional media:
Stand Up To Islamophobia
https://socialistaotearoa.org.nz/stand-up-to-islamophobia/
Stop Attacking Our Benefits! UCSF AFSCME 3299 Workers Strike UCSF
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-wGeBUaG04&t=11s
“Outsourced” UCSF Tech Workers & UPTE CWA Unionists Protest Outsourcing Of Public  Jobs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQOQiYd0fTo&t=3s
UC CNA Nurses & CWA UPTE UCSF Workers Join AFSCME 3299 Strike Action
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D85PlAcGrKY
“Stop The Destruction Of  Our UC Public Pensions”  Report By CWA UPTE  At UCSF
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9NxaYYVUIE&t=107s
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UNION TIME At Anchor Steam-ILWU Raises The Anchor In SF!

Hundreds of supporters of Anchor Brewing workers in San Francisco  had a beer in the brewery on  2/15/19 and raised the anchor at the event. The workers are fighting for recognition by Anchor Brewing which was bought by Sapphoro Beer in 2017. They are having problem surviving in San Francisco with the cost of living and are fighting for living wages and a union. They say they are only getting starvation wages. They also said they chose the ILWU because of it democratic structure and bottom up approach.

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https://splinternews.com/one-of-the-worlds-most-iconic-craft-breweries-is-unioni-1832439046?fbclid=IwAR0J-hdn1urqLk0egPDQrWbM34cC8l3FkmA38NBoDT1wkAT6pu8OPZCDlFk

San Francisco Is A Union Town! ILWU 6 VCA Workers Still Fighting For A Contract

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm_AA_tKDEw&t=95s

ILWU Local 6 SF VCA Workers Fight For A Union Contract & The Animals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2KYH5AUIjM&t=135s

http://news.vin.com/vinnews.aspx?articleId=49064

https://www.ilwu.org/animal-care-workers-form-union-and-join-ilwu/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPQwB0ufUnc

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Kamala Harris Faces Obstruction of Justice & Corruption Charges By SF Treasure Island Former Residents

California Senator Kamala Harris who is running for President of the United States was accused  on 3/14/19 with obstruction of justice and involved in a  corruption cover-up at the contaminated radioactive  SF Treasure Island site by two former residents Felita Sample and Andre Patterson. They were attending a press conference by nuclear health and safety whistleblowers who worked for Tetra Tech which was involved in the fasification of testing results in the $1 billion dollar Eco-fruad scandal.Sample and Patterson are both cancer survivors who say that their cancers were directly caused by the highly contaminated nuclear training site for the island.Kamala Harris who was formerly San Francisco District Attorney and California Attorney General before becoming a Senator was personally aware of the charges of falsification of testing at SF Treausre Island and also the Hunters Point shipyard. Two managers of Tetra Tech are presently in prison for engaging in falsification of testing of radioactive material by Tetra Tech. Senator Kamala Harris has remained completely silent about this massive $1 billion criminal fraud scandal despite being personally contacted by residents and whistleblowers.Additional media:SF Hunters Point/Treasure Island Radiation Whistleblower Speaks Out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htA8lqYc96Q

SF Treasure Island CHARADE, Criminal Cover-up & Fraud  By US Navy & Cover-up By Pelosi/Feinstein

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRLCDIFjl7I&t=318s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdO8QHT7ptY

https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww2-20-18-osha-whistleblowers-and-hunters-point-shipyard-cover-up

https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww4-11-18-peer-jeff-ruch-on-the-1-billion-hunters-point-shipyard-test-falsifications

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Nearly-Half-of-Hunters-Point-Shipyard-Radiation-Cleanup-in-Question-Contractor-Possibly-Faked-Data-471799074.html

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-shipyard-soil-samples-manipulated-or-12529511.php

https://youtu.be/2GGHz9duZz8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_YVou0kmQI&feature=youtu.be

https://youtu.be/-EbkG4aQM1w

http://sfbayview.com/2017/06/whistleblowers-who-worked-at-hunters-point-naval-shipyard-superfund-site-join-together-to-warn-the-public-about-radioactive-coverup/

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Former-Contractors-Claim-Hunters-Point-Cleanup-is-Botched-259871511.html

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/OSHA-Whistleblower-Investigator-Blows-Whistle-on-Own-Agency–293711041.html

https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww2-17-15-osha-whistleblower-from-testamerica-michael-madry-interviewed

https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww-2-24-15-osha-whistleblowers-and-corruption-with-whitman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzfFB6wiQVo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ3zii0T3z4

https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww2-17-15-osha-whistleblower-from-testamerica-michael-madry-interviewed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQiB7bGHFas

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/OSHA-Whistleblower-Investigator-Blows-Whistle-on-Own-Agency–293711041.html

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SF Treasure Island Radiation Whistleblowers Expose Deadly Cover-up By Tetra Tech & Government: A $1 Billion Dollar Eco-Fraud

At a press conference at San Francisco Treasure Island on March 14, 2019, Tetra Tech health and safety experts and Health Physicist Treasure Island Safety Officer talked about the systemic violation of health and safety standards and protection for the workers, residents and the public.
They reported that Tetra Tech management was involved in criminal violations of testing including massive falsfication and that this was covered up by the US and California government. They also said that they had contacted Cal-OSHA but they had not responded to blatant violations of health and safety conditions and illegal retaliations against whistleblowers.
Speakers included Tetra Tech workers  Bert Bowers, Archie Jackson and Guy Taibi who is a health physicist and Treasure Island Safety Officer. Taibi also worked for the State Of California and reported that there was fllagrant violation of carrrying out their responsiblity to protect the people of California and that this was the policy of top state officials. He reported that the Federal government provides millions of dollars to the state of California to carry out oversight and investigations but these officials refuse to use these funds to carry out this work. He also reported that there is significant nuclear material still on Treasure Island owned by the Navy that means that there was an improper transfer of the property to San Francisco for development.
He said that the continued development of Treasure Island is a threat to the health and safety of the public.
SF Hunters Point/Treasure Island Radiation Whistleblower Speaks Out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htA8lqYc96Q
SF Treasure Island CHARADE, Criminal Cover-up & Fraud  By US Navy & Cover-up By Pelosi/Feinstein
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRLCDIFjl7I&t=318s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdO8QHT7ptY
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww2-20-18-osha-whistleblowers-and-hunters-point-shipyard-cover-up
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww4-11-18-peer-jeff-ruch-on-the-1-billion-hunters-point-shipyard-test-falsifications
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Nearly-Half-of-Hunters-Point-Shipyard-Radiation-Cleanup-in-Question-Contractor-Possibly-Faked-Data-471799074.html
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-shipyard-soil-samples-manipulated-or-12529511.php
https://youtu.be/2GGHz9duZz8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_YVou0kmQI&feature=youtu.be
https://youtu.be/-EbkG4aQM1w
http://sfbayview.com/2017/06/whistleblowers-who-worked-at-hunters-point-naval-shipyard-superfund-site-join-together-to-warn-the-public-about-radioactive-coverup/
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Former-Contractors-Claim-Hunters-Point-Cleanup-is-Botched-259871511.html
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/OSHA-Whistleblower-Investigator-Blows-Whistle-on-Own-Agency–293711041.html
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww2-17-15-osha-whistleblower-from-testamerica-michael-madry-interviewed
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww-2-24-15-osha-whistleblowers-and-corruption-with-whitman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzfFB6wiQVo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ3zii0T3z4
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww2-17-15-osha-whistleblower-from-testamerica-michael-madry-interviewed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQiB7bGHFas
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/OSHA-Whistleblower-Investigator-Blows-Whistle-on-Own-Agency–293711041.html
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SF TWU 250a President On The Attacks On Transit Workers and The Union

San Francisco TWU  250a which represents 1900 transit workers in San Francisco. Roger Marenco, the president discusses issues facing him and his members and also the recent action to suspend him from his position by opponents in the TWU 250a executive board.
Additional media:
http://www.sfexaminer.com/internal-dispute-prompts-suspension-muni-union-president-just-contract-talks-begin/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgYs78zQ2yXYu1v4d0NuBRg
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Hayward Teachers Media Strike Team “The Truth”

When Hayward teachers struck in April 2007, a group of teachers decided to launch a daily video strike bulletin. This is the first time that teachers on the job have decided to break the information blockade and broadcast their own stories. You can see video bulletins by going tWhen Hayward teachers struck in April 2007, a group of teachers decided to launch a daily video strike bulletin. This is the first time that teachers on the job have decided to break the information blockade and broadcast their own stories. You can see their show Channel 1684 “The Truth” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnGBp…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMnZL…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqRSE…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6FAy…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms4Uh… Production of Labor Video Project www.laborvideo.org

South Africa Suffers Capitalist Crisis Déjà Vu

A year ago, the majority of South Africans stared into the abyss. They faced either a continuation of corrupt misrule by a stereotypical kleptocrat—Jacob Zuma—whose anti-imperialist rhetoric failed to disguise worsening austerity, or a potentially dramatic change of political direction toward liberal capitalism.1 Next door in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe had just been pushed out in a wildly popular palace coup that at least superficially shared South Africa’s ideological overtones, given that his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, also courts big business while maintaining a liberal veneer.2 The choice was obvious at least for South Africa’s urban citizenry, a large subset of which had campaigned against Zuma and his increasingly notorious cronies in the 2017 “Zuma Must Go!” movement. Finally, in late December 2017, 52 percent of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) delegates voted for the party’s next president, narrowly electing business tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa over former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma’s loyal ex-wife.

Ramaphosa, who, according to Forbes, was worth more than $450 million in 2015, grew rich through ownership of McDonald’s and Coke franchises, as well as banking and extensive coal and platinum mining interests. But as the major local investor in Lonmin—the British producer of platinum metals operating in South Africa’s Bushveld Complex—in August 2012, he e-mailed the police and mining ministers to describe a wildcat strike at the Marikana platinum mine as “dastardly criminal” and requiring “concomitant action.” The next day, police massacred thirty-four workers in what became known as the Marikana massacre. Ramaphosa only apologized for his e-mail in 2016, and in early 2018 admitted the need for “atonement” for Marikana. The $1,000/month minimum wage demanded by the Lonmin rock-drill operators in the mines was never won, in part because the platinum price soon plummeted. Lonmin lost 99.3 percent of its share value in 2015 as the commodity supercycle collapsed and, facing bankruptcy in 2017, agreed to a friendly takeover by a firm (Sibanye) prepared to fire 40 percent of its workforce as soon as the takeover is completed this year.3

Prior to this incident, Ramaphosa had epitomized the ANC liberation movement’s venerated old guard, having led the mineworkers’ union in the 1980s, served as the ANC’s secretary general (chief operations officer), and chaired the drafting team for the country’s first democratic constitution in 1996. The focus on constitutionalism had prevented Ramaphosa from winning the power struggle within the ANC to become Nelson Mandela’s heir apparent. Nevertheless, during the fifteen years that Thabo Mbeki edged him out of politics, his business career boomed. There were, however, snags along the way, including two embarrassing bankruptcies in the late 1990s, at a time when all South Africa’s black business elites learned the limits of borrowing money at expensive rates in order to buy into white companies that were suffering share-price overvaluation.4

But soon enough, Ramaphosa evolved into the ideal Johannesburg branch-plant comprador partner to multinational corporations, aiding both Lonmin in brazen Illicit Financial Flow (IFF) profit transfers to Bermuda, and MTN—the largest African cellphone firm, which he chaired—in its prolific profit outflows to Mauritius. He also featured as a tax-haven abuser, via his main holding company, Shanduka coal, in the Paradise Papers leak in late 2017.5 Yet, as a nationalist politician, Ramaphosa retained sufficiently strong organizational skills to advance within the ANC. In the immediate wake of the Marikana massacre, incongruously, he was chosen as Zuma’s deputy party president. He became the state deputy president during Zuma’s second term in power, from 2014 to 2018.

Source and continue reading: https://monthlyreview.org/2019/01/01/south-africa-suffers-capitalist-crisis-deja-vu

Picture: Student protesters in South Africa. Photo credit: “Landmark case to have major repercussions for protests in South Africa,” Business Tech, January 25, 2018.

REGIONS MULTIMEDIA SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGNS ABOUT Skip to content Peoples Dispatch REGIONS MULTIMEDIA SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGNS ABOUT India’s urban and rural working class to embark on two day nationwide strike in January

The shutdown in rural India coinciding with the trade union’s strike will unite the farmers and workers to challenge the pro-corporate and anti-people rule of far right BJP government.

More than 2 lakh farmers, workers and agricultural labourers marched on September 05, 2018 to the Indian parliament demanding an end to the anti-worker and anti-farmer policies of the government headed by far right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photos: V Arun Kumar / Peoples Dispatch)


Building a massive resistance against the neoliberal policies of the Indian government, farmers’ organizations have given a call for a nationwide strike coinciding with the two-day general strike by trade unions. In September this year, 10 central trade unions and independent federations gave a call for a nationwide strike on January 8 and 9, 2018.

On Tuesday, December 18, Communist Party of India (Marxist)-affiliated farmers’ union, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) gave a call for a two-day Gramin Bharat Bandh (Rural India Shutdown) on January 8 and 9, 2019. Ashok Dhawale, president of AIKS speaking with Peoples Dispatch said, “The bandh in rural India, along with the trade union strike would unite the farmers and workers to challenge the pro-corporate and anti-people regime of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”

The call is supported by the Bhumi Adhikar Sabha, a platform of various people’s organizations demanding land for poor farmers for agricultural purposes.

Farm loan waiver and land allotment to poor farmers are the two major demands put forward by the AIKS.  Dhawale noted that the bandh will also be against the increasing religious polarization tactics employed by the far right-wing government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Corruption, communalism [religious polarization], and corporatization, which marks the policies of BJP rule will be resisted by the people of this country. We have seen how the BJP lost in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan, as farmers and workers united for their rights,” Dhawale said emphasizing that people’s movements will be strengthened in the coming days.

Agrarian crisis

India is currently witnessing an agrarian and economic crisis, marked by continuous erosion of farmers and workers’ rights. More than 50 percent of the population, which includes farmers and agricultural laborers from the country’s agricultural sector, has been affected but little support has been provided by the government. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), nearly 48,104 farmers and farm laborers committed suicide between 2013 and 2016. And the crisis is exacerbated by government policies supporting the corporatization of agriculture and forceful land acquisition by private companies.

Renowned journalist P Sainath, in an article noted that “India’s agrarian crisis has gone beyond the agrarian. It’s a crisis of society. May be even a civilizational crisis, with perhaps the largest body of small farmers and laborers on Earth fighting to save their livelihoods.”

In the past one year, the country witnessed three major farmers mobilizations, in August, October and in November. In these movements, more than half a million farmers protested in the Indian capital calling for an end to the neoliberal and anti-farmers’ policies of the government.

“While the government is refusing to provide loan waivers to poor farmers, rich corporate loans are being waived off. This government is of the corporates and what we want is a people’s government,” Dhawale noted.

The recent farmers’ march on November 29 and 30 demanded a special session of the Parliament to be held to discuss the agrarian crisis, and the National Commission on Farmers’ 2006 report. The report had recommended crop acquisition by the state at a minimum support price (MSP) which is 50 percent above the full cost of production and redistribution of ceiling-surplus land to the landless.

Trade unions’ call for total strike

Since the Hindu conservative BJP government came to power in 2014, there had been attempts to dilute the labor laws under the banner of ‘ease of doing business.’ Trade unions have warned that the continuous trampling of workers’ rights will be met with severe resistance. In November 2017, more than 3,00,000 workers from various trade unions (except Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), trade union close to the ruling government) organized a Mahapadav demanding the government to end the assault on working-class rights and its neoliberal policies.

Announcing the nationwide general strike call, the workers’ convention held on November 28, 2018, put forward a 12-point charter of demands, which included strict enforcement of all basic labor laws and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws, universal social security cover for all workers, minimum wage of not less than Rs. 18,000/- per month with provisions of indexation, stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs and strategic sale, ending contractualization in permanent perennial work, equal pay for equal work, urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalization of public distribution system and containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation.

Tech Workers Unite & Fight! Lanetix CWA Workers Fight Union Busting In SF

Dozens of tech workers rallied in San Francisco on 3/2/18 to protest the illegal firing of 14 Lanetix software engineers who had joined the CWA and were seeking unionization and a contract. The workers rally took place at the the office of Lanetix in San Francisco and participants talked the about issues facing tech workers and why they need a union to defend their rights. They also talked about the support for striking West Virginia teachers.

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http://www.newsguild.org/mediaguild3/… HTTPS://WWW.JACOBINMAG.COM/2018/04/LANETIX-TECH-WORKERS-UNIONIZATION-CAMPAIGN-FIRING https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl…

http://www.sfweekly.com/news/s-f-tech…

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/…

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Murder & Strikebreaking At Bay Point Henkel Aerospace: CEO Hans Van Bylen’s War On Workers

Eighty four Henkel Aerospace IAM 1584 workers went on strike on October 16, 2017 at Henkel’s Bay Point plant in California to protect their health and safety conditions at the plant that manufactures adhesives for Boeing and other airline companies. The company has prevented proper health and safety conditions which directly led to the death in 2013 of a temporary worker 26-year-old David Eleidjian who was also an ex-Marine. After only a month on the job he was working alone and pulled into a mixing machine. The company was fined $200,00 by OSHA for these serious violations that led to Eleidjian’s death but was not prosecuted by the District Attorney for murder. They have also continued the same deadly work practices in the factory that has led to serious burns and other injuries in the dangerous process of producing these adhesives. These dangerous working conditions were also an important reason that workers went to the IAM to protect their rights and prevent further injuries and deaths on the job. They have also retaliated and discriminated against union leaders and members at the plant in an effort to get the union out of the plant. The company has also brought in a national union replacement/strike breaking company Strom Engineering with scab workers. This company also trained and brought in 3,000 mechanics to break the strike of the Northwest Airline mechanics who were also members of the IAM. Henkel is now spending millions of dollars on these strikebreakers and temporary workers at Bay Point to destroy the union at the plant. The chairman of the management board of Henkel, Hans Van Bylen made $6,976,661.01last year 2016 in salary and compensation. The company which is based in Düsseldorf Germany also has a unionized cosmetic plant in Berkeley, California that has provided scab supervisors and is also the owner of Dial soap. They have unionized plants throughout Europe and say that they are in a partnership with labor. Henkel also is the owner of the product Dial soap which is very profitable for them in the United States.

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https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio…

http://www.mercurynews.com/2013/09/11…

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/10/3…

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http://www.mercurynews.com/2013/09/11…

http://contracostaherald.com/10311702…

http://www.industriall-union.org/henk…

http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/37…

http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsd…

https://www.propublica.org/podcast/ne…

http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2017/…

https://www.inverse.com/article/5962-…

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