Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about US Labor Against The War, a reform-coalition of hundreds of unions, central labor councils and state federations who are united in opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are organizing workers to put pressure on the government to demilitarize US foreign policy and the creation of new domestic priorities for government spending.
Well-read Red, Frann Michel, points out that there are a lot of things that won't get discussed in the presidential debates because both of the major candidates actually agree on them. After a litany of silent pacts, including Iran, campaign contributions, ignoring global warming, the millions of people in prison, she hones in on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Frann surveys the news coverage on the TPP's controversial provisions and the broad resistance to it..
Bill Resnick and Peter Rachleff discuss the NFL referee lockout and dispute over pensions vs. 401K. Peter explains the difference between pensions and 401K plans, the missed opportunity to speak out the working-class, connecting workplace with consumer-activism.
Bill Resnick discusses the NFL referee lockout. He considers their complaint over pensions, how unions promote high work standards, and why unions need to shed their bureacratic service-orientation for a rank-and-file solidarity-model.
Frann Michel, our Well Read Red, reads from the left press.
Laurie Mercier talks with Michael Zweig about building the labor movement back into a force against imperialist wars, particularly in light of Afganistan.