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Union Workers Sit-In at Shuttered Window Plant

Posted by randyshannon on December 7, 2008

Union Claims Bank Of America Cut Off Financing For Republic Windows And Doors

CHICAGO (AP) ― Workers who got three days’ notice their factory was shutting its doors voted to occupy the building and said Saturday they won’t go home without assurances they’ll get severance and vacation pay they say they are owed.

In the second day of a sit-in on the factory floor that began Friday, about 200 union workers occupied the building in shifts while union leaders outside criticized a Wall Street bailout they say is leaving laborers behind.

About 50 workers sat on pallets and chairs inside the Republic Windows and Doors plant. Leah Fried, an organizer with the United Electrical Workers, said the Chicago-based vinyl window manufacturer failed to give 60 days’ notice required by law before shutting down.

During the takeover, workers have been shoveling snow and cleaning the building, Fried said.

“We’re doing something we haven’t since the 1930s, so we’re trying to make it work,” Fried said.

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Oregon Labor Council and AFSCME Local Endorse HR 676 – Medicare for All

Posted by randyshannon on December 4, 2008

Oregon Labor Council and AFSCME Local Endorse HR 676

In Oregon, AFSCME Local 3214 and the Central Oregon Labor Council have
both endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by
Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).

The Central Oregon Labor Council is the 118th council to endorse HR 676.

AFSCME Local 3214 in Eugene, Oregon, represents Albertina Kerr Center
employees of Lane County.

In Bend, Oregon, the Labor Council represents 5,500 workers in the central
Oregon counties of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson.  Fernando Gapasin,
Labor Council President said after the vote:

“We support the single-payer initiative because we believe quality
healthcare is a human right not a privilege for the rich.  We also believe
that taking the cost of healthcare out of the collective bargaining
equation will help to improve the economic gains of unionized workers and
improve opportunities to expand unionization to unorganized sectors of
working people.  And, the campaign for single-payer healthcare will
provide practical opportunities for creating a national long term
coalition that continues to work for working class reforms.”

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“Change comes from the bottom up.” Barack Obama

Posted by randyshannon on December 1, 2008

We Are Responsible for BrRandy Shannon at Peace Rallyinging Change

by Randy Shannon

PA 4th CD Chapter, Progressive Democrats of America


While the media speculates on President-Elect Obama’s cabinet picks, much of the electorate that put him in office is anticipating decisive action from the government to address the nation’s woes. Progressive Democrats need to focus on how to help bring about the change that the Obama campaign promised. Progressive Democrats of America should adopt a program of concrete steps needed in the first hundred days of the Obama administration to lay the basis for an economic recovery.


Now is the time for mass petitions for single payer healthcare, employee free choice, a peaceful foreign policy, rebuilding the infrastructure, and full funding for college education. It’s important to correlate the tactics of mass action to the stance of the ruling political coalition. It is now time, not to call for mass protest, but mass petition of our newly elected government. Not criticism, but appeals.


500,000 people in Washington DC this coming spring break petitioning Congress for single payer healthcare, employee free choice, full funding for college education, and rebuilding, for example, the crumbling locks and dams on the Ohio River will get the nation moving in the right direction.


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Nobel Prize Economist Calls for ‘Medicare for All’ and 5 million New Jobs

Posted by randyshannon on December 1, 2008 Stiglitz quoted from the New York Times 11/30/08

 ‘There is an emerging consensus among economists that a big – very big – stimulus is needed, at least $600 billion to $1 trillion over two years. Mr. Obama’s announced goal of 2.5 million new jobs by 2011 is too modest. In the next two years, almost four million workers will enter the labor force – or would if there were jobs. Combined with the loss of employment this year, that means we should be striving to create more than five million jobs.’

‘…Americans are rightly afraid of losing their jobs, and with that, their health insurance and their homes. We need to provide health insurance to the unemployed and to the uninsured, and we need to do it quickly, possibly through an expanded and more efficient Medicare.’

Joseph E. Stiglitz, professor of economics at Columbia, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1995 to 1997, awarded the Nobel prize in economics in 2001 and author, with Linda J. Bilmes, of ‘The Three Trillion Dollar War.’
New York Times
November 30, 2008

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