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Corporate Anti-Union Strategy in America

Corporate Anti-Union Strategy in America
Labor Day 2014 in the U.S. has come and gone and it should be obvious to all but those with self-imposed historical myopia that American unions and workers are now well into a fourth decade of a strategic retreat. Retreat is not synonymous with defeat, of course. Resistance and fight-back continues to occur along several fronts—low wage workers’ attempts to unionize, immigrant workers’ protests, minimum wage fights, and scattered islands of ... Read more

Black Community Empowerment Leader Found Dead in DC

Black Community Empowerment Leader Found Dead in DC
A District of Columbia former treasurer, who was an economic empowerment and cultural leader working to fund and inspire cooperative and community development, was found dead on September 20th after being missing for a week. By Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo Originally published in Grassroots Economic Organizing Lasana Mack, 51, founder and executive director of APPEAL, Inc., was discovered on a trail in a Chillum, Md. park, outside of the District of ... Read more

Governments Can Push A Win-Win For Climate

Governments Can Push A Win-Win For Climate
The “win-win” character of climate action seems finally to be sinking in. At the UN summit, hundreds of political and business leaders from around the world outlined commitments that constitute practical steps toward enhancing their countries’ economic prospects, improving their citizens’ quality of life, and benefiting firms’ bottom lines. Of course, today’s carbon-intensive businesses may see far more risk than opportunity in climate ... Read more

The New Housing Crisis: Renters Are Being Ripped Off

The New Housing Crisis: Renters Are Being Ripped Off
Think of the people who inhabit the houses owned by these under-examined corporations. Mindy Culpepper lived on the outskirts of Atlanta in a home inundated with the stench of raw sewage. She had her husband paid $1,225 a month to live in the three-bedroom house even as their landlord, Colony American Homes, ignored their complaints. The Culpeppers have had to live with the stench from the first day they moved in and to date, they see zero ... Read more

Europe’s Austerity Zombies

Europe’s Austerity Zombies
Austerity has failed in Europe. But its defenders are willing to claim victory on the basis of the weakest possible evidence: the economy is no longer collapsing, so austerity must be working! But if that is the benchmark, we could say that jumping off a cliff is the best way to get down from a mountain; after all, the descent has been stopped. But every downturn comes to an end. Success should not be measured by the fact that recovery ... Read more

Unpacking the Myths of Financial Aid

Unpacking the Myths of Financial Aid
This is part of an ongoing series of printable pamphlets designed to explain how money flows through public research universities in general and the University of Michigan in particular.  By the Student Union of Michigan Originally published in StudentUnionofMichigan.Wordpress.com The pamphlets are intended to clarify arguments and push back against pervasive and seemingly “common sense” narratives about the crisis of public higher education ... Read more

5 Historic Examples of Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa) That Advanced The Black Community

5 Historic Examples of Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa) That Advanced The Black Community
Above: The Wedge Food Cooperative in Minnesota, from African Americans in the Twin Cities Coop Movement. “There exists today a chance for [Blacks] to organize a cooperative State within their own group.  By letting Negro farmers feed Negro artisans, and Negro technicians guide [Black] home industries and [Black] thinkers plan this integration of cooperation, while [Black] artists dramatize and beautify the struggle, economic independence can ... Read more

Our Harvest: Growing a New Type of Food Business

Our Harvest: Growing a New Type of Food Business
Part farm, part food hub, Our Harvest is the first union worker-owned food cooperative in North America — and it’s based here in Cincinnati’s College Hill neighborhood. The idea for an aggregated food distribution hub that pays workers livable wages was put into motion in 2010 by union organizer Ellen Vera after a friend told her about a European business model called Mondragon. “We recognized the need to do an aggregated distribution center ... Read more

Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash

Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash
Above: Carmen Segarra joined the New York Fed in late 2011 as part of a new wave of bank examiners. Seven months later, she was fired amid differences about her negative examination of Goldman Sachs. A supervisor told her, “I’m here to change the definition of what a good job is.” (Adam Lerner/AP for ProPublica). A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top ... Read more