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The September 22 protests in Sports Opened the Floodgates for Class Struggle Politics

The September 22 protests in Sports Opened the Floodgates for Class Struggle Politics
Last year, towards the end of August, Colin Kaepernick drew national attention for choosing to sit during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality. It was around this time, in response to the vicious criticism of bourgeois journalists and pundits, Kaepernick and Eric Reid chose to kneel at every game for the entire football season. In response, Kaepernick was... Read More

More drivel from the carpenters union leadership

More drivel from the carpenters union leadership
Originally published on The Oakland Socialist July 2, 2017 Article and captions written by John Reimann Just got the newest rag of the Northern California Council of Carpenters (the word “Union” is mysteriously absent). Some more thinking from those brilliant minds. On page 3 is the usual drivel from the Council executive secretary, Bobby Alvarado. It’s titled “Mastering new technology... Read More

Fascism or Revolution?

Fascism or Revolution?
As the aftershock of the election of Trump continues to sink in; the forces of the right continue to advance their agenda through the advisers who Trump draws upon to fill his cabinet and staff.  Kris Korbach, a member of Trump’s transition team has recently indicated that the new administration would reinstate a national registry for immigrants from Muslim countries... Read More

Political Shifts and the Unions: Labor Day, 2016

Political Shifts and the Unions: Labor Day, 2016
The Oakland Socialist digs into some of the issues facing workers this Labor Day and how to solve them.   “Labor Day” is traditionally the official opening of US election campaigns. In this presidential election year, it is useful to compare the state of affairs of the two main parties of big business – the Republicans and the Democrats – with... Read More

1999 Carpenters SF Bay Area Wildcat Strike & Follow-up Conference

1999 Carpenters SF Bay Area Wildcat Strike & Follow-up Conference
A short video by John Reimann on the 1999 Wildcat Strike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . {Note, video may not come up for Mozilla users, please try a different browser] This isn’t just an amazing little bit of carpenters history, its evidence that we as working carpenters can organize in... Read More

The Principles of Worker Organizations

The Principles of Worker Organizations
Below is a finalized form of ten principles that I believe will produce solid worker organizations to advance the interest of workers.   Independence: Unions, workers organizations must be independent from employers in the private and public sector, in the economy and politics, and they must declare their independence from the capitalist political parties. The class interests of the workers... Read More

P.L.A.s and unions: The good, the bad and the ugly.

P.L.A.s and unions: The good, the bad and the ugly.
10% of Carpenter Local 30’s work seems to be PLAs (14 jobs). 27% of all of the Seattle jobs are PLAs. I don’t ever remember this much work being PLAs in the area. This trend grew exponentially in New York City to much dissatisfaction, along with a trend of decline in unionization. If the PLAs simply augmented the traditional non... Read More

A Draft Platform for Trade Unionists

A Draft Platform for Trade Unionists
We need a platform and a program Below is a draft for a universal trade union platform put together with language borrowed from the platform of the new South African trade union federation Nactu. Please discuss if something should be added, comments, questions, criticism, approval or disapproval. -Art Francisco 1. Independence: Unions must be independent from employers (in the private... Read More

The President of the Building and Construction Trades, Gary Lebarbera Agitates: the good and the bad

The President of the Building and Construction Trades, Gary Lebarbera Agitates: the good and the bad
Gary LaBarbera Criticizes de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan from Marc Bussanich on Vimeo. First, Gary Lebarbera’s agitation in this video is pretty good. This is only a tiny taste of what is to come when we have militant trade union leaders to fight for the day to day problems of workers. Its good that Gary denounced the Mayor for his... Read More