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How Immigration Reform Will Help All Workers

How Immigration Reform Will Help All Workers

Our ultimate goal should be to help Americans find good paying jobs. Abusing the guest worker program is hurting the millions of Americans who are currently looking for employment. Every year thousands of people legally enter the United States on temporary work visas.  They use the guest worker program as a way to get their foot in the door, and begin chasing their own version of the American Dream. Many people, like Senator Orin Hatch, want to see the guest worker program expanded to fill a hole in the US labor market and “meet the demands for workers in the … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela A Hero To All

Nelson Mandela A Hero To All

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Nelson Mandela With the extraordinarily sad news of the passing of Nelson Mandela, a man of unrivaled humility, virtues and compassion. I … Continue reading

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Activist Protest Walmart on Black Friday For Better Wages (Somersworth, NH)

Activist Protest Walmart on Black Friday For Better Wages (Somersworth, NH)

On Friday November 29th millions of Americans went out well before dawn to try to save a few dollars on that hot new toy.  The annual event now known as ‘Black Friday,’ is the biggest annual revenue draw for retailers.  However not everyone who was out on Black Friday was out to shop. Millions of low wage retail workers were forced to give up their holiday celebrations to go into work Thanksgiving night and work straight through the Black Friday madness. Walmart the nations largest private employer has been leading the race to the bottom by paying most of the … Continue reading

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Rebuilding America with excess money from the DOD

Editors Note: This is a part of the larger post on Hedrick Smith’s lecture to the NH AFL-CIO about his new book ‘Who Stole The American Dream’.  You can read the entire post here.  Rebuilding America with excess money from the DOD. Hedrick Smith talked about how we need to rebuild our infrastructure and get Americans back to work, how we need to focus on what is happening here, and stop spending all of our tax dollars fighting in other countries.  “Why are we building bridges in Kandahar, and not in Kansas?” Hedrick asked.  He explained that too much of … Continue reading

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Stakeholder Capitalism vs. Shareholder Capitalism; How Workers Lost Everything

Stakeholder Capitalism vs. Shareholder Capitalism; How Workers Lost Everything

Editors Note: This is a part of the larger post on Hedrick Smith’s lecture to the NH AFL-CIO about his new book ‘Who Stole The American Dream’.  You can read the entire post here.  Stakeholder Capitalism vs. Shareholder Capitalism There are two very different perspectives about how a business should be run.  On one hand there is the view – best described by Henry Ford – that a company is there to produce something, and pay people a wage high enough that they could become your customers.  This is commonly referred to as ‘Stakeholder Capitalism’. “There is one rule for … Continue reading

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‘Made In America’ Is The Focus Of The New Movie “AMERICAN MADE MOVIE”

'Made In America' Is The Focus Of The New Movie "AMERICAN MADE MOVIE"

There is no doubt that American manufacturing has suffered a significant decline in the last few decades.  This drop in our manufacturing base was a big factor leading to the current economic downturn. What caused this reduction in American manufacturing?  Most of it can be attributed to the offshoring of jobs.  Manufacturers are taking advantage of free trade agreements and low-wage workers in foreign countries.  Vulture capitalists on Wall Street helped push manufacturers to move overseas to increase their profits.  The effect of reducing our manufacturing base is becoming increasingly obvious. “So when you think about it, this loss in … Continue reading

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Claremont Workers: Six Years Without A Raise Or A Contract

Today State Rep and AFSCME member Andrew O’Hearne and Jim Durkin (AFSCME Representative) went on the WNTK morning show to talk about the new radio ad highlighting the situation of the workers in Claremont, NH.   Here is the AFSCME Council 93 ad that is running on WNTK. Here is the 12 minute interview on WNTK this on 8-22-13 Below is a letter sent to the NH Labor News detailing the struggles that public workers in Claremont are facing right now.   Thank You Linda for sending us this great local story.  Claremont Workers: Six Years Without A Raise Or … Continue reading

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AFSC Says Senate Immigration Bill Much Less Than Meets the Eye

Bill’s narrow path to citizenship still sustains human rights hardships CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) finds the Senate immigration bill passed today “offers much less than it should, and at great sacrifice to quality of life for all US residents.” The bill creates a narrow path to citizenship for some immigrants and makes modest progress on some worker rights issues, the Quaker organization said.  “But the dramatic expansion of current failed policies make it a far cry from the just and humane reforms that immigrant communities, faith, labor and advocacy groups have been calling for,” … Continue reading

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California Looks To Close A Loophole That Will Hit Corporations Where It Hurts, Their Profits

California Looks To Close A Loophole That Will Hit Corporations Where It Hurts, Their Profits

Millions of Americans are what are commonly referred to as the working poor.  These are workers who have jobs, yet do not make enough to get off government assistance programs.  Many corporations pay their employees the absolute minimum and refuse to even offer them healthcare leaving states to pick up … Continue reading

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Exeter School Board Attempt To Use Corporate Tactic To Rob Workers Of Their Pensions

This week the Exeter School Board met to discuss options for reducing the budget for next year.  One of the options the are pursuing is making the Para-professionals take an additional  30 minutes out of their workday. Being force to take an addition 30 minutes off a day may not seem like much, … Continue reading

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