BY MARK VORPAHL Between sequestration, with its damaging impact on workers and the economy, and the billions of dollars in cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other necessary social programs that President Obama is pushing, it is evident that the economic policies of both major parties are not intended to promote a recovery for working people. You cannot lift up a nation’s economy while slashing away at its consumers’ pocketbooks. [...]
Walmart pays the lowest wages, forces employees to work irregular schedules, and intimidates and retaliates against workers who fight back. So on 23 November 2012, workers held a one day strike. Strikers celebrated with music, dancing and food. The Bay Area community mobilized to support the workers and tell Walmart that everyone deserves respect.
Corporations are killing public education right before your eyes. The Regents of the University of California are not elected, but appointed. Most are heads of major corporations and represent the interests of those corporations, not of the students or of the state of California. While claiming that the university has no money, Regents waste untold millions on pet construction projects that only line the pockets of their corporate cronies. On [...]
Right now, postal workers in Washington D.C. are having a hunger strike. Why? Because corporations are bribing politicians to shut down the post office and privatize the system, destroying the second largest employer in the United States. Occupy joined with unions, ANSWER Coalition, the Gray Panthers and many others to march to a local post office in a poor part of town, take it over and hold a rally inside. [...]
Happy May Day! Inside San Francisco’s Westfield Mall, SEIU Local 87 and Macy’s workers staged a demonstration and banner drop as picketers marched outside. We were there to record the events.
On 24 April 2012, Occupy SF joined with a broad coalition of clergy and labor groups to cut short the Wells Fargo Bank annual shareholders meeting. While Wells executives illegally barred many shareholders from the meeting, several protesters made their way into the building’s lobby and helped block the way to the meeting. I interviewed one labor leader who was there.