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Reaching the End of the PATCO Era?

Forty years after Ronald Reagan made union-busting a national norm, labor has a shot at rebuilding worker power.


This week marks the 40th anniversary of the air traffic controllers’ strike that President Ronald Reagan broke decisively when he fired those federal employees who refused to heed his back-to-work ultimatum and end their illegal walkout.

Reagan’s crushing of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) was a turning point in labor relations, inspiring corporate America to fight unions harder than at any time since the 1930s. Within a year of the PATCO debacle, a number of major corporations provoked walkouts by their own workers, which the corporations then used as a pretext to fire them and bust their unions. By the late 1980s, unions had all but abandoned the strike and thereby lost a key component of worker power. Today, 40 years after the PATCO strike, only 6.3 percent of private sector workers are unionized, roughly one-third of the figure in 1981. As unions declined, inequality has grown more extreme.

American unionists have often seen their struggle in biblical terms, and measuring suffering in 40-year increments recalls the ancient Israelites, who wandered the desert for that span in search of their promised land. “Labor, like Israel, has many sorrows,” observed the preeminent union leader of the Depression era, John L. Lewis.

Lewis made that remark after the 1937 Little Steel Strike was crushed by brutal violence. Police fired into the backs of peaceful picketers in South Chicago on Memorial Day 1937, killing ten, wounding dozens. Twenty days later, a hail of deputies’ bullets killed two and wounded 50 more in Youngstown, Ohio.


Ezra Klein: I've been listening to @annielowrey think (and rage) about this topic


( Good article, please pass on if you agree. )

A $5 Million Fine for Classroom Discussions on Race? In Tennessee, This Is the New Reality

( Horrifying )

By Eesha Pendharkar — August 03, 2021 5 min read

Tennessee aims to levy fines starting at $1 million and rising to $5 million on school districts each time one of their teachers is found to have “knowingly violated” state restrictions on classroom discussions about systemic racism, white privilege, and sexism, according to guidance proposed by the state’s department of education late last week.

Teachers could also be disciplined or lose their licenses for teaching that the United States is inherently racist or sexist or making a student feel “guilt or anguish” because of past actions committed by their race or sex.

The guidance received immediate backlash from advocates of students of color in the state who say it would have a disproportionate impact on already underfunded, majority Black and Latino school districts.


Larry Summers Holds Positions With Numerous Financial Bottom-Feeders

The online, often predatory lending companies benefit from lower-income Americans needing emergency cash. That aligns with Summers’s concern trolling about an ‘overheated’ economy.


Larry Summers has spent the Biden presidency in a state of perpetual concern. He is convinced that the trillions in pandemic relief, with perhaps more fiscal spending on infrastructure to come, will overheat the economy, leaving policymakers unable to contain runaway inflation without triggering a deep recession. In March, the former Treasury secretary described the state of affairs as “​​the least responsible macroeconomic policy we’ve had in the last 40 years.”

Most economists and experts have signaled reassurance that the recent run-up in inflation, like the 0.9 percent increase in consumer prices seen by the Department of Labor in June, is transitory, buoyed by used-car prices, supply chain problems, and reverberation off of lockdown lows. In fact, core inflation growth has already started to slow down, suggesting that the experts were right, and Summers’s concerns were overblown.

But who exactly is Summers concerned about? The ordinary laborer paying more for a bucket of chicken wings while possibly making more in wages, or the people who have preoccupied Summers for virtually his entire career: bankers and financiers? The answer may be found in his client list. Summers has been diligently laundering his reputation on behalf of “fintech” lenders, real estate startups, and Bitcoin plays, including several businesses that would benefit from an economy that values lower inflation over full employment.


Once health care's "good guy," Kaiser Permanente is being investigated for defrauding taxpayers.

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into claims by whistleblowers that Kaiser Permanente has been systematically defrauding Uncle Sam.

Wendell Potter
56 min ago

Et tu, Kaiser?

I was crestfallen when I read that the U.S. Department of Justice is going after nonprofit Kaiser Permanente for–according to whistleblowers–systematically defrauding taxpayers by doing exactly the same thing that Kaiser’s for-profit peers have been doing–and getting gentle slaps on the wrist for–more many years.

As Axios and Modern Healthcare are reporting, the DOJ has joined six whistleblower complaints alleging that Kaiser “made its Medicare Advantage patients look sicker than they were as a way to obtain more money from the federal government.”

It was sad for me to read that because I had always thought of Kaiser as one of the good guys (relatively speaking) in the health insurance business. Toward the end of my career at Cigna, at a time when I was growing increasingly disenchanted with my work and the industry, I got a call from a recruiter looking to fill the job of VP of Communications at Kaiser.


About 99.999% of fully vaccinated Americans have not had a deadly Covid-19 breakthrough case, CDC

About 99.999% of fully vaccinated Americans have not had a deadly Covid-19 breakthrough case, CDC data shows

By Deidre McPhillips and Christina Maxouris, CNN

Updated 4:26 PM ET, Sun August 1, 2021

(CNN)More than 99.999% of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death, according to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data highlights what leading health experts across the country have highlighted for months: Covid-19 vaccines are very effective at preventing serious illness and death from Covid-19 and are the country's best shot at slowing the pandemic down and avoiding further suffering.
The CDC reported 6,587 Covid-19 breakthrough cases as of July 26, including 6,239 hospitalizations and 1,263 deaths. At that time, more than 163 million people in the United States were fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Divide those severe breakthrough cases by the total fully vaccinated population for the result: less than 0.004% of fully vaccinated people had a breakthrough case that led to hospitalization and less than 0.001% of fully vaccinated people died from a breakthrough Covid-19 case.


Alabama Coal Miners Bring Strike to BlackRock Offices in NYC

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Miners from West Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Ohio are in New York City, striking against investors of Warrior Met Coal.

Miners in Alabama have been on strike since April 1.

The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) says miners gave about $1.1 billion in concessions during the last five years while the company emerged from their 2016 bankruptcy -- with the expectation to get those benefits back.

They also say that the company has refused negotiations while the company made $3.4 billion in that same time period.

The miners took the protest to the Big Apple to speak out against Blackrock, one of the largest family of investment funds in the world, which owns 14 percent of Warrior Met Stock.

More than 600 people attended the protest, with buses from West Virginia coming from Charleston, Fairmont, and Wheeling.


Charles Booker @Booker4KY: Rand Paul was just busted and fined by the FEC


Rand Paul is one of the worst.


My 2-Year-Old Daughter Was Murdered by Her Father

( No words )

Warrior mom Jacqueline Franchetti is working to change the family court system and protect other children from the same fate

Jun 09, 2021

By Stephanie Thurrott

Jacqueline Franchetti remembers her 2-year-old daughter Kyra’s favorite things. Kyra liked to “go fast” down the slide, and she liked Mickey Mouse, bubbles and independence. “Everything was, ‘I do it, Mama,’” Franchetti says.

Franchetti doesn’t know what Kyra would like today. That’s because in 2016 Kyra was murdered by her father who shot her in the back twice, then doused his home in gasoline and set it on fire, killing himself in a murder-suicide.

Kyra would have turned 7 this year. “I miss her every single second of every day,” Franchetti says. “When I go to visit her grave, I don’t even know what to bring or leave behind. What do 7-year-old girls like?”

No Escape from Abuse

Franchetti did everything legally possible to keep Kyra safe from the day she was born. Franchetti had left the relationship with Kyra’s abusive father, but she allowed him to visit her and Kyra in the hospital. He was angry, and Jaqueline was so fearful for Kyra’s safety that she got out of bed with Kyra in her arms, even though she was recovering from a C-section.

Franchetti was served with papers when Kyra was a few weeks old, and her case continued in family court until Kyra was murdered. “The first time I entered Nassau County Family Court, I thought Kyra would be protected. I quickly learned our courts do not protect the children; they protect the abuser. Kyra’s entire life, we were in family court,” she says. “When you end up in family court, the abuse doesn’t stop.”


Poor People's Campaign draws attention to voting rights with four-day Texas March



Rev. Barber, one of the most exceptional human beings alive, never gives up, never.

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