BY Masao Suzuki | San Jose, CA | 8/01/11
On July 29, the Commerce Department released its report on Gross Domestic Product or GDP for the Second Quarter (April to June) of 2011. GDP, which measures the value of goods and services produced in the United States, rose at only a 1.3% annual rate, much slower than most mainstream economists expected. Even worse, the First Quarter (January to March) economic growth was cut from an earlier estimate of 1.9% to just 0.4%.
BY staff | United States | 7/16/11
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following resolution that was adopted by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) Executive Board in July 2011. More statements supporting the anti-war, international solidarity and trade union activists under attack by the FBI can be seen at StopFBI.net
BY Jacob Flom | Milwaukee | 7/06/11
A dozen members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) marched in Independence Day parades for the fourth year in a row over the July 4 weekend. The group of student and youth activists entered parades - without registering - in Whitefish Bay and Shorewood, which are in the midst of a heated recall campaign against Republican State Senator Alberta Darling.
BY staff | Chicago, IL | 6/16/11
Over 3000 teachers, healthcare workers, janitors and community activists descended on the corporate leaders meeting here, June 14 outside the Midwest CEO/CFO conference.
BY staff | Madison, WI | 6/16/11
In his latest attempt at smashing unions, derailing public education and further punishing the working class for the economic crisis, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker called together an ‘Extraordinary Session,’ June 14, so that right-wing legislators can ram through his proposed two-year budget.
BY Brad Sigal | Minneapolis, MN | 5/23/11
On May 21, four retail cleaning workers and four of their supporters started a hunger strike to demand justice. The goal of the hunger strike is to get Cub Foods management to start negotiating with their retail cleaning workers for better wages and working conditions. The hunger strike was kicked off with a large rally at noon. Later in the afternoon, a large group of Aztec Danzantes joined the protest and performed.
BY staff | Madison, WI | 5/15/11
"Governor Scott Walker, we reject your budget!" said Ben Manski said to the roar of applause at a huge rally here, May 14. "Time for you to step down!"
BY staff | Chicago, IL | 5/09/11
An anti-bargaining bill disguised as an education reform bill has passed through the Illinois Senate and moved on to the Illinois House of Representatives. This bill called SB7, includes many components that will take away the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) bargaining rights and rights to strike.
BY staff | Chicago, IL | 5/03/11
Rallies and marches marked the celebration of International Workers Day in Chicago, starting at noon with a protest called by Jobs With Justice at a Walmart store in the suburb of Forest Park.
BY staff | Dallas, TX | 5/03/11
About 80 activists, union members and socialists came together to celebrate May Day with a call for respect for the rights of workers and immigrants.