Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A little good news!

In the wake of Corbett's inauguration--a.k.a. the official launch of an all-out, Christie-style war on public sector workers, healthcare, state liquor store employees, and more--we could all use some cheering up.

So here it is--a big worker-led organizing victory! Down in Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers just won an exciting victory--a penny more a pound of produce picked (say that three times fast!), which will add up to thousands each year in additional income for this traditionally exploited immigrant workforce. CIW is a great reminder that dedicated organizing and solidarity really work.

And in other labor-related news...

In Harrisburg, thousand of Pennsylvanians urge Corbett to preserve adultBasic, which delivers affordable health insurance to many thousands of working folks in the state.

Meanwhile, Trumka is giving the DC establishment and Obama a little pushback in hopes that Obama will use 2011 to make a real push for what working people (and people who want work) need:
“So let me get this straight,” Mr. Trumka says, according to excerpts of remarks obtained by The Caucus. “We need to slash retirement and health benefits for the elderly because we are on the brink of fiscal crisis — but we can afford to squander hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the super-rich? Only at the Mad Hatter’s tea party does this make sense.”

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