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                                                      -Mother Jones

Wednesday April 8, 1903
From the International Socialist Review: "World of Labor" by Max S Hayes

Labor has been organizing so rapidly in the South that the Bourbons are attempting to outlaw the strike. A bill has passed the South Carolina Senate which prohibits cotton and wool factories and their operatives from engaging in sympathetic strikes and lockouts. The penalty is a fine of $100 a day. So far as lockouts are concerned, the bosses can easily close a mill and say that business is bad or that to grant higher wages or reductions of hours will bankrupt them. The bill is aimed at labor and nobody else, and those Southern politicians are hypocrites, like their Northern brethren.
International Socialist Review, April 1903

Tuesday April 8, 1913
Pennsylvania - Miners' Daughters Will Not Scab

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and other I.W.W. organizers have been traveling to the anthracite mining regions to speak on behalf of the Paterson Silk Strikers. The Miners Union has donated the use of their hall and local UMWA officials have joined the I.W.W. organizers on the platform. Many of the girls working in the local silk mills are the daughters of union miners, and they have learned the spirit of Solidarity from their fathers. Often these girls were able to stop work on all orders coming from Paterson.

The Rebel Girl, An Autobiography
My First Life (1906-1926)

-by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
NY, 1979

Monday March 8, 2013
Email from the AFL-CIO: "Obama's Really Bad Idea"

From all reports I’ve seen, President Obama is going to propose a budget plan next week that is unprecedented for a Democratic president. It will propose a cut to Social Security benefits for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.      

It appears the proposed cut will take the form of “chained” CPI—a discredited way of calculating annual cost-of-living increases that does not keep up with actual costs, eating into benefits.

But there’s more. The president’s budget proposal also would require middle-class seniors—people who make $47,000 a year and more—to pay higher Medicare premiums.

These cuts are bad policy. And the only way we’re going to stop them is if President Obama and all members of Congress hear that we’re not going to tolerate them. Sign our petition to the president NOW.

It is unconscionable to ask seniors, people with disabilities and veterans who are barely making it to be squeezed even tighter at a time when corporations and the wealthiest 2% are not paying their fair share of taxes, despite soaring profits.

It’s bad policy to make cuts that will weaken our economic recovery.

And it’s wrong, at a time of record income inequality and stagnant wages, to make the gap even worse by undercutting the retirement security of working- and middle-class Americans.

The majority of Americans oppose cuts to our country’s most important family protection programs. It’s time to make some noise about it.

We need to invest in America's working families, not pull the rug out from under them. That starts with repealing the sequester and making corporations and the richest 2% pay their fair share. And that should never, ever include cuts to benefits that millions of working families rely on.

Tell President Obama: No “chained” CPI and no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or other cuts to Social Security benefits. Period.:

In Solidarity,
Damon Silvers
Director of Policy, AFL-CIO


Song of the Day:
It's That Chained CPI That's Killing Me by Brae70
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Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and Pushing back at the Grand Bargain.

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