Building a Stream Protection

Sourced from:OFFICE of SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT U.S. Department of the Interior

“The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has finalized the Stream Protection Rule to improve the balance between environmental protection and providing for the Nation’s need for coal as a source of energy. The final rule better protects streams, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations and provides mine operators with a regulatory framework to avoid water pollution and the long-term costs associated with water treatment.”

Sourced from the White House:

What President Trump Signed

“LETTING COAL COUNTRY WORK AGAIN: Today, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation (House Joint Resolution 38) to stop the costly “Stream Protection Rule” from further harming coal workers and the communities that depend on them.”

Republicans begin effort to gut the Endangered Species Act

Sourced from:http://theweek.com/speedreads/680557/republicans-begin-effort-gut-endangered-species-act

“The Republicans on the committee, led by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and three of the five witnesses at the hearing argued that the 1973 law to keep animal species from extinction impedes oil drilling, mining, and farming, and infringes on the rights of states and private landowners.”

Whose Strike?

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Following the massive Women’s March and the surprising partial success of protests against Trump’s immigration ban, many feel that the logical step is to escalate. Seize the momentum, put more pressure on the administration, disrupt and paralyze as much as possible. I feel it myself. There are ways in which there is more possibility in the air than there has been in a long time, and Trump has wasted little time going about his authoritarian business.

That, no doubt, is the reason why the idea of calling for a general strike – a general national strike – has caught the imagination over the past few days. After Francine Prose put the idea out in the Guardian, it spread rapidly throughout social media, and split into multiple proposals and counter-proposals.

Some, including Prose herself, see themselves carrying on in a venerable tradition of mass social disruption. But, as much as…

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Busting myths about raising the minimum wage

Sourced from: http://rankandfile.ca/2017/01/20/busting-myths-about-raising-the-minimum-wage/

“A $15 minimum wage would pump billions of dollars into the pockets of low-wage workers and thus the Ontario economy. Jobs would be created as a result and the economic activity would more than compensate for any losses incurred by businesses that can only function on poverty wages. With the minimum wage going up, workers become more valuable to businesses and jobs generally get better. Workers get more training and there is less turnover. Businesses can put more energy into raising efficiency rather than keeping tabs on workers in poverty.”

The Unions Must Fight Against Right to Work!

Sourced from:http://leftvoice.org/The-Unions-Must-Fight-Against-Right-to-Work

“Republicans in Congress have introduced amendments to the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act aimed at crippling the right to organize a union. Such national “Right-To-Work” legislation has long been on the wish list of the right wing and big business and is aimed at gutting the ability of the unions to finance themselves and fight back against the bosses’ agenda. The proposed legislation would target the union shop and the unions’ right to collect fees for representation.”

Can Labor Fight Back

Sourced:http://prospect.org/article/can-labor-fight-back

“In theory, with full GOP control, Republicans could repeal the National Labor Relations Act. They could repeal the Fair Labor Standards Act. They could repeal the entire New Deal,” says Catherine Fisk, a labor law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “There’s nothing to stop them except their own political strategy and fears of sparking a huge backlash.”

Harvard’s Microcosm of Labor Inequality

Confronting Fundamental Problems of the Human Condition and Pressing Problems of the Day

“At Harvard University, two precedent-setting labor actions occurred almost simultaneously in the fall of 2016: the first strike of dining hall workers during the academic year in Harvard’s history, and the first election for a graduate student employee union since the Columbia National Labor Relations Board decision on August 23, 2016 restored the right of private university student workers to bargain collectively. The Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) strike won a resounding victory on October 26th. The Harvard Graduate Students Union (HGSU-UAW) faced an extremely close election on November 16th and 17th that is still being resolved. Both of these actions highlight an essential feature of union movements that we might learn from, as we inhabit Trump’s America: how to transform a community into the basis of collective power.”

Source: Harvard’s Microcosm of Labor Inequality

Senate Republicans Vote To Decimate Labor Rights

Yesterday the Republican controlled Senate Labor Committee passed the most devastating blow to the rights of public service employees in over 40 years.  Republican Senator Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, who managed the bill opened the hearing by claiming this devastating change is necessary because it’s a “Different world and a different Iowa.” He claimed wiping out […]

Source: Senate Republicans Vote To Decimate Labor Rights

Sourced from the full article: “The only crack in their unyielding march to crush all labor unions is an exception they made for public safety positions. Apparently, public safety employees will retain much of the current collective bargaining rights. Schultz’ lame excuse for justifying this exception is based on his claim that law enforcement and fire fighters enter dangerous places. He didn’t attempt to provide any logical reason about why the “dangerous places” environment made any difference.”