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For the Week of March 14, 2011

In preparation for further state budget cuts, UC executives at Santa Cruz started reaching toward the top by axing the associate vice chancellor of communications and public affairs.

Fifty tractors, one donkey, and 100,000 pro-labor demonstrators turned out in Madison Saturday to protest the Wisconsin Republican assault against worker rights.

While the right wing’s propaganda mills are churning out anti-worker hit pieces, the real facts about pensions are slowly emerging. A New York Times article examined the impact of pensions on states and budgets, concluding that, “Despite the furor in Wisconsin, collective bargaining does not appear to be the main factor driving pension costs higher.”

And a penetrating analysis by the McClatchy newspaper chain states that “the short answer is that there's simply no evidence that state pensions are the current burden to public finances that their critics claim.”

The Economic Policy Institute attacked the scapegoating of public workers.

Tired of taking abuse from the anti-worker right wing? STAND UP FOR WORKERS on nationwide day of action, April 4.

UC regent appointee David Crane – our potential boss – argued against collective bargaining for public employees. State senator Leland Yee spoke up in defense of labor and has launched an effort to block Crane from confirmation. This has set off a flurry of articles, including a San Francisco Chronicle editorial accusing Yee of spreading disinformation. “Crane did not call for an end to collective bargaining,” says the editorial, and lambastes Yee for suggesting that Crane opposes public sector unions. In reality, as BeyondChron notes, Crane has a long history of opposing collective bargaining.

Today is Labour Day in Australia. Happy Labour Day! Around the world, we are one.


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