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Socialist Party USA and Labor

10/29/2011
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Collective bargaining sign at protest

Taken from the Socialist Party USA platform:

“The Socialist Party stands for the right of all workers to organize, for worker control of industry through the democratic organization of the workplace, for the social ownership of the means of production and distribution, and for international solidarity among working people based on common opposition to global capitalism and imperialism. We believe that the international organization of labor is the only way of combating the exploitation of workers in a global capitalist economy. Working people have no country, but rather an international bond based on class. Workers throughout the world have far more in common with each other across national boundaries than with their bosses in their own countries. Ultimately a socialist revolution must be an international revolution that cannot survive if confined to individual countries amidst capitalist imperialism.
We support the right of any number of interested workers in a workplace to form a union with no limits on the subjects upon which employees and unions may bargain with employers.

We support the right of public sector workers to strike.

We call for recognizing a union based on cards signed.

We call for the democratic control of all unions by their membership, and independent of employer domination and influence.

We support the right of all workers to engage in collective action and self-representation regardless of union status.

We support militant, united labor action including hot cargo agreements, and boycotts, factory committees, secondary and sympathy strikes, sit-down strikes, general strikes, and ultimately the expropriation of workplaces.

We support the right of workers to hold shop meetings on company premises, elect their immediate supervisors, and administer health and safety programs through the formation of shop councils.

We call for the repeal of the Hatch Act and the Taft-Hartley Act, the ‘hot cargo’ provision of the Landrum-Griffin Act, and all so-called “right-to-work” laws.

We call for the same benefits for part-time workers as for full-time workers.

We call for increased health and safety regulation of business, and for increasing the size and enforcement power of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

We support the creation of a fund for workers which would pay a worker’s full wages and health insurance as well as necessary educational and/or retraining costs if that worker loses a job due to environmental transition, down-sizing, corporate dismantlement, or capital flight.

We call for a 30 hour work week at no loss of pay, with six weeks annual paid vacation.

We call for unions to stop using union funds for electing candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties.

We call for the end of the decades-long exclusion of farm workers and domestic workers from receiving overtime pay”

{cc photo courtesy of Jessie Reeder on Flickr}

{source: Socialist Party USA}

Socialist Party USA and International Policy

10/26/2011
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NATO bombed building in Belgrade

NATO bombed building in Belgrade

Taken from Socialist Party USA platform:

“International Policy

The United States is the sole remaining global superpower.  The U.S. government uses its overwhelming military power to consolidate its strategic hold over the entire world and to defend and advance the interests of U.S. owned corporations as they exploit the working people and natural resources of the entire planet.  We stand in total opposition to U.S. imperialism and the current “war on terror” which is just another subterfuge for U.S. imperialism.

We call for the closing of all U.S. military facilities at home and abroad that train foreign military and paramilitary personnel.

We call for the United States to immediately and unconditionally withdraw its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.

We call for an end to the U.S. occupation of the province of Guantanamo, Cuba.

We call for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank-East Jerusalem and Gaza, and an end to all U.S. aid to Israel, as a precondition for peace.

We support an immediate cut off of all U.S. military aid to Colombia, and all other recipients.

We call for the abolition of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and all other institutions of covert warfare.

We stand for unconditional disarmament by the United States.

We call for an international treaty outlawing all weapons of mass destruction, including the use of depleted uranium in conventional weapons.

We call for an immediate 50% cut in the military budget, followed by additional cuts, with the aim of rapidly reducing the military budget to less than 10% of its current level, with the “peace dividend” directed to essential social services and to the cost of cleaning up contaminated military sites.

We call for the disbanding of NATO and all other aggressive military alliances, and the closing of all overseas bases.

We call for the U.S. to pay off its debts to the United Nations, an end to veto power in the UN, and an end to permanent membership on the UN Security Council.

We call for a constitutional amendment requiring a binding vote of the people on all issues of war or military intervention.

We support the right of soldiers to form unions to represent their views and interests.”

 

{cc photo courtesy of The Advocacy Project on Flickr}

{source: Socialist Party USA}

Socialist Party USA and the Environment

10/25/2011
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Pollution

Taken from the Socialist Party USA platform:

“We call for public ownership and democratic control of all our natural resources in order to conserve resources, preserve our wilderness areas, and restore environmental quality.

The U.S. must immediately return to participation in international agreements, such as the Kyoto Protocol, limiting carbon emissions, and accept a major role in worldwide efforts to control global warming.

We call for placing full financial responsibility on private companies for prevention and clean up of their own toxic wastes and for full compensation of workers and residents adversely affected by environmental hazards.

We oppose policies that target minority communities for placement of local landfills, toxic waste disposal sites, or incinerators.

We call for strong, enforceable endangered species protection that focuses on habitat-centered protection for plants and animals.

We oppose any new nuclear power projects and call for the rapid phasing out of all nuclear power plants, and a ban on the export of nuclear technology.

We support the recycling of glass, metals, plastic, paper, and chemicals and the use of recycled materials for public works projects such as roadways, parks, and playgrounds.

We call for shutting down waste incinerators and phasing out landfills and especially oppose targeting minority communities for hazardous waste disposal sites.

We oppose open-pit mining operations and support the reclamation of land used by mining operations at the company’s expense.

We support large-scale environmental restoration efforts.”

{cc photo courtesy of epSos.de on Flickr}

{source: Socialist Party USA}

We Stand with Occupy Phoenix and Occupy Movements Across the Country

10/14/2011
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Oct. 12th 2011

It began on Saturday, the 17th of September. They came to New York from all around and for the past 25 days they have applied a constant presence and pressure on Wall Street, the “mighty” corporations, oil barons, the White House and Congress, and the “too big to fail” banks. The Arab Spring has finally reached the shores of the U.S. and the fed up and disillusioned American populace, the 99%, have finally stood up to shout “Enough is enough and we’re not going to take it anymore!” The American Fall has begun.

The Socialist Party of Southern Arizona offers 100%support to the 99% at Occupy Phoenix, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston, Occupy Seattle and all the other Occupy events across the U.S. We also stand with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East struggling and fighting for their freedoms and democratic governments. We will be in attendance at the pre-occupation march on the 14th and through out Occupy Phoenix in the streets and in the struggle for a more democratic republic and economically just and secure government and future.

SOLIDARITY FOREVER!

The Socialist Party of Southern Arizona
Tel: (480) 331-9106
E-mail: sopsoaz@gmail.com
http://www.spusa-az.org

Friday Round-Up

09/02/2011
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Socialist Labor Party Hall

Socialist Labor Party Hall

A new feature we’d like to offer is a review of news and sites of interest to fellow Socialists. If you have suggestions please feel free to comment and we will add them to the next round.

In Memory of

Sister Dorothy O’Brien, 74, an organizer of farm workers in the Philadelphia region in 1975 and 1976 and an admissions and dormitory counselor at Rosemont College from 1976 to 1978, died of heart failure Saturday, Aug. 27, at a relative’s home in Horsham.

Read more…

Appeal to Reason: a New Progressive Blog

Appeal to Reason stands as an anti-capitalist media site. They are open for new writers and have a few articles up. The blog was created by Andrew Gorman, a New York Lawyer with experience in union organizing and publishing.

Teamsters Betray Fed Ex Ground Union Drive

The Socialist Alternative provided an interview with a Federal Express Ground worker who had been gathering cards to force a vote.
Read the article.

10 Worst Military Contracting Blunders

Mother Jones offered a review of the Commission for Wartime Contracting report which found between $31 and $60 billion in losses to the federal government due to contractor fraud.
Read the article.

Protesting Racism on 9/11

Groups are planning to counter-protest anti-Muslim groups planning to use the 10-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks as a background for spreading hate.
Read the article at Worker’s World.

Today in History: Prison Letter from Eugene V. Debs

08/19/2011
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Eugene V. Debs in his office

Eugene V. Debs in his office

90 years ago today Eugene V. Debs sat in a prison cell writing this letter to Theodore Debs. His bravery in fighting for the poor and working class  landed him in prison, a victim of the Espionage Act of 1917. Following his famous Canton, Ohio speech in 1918, which criticized the military draft, Debs was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison. President Warren G. Harding later commuted the sentence in 1921 and Debs went on to run his most successful Presidential campaign the following year.

We need a man like Eugene V. Debs now.

{cc photo courtesy of Kheel Center, Cornell University on Flickr)