Tag: Richard Trumka


AFL-CIO’s Lust for Oil Pipeline Jobs

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka visiting "Occupy Wall Street"

Despite the existential risk from global warming, short-term self-interest often wins out, whether opposition to the cost of building mass transit or readiness to put oil-industry jobs over the danger from fossil fuels, as Norman Solomon explains.

A Desperate Fight for the Middle Class

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Between a Congress dominated by Tea Party extremists and a Supreme Court controlled by corporate partisans, hopes for addressing America’s worsening income inequality are dim. But union leader Richard Trumka says the fight is more crucial than ever, writes Michael Winship.

After the Zuccotti Park Raid

Gandhi as depicted in a poster by Robbie Conal (robbieconal.com)

Driven from its iconic encampment in Lower Manhattan, the Occupy Wall Street movement struggled to recover its political footing and find a new geographical center but its success in changing America’s economic discussion can’t be doubted, says Danny Schechter.

Common Cause Against Wall Street

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka visiting "Occupy Wall Street"

During the Vietnam War, “hard-hat” construction workers would sometimes spit on or beat up young anti-war protesters. But the U.S. political/economic situation is now so dire that the “hard-hats” are finding common cause with the scruffy Wall Street protesters, notes…