politics

Striking Mississippi unionists protest the everyday dictatorship of corporate America

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March 23, 2011 - By Mischa Gaus, Labor Notes A dozen weary Steelworkers trekked from Mississippi to Ohio last week, hoping to insert a few uncomfortable questions into the clubby confines of their company's shareholders meeting. Approaching their 10th month on strike, the workers from Omnova Solutions wanted to ask the CEO just how the company had found enough money to grant the CEO a 90 percent pay increase -- boosting his take-home to $3.5 million a year -- while they were asked to forget about seniority and choke down benefit givebacks that amount to a 15 percent pay cut.

Latino firewall helped save Senate for Democrats

November 4, 2010 - By Elena Shore, New America MediaLatino voters may have saved the Senate for the Democrats, even as Latino candidates gained a record number of congressional seats on the Republican ticket.Political observers say these seemingly contradictory outcomes make one thing clear: Latinos - as candidates and as voters - played a decisive role in Tuesday's election.