Labor


"..the IMF.. promot[ed] indigence, unemployment, and organized crime every time it gained control over a distressed economy in the developing world" (Phillips, Peter, and Project Censored. Censored 2004: The Top 25 Censored Stories. NY: Seven Stories Press, 2003: 102).

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Bank Information Center promotes transparency at Banks


"The first duty of government is to protect the powerless against the powerful" (The Code of Hammurabi, the world's oldest legal code, 1700 BC).

"Eugene Scalia.. believes ergonomics--the shop-floor science that aims to make heavy and repetitive production-line work less destructive to workers' bodies--is a threat to American business...

"Scalia claimed.. ergonomics is founded on "junk science." Repetitive-stress injuries might not exist at all. Heavy lifting does not cause back strain. Reported increases in repetitive-motion injusries are caused by feeding frenzies created by doctors, reporters and hysterical workers, a form of mass hysteria...

"Eugene Scalia was the solicitor general of the Labor Department...

"The National Coalition on Ergonomics--a creation of Scalia's that is funded by big corporate interests... claim that the very idea of repetitive-motion injuries in the workplace is "subject to considerable dispute"...

"Whether the injuries are called musculoskeletal disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, or repetitive-motion injuries, the cause is not under "dispute" by those who are not in the pay of big business. The National Academy of Science had already done two studies, ordered by Congress, on the connection between types of work and workplaced injuries. (A second study was necessary because conservative members of Congress didn't agree with the conclusions of the first study...

"...entire industries with miserable records--beef packing among the most notorious. Every bad company operating in the country got a nod and wink from the White House when President Bush joined forces with Eugene Scalia to kill the ergonomics guidelines... President Bush.. has never held a job involving physical labor..." (Ivins, Molly, and Lou Dubose. "The Blues in Belzoni." Texas Observer, 10/10/03, 4-7, 26-29).


Fair Olympics.org a campaign to persuade sportswear companies and the International Olympic Committee to respect workers' rights in the sportswear industry


"...in June the Administration's National Labor Relations Board quietly moved to "review" the legitimacy of the card-check procedure, by which an employer recognizes a union when presented with cards signed by more than half of the shop's employees. The labor board has upheld card check many times since the 1930s, when the procedure was first established. Repealing it would effectively deprive countless Americans of the right to organize...

"...the fact that Bush became President at all, and that his heinous policies are even considered much less enacted, is a testament to labor's lack of power" (Liza Featherstone. "Will Labor Come Back?" The Nation, Sep. 20, 2004: 7-8).


"For more than a year we've fought to save the right to overtime pay for the millions of America's workers targeted by the Bush administration's overtime pay take-away. Responding to the avalanche of letters, faxes and phone calls you've sent, three times senators and representatives have said 'No' to these pay cuts with bipartisan votes. But each time the White House, working with Republican leaders in Congress, has blocked the legislation that would have saved workers' right to overtime pay.

"On Monday, Aug. 23, the overtime pay take-away—the biggest pay cut in America's history—goes into effect. Employers will begin to decide who loses the right to overtime pay at their workplaces. Unfortunately, they'll have some help from Uncle Sam. The U.S. Department of Labor will be using your tax dollars to offer "assistance" to companies trying to figure this out..." (AFL-CIO email, 8-20-04).


"For more than a year we've fought to save the right to overtime pay for the millions of America's workers targeted by the Bush administration's overtime pay take-away. Responding to the avalanche of letters, faxes and phone calls you've sent, three times senators and representatives have said 'No' to these pay cuts with bipartisan votes. But each time the White House, working with Republican leaders in Congress, has blocked the legislation that would have saved workers' right to overtime pay.

"On Monday, Aug. 23, the overtime pay take-away—the biggest pay cut in America's history—goes into effect. Employers will begin to decide who loses the right to overtime pay at their workplaces. Unfortunately, they'll have some help from Uncle Sam. The U.S. Department of Labor will be using your tax dollars to offer "assistance" to companies trying to figure this out..." (AFL-CIO email, 8-20-04).


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