Sunday, July 22, 2012

Thousands Protest Racist NYPD “Stop and Frisk” (IG)

Part of a Whole System to Criminalize Black and Latino Men

Thousands Protest Racist NYPD “Stop and Frisk”

Internationalist contingent at June 17 Harlem march against NYPD's “stop and frisk.” (Internationalist photo)

Police "Serve and Protect" Capital –
It Will Take Socialist Revolution to Get Rid of Racist Cop Terror

A constant, antagonistic police presence is a defining feature of life for black men in New York City, as it is in cities, towns and rural areas across the United States. To be black in this country is to have no effective rights against arbitrary detention and arrest. It is the sense of being the target of a police apparatus that makes its presence felt everywhere, from the streets to the hallways of schools and apartment buildings, from the workplace to social and religious institutions.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Defend Con Ed Workers! (LRP)

The following is a re-print of the League for the Revolutionary Party (LRP)'s Con Ed Workers’ Struggle, Bulletin No. 1 dated July 7, 2012:

Defeat the Bosses with Working-Class Solidarity!

Defend Con Ed Workers!

The bosses of the Con Ed electric company have put the lives of thousands of poor, elderly, and other vulnerable people at risk in the middle of a summer heat wave in New York City. They locked out 8,500 workers on July 1 when the contract with Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 1-2 expired. Con Ed management is willing to risk a major public health catastrophe in order to carry out their union-busting attack. They cancelled workers’ health insurance right away and they are trying to slash pension and health care benefits for the long term: the lockout is one vicious part of their strategy to force the workers to surrender. Con Ed workers know they have to stand up and fight, and all workers in New York City should support this struggle!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Con Edison Workers Threaten Strike (WPIX)

WPIX reports on the threat of a strike by Con Edison workers:
"Day two of our heatwave comes with an extra threat: a Con Edison workers' strike. Because the only thing worse than facing a blackout is facing a blackout with no one around to fix it."
The report says that for Local 1-2, the union representing the 8,500 workers, the fight is about wages, health care, pension, as well as "workers gripe that Con Edison's president pulled in $11 million last year."

One sign that Con Edison is taking the threat seriously is Con Ed spokesman Mike Clendenin's reference to the nine week strike back in 1983. Con Edison's back up plan in case of a strike centers on a scabbing operation. Alluding to Con Edison's scab backup plan, the report goes on:
Clendenin also insists management will step up if the lights go down. Saying half of their 5,000 non-unionized workers came up from the ranks, and know their way around splicing a cable.