Friday’s news links – Dec. 13, 2019

Get Brexit done! Michael Roberts

That was the campaign slogan of the incumbent Conservative government under PM Boris Johnson. And it was the message that won over a sufficient number of those Labour voters who had voted to leave the EU in 2016 to back the Conservatives. One-third of Labour voters in the 2017 election wanted to leave the EU, mainly in the midlands and north of England, and in the small towns and communities that have few immigrants. They have accepted the claim that their poorer living conditions and public services were due to the EU, immigration and the ‘elite’ of the London and the south.

Labor

ILWU President’s Message: Response to Massive Fine

The ILWU was fined $93.6 million over a labor dispute in Oregon, a sum which could bankrupt the union. Union President Adams explains that the ILWU will fight the judgement in court and will continue to defend its members, no matter the outcome.

As NLRB Delivers ‘Victory’ to McDonald’s, Docs Reveal Fast Food Giant’s Dirty Anti-Union Tactics Common Dreams

McDonald’s Wins High-Stakes Labor Battle With Help From White House Bloomberg

UCSC grad students strike, saying they will withhold grades until given a raise to afford housing

NYC’s McNally Jackson Staff Looking to Unionize

Coca-cola workers in Needham reach tentative agreement for new union contract

Teamsters Call Strike At Airgas In California And Extend Picket Lines

Disneyland workers sue, arguing they deserve a ‘living wage’

41% of Employers Illegally Bust Unions

U.S. Employers Spend $340 Million a Year Busting Unions

What to Know About Your Rights to Unionize TeenVogue

NYC Homeless Outreach Workers: Nothing We Do Matters Without New Housing Gothamist

Jewish Opposition to Trump’s Executive Order; Add Your Name: Tell Donald Trump to Stop Using Jews to Shut Down Free Speech Jewish Voice for Peace

Imperialism

US House Passes $738Bln 2020 Defence Spending Bill Sputnik

188 Democrats Join GOP to Hand Trump $738 Billion Military Budget That Includes ‘Space Force’ Common Dreams

Uyghur Genocide: The “Muslim Holocaust” in China Mona Issa

As the media turns to accuse China of the genocide of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province, research suggests otherwise.

Why Venezuela’s Production Rebound Is So Significant For Oil Markets Irina Slav

Official: Cultivation of Opium in Afghanistan 50-Folded since US Invasion Drago Bosnic

The global trade union movement puts the Philippine government on notice: hands off human and trade union rights defenders!

Ukraine’s eternal war in solitary confinement

How Professors Help Rip Off Students NYTimes

Indian military deployed and internet shut down as protests rage against citizenship bill CNN


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