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BREAKING NEWS: BU graduate workers win their union in a landslide victory! When we fight, we WIN. Welcome to the SEIU family!

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www.workers.org/2016/03/24250/
For the Day of Disability Rights.
"...That dramatic moment is typical of how Helen Keller’s complex radical life has been reduced to a stereotypical symbol of “heroic disability” and also distorted by the sexist and ableist notion that she was only a blank slate for others to write their ideas upon.
Keller was decidedly a person who thought for herself. She was born in 1880 near Tuscumbia, Ala., to a Confederate veteran — a plantation owner who had previously enslaved people of African descent...
Yet Keller as an adult became a staunch anti-racist, an outspoken supporter of the recently founded NAACP and writer for its magazine, “The Crisis.” She demonstrated through the 1950s, into her elder years, in anti-segregation protests and rallies..."
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This recent legislation passed through congress giving railroad workers zero sick days by both Democrats and Republicans should shatter any illusions that the Democratic Party is the party of the working class. Biden, who still even now claims to be “pro-labor” has shown that he’s only pro-labor in the same sense of the phrase as Reagan, “get back to work!”

Rail unions have been trying to negotiate a just contract with the carriers for three years. Their last strike was in 1992; Congress forced them back to work. Since then, the workforce has been systematically cut from 500,000 to 130,000, with trained teams of only two people — which the companies want to reduce to one engineer — operating “mega-monster trains.” 

Profits have skyrocketed. “Congress should not have to intervene. The railroads should provide paid sick leave to its employees,” BMWED said in a statement. “They have the money to do it, and it literally would cost them a penny of every dollar of record profits to provide it. It’s only 2% of what CSX, NS and UP spent so far this year in stock buybacks. It’s literally nothing to them, yet they refuse to provide it.”

If they strike, rail unions will be taking on the capitalist state apparatus, as well as the freight companies. Unlike the bulk of U.S private sector workers, they are not covered by the 1935 National Labor Relations Act. The Railway Labor Act, passed before the National Labor Relations Act and before the mass labor upsurge of the 1930s, has particular language attempting to limit the ability to strike.

Workers World Patty is in unshakable solidarity with the rank-and-file railroad workers in whatever action they take next. All power to the workers!

#UnionStrong #WorkingClass #PaidSickDays #UnionBustingIsDisgusting #Biden #Union #Solidarity
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Self Determination for All Arab Nations!
U.S. OUT of the Middle East!
Victory to Palestine!
#PalestineDay #PalestineWillBeFree #PalestineSolidarityDay
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Self Determination for All Arab Nations! 
U.S. OUT of the Middle East! 
Victory to Palestine! 
#PalestineDay #PalestineWillBeFree #palestinesolidarityday 
iacenter.org
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