Austerity Strangles Ontario: the TA strikes in Context
Austerity for working people and the accumulation of wealth in the corporate sector was sold as short-term pain for long-term gain. What we got of course was pain now, pain later, and never-ending pain if we don't organize to end it.
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Jon Stewart calls Congress' ovation of Netanyahu's speech 'longest blowjob a Jewish man has ever rec
Jon Stewart blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, House Speaker John Boehner, CNN, Congress and essentially everyone involved in Netanyahu's speech.
www.haaretz.com | 6 Mar 2015, 6:00pm
Iraqi Campaign to Drive ISIS From Tikrit Reveals Tensions With U.S.
Tensions between Iraq and the United States over how to battle the Islamic State broke into the open on Tuesday, as Iraqi officials declared that they would fight on their own timetable with or without American help, and as United States warplanes conspicuously sat out the biggest Iraqi counteroffensive yet amid concerns over Iran's prominent role.
www.nytimes.com | 6 Mar 2015, 5:00pm
UNBC Faculty Association: Why We Are On Strike
With great regret, the UNBC Faculty Association has withdrawn all services beginning at 8 AM on 5 March 2015. We remain committed to rapid resolution of the strike. A brief summary of the background to the strike is given below, and more information can be found under Faculty Negotiations and Strike Information.
unbcfa.ca | 6 Mar 2015, 4:30pm
The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back
Mary-Faith Cerasoli has been reduced to 'sleeping in her car, showering at college athletic centers and applying for food stamps,' The New York Times recently reported. Is she unemployed? No, in fact, she is a college professor-- but an adjunct one, meaning she is hired on a short-term contract with no possibility of tenure.
www.theatlantic.com | 6 Mar 2015, 4:00pm
The Economic Consequences of Greece
The first sentence of the 1957 Treaty of Rome - the founding document of what would eventually become the European Union - calls for 'an ever-closer union among the peoples of Europe.' Recently, however, that ideal has come under threat, undermined by its own political elite, which adopted a common currency while entirely neglecting the underlying fault lines.
www.project-syndicate.org | 6 Mar 2015, 3:00pm
Netanyahu's Nuclear Deceptions
In the address on Tuesday to the United States Congress by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, we witnessed a new peak in the long-running hype over Iran's nuclear energy program. Yet all his predictions about how close Iran was to acquiring a nuclear bomb have proved baseless.
www.nytimes.com | 6 Mar 2015, 2:30pm
Canadian Doublespeak and Corporate Power
Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best ones. Unfortunately, Canada's extreme concentration of corporate power often precludes the solutions from ever seeing the light of day. The first step towards resolution of this problem is nomenclature. We need to free corporate-fashioned words from their false meanings.
www.huffingtonpost.ca | 6 Mar 2015, 2:00pm
CUPE strikes: Demonstrators cram into UofT's Munk School
Striking teaching assistants and others at the University of Toronto took their demonstration indoors on Wednesday, looking to confront university president Meric Gertler. Protesters -- chanting and waving placards -- crammed into the university's Munk School of Global Affairs after hearing Gertler was scheduled to introduce a speaker.
www.cbc.ca | 6 Mar 2015, 1:30pm
To beat austerity, Greece must break free from the euro
The agreement signed between Greece and the EU after three weeks of lively negotiations is a compromise reached under economic duress. Its only merit for Greece is that it has kept the Syriza government alive and able to fight another day.
www.theguardian.com | 6 Mar 2015, 1:00pm
Teachers work more overtime than any other professionals
Teachers are more likely to work unpaid overtime than staff in any other industry, with some working almost 13 extra hours per week, according to research. A study of official figures from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that 61.4 per cent of primary school teachers worked unpaid overtime in 2014, equating to 12.9 additional hours a week.
news.tes.co.uk | 6 Mar 2015, 12:00pm
Media: Get the story straight on U of T strike
Since members of CUPE 3902 went on strike last Friday, there has been very little coverage in the mainstream media that accurately conveys the demands of the striking workers.
rabble.ca | 6 Mar 2015, 11:30am
The wealthy are walling themselves off in cities increasingly segregated by class
Concentrated poverty is one of the biggest problems facing cities today, as more of the urban poor become isolated in neighborhoods where the people around them are poor, too. Growing economic segregation across cities, though, is also shaped by a parallel, even stronger force: concentrated wealth.
www.washingtonpost.com | 6 Mar 2015, 11:00am
University labour strife underscores cost of tenured academics
The battle between York University and almost 4,000 striking workers over the lack of job security for contract faculty is underscoring a major shift in how undergraduate students are educated across the country.
www.theglobeandmail.com | 6 Mar 2015, 10:00am
Precarious Work, 'Compression' and Class Struggle 'Leaps'
In his response to Ian A, Kevin Crane raises a number of serious issues concerning the work of socialists in trade unions and the workplace. The heart of his arguments, I believe, centres on the problems presented by the rise in precarious work and the decline in older forms of 'regular' employment.
rs21.org.uk | 6 Mar 2015, 4:00am