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    Protesting GM Auto Workers Attacked By US Embassy Staff
    US Labor activist have filed a complaint with the Dept. of Justice and the SEC, charging the General Motors Company with a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act says Frank Hammer, retired General Motors employee and former President and Chairman of Local 909 in Warren, Michigan

      November 23, 14

    Cornel West, Faith Leaders and Activists Arrested as Ferguson October Continues
    Twenty people, including Cornel West, are arrested carrying out civil disobedience at the Ferguson police station after being denied a meeting with local officials

      October 13, 2014

    Thousands Descend on St. Louis for Ferguson October
    Protesters come to Ferguson to support local organizers in the aftermath of repeated incidents of police brutality

      October 13, 2014

    Philly Students Walk Out as City Cancels Teachers' Contract
    Teacher-activist Anissa Weinraub responds to Philadelphia unilaterally dissolving their contract with the teachers' union and says the union is considering legal action in response

      October 10, 14

    Leading Activists Demand Action at People's Climate March
    TRNN brings you the voices of actor Mark Ruffalo, Jane Goodall, Mary Robinson and many others

      September 22, 2014

    It's Time to Act on the Climate Crisis
    A panel on the urgency of climate change moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer and featuring authors Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein, 350.org founder Bill McKibben and Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant, with an opening speech by Senator Bernie Sanders.

      September 21, 2014

    100+ Arrested as Fast-Food Workers Escalate 'The Fight For $15'
    Workers and advocates hold sit-ins and rallies in 150 cities to demand a living wage and the right to unionize

      October 3, 14

    Three Union Leaders Shot Dead in South Africa
    The young NUMSA shop stewards were targeted by "reactionary forces" after a 4 week strike, says the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)

      August 8, 2014

    Ikea Agrees to Pay Their Workers More than Minimum Wage
    Jeannette Wicks-Lim: There's a growing trend among the world's major corporations to voluntarily increase their workers' wages

      October 3, 14

    Low Wages and Unemployment Are Factors that Lead to Violence
    Without dealing with chronic poverty there can be no end to the violence. Moderated by Jaisal Noor

      October 3, 14

    What's Behind the Decline of Organized Labor in Baltimore? - TRNN Webathon Panel
    Labor historian Bill Barry, TRNN host Jaisal Noor, and labor activist Frank Hammer discuss the Hopkins hospital workers' strike as well as the organizational and political problems that unions face today

      October 3, 14

    Workers Strike in 20 Cities as Study Finds Walmart Can Pay More
    Nationwide strikes target Walmart ahead of shareholders meeting, calling for a $25,000 annual salary as a new Demos report finds Walmart can afford to do so without raising prices

      October 3, 14

    Fast Food Workers' Movement: Union 2.0
    With the support of America's second largest union SEIU, the fast food workers' $15 wage movement has grown, and this unorganized workforce of the past is shaping up to become the face of American organized labor

      October 3, 14

    Pressure Mounts on Johns Hopkins to Pay a Living Wage
    Hopkins Hospital Workers, SEIU president Mary Kay Henry, 1199 SEIU President George Gresham, and actor and activist Danny Glover and Wendell Pierce of "The Wire" speak out on why Hopkins should pay its workers more

      October 3, 14

    Unionization Is Next Step For Fast Food Workers
    Workers are demanding $15 an hour wage with a right to unionize without retaliation as fast food CEOs are earning 1200 times more than the average employee

      October 3, 14

    Thousands of New Yorkers Hit the Streets for May Day
    A photo slider by Jenna Pope

      October 3, 14

    Hundreds of Thousands March For May Day Worldwide
    A wrap-up of the world's May Day protests against austerity for worker rights

      October 3, 14

    Workers' Struggle in Baltimore (2/2)
    Lucky Crosby, Chief Shop Steward, AFSCME Local 467 and Labor Historian Bill Barry continue their discussion of the history and current state of Baltimore's workers movement

      October 3, 14

    Why Aren't North American Workers More Militant? (2/2)
    The second part of our May 1st discussion with union activists Bill Fletcher Jr., and Sam Gindin on the weakening of the workers movement and what needs to happen next

      October 3, 14

    The Lobbyists Behind Senate Failure to Advance Minimum Wage Increase
    Twenty low-wage dependent trade groups band together to shut down the Senate's minimum wage hike, although the majority of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage

      October 3, 14

    Why Aren't North American Workers More Militant? (1/2)
    On the occasion of May 1st, union activists Bill Fletcher Jr. and Sam Gindin discuss the weakening of the labor movement and what needs to happen next

      October 3, 14

    Workers' Struggle in Baltimore (1/2)
    Lucky Crosby, Chief Shop Steward, AFSCME Local 467 and Labor Historian Bill Barry discuss the history and current state of Baltimore's workers movement

      October 3, 14

    30,000 Chinese Factory Workers Strike Against Maker of Nike Sneakers
    Editor Michelle Chen and instructor Xiaoming Chai discuss the workers' demands and whether the rise of strikes signals a decline of cheap labor in China

      October 3, 14

    Can Johns Hopkins Afford to Pay A Living Wage? (2/2)
    The second part of Marc Steiner's discussion on whether Johns Hopkins has the money to pay a living wage. Joining him are Hopkins Hospital worker Daniel Roberts, SEIU union organizer Carrietta Hiers and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless

      October 3, 14

    Intimidation and Political Interference Goes Unpunished in UAW Case
    Frank Hammer discusses the labor conditions at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee that moved workers to attempt unionization, and says that the political interference by state officials in these efforts shows weakness of labor laws

      October 3, 14

    Baltimore's MICA Adjunct Professors Set to Vote on Unionization
    MICA part-time faculty member Hannah Brancato and organizer Maria Maisto discuss the growing nationwide trend of adjunct professors organizing in order to collective bargain for decent salaries and benefits

      October 3, 14

    UAW Effort to Organize Tennessee VW Plant "Fatally Flawed" From The Outset
    Former autoworker organizer Frank Hammer analyzes the missteps of the unionization campaign at the Tennessee Volkswagen plant and the role of anti-union politicians and groups

      October 3, 14

    North American Day of Action Against The TPP
    Maryland Joins Continent-Wide Protests Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Unjust Trade: Journalist and activist Cassidy Regan

      October 3, 14

    75 Economists Including 7 Nobel Laureates Endorse Senate Bill to Raise Minimum Wage
    $10.10 an hour minimum wage increase shows an improvement but is still not a living wage, which would be twice the poverty rate at $12 an hour

      October 3, 14

    Washington State Boeing Workers Accept Pension Concessions
    Mike Elk: Boeing workers new contract a blow to worker pensions nationwide

      October 3, 14

    D.C. Workers Win $11.50 Minimum Wage Increase
    About 90,000 workers will earn a higher minimum wage in D.C., Montgomery, and Prince George counties in Maryland

      October 3, 14

    Milwaukee County Considers Raising Minimum Wage to $12.45
    Jeannette Wicks-Lim: Milwaukee Comptroller wrong for assuming raising minimum wage for county employees would cost millions of dollars

      October 3, 14

    Exclusive Photos from Fast Food Strikes Across Nation
    Photos courtesy of Low Pay is Not OK and local partners.

      October 3, 14

    How the Working Class Can Fight Corporate Giants pt2
    Leo Panitch: In light of increasing low-wage worker protests, organized labor needs to shift its focus to class unionism, which encourages worker solidarity across industries

      October 3, 14

    Detroit Enters Bankruptcy As Pensions and Benefits Go on Chopping Block
    Frank Hammer: Banks that drove Detroit insolvency should be penalized for the debt crisis, not working class Detroit residents

      December 3, 2013

    How the Defeat of Trade Unionism Gave Rise to Low-Wage Jobs
    Leo Panitch: Giant corporations like Wal-Mart actively suppress unionization among workers

      October 3, 14

    Boeing Employees Reject Contract After Company Receives Record Tax Break
    Boeing receives almost $9 billion in state tax breaks but threatens to move some operations out of Washington due to a contract dispute.

      October 3, 14

    Striking LA Truckers Target Walmart Supply Chain
    Independent trucking contractors go on strike for the first time in decades, protesting unfair labor practices.

      October 3, 14

    First Elected Socialist Seattle Council Member in a Century
    TRNN speaks with Socialist Kshama Sawant about her vision of an alternative to capitalism.

      October 3, 14

    Supreme Courts Considers Limiting the Right of Unions to Organize
    Mulhall v. Unite Here decision will have a profound effect on employer neutrality, a union's ability to reach employees, and whether a union will be recognized by the employer during labor negotiations.

      October 3, 14

    Seattle Suburb Passes Highest Minimum Wage in Country
    David Rolf of SEIU helped organize SeaTac's Proposition 1 to provide $15/hour to hotel, restaurant, and airport workers.

      October 3, 14

    Hopkins Halts Program After Investigation Finds Docs Denied Disability Benefits For Miners With Black Lung
    World-renowned Johns Hopkins Medicine forced to suspend program after investigation finds one doctor reviewed 1,500 cases and never found an instance of black lung, denying coal miners disability benefits

      October 3, 14

    Breathless and Burdened: Appalachia Coal Miners Face Industry's Efforts to Defeat Benefits Claims
    Investigative journalist Chris Hamby on coal miners quest for justice buried by law, medicine, and industry

      October 3, 14

    Longshoreman Strike Shuts Down Port of Baltimore
    Port of Baltimore Shutdown: Longshoremen in solidarity with nationwide labor struggle

      October 3, 14

    More than Half of Fast Food Workers Rely on Welfare
    Study reveals how taxpayers spend $7 billion a year to subsidize programs that go to fast food workers

      October 3, 14

    Why Autoworkers Care About Climate Change - Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt4
    In the final segment of this Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Frank Hammer says all workers should face up to the dangers of climate change and insist that we move toward a green economy

      October 11, 2013

    McDonald's Employee Confronts Executive: I Can't Afford Shoes For My Children
    Mother of two arrested after confronting McDonald's President about poverty wages.

      October 3, 14

    Young Autoworkers Ask Older Workers, "What Happened"- Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt3
    In this episode of Reality Asserts Itself Frank Hammer discusses the pressures on Detroit auto workers' wages that came from the American and global south.

      October 8, 2013

    The Fight Against UAW Leadership and GM - Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
    In this episode Frank Hammer tells Paul Jay about being inspired by the national liberation movements and the struggle against concessions as a response to the outsourcing of jobs

      October 7, 2013

    Why I Became a Working Class Organizer - Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
    On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, retired UAW Local President Frank Hammer tells the story of his radicalization in the movement against the Vietnam War and turning his back on a professional career to take up working class activism

      October 7, 2013

    Exposed: California's Secret Plan to Gut Public Pensions
    Lynn Parramore: California memo just latest example of Wall St's attack on workers' pensions

      October 3, 14

    Federal Contractors Employ More Low-Wage Workers Than Walmart and McDonald's Combined, While Paying Top Execs. $24 billion
    Workers and legislators demand President Obama sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractor employees.

      October 3, 14

    Minimum wage for tipped workers has been kept at $2.13 for 21 years
    Author Saru Jayaraman exposes exploitative restaurant industry fraught with racism, sexism, and horrible labor practices.

      October 3, 14

    Walmart Gets Clearance to Open Doors in DC
    DC City Council strikes down a living wage at America's largest private employer, despite public's support for $12.50/hour wage

      October 3, 14

    Why didn't OWS transform into a political movement?
    Two years later, author & journalist Nathan Schneider takes a look at concrete victories and missteps of the Occupy movement

      October 3, 14

    As Walmart Workers Strike In 15 Cities, Will Raising Min. Wage Hurt Employers?
    Jeannette Wicks-Lim: Santa Fe Raised their minimum wage 65% and employers didn't cut jobs.

      October 3, 14

    Striking Retail Worker and Mother of Four: "If we don't speak up, things will never change"
    Chicago retail workers earn concessions from their employer after striking

      October 3, 14

    South Africa's Largest Union on the Verge of Major Split
    Patrick Bond: South Africa trade unions become magnets for capital as an ideological confict masked as a sex scandal threatens to fracture union behind the one-year-old massacre

      October 3, 14

    Colombia's US Embassy To Evict GM Protestors From 2-Year Encampment, After Worker Ties Himself to Cross
    Frank Hammer: GM worker ties himself to a cross to get embassy's attention over GM's unsafe factories, refusal to pay disability claims, and the firing of injured workers.

      October 3, 14

    TRNN REPLAY: Australia Has $16 Minimum Wage and is the Only Rich Country to Dodge the Global Recession
    Australia has twice the minimum wage as the US and Big Macs cost roughly the same

      August 9, 2013

    30 Arrested in Wisconsin State Capitol for Singing Against Governor Walker
    Photo essay by Jenna Pope. For more than two years, the Solidarity Sing Along have serenaded Wisconsin's State Capitol with their criticism of Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP. Now, police say groups of 20 or more need a permit or they will face arrest.

      October 3, 14

    Is Detroit's Bankruptcy Really a Feeding Frenzy for Privatization?
    Frank Hammer: Retirees, workers, and blacks will lose big as banks look to profit from debt collection and the privatization of one of America's largest cities

      October 3, 14

    SF Giants Stadium Workers Protest For Fair Compensation
    Despite billions of dollars in subsidies, professional sports teams often squeeze lowest wage workers; in San Francisco concession workers are fighting back

      October 3, 14

    "Moral Mondays" Draws Thousands to Protest Legislative Attacks on Voting Rights and The Poor
    Hundreds arrested opposing Republican controlled legislature's 'barbaric' attacks on North Carolina's most vulnerable populations

      October 3, 14

    Philadelphia Slashes Schools Budget While State Spends $400 Million on New Prisons
    Philadelphia communities fighting back against planned cuts that disproportionally impact low income and African American communities

      October 3, 14

    GM Workers in Colombia Hunger Strike at US Embassy to Protest Dangerous Factory
    Frank Hammer: GM employees in Colombia have been protesting outside the US Embassy for months citing hundreds of injuries at local factory

      October 3, 14

    Protest in DC Denounces "Monsanto Protection Act"
    One thousand rally as part of global protest against Monsanto's political power and its role in spreading GMO throughout the world's food supply

      October 3, 14

    Global Protest Against Monsanto
    In more than 400 cities protestors call for a ban on GMO food

      October 3, 14

    Global Protest in 300 Cities Will Take Aim on Monsanto
    Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to challenge Monsanto's bullying of small farmers, influence on public policy, and aggressive promotion of GMOs.

      October 3, 14

    "Occupy Love" Documentary Asks "Can Crisis Be Turned into a Love Story"
    Velcrow Ripper and Paul Jay discuss Ripper's new film and movements, power and the synthesis of spirituality and politics

      October 3, 14

    Chicago Teachers and Parents Launch Three Day March Against 54 School Closings
    Increased gun violence expected in Chicago as school closings will force students to cross gang lines in America's deadliest city

      October 3, 14

    Hundreds Take Part in "Poor People's March" Against Unemployment and Austerity
    Hundreds mark 45th anniversary of Dr. King's "Poor People's March" to highlight ongoing fight against inequality and high unemployment

      October 3, 14

    California Domestic Workers Demand Bill of Rights
    Workers and advocates host Mother's Day brunch with legislators to urge passage of bill

      October 3, 14

    Occupy No Longer in Headlines But Activism Continues Nationwide
    David Swanson: Activists succeeding in turning public opinion against drone strikes; other forms of actions on the rise

      October 3, 14

    Global May Day Protests Against Austerity and Deaths of Bangladeshi Workers
    May Day marches in major cities around the world demand an end to austerity policies and support of workers' rights

      October 3, 14

    The War on Wages and The Road to Bangladesh
    Bill Black: In the name of competitiveness, the criminal conditions that led to the deaths and injuries of thousands of workers in Bangladesh, are being created around the world in a race to lower wages and working conditions

      October 3, 14

    Filipinos in San Francisco Rally Against Modern Slavery
    Protesters in front of Philippines Consulate denounce treatment of Filipino workers in the US

      March 4, 2013

    Detroit Anti-Eviction Campaign Keeping Families in Their Homes
    Community groups and Occupy Detroit using "any means necessary" to save homes from foreclosure

      February 22, 2013

    Worker Owned Businesses Point to New Forms of Ownership
    Can co-ops come out of the margins of the economy and be part of a larger political project to transform how things are owned?

      February 14, 2013

    New Orleans Parent and Activist Karran Harper Royal at "Journey for Justice" Hearing in DC
    Part 3 of TRN's coverage of the "Journey for Justice" DOE Hearing on School Closings

      October 3, 14

    Chicago Parent and Activist Jitu Brown at "Journey for Justice" Hearing in DC
    Part 2 of TRN's coverage of the "Journey for Justice" DOE Hearing on School Closings

      October 3, 14

    Parents and Students Demand Nationwide Moratorium on School Closings
    "Journey for Justice" activists rally in DC to DOE investigate alleged Civil Rights violations in school closings

      October 3, 14

    GM Rejects Talks as Ex-worker Enters 71st Day Of Hunger-Strike
    Ex-workers and their supporters aim to pressure GM to negotiate with employees injured at auto plant in Colombia

      October 3, 14

    Seattle Teachers' Boycott of High Stakes Tests Spreads
    Educators nationwide support growing Seattle teacher boycott of high stakes tests

      January 24, 2013

    Idle No More: Indigenous Peoples in Canada Actions in Support of Chief's Hunger Strike
    Hunger strike by Chief Theresa Spence against new government legislation and long term denial of indigenous rights sparks nation wide movement

      January 4, 2013

    Congress Delays Aid Bill As Sandy Victims Suffer
    Joel Kuperfman: Increased funding and accountability needed for government's response to Superstorm Sandy

      October 3, 14

    Wal-Mart Targeted Over Corruption and Labor Practices
    Global investigations, protests and strikes highlight need for change at world's biggest private employer

      December 24, 2012

    Thousands Remain Displaced From Sandy Without Heat and Power
    Residents desperate for government assistance for rebuilding and mold remediation seven weeks after Sandy

      October 3, 14

    Why Couldn't Unions Defeat Michigan Anti-Union Bill?
    Jane McAlevey: Unions need to be more focused on broad community interests to fight well financed anti-union campaign

      October 3, 14

    New York Activists Helping Turn Public Opinion Against NYPD's 'Stop and Frisk'
    Majority of New Yorkers now oppose Stop and Frisk after years of litigation, grassroots activism, and civil disobedience

      December 6, 2012

    The Real News in 2013
    Paul Jay: Here's what's coming on TRNN in 2013, and why, if you haven't donated yet, you should!

      December 5, 2012

    New York Fast Food Workers in Historic Strike for $15 an Hour
    Fast food workers close down McDonalds and other fast food outlets demanding a living wage and the right to unionize

      October 3, 14

    Reflections on Occupy Baltimore
    Editors of the book "We are Many"discuss challenges of building a movement in a city with a black political elite

      October 30, 2012

    Baltimore, Race and the Occupy Movement
    Editors of the book “We Are Many” discuss how the Occupy Movement can overcome the racial divide

      October 25, 2012

    Big London Protests Against Austerity
    Protest brings tens of thousands into the streets, but are such mobilizations enough to stop the cuts?

      October 24, 2012

    Advocates of Universal Healthcare Protest Obama and Romney
    New York Doctors protest lack of single-payer activists in presidential debates

      October 3, 14

    New Robin Hood Tax Introduced In Congress
    A half-percent tax on all financial transactions makes it to Congress

      October 3, 14

    Romney and Obama Policy to Save GM: Lower Wages
    Romney plan to “restructure” GM essentially the same as the Obama plan

      October 3, 14

    Mexican Drug War Victims Denounce US Complicity
    Mexican Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity visit New York. The movement started in 2011 when a well known Mexican Poet, Javier Sicilia, lost his young son to Narco related violence and declared he had enough. Members of this movement have now taken their criticism north to denounce US government complicity in the violence both by exporting weapons and also a model of militarization that targets all sectors of society.

      September 23, 2012

    New Quebec Government Cancels Tuition Hike
    Richard Fidler: CLASSE student organization sets its sights on free university tuition

      September 24, 2012



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