Summer’s about gone, and kids and teachers are getting ready to head back to school.
Back-to-school isn't the most fun time of year, but it is especially hard for teachers and students when there are billionaire families, like the Walmart-owning Waltons, gearing up to use their riches to attack public education and shift much-needed resources to for-profit corporate schools.
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
More and more unions, community groups and other organizations are lining up with the Postal Workers (APWU) and backing the union’s boycott of Staples. You can join in, too. As the APWU says, “It’s that easy,” just don’t buy your office supplies at Staples.
Lawmakers are beginning to recognize the widespread problems with the outsourcing of government services. According to a new report from In the Public Interest, 19 states have taken proactive steps to reverse this trend, which began in the 1970s and 1980s. The report also notes that taxpayers have begun to tire of the diminished quality and even loss of services that can arise from outsourcing them.
According to a new report from In the Public Interest (ITPI) the practice of outsourcing public services has resulted in growing income inequality and diminished quality of services at the public’s expense. Race to the Bottom: How Outsourcing Public Services Rewards Corporations and Punishes the Middle Class shows how corporate outsourcers have recorded huge profits by cutting corners and slashing worker pay, contributing greatly to decline of the middle class over the last several decades.
The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Postal Workers’ (APWU's) boycott of the office supply giant Staples over the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) privatization of retail operations by contracting mail services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.
Privatization of services has long been a favorite "solution" of right-wing extremists looking to profit off of taxpayer funds. In attempts to sell the government service provision to private companies, many promises are made about the cost-effectiveness and superior quality product that can be offered by the private sector. But most of those promised benefits fail to materialize. Here are 10 lessons that government officials should learn before considering the privatization of services based on the experience of Chicago's privatized parking meters (and other examples), as outlined in a recent Atlantic article.
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the people or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
On Thursday afternoon, April 24, members of the Postal Workers (APWU) staged a spirited protest at a Staples store located in Baltimore. This was just one of more than 50 such rallies held by union members, taking place at 80 Staples stores in 27 states across the country. A few local social justice activists also joined in support of the union.