UNIONS and PROGRESS

Privatization and unions, 3.46 min, uploaded by gsmartremarks, Feb 7, 2013: Gil Smart says modernizing liquor laws in Pennsylvania is a good idea – but not in order to punish unions;

What should Progressives Do Next? 7.53 min, also on YouTube’s Channel, uploaded by TheRealNews, Feb 17, 2013: Norman Solomon on developing an independent Progressive movement and influencing the Democratic Party;  

Why are Unionization Rates at Historic Low? 13.12 min, uploaded by TheRealNews, Feb 13, 2013: Stephanie Luce: Union members earn on average 27% more, yet union density drops; Obama takes labor law reform off his agenda;

Trade Unions Help Migrant Workers Realise Labour Rights in Thailand, 11.16 min, uploaded by ILOtv, Jan 24, 2013: Four people from Myanmar, living in Thailand, meet the ILO Director General, Mr. Guy Ryder and tell their personal stories about vulnerability and hardship as migrant workers. Thai trade unions, the ILO and a Burmese support group in Thailand are working together to ensure these and other migrant workers can enjoy the same labour rights as Thai workers. The ILO’s TRIANGLE project has set up a series of Migrant Worker Resource Centres in Thailand and five other countries of Southeast Asia, supported by AusAID. The video contains some graphic imagery of a young worker’s injured hand;

Fighting Child Labour in India’s Carpet Industry, 5.00 min, uploaded by ILOtv, April 10, 2012: Eradicating child labour is difficult, but some employers in India are finding a way. And along the way to eliminating child labour, employers are also discovering that it makes good business sense as well;

Unions and social media in Brazil (in portugues, subtitled in english), 44.22 min, uploaded by USILive2012, Feb 7, 2013 (Help us caption and translate this video on Amara.org), english Homepage;

Building the Progressive Democratic Labor Alliance, 71.12 min, uploaded by PDAMERICA, Jan 28, 2013: John Nichols of The Nation moderates a panel of progressive labor leaders including Karen Higgins of National Nurses United (NNU), George Kohl of the Communication Workers of America (CWA), Lindsay McLaughlin of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Bill Fletcher, PDA board member, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), at PDA’s, “Progressive Central III, The People’s Inauguration”, University of the District of Columbia Law School, January 19th, 2013;

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Progressive Democrats of America:

  • on official website: Progressive Democrats of America was founded in 2004 to transform the Democratic Party and our country. We seek to build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites-with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests. As a grassroots PAC operating inside the Democratic Party, and outside in movements for peace and justice, PDA played a key role in the stunning electoral victories of November 2006 and 2008. Our inside/outside strategy is guided by the belief that a lasting majority will require a revitalized Democratic Party built on firm progressive principles …;
  • on en.wikipedia: … is a progressive political organization and grassroots political action committee operating inside the United States Democratic Party;

Contemporary progressivism on en.wikipedia, as part of the article on Progressivism in the United States.

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