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Security workers’ strike leads to contract agreement



News Analysis

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer


After going on a one-day strike, security officers from SEIU Local 26 came to a contract agreement with local security companies. “We were striking for better healthcare benefits, job security and better pay. You could say we were fighting to move our members out of poverty,” said Harrison Bullard, executive vice president of SEIU local 26. Bullard’s union also participated in a “week of actions” designed to show the connections between his union, the fight for better wages, and the office cleaners’ fight for dignity and higher wages. It also sought to unite those workers’ struggle with that of workers who are being discriminated against because of their past criminal records and workers who have been wrongfully foreclosed on by the major banks. Continue Reading →

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Occupy Homes is right — foreclosure is a moral issue



As Mayor Rybak and the City of Minneapolis scramble to make clear their role in home foreclosures, the stand taken by Occupy Homes is making it clear that this issue is not black and white and that at bottom there is a moral component. And there is the question of whether public monies should be used in this dispute between a homeowner and lender. The law and rule of law make it easy to forget that at bottom we are human beings and the law should make it easier for all of us to live as human beings rather than as consumers and victims of commercial swindle. Of course it is commercial swindle, because who said interest had to be eight or 12 percent? And how did the banks get to offer and then enforce adjustable mortgages that seem destined to go higher rather than lower? Continue Reading →

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