By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2016
“In January [Nabisco] made the announcement. They said, ‘we’re laying off 600 people, we’re sending the production down to Mexico, you can basically deal with it,’” explained Nate Zeff, of the BCTGM International Union.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Unemployment | Tagged Animal Crackers, Anthony Jackson, BCTGM International Union, Fig Newtons, Honey Grams, Irene Rosenfeld, Mike Araujo, Mondelez International, Nabisco, Nabisco 600, Nate Zeff, Oreos, Ritz Crackers | 2 Responses
By transportprovidence on March 18, 2016
The fact that Katz is addressing this is a sign that substantial success has been made in promoting the concept of a guaranteed minimum income among liberals and conservatives.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, International News, National News, Poverty, Unemployment | Tagged c andrew morse, earned income tax credit, EITC, GMI, guaranteed minimum income, justin katz, Ken Block, Ocean State Current-Anchor | 7 Responses
By Harry Rix on February 15, 2016
“Churches can be a place where judgment, shame and contempt [for families with felons] are felt most acutely.” Michelle Alexander Time for a pop quiz question. Ready? In what year did the U.S. end slavery? Most agree it’s 1865. Some historians disagree. Their answer: 1942. True, the Triangle Trade’s enrichment of slave shippers ended with […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Homelessness, Housing, Labor, marijuana reform, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Unemployment | Tagged convict leasing, mass incarceration, Slavery, war on drugs | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 8, 2016
We are, as a state, pursuing failed economic and job creation strategies, and we will continue to fail unless our elected leaders take this new data seriously.
Posted in Business & Tech, Campaign 2016, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Education, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Unemployment, Video | Tagged Davos, Dennis Algiers, Dominick Ruggerio, GE, General Electric, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, John Haltiwanger, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael Leachman, Michael Mazerov, Nicholas A. Mattiello, NuLabel, State Job Creation Strategies Often Off Base, tax stabilization agreements, TSAs, World Economic Summit | 5 Responses
By Harry Rix on December 28, 2015
A living wage is a win/win/win: Employees receive a just wage; employers overcome high turnover and reduced productivity; and taxpayers avoid paying ‘corporate welfare’ for low-wage workers.
The primary problem is greed.
The wealthy counter with the myth: “The rich are makers, the poor are takers.” The reverse is true.
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Religion, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged greed, just wage, living wage, the makers, the takers, wage slavery | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 24, 2015
In the future predicted by the leaders of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, there will be fewer and fewer people able to pay taxes or in any way participate in the economic system of our state. Robots, however, will be productive and very taxable.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Opinion, Poverty, Rhode Island, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged automation, Bob Bacon, John Henry, Mike Araujo, minimum wage, Paul Krugman, RIHA, robert reich, robots, ROC United RI, tipped minimum wage | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2015
“No matter how many jobs we have, no matter how strong our economy is, there are always going to be people who need help. There are always going to be people, whether it’s a disability, mental or physical, or it’s just bad luck, who are going to need help and going to need support.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment, Video | Tagged Daniel McKee, george nee, Gina Raimondo, harrington hall, Homelessness, House of Hope, J. Michael Downey, Jean Johnson, Jim Ryczek, Lynn Loveday, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, seth magaziner, social safety net | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
…”the focus has to be on eradicating the safety net and not bolstering the safety net.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, People, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment | Tagged Nicholas Mattiello, Poverty, social justice | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2014
It took too long, but eventually, after the election of FDR, the United States got around to actually doing something about the Great Depression. The Works Progress (or Work Projects) Administration (W.P.A.) started putting Americans back to work, Keynesian style, in 1935. Economists may argue about the efficacy of stimulus programs, but one benefit cannot […]
By Tom Sgouros on April 30, 2014
Everyone knows that Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, right? After a few years of lagging Michigan and sometimes Nevada, we are now the nation’s leaders, despite the rate having ticked down slightly last month. But consider this: what do you learn by comparing a tiny state like ours to relatively […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2014
Adrienne Jones says she was fired from her job at the Providence Hilton for supporting the effort of her colleagues to form a union. She’s a lifelong Providence native and a graduate of Hope High School, CCRI and the Boston Bartending School. A divorced mom with a seven year old son, she has that easy […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2014
Arguments against raising the minimum wage are tedious, immoral and wrong. Writing about the need for a substantive raise in the minimum wage to alleviate the crushing poverty of the working poor opens the floodgates to conservative and libertarian cranks who argue, against all reason and compassion, that minimum wage laws should be abolished. Tearing […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 24, 2014
In response to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras supporting a minimum wage increase in Rhode Island from its current $8 to a kingly $10.10, both Republican candidates, according to the ProJo, have opposed the idea. Ken Block is quoted as saying, “We have seen repeatedly… that Democrat-driven mandates, like increasing the minimum wage, raise the […]
By Robert Malin on January 8, 2014
On The 50th Anniversary of ‘The War on Poverty’ Peoples Assembly Calls for a New ‘War on Poverty’ -Mobilization on April 2nd The 50th Anniversary of ‘The War on Poverty’ demands a RI mobilization against poverty today- one that fights the roots of poverty, which is the unequal distribution of wealth in a system that […]
By Oswald Krell on December 17, 2013
In my last post, I talked about Clarence Thomas and his truly remarkable rise to a position that his father could never, ever have achieved. Indeed, even a slightly older Mr. Thomas would probably not been able to attain such a truly lofty height. This all sort of gets to the idea of social mobility. […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economy, Education, Featured, Labor, Race & Racism, Unemployment | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Income Inequality, Labor, Unemployment | 3 Responses
By Oswald Krell on December 1, 2013
A few weeks ago, my church had a Sunday sermon devoted to stewardship. Translated, that means how much are you going to pledge to donate to the church for the coming year? This year, the priest asked people in the congregation to stand up and explain why they gave. Now, I was a coward and […]
By Bruce Reilly on June 29, 2013
Yesterday, mere hours before the House passed “Ban the Box” (5507A) by a 62-3 vote, I spoke with a friend who had been told by a temp agency he is “toxic,” and they could never hire him. I said this wasn’t a good case for litigation under federal law. He didn’t care about suing anyone; he was just feeling down about his job search. Unlike most of the 2014 college graduates (with dual degree Honors) my friend has a criminal record from age 16.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Labor, Unemployment | Tagged 5507, ACI, Ban the Box, Chaffee, criminal records, DARE, employment, formerly incarcerated, legislation | Leave a response
By Mark Gray on December 19, 2012
Where’s the Work?, an organization of unemployed and underemployed workers in Rhode Island joined together at the netWORK RI office in Providence to call on Congress to extend unemployment insurance before the end of the year. Some 8,700 of Rhode Island’s jobless will lose their unemployment insurance on December 29 unless the program is reauthorized. […]
By KateBrock on December 5, 2012
Ocean State Action today announced the addition of Mark Gray to their organizing staff, naming him the new Where’s the Work? campaign organizer after the departure of Aaron Regunberg, who has moved on to serve as Director of the Providence Student Union. As Where’s the Work? campaign organizer, Gray will spearhead Ocean State Action’s continuing […]