Tell Biden: Make the PRO Act law by executive order

first_imgApril 8 was the “National Day of Action for the PRO Act.” The AFL-CIO mobilized to bombard U.S. senators with phone calls demanding they pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. This legislation, passed by the House in March for a second time, would go a long way to advance union success in organizing drives, collective bargaining and strikes. (See details at  workers.org/2021/03/55082/)The PRO Act bans captive audience meetings — or “classes,” as Amazon calls the mandatory propaganda sessions it used to defeat the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union’s organizing effort in Bessemer, Alabama.The PRO Act would undo major portions of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, a union-busting law that has hamstrung organized labor for almost three quarters of a century.It contains many other important features. While some elements of the PRO Act warrant improvement, organized labor sorely needs it to reverse an era of setbacks that began when President Ronald Reagan broke the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) back in 1981.President Joe Biden has promised to sign the bill if it passes the Senate. But despite a phone blitz, hopes are not high that labor can get the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster — a process that makes it almost impossible to pass anything by a simple democratic majority. Nor is it likely Senate Democrats will scrap the filibuster altogether, which they could legally do.But are Biden’s hands tied? Absolutely not!PRO is a go — by executive orderThere are three branches of government — or so we’ve been taught since grade school: the legislative, the judiciary and the executive (the president).The Constitution gives policy-making powers to all three branches. The president’s tool kit consists of executive orders. Biden has passed 38 bills on a range of issues since his inauguration in January.Executive orders can have far-reaching ramifications. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued over 3,700, including the order to create the Works Progress Administration that brought masses of unemployed back to work during the Great Depression. The most famous executive order was President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to abolish chattel slavery.Today’s wage slaves need the PRO Act to challenge the tyranny of Taft-Hartley and misnamed “right-to-work” laws. Historically, these anti-labor laws particularly targeted unions that united Black and white workers in the Jim Crow South.Biden — who as a candidate bragged he would be “the strongest labor president you have ever had”— has no excuse not to enact PRO by executive order. But if the class struggle does not push him, as it pushed FDR in the 1930s, he will invent any bogus justification for sidestepping the issue. The vote against a union at Amazon was a blow, but no cause for retreat in the face of adversity. No “Biden” time — seize the moment! Let’s start a mass, struggle-oriented campaign to demand Biden enact the PRO Act by executive order.As the United Farm Workers so bravely exclaimed years ago, ¡Sí se puede! Yes, it can be done!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Just 34% of Indonesia’s stimulus budget spent six months into pandemic

first_imgThe government has only spent around Rp 237 trillion (US$15.92 billion) of the funds earmarked for economic stimulus during the COVID-19 outbreak, representing just 34.1 percent of the allocated budget, six months into the crisis.Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said Monday that the government would expand its aid programs until December and push to expedite spending. The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion for stimulus programs, focusing on health care, social safety net programs and economic recovery. “From the first half of the year until September, budget disbursement has increased significantly,” he told reporters, adding that the government had seen a 30.9 percent month-to-month (mtm) increase in stimulus spending. However, he did not go into details. The government was currently reviewing a plan to provide aid for honorary workers, he added, explaining that it would extend the cash aid program for workers until March next year and extend the cash aid program for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) until June next year to bolster domestic consumption.The government is struggling to revive the economy, which shrank 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year and is widely expected to shrink further in the third quarter. Gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract 1.1 percent this year under a worst-case projection.The Jakarta administration’s reimposition of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on Monday is expected to deal a further blow to the economy, with ministers saying assessments would be made on its implications for GDP.The capital makes the highest contribution to the national economy among all regions of the country, with Jakarta’s regional domestic product accounting for 17.17 percent of the country’s GDP in the second quarter, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show. The capital is followed by East Java (14.6 percent) and West Java (13.45 percent), which are both also virus epicenters.Topics :last_img read more

Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers Make Historic Test Debut in Dominica

first_imgNewsSports Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers Make Historic Test Debut in Dominica by: – July 8, 2011 112 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers. As the Dominicans jubilantly celebrated their first test match in the history of cricket at Windsor Park, Scotiabank Kiddy Cricketers too were thrilled to be an integral part of the momentous occasion. Over 60 Kiddy Cricketers from 6 primary schools burst into action on the outfield on the 2nd day of West Indies and India 3rd test match. A new set will be featured on Friday the 3rd day of the Digicel Test match. The students are sharing the stage with some of their favourite West Indian Test players to display their effervescent batting, bowling, catching and fielding skills during the lunch break.The students who took centre stage were from Massacre, Goodwill, New Town, St Mary’s, Roseau and Trafalgar primary schools in the south as well as Woodford Hill, WS Stephens, Roosevelt Douglas, St Johns and Wesley primary schools in the north. Commenting on this year’s Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Activation, Kiddy Cricket Coordinator – Dominca, Mr. Mervin Thomas Service said: “It is a great privilege to be working on this youth development programme across Dominica at the primary school level. The students have shown potential through the Kiddy Cricket Festivals in June. We saw some potential high quality all rounders and we are working to keep them interested and excited in cricket. Our aim to keep motivating and training the students, so they can move unto the next level in youth cricket locally.”Esther Scotland, Head of Scotiabank Dominica said that she was very pleased with the progress of the programme in Dominica. ”Scotiabank is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the WICB’s Kiddy Cricket Programme and also the Official Bank of West Indies Cricket. We have seen outstanding talent in both the boys and girls registered in the programme and firmly believe our investment is a worthwhile one. We encourage the students through our volunteer coaches to work really hard and stay committed to their goals of rising to the top of this great game which we love so much across the Caribbean.”“The fact that the programme also seeks to develop their academic proficiency though cricket base learning aids and resources is also a fun and very meaningful way to keep them engaged. We are proud to be a part of the programme and support Kiddy Cricket as we head into the future.”In January 2011, the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme was re-launched in Dominica and has since provided the 30 schools enrolled with new Kiddy Cricket equipment, new uniforms as well as an increased number of Level 1 coaches to assist the Physical Education teachers in training the students. The students from Dominica have also been able to participate in inter-school Kiddy Cricket Festivals to hone their skills. A WICB Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Camp is scheduled to be held in Dominica later in the year.Press Releasecenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

2 arrested in drug raid at Batesville apartment

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – Two Batesville men are facing drug charges after police say they found marijuana and paraphernalia during a search of an apartment.Batesville police obtained a warrant through the Franklin County Circuit Court authorizing them to search a residence at Canterbury apartments on Arlington Drive.Officers raided the apartment Sunday night and it resulted in the arrest of Austin Garland and Jacob Ferguson, both 21-years-old.Ferguson was booked into the Franklin County Jail on suspicion of dealing marijuana (class A misdemeanor) and Garland was charged with possession of marijuana (class B misdemeanor).last_img

Late Terry goal gives Blues victory

first_imgReturning captain John Terry bundled in a stoppage-time goal as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 to consolidate their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Everton’s fluid football was causing problems for Chelsea, who were bidding to respond from a two-match winless streak following the draw at West Brom and FA Cup loss at Manchester City. The visitors would not allow their hosts to settle, disrupting their rhythm with Osman, James McCarthy and Gareth Barry breaking up play in midfield. When Chelsea got beyond the Toffees trio, they encountered another defensive wall in Sylvain Distin and Jagielka, who acrobatically cleared a menacing Hazard cross. When that rearguard was breached, Eto’o wrong-footed Distin and shot left-footed, only for Howard to save. Kevin Mirallas miscued a shooting chance from the edge of the area and Willian scuffed a shot at Howard as the half closed with Everton the better side. Chelsea’s playmakers struggled in the first half and Oscar was sacrificed at half-time. The Brazil playmaker’s recent showings have been below his high standards, something Mourinho attributed to the British weather, but on a spring-like day he was unusually quiet. The more industrious Ramires came on and was immediately in the thick of the action, taking part in a shoving match with Osman after Steven Pienaar went to ground. Referee Lee Probert opted for a drop ball. Chelsea pushed forwards, with Lampard shooting at Howard before Distin blocked the follow-up effort. An attempted Eto’o through-ball towards Hazard hit Jagielka’s arm as the defender tumbled over and Chelsea, more hope than expectation, appealed in vain for a penalty. Willian and Ramires shot off target but still Everton were threatening. Osman’s shot from the edge of the area clipped Mirallas, and Cech scrambled the ball round the post. In an open game, Chelsea had three opportunities in quick succession following a corner. First Hazard’s shot was parried by Howard. Eto’o tried to direct his headed follow-up across goal and into the top corner, but served only to miss the target completely and the goalkeeper then denied Ivanovic. Fernando Torres replaced Willian and Eto’o pushed wide right before later making way for Andre Schurrle, while Ross Barkley came on for Osman for the visitors. Still Chelsea were struggling to find the incisive pass, while Everton were playing like visitors, by having just scraps to feed off, unlike in the first half when they were marginally on top. Mirallas was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu and Aiden McGeady replaced Pienaar with 10 minutes to go, with Martinez as positive as Mourinho in his substitutions, believing his side could win the contest. Chelsea continued to forge forward and Torres blasted into Hazard and wide when the ball would not quite sit for the Belgian and then the Spain striker fired wildly wide. Terry stood firm as Barkley ran at him in the Chelsea penalty area and Ramires fired narrowly wide at the other end. Finally the deadlock was broken after Ramires and Jagielka collided and the Chelsea man was awarded a free-kick. Lampard whipped in the ball and Terry stabbed it beyond Howard. Press Association It appeared two points would be dropped by Jose Mourinho’s men as an entertaining contest remained goalless until Phil Jagielka was adjudged to have fouled Ramires in the left channel. Frank Lampard’s inswinging free-kick was glanced down by Branislav Ivanovic and Terry slid in to score past Tim Howard. It was a timely intervention from the skipper, who returned following a three-game absence with a gluteal muscle problem. Chelsea had won once in his absence, but they now travel to Galatasaray for the Champions League last-16 first leg with Didier Drogba’s side on Wednesday after a morale-boosting victory. Howard had earlier denied Eden Hazard and Ivanovic in quick succession, and Everton, who won the Goodison Park contest in September, were unfortunate to be beaten as their winless away run was extended to five games. Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League home record extended to 74 games as luck was on Chelsea’s side. With Romelu Lukaku prevented from facing his parent club, Roberto Martinez had selected Lacina Traore for his first Premier League start, only for the giant Ivorian to withdraw after feeling his hamstring in the warm-up. In came Steven Naismith, who scored the winner in September’s clash, but it was nonetheless a blow for the visitors. At 5ft 8in Naismith is a foot shorter than Traore, offering a different threat to Terry and leaving Everton short of an attacking focal point. Oscar received a yellow card for a foul on the Scot, who then played a lay-off for Leon Osman to strike a rising drive which required Petr Cech to tip over at full stretch. last_img read more