Class Autonomy

What does class autonomy mean?  Autonomy means, in essence ‘without them.’ Just as the company owners and management (capitalists and their representatives, respectively) meet without us, the workers, to make key decisions in the interest of growing bottom-line profits without our presence or input, (read: making decisions about the workflow, processes, expectations imposed upon us), [...]

Unions Seek Lower Pay for Workers—WTF?

The entire purpose of a union is to assert and defend the interests of its members. The reason that workers organized themselves into unions in the first place was because we can assert more social power collectively than individually. Historically, unionized workers have fought heroically and righteously for the 8-hour (as opposed to the 16-hour) [...]

Non-Jobs Don’t Count: The Working Class Perspective on the Unemployment Rate

Last week there was some debate over how many Americans are actually out of work, i.e., the “real” unemployment rate. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, an agency within the US Department of Labor, put the official number at a laughable 5.3%, down from 6.1% the previous year. (When counting those who have given up but [...]

Overtime Pay: They Gave Us a Crumb—We Want the Whole Damn Cake

A new rule being proposed by an Obama Administration executive order will update salary regulations frozen since 1975. 5 million salaried workers who’ve been bullied and coerced to provide countless hours of overtime labor without compensation are now (well, next year) supposed to actually get paid for work they do that exceeds 40 hours a [...]

The Minimum Wage Adjustment

We as workers and laborers are faced with countless hardships. We have to constantly worry about food, clothing, rent and medical expenses. Recently, people have been getting more and more fed up. So, in response, the official unions and NGOs have been trying to get us to “fight for $15”. The fast food industry makes [...]