Portside Snapshot - September 28, 2016



Business-Backed ‘Anti-Union Union’ Falters at Volkswagen

Chris Brooks
Labor Notes
The American Council of Employees, a business-financed rival to the United Auto Workers at Chattanooga’s VW plant, no longer meets the minimum membership threshold to qualify for meetings with management as part of the company’s so-called “Community Organization Engagement” policy. It could not prove it had a minimum of 15 percent of the workforce as active members.

First Presidential Debate: The GOP Was MIA

Eric Alterman
Moyers and Company
Besides birtherism and anti-Blumenthalism, Donald Trump basically ignored the entire Republican agenda of the past eight years. The upshot of last night is not merely that one candidate is hyper-qualified to be the next president of the United States and the other one is not even a decent beauty-queen host; it’s that the entire Republican Party agenda of the past eight years has been a hoax.

Colombia Peace Deal Resounds in Farc's Heartland

Sibylla Brodzinsky
The Guardian
“The horrible night has ceased,” said Santos, quoting a phrase from Colombia’s national anthem.
‘I can’t believe this is really happening. This is a great day for Colombia,’ says Alonso Cardoza from the remote town of Uribe where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia formally took its name.

Volkswagen Faces Bumpy Road in Challenge to 'Micro-Union'

Daniel Wiessner and Bernie Woodall
The German automaker's U.S. subsidiary earlier this month brought a case in a Washington, D.C.-based federal appeals court seeking to overturn a vote by a group of skilled trade workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, assembly plant to join the United Auto Workers.
The dispute is a high-profile test of whether unions, an seek new members by targeting smaller groups, rather than organizing whole plants or companies as in the past.

Who Will Win the Just Born Game of Chicken?

Anthony Salamone, Scott Kraus
The Morning Call
400 workers represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union have been on strike at the Just Born candy factory since September 7. Just Born's hard-line stance on hiring replacement workers could have both short- and long-term consequences for the company, including the need to rebuild shattered trust among employees and the possibility of fending off lawsuits from the workers hired to replace them, experts said.

I Am Not Your Negro

Bill Meyer
Hollywood Progressive
Raoul Peck's new film 'I Am Not Your Negro' about James Baldwin has a powerful structure utilizing rare videos and photos and personal writings of Baldwin, and at the same time aligning them with contemporary issues of police brutality and race relations, creates a mesmerizing awareness of the continuity in the struggle for civil rights.




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