Ruling Opens Way for Tucson Cabbies to Unionize

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More than 200 Tucson taxi drivers hired by AAA Transportation/Yellow Cab are employees, not independent contractors, and therefore eligible for union representation according to an October ruling by National Labor Relations Board Regional (NLRB) director Cornele A. Overstreet. This historic decision is based on a determination that the drivers’ opportunities for loss or gain are …

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Peru: Discriminatory Labor Law Repealed

Demonstration in Lima, Peru

LIMA, Peru—In a major victory for young workers, on January 26, 2015, the Peruvian Congress repealed its own Youth Labor Regime, Law No. 30288, best known locally as the “Ley Pulpín” or “Squid Law” in English, a reference to the stranglehold many-armed corporations have on labor and particularly young labor. This Law, which went into effect on …

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European Spring? Hope for the US?

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The resounding electoral victory of the Radical Coalition of the Left (SYRIZA) in Greece on January 25th may mark the beginning of important changes in Europe. SYRIZA has won 36.3% of the vote and 149 seats in the 300-member Parliament, defeating the right-wing New Democracy Party of incumbent Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. SYRIZA quickly formed …

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A Review of Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Book cover of Capital in the Twenty-first Century

Capital in the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Picketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer. 685 pages. Cambridge, MA and London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2014. (Original: Le capital au XXI siècle, Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 2013.) Capital in the Twenty-first Century is probably the most important book published in 2014 from the perspective of the …

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Trial Begins for Indigenous Protesters in Peru

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN After five years of bureaucratic delays and internal contradictions in the Peruvian judiciary system, the trial of 53 protesters in the northern Peruvian jungle town of Bagua has begun. The indigenous protesters, opposed to a dozen decree laws that truncated indigenous territorial rights that had been promulgated by then President Alan García. …

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