FTP! Cops out of labor movement, youth in!

first_imgThe American Federation of Labor was founded in 1886 and the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1935. The two union federations merged in 1955. For most of this time police organizations — wrongly referred to as unions — were not affiliated with the U.S. labor movement. The International Union of Police Associations, comprised of local police groups, like the Fraternal Order of Police, the Police Benevolent Association and others, was not chartered by the AFL-CIO until 1979.If the federation is to uphold its Mission Statement — its stated purpose is “to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation” — the AFL-CIO must immediately expel the IUPA.Consistently, police associations side with their members against the communities they occupy and routinely subject to brutal, all-too-often deadly force. They defend the violent suppression of recent Black Lives Matter protests, which has led to several deaths and numerous injuries.Their contracts have a long list of protective disciplinary guidelines — which most employers would never agree to — making it nearly impossible to hold cops accountable for misconduct, including murder. A prime example is Bob Kroll, the president of Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. Calling on Kroll to resign, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy explained, “Kroll has a long history of bigoted remarks and complaints of violence made against him. As union President, he antagonizes and disparages members of the Black community. He advocates for military-style police tactics making communities less safe and the police force more deadly. “Despite his conduct, Kroll was reelected with an overwhelming majority.”Kroll, who now defends the killers of George Floyd, is hardly exceptional. As a resolution passed by Seattle’s MLK Labor states, “Systemic racism exists in the City of Seattle Police Department.” The Seattle Police Officers Guild faces expulsion from the local labor federation if it does not affirm “that racism is a structural problem in our society and in law enforcement that until addressed creates undue harm on Black and BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] communities.” There are calls for stronger action, including a petition signed by thousands of union members calling for the AFL-CIO to expel the IUPA and for AFL-CIO-affiliated public sector unions with police units “to terminate their relationships with unionized police and correctional officers.” (tinyurl.com/ybcgbonv) Cops aren’t part of working classSome misguided union members might think that cop associations are merely fulfilling their legal obligation — the “duty of fair representation.” But real unions, historically, have not defended racist conduct. For example, during World War II, backward white autoworkers staged “hate strikes” to keep Black workers from getting jobs on the assembly line. The United Auto Workers told the auto companies to fire the racist workers. More importantly, there is a fundamental distinction between labor unions, which represent the organized working class, and “fraternal orders” or “benevolent associations” that represent the uniformed goons of the capitalist state. The police represent an alien class interest. In communities of color they are essentially a colonial occupying force that consistently upholds white supremacy — which their membership organizations reinforce. In the U.S., police forces began as armed bodies to support chattel slavery, or “slave catchers.” From the first strikes in the 1800s until today, the police have sided with the bosses and upheld capitalist wage-slavery. In addition, policing is a drain on city budgets already strained by falling tax revenues during an economic crisis and exorbitant interest payments demanded by big banks.Why, we must ask AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, are police allowed to be a part of the labor movement? Yet he takes the pathetic position that “The short answer is not to disengage and just condemn.”  (publicintegrity.org, June 5)Certain supervisors — those who can hire and fire workers — are often not allowed to join unions. A lone individual who crosses a picket line can be barred from union membership. It’s past time to expel the cops — police, prison and detention guards, border patrol and all armed agents of the capitalist class — and get their toxic presence out of the labor movement once and for all.Growing class consciousness explains the mass popularity of the slogans “f— the police” and “all cops are b—ds.” The acronyms FTP and ACAB (1312) have been spray painted from coast to coast. This is a working-class revolt.These youth, many of them low-wage workers, are putting their lives on the line for Black Lives Matter. Theirs is exactly the awareness, energy and militancy that the labor movement desperately needs. These youth want to be organized into unions, not be targeted by police or be incarcerated.  Not only should the cops be thrown out, the young, multinational working class that has taken on the state needs to be brought in to replace them.FTP! Organize the youth! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Malta: RSF files complaint in France in connection with Maltese journalist’s murder

first_img Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News Malta is ranked 77th out of 180 countriesin RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 30 places in the past two years. Organisation The journalists conducting this joint investigation, called the “Daphne Project,” then discovered emails between 17 Black and two Panama-based shell companies owned respectively by Mizzi and Schembri. The emails referred to money transfers of up to 2 million dollars for unspecified services. RSF and the Caruana Galizia family suspect that these transfers were used to pay these senior Maltese politicians for awarding this contract to Fenech, and that Caruana Galizia was murdered as a direct consequence of having drawn attention to this case of Maltese government corruption. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia MaltaEurope – Central AsiaFrance Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeImpunity Fenech was finally arrested on 15 November as he was trying to flee Malta and has been charged with complicity in Caruana Galizia’s murder. He reportedly named Schembri as the murder’s “real mastermind.” Following these developments, RSF and the Caruana Galizia family, who were assisted by the lawyer Emmanuel Daoud, discovered that Fenech owned major assets in France, including the Evian-les­Bains Hilton Hotel. Fenech also owns a race-horse stable in France that yielded several hundred thousand euros in profits from January 2015 to December 2017.  In the light of these facts, the plaintiffs think the national financial prosecutor’s officer or the Paris public prosecutor should open a preliminary or full judicial investigation. December 4, 2019 Malta: RSF files complaint in France in connection with Maltese journalist’s murder Caruana Galizia often wrote about Maltese political corruption on her “Running commentaries” blog and, in the course of investigating a public contract to build and operate a power station in Malta, she discovered the existence of a Dubai-based company called 17 Black that was being used for suspicious financial transfers. Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and close relatives of Maltese journalist DaphneCaruana Galizia filed a complaint yesterday with the French financial prosecutor’s officeand the Paris public prosecutor asking them to investigate three leading Maltese citizens onsuspicion of giving or taking bribes and complicity in Caruana Galizia’s murder. June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information The complaint filed by the lawyer Emmanuel Daoud on behalf of RSF and the Caruana Galizia family names Yorgen Fenech, a businessman now under arrest in Malta, Keith Schembri, who has just resigned as the prime minister’s chief of staff, and Konrad Mizzi, who has just resigned as tourism minister. June 7, 2021 Find out more News “The murder of a journalist in a European Union country cannot go unpunished,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “As the assets in France of one of the probable masterminds may have been used to pay the perpetrators of this appalling crime, the French judicial authorities must investigate and help establish the truth.” MaltaEurope – Central AsiaFrance Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeImpunity After her death, a media collective continued her research and discovered that 17 Black belonged to Fenech, the owner of Electrogas Malta, the company that had just been awarded the contract to build and run this power station. RSF and the Caruana Galizia family believe that Fenech used income from assets he owns in France to bribe these two Maltese politicians in order to get a lucrative state contract – which Caruana Galizia was investigating just before her death – and to pay those who planted the car bomb that killed Caruana Galizia on 16 October 2017.last_img read more

Oakdale hits rocks for second time

first_imgOakdale Bakeries, renamed Bakesense Bakeries, has called in administrators for the second time this year.With sites in Doncaster and Wigan, over 200 jobs remain uncertain. The company makes mince pies, tarts and fruit pies.Glenn Bancroft, co-owner, acquired Oakdale Bakeries from administrators in March. Last week, he told British Baker that the rocketing prices of wheat, oil, energy, packaging and butter had taken its toll on the business. Butter prices have also risen by 40% since January 2007, according to a report from Staple Dairy Products.Bancroft stressed that the bakery’s parent firm Bakesense, a bakery sales and marketing com-pany, remained unaffected by the latest trading under administration, as did its other bakery in Wales.”As for the Oakdale business, it’s extremely unfortunate because, over the past 17 weeks, our team managed to slash weekly losses from nearly £200,000 down to £17,000.”Bancroft added that because margins had been squeezed by rapidly increasing costs, the business forecasts for the year failed to secure the required investment.”Our team is now focusing on Bakesense’s bakery in Wales. Although the administration of the two former Oakdale sites is disappointing, it has been an experience that we will learn from,” he said.Oakdale originally called in administrators on 26 January and a deal was completed with Bakesense on 9 March. A spokesman for administrator Deloitte said it was seeking support from custo-mers and would continue to trade the business while looking to sell it as a going concern.last_img read more

Kwesi Appiah – President Mahama is not forcing me to field Ayews

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah insists the country’s President John Dramani Mahama is not forcing him to field the Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan when they return to the Black Stars.Appiah has endorsed the intervention by the country’s leader insisting the action is only a move to get the play to commit to the Black Stars once again.There is widespread belief that the involvement of President Mahama in the return of the Ayews is an element of pressure on the coach to field the duo on their return.Some have accused President Mahama of trying to force the coach to field the Ayews by intervening in the matter for the duo to return to the side.But the Black Stars coach insists the intervention by the country’s leader for the two players to return to action for the national team doesn’t mean they will be selected automatically.Andre and Jordan quit in February when both players were dropped from Ghana’s Nations Cup squad citing different reasons for their decision to quit. Jordan insisted in February that he wants to be assured of regular playing time before he returns to the Black Stars while Andre said he had problems with the management of the national team.However the duo announced their return to international football recently after a meeting with Ghana President John Mahama.Despite the general belief that the involvement of President Mahama in the return of the Ayews will bear some amount of pressure for the coach to include them in his squad, Appiah disputes that.“I don’t believe in pressure. The President never said they should come back and be in the first team,” the Black Stars coach told BBC Sport.“The president said they should make themselves available and for me that is a good thing because it is important that players are available for the nation at any given time. “While the players make themselves available, they will be invited on merit and based on the demands of every game.”The Ayew brothers are expected to return to action for Ghana in September when they play Zambia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.last_img read more