“This Agreement Protects Jobs”: Four Unions at Rutgers University Reach Historic Deal to End Layoffs

After a year of layoffs, cuts and austerity, the faculty and staff of four unions at Rutgers University have voted in support of an unusual and pioneering agreement to protect jobs and guarantee raises after the school declared a fiscal emergency as a result of the pandemic. A key part of the deal is an agreement by the professors to do “work share” and take a slight cut in hours for a few months in order to save the jobs of other lower-paid workers. “The historic nature of this agreement is that it encompasses all four unions,” says Christine O’Connell, president of the union representing Rutgers administrators. “This…

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Amazon Intimidates Workers Amid Historic Union Vote in Alabama as Jeff Bezos Makes $7 Million an Hour

Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are in the final days of voting on whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and become the first unionized Amazon warehouse in the United States. Ballots have been sent to nearly 6,000 workers, most of whom are Black, in one of the most closely watched union elections in decades. Amazon has fought off labor organizing at the company for decades, but workers in Baltimore, New Orleans, Portland, Denver and Southern California are now also reportedly considering union drives. “Amazon is trying to intimidate workers. They want them to be afraid,” says Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and…

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Trump acquitted in historic impeachment trial

Donald Trump was acquitted on 13 February of inciting the horrific attack on the US Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial that spared him the first-ever conviction of a current or former US president. The trial also, however, exposed the fragility of America’s democratic traditions and left a divided nation to come to terms with the violence sparked by his defeated presidency. 57-43 Barely a month since the deadly January 6 riot that stunned the world, the Senate convened for a rare weekend session to deliver its verdict, voting while armed National Guard troops continued to stand their posts outside the iconic building. The quick trial, the nation’s…

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Senate Puts Trump on Trial in Historic Second Impeachment Case for Inciting Capitol Insurrection

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Well, history is being made today. The second impeachment trial of a U.S. president, of former President Donald Trump, begins today in the Senate. Since the founding of the United States, the Senate has conducted just three other presidential impeachment trials: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1999 and Donald Trump last year, in 2020. Trump is the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office. The House impeached Trump a week before his term ended for inciting the deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, which was aimed…

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Argentina legalises abortion in historic victory for reproductive rights

Argentina has legalised abortion, becoming only the fourth country in Latin America to fully do so. The new law will allow abortions until the 14th week of pregnancy, where they were previously only allowed if the mother’s health was at risk or if she had been raped. The Argentine Senate voted in favour of the bill at the end of December, after the lower house did the same earlier in the month. The bill was introduced by Argentine president Alberto Fernández, who celebrated the victory. Reproductive rights campaigners took to the streets to welcome the news:   ARGENTINA HAS FREE, LEGAL AND SAFE ABORTION. after so many years…

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Indian Farmers Lead Historic Strike & Protests Against Narendra Modi, Neoliberalism & Inequality

As COVID rages through India, which has the second-highest number of reported cases worldwide, hundreds of thousands of farmers are converging on the capital New Delhi to demand the government repeal new laws that deregulate agricultural markets, saying the reforms give major corporations power to set crop prices far below current rates and devastate the livelihoods of farmers. Agriculture is the leading source of income for more than half of India’s 1.3 billion people. The farmer revolt comes as some 250 million workers across the country took part in the largest strike in history against the Modi government’s neoliberal labor reforms. We speak with P. Sainath, a longtime…

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Indian Farmers Lead Historic Strike & Protests Against Narendra Modi, Neoliberalism & Inequality

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The End of Trump? Biden & Harris Claim Victory in Historic Election, Vowing to Heal Divided Nation

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. The Trump presidency is coming to an end. On Saturday, every major news network called the election for former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, after they won the key battleground state of Pennsylvania. Harris will become the first woman vice president, as well as the first African American vice president, Indian American and Asian American elected to the office. According to the Associated Press, the Biden-Harris ticket has now secured 290 electoral votes, well over the 270…

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‘Historic victory’ as five years of campaigning forces Cambridge University to divest from climate-wrecking companies

Cambridge University has promised to stop all fossil fuel investments by 2030 after a five-year-long campaign. The university further pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2038. Both direct and indirect investments in fossil fuels will be divested from, while the £3.5bn Cambridge University Endowment Fund will be put towards investing in renewable energy. Student activist group Cambridge Zero Carbon said: This is a historic victory for the divestment movement. After decades of close collaboration with the fossil fuel industry, Cambridge University has been forced to concede to divestment demands put forward by student and staff campaigners. This sends a resounding signal to BP, Shell, and…

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Continue to Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor’s Family Wants Cops Arrested After Historic $12M Settlement

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We’re beginning today’s report in Louisville. More than six months after police in Louisville, Kentucky, shot and killed 26-year-old Black emergency room technician Breonna Taylor in her own apartment, the city announced Tuesday it’ll pay her family a historic $12 million settlement and institute a slew of reforms to the police department responsible for her death. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the news at a press conference with Breonna Taylor’s family. MAYOR GREG FISCHER: This settlement includes a payment to Breonna’s estate of $12 million. AMY GOODMAN: The mayor also named a dozen changes…

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