WIN Week In Review: August 18-20, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
NAFTA re-negotiation started Wednesday morning at Washington DC’s Marriott Hotel, but corporate voices dominate at the negotiation table.
And the actual text of the rules being re-negotiated is classified information, shutting out the public.
The AFL-CIO’s Celeste Drake is at the NAFTA re-negotiation table for working people. She says working people need a complete re-writing of NAFTA rules to eliminate the corporate domination.
She says for NAFTA to really work for working people that core corporate privilege must be removed.
[Celeste Drake]: “That’s exactly right. So you take that out – that special privilege. And that doesn’t mean that foreign investors are not protected. They would still have rights.”
[Chant]: “People! Power! People! Power!”
Some of the protesters who toppled a Confederate statue at the Durham North Carolina courthouse Monday had witnessed the Nazi/KKK violence in Charlottesville.
A couple of the unnamed anti-Nazi, anti-white supremacist protesters had this to say to local TV station WNCN.
[Anti-Nazi, Anti KKK Protester]: “People associated with the Alt-Right are white supremacists. They’re Nazis. It’s not OK.”
This young woman told Durham North Carolina protesters she witnessed the horror of Charlottesville.
[Anti-Nazi, Anti-KKK Protester]: “I witnessed bloodshed. I witnessed bodies stacked on top of each other.”
After the confederate statue was toppled the Durham protesters marched away behind the banner “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA”.
Trump’s Veterans Administration is refusing to fill 49,000 staff vacancies at the VA. AFGE, the federal union representing VA workers wants to know why.
AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. says VA Secretary Shulkin already has the money to hire workers for those 49,000 openings – and filling those vacancies would help deliver better health care to America’s veterans.
[J. David Cox Sr.] : “Secretary Shulkin by his own admission has stated that there are 49,000 vacant positions at the VA throughout the country – 49,000.
And this is 49,000 vacancies that Congress has already funded. This isn’t a wish list. The positions need to be filled.”
Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis says enough petition signatures have been collected to give Missouri voters a “people’s veto” on the so-called “Right To Work’ anti-worker law.
[Mike Louis]: “We have exceeded that number quite handily. I feel pretty good that the people understand what would happen. And I feel pretty good that they’re not gonna allow it to happen.”
The signatures will stop the so-called ‘right to work’ law from going into effect August 28th. Instead, the people of Missouri will decide at the ballot box next year which side they are on when it comes to workers’ rights.