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Thursday, July 17,2014

Boulder County Democrats in conflict

By Dave Anderson
Among progressives, people hyperventilate about whether to vote for the Democrat or some third party candidate.
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Thursday, July 3,2014

Workers organize in Denver

By Dave Anderson
In America today, only 11.8 percent of workers are union members. When the labor movement was more powerful, union workers generally had a 20 percent wage advantage and many nonunion firms tended to mimic the wages and benefits of their unionized competitors. If we want to fight economic inequality, we have to bring back the unions.
Thursday, June 19,2014

Workers at Walmart cite poor conditions

By Dave Anderson
This month, something quite remarkable happened in America. Hundreds of Walmart workers who don’t have a union stood up to the company, knowing that it has a long history of illegally retaliating against its employees. In a high unemployment economy, they went on strike for a short time and protested at the firm’s annual shareholder meeting.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Real people pushed out of TPP talks

By Dave Anderson
At Public Citizen’s annual gala in May, Warren launched an attack on backroom trade deals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated: “From what I hear, Wall Street, pharmaceuticals, telecom, big polluters and outsourcers are all salivating at the chance to rig the deal in the upcoming trade talks.
Thursday, May 22,2014

U.S. debates as Syria suffers

By Dave Anderson
Like the other uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, the protesters’ ideals were political freedom, social justice and dignity. From the beginning, the response of the Assad regime was uniquely horrific.
Thursday, May 8,2014

Labor dispute may push shuttle drivers’ pay below poverty line

By Dave Anderson
If you’ve had an early morning flight from DIA, you might have gotten a ride to the airport with SuperShuttle. Everything seemed normal. The driver came to your door and was helpful and friendly. What you didn’t know is that, for five years, the drivers have been in a fierce fight against a humiliating system of indentured servitude.
Thursday, April 24,2014

The lessons of Ludlow

By Dave Anderson
In 1914, you couldn’t be neutral about the Colorado coal miners strike. Muckraker Upton Sinclair said the Denver newspapers were prostitutes of Big Coal. The Denver Chamber of Commerce advocated a boycott of the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Times for pro-worker bias. Boulder Daily Camera publisher L.C. Paddock raged against Denver papers and published a pro-management special section of his paper on the strike, which he distributed throughout the state to 40 dailies and 80 weeklies.
Thursday, April 10,2014

Ludlow, unions and politics

By Dave Anderson
Just last month, at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, there was a panel on how to destroy the labor movement. It was moderated by Grover Norquist, an influential political strategist, who said unions are in decline but “they’re not dead yet.”
Thursday, March 27,2014

Bowl a strike for reproductive freedom

National Abortion Access Fund Bowl-a-Thon event fundraises for low-income access to abortion

By Dave Anderson
Everybody knows abortion became legal for all women with the ‘Roe v. Wade’ Supreme Court decision in 1973. Fewer people know that in 1976, poor women lost that fundamental right to determine whether or when to have children.
Thursday, March 13,2014

Paying to pump

Missing oil and gas severance tax revenue

By Dave Anderson
Colorado’s opportunities lie in tight sands and shale formations — especially the oil-rich Niobrara shale. Niobrara may hold a reserve the equivalent of as much as 2 billion barrels of oil, according to industry estimates.