Steve Payne reported at Labornotes.org, “Bernie Sanders’ campaign this year got many union members excited about transforming our economy and fighting for a “political revolution.” How can unions continue that conversation?

Last year in Brazil, I got to see an interesting example firsthand. The bank workers union there has developed a weekend training on how members’ workplace fights connect to a bigger picture.

While the content is important, even more significant is how it’s taught. The method is popular education—a democratic approach that values the knowledge students already hold and tries to break down the hierarchies between teachers and students. (See box.)

I spent a few months in São Paulo as part of an exchange between the bank workers union, SEEB-SP, and my union, Service Employees Local 26 in Minnesota, which is also working to develop popular education programs with its local allies. I left inspired by how the bank workers are teaching themselves to dream bigger.”

To read more of Payne’s story, click the following link. How Brazilian Bank Workers Learned to Dream Bigger–Labornotes.org

In an economy dominated by the financial desires of the 1 percent, why has educational services experienced the most job growth over the last twenty-five years?

Look at the list below. Scroll down toward the bottom. There you have manufacturing, in negative job growth, and once the biggest employer in the United States a scant sixty years ago. Those jobs have experienced negative growth. That’s because US corporations have exported tens of millions of them over the course of the last thirty-five years, forcing more and more people to seek training in other occupations.


As the economy has redistributed trillions upon trillions of dollars to the super wealthy via the exporting of jobs, the demand for goods and services has declined per capita. The result is a lack of job growth, sending more and more students into the university systems. That’s because the US population continues to grow.

80-90 percent of all US population growth over the last thirty or so years has been driven by immigration. This has kept the demand for K-12 teachers higher than it would with no or little immigration, thus fueling educational services.

Notice the top six places in US job growth is in services. This says a lot, and none of it is good. Services are the top employers, but all rest on construction, mining, farming and manufacturing since the wealth of all nations is the things created by their people.

'America's Biggest Export, Our Jobs!!'

‘America’s Biggest Export, Our Jobs!!’

The US government is attacking US jobs. This is why jobs are the number one export product of the USA.

The US government refuses to end tax subsidies for corporations that export American jobs. Meanwhile, the US government has refused to grant subsidies to US corporations that create jobs in the USA. Congress continues to support the E-Packets commerce program. This is traitorous because this program forces US taxpayers to pay the shipping costs for businesses in China to export there stuff to the USA. Think Nike, Microsoft, Campbell’s Soups and thousands of other US corporations. This subsidizes the profits of US corporations who have exported jobs. It also boosts share prices.

Congress could require that all government agencies and departments buy only things Made in the USA, but it doesn’t.

Congress could also match all tariffs and special fees charged by China and other nations against US made products, but it doesn’t.

It is possible the US government ranks last in the world when it comes to protecting US jobs.

When It Comes To Protecting American Jobs.

Tell Congress To Stop Fooling Around.

Contact Congress

Congressional Switchboard.
202 224-3121


On May 17 2016 the Richmond Times Dispatch posted the above obituary. No doubt these were the sentiments of Mary Noland and her family.

What choice do we have?

We have Hillary Clinton on one side. She was for the massive income redistribution scam known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and for fracking. We know from leaked emails she told Wall Street executives she was for “free trade and open borders.” Those are code words for accelerated exporting of jobs and pushing US wages lower. Then Bernie Sanders entered the Democratic primary. Since then Hillary has said she’s against the TPP and fracking, but she has already stacked the deck in favor of Wall Street, the TPP and fracking, and she’s not even president yet.

Everybody opposed to fracking and the TPP should be alarmed at the choices she’s making, and her sincerity should be seriously questioned, especially since she has lied many times before.

She chose Tim Kaine to be her running mate. Kaine voiced support for the TPP two days before Hillary chose him. Now he claims he’s against it.

And now she has named former Colorado Democratic Senator and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to be the chair of her presidential transition team — the group tasked with helping set up the new administration should she win in November. That includes identifying, selecting, and vetting candidates for over 4,000 presidential appointments.

Wall Street and other corporate CEO’s are drooling at her two choices. Kaine and Salazar demonstrate a complete lack of sincerity in her opposition to the TPP and fracking. If she is elected president, expect her to push the TPP and redistribute massive amounts of income from the 99 to the 1 percent, especially by exporting jobs.

Now if she wanted to represent the people of the US, and not just the super rich ones, Clinton would chose Joseph Stiglitz as Treasury Secretary. That would alleviate some anxiety on the part of labor union members and leaders about her sincerity, but that’s not going to happen.

Then we’ve got Donald Trump. He says and does anything like he’s a contestant on a reality television show. He’s got zero political experience. He’s gone bankrupt on four occasions. He’s got two feet that must be terribly swollen because of all the times he’s stuck them in his mouth in just the last twelve months.

The Republican Establishment is against him, as are the Koch Brothers. The corporate media is also against him.

My girlfriend is from Iran. Her brother lives there. He says the people of Iran are laughing at us because of our presidential choices. No doubt much of the rest of the world is also. Is this the best we’ve got?

Where have you gone Harry Truman? We need you. Where is an Eisenhower? A JFK? We sorely miss you Franklin Roosevelt! We miss you too Jimmy Carter! I’d give anything to have Gerald Ford or Bob Dole running for president in 2016! Even Lyndon Johnson of the Vietnam quagmire, Ronald Reagan of numerous scandals, and Richard Nixon of Watergate are preferable to the choices we have today.

Are you listening Elizabeth Warren, Sharrod Brown or Jeff Merkley?

Bernie! Can you still run as an independent?

Click here for Mary Noland’s obituary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Citibank of Wall Street pretty much chose who was going to serve on President Obama’s cabinet, as well as who was going to fill the key positions elsewhere in his administration.

John Podesta is the campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

WikiLeaks released some of Podesta’s emails, many of which go back to 2008 when Podesta was the co-chair of the transition team for President-elect Barack Obama. A month before the election, the primary staffing of the key positions in the Obama administration was almost complete.

In 2008, Michael Froman was an executive at Citibank. According to the New Republic, Froman “wrote an email to Podesta on October 6, 2008, with the subject “Lists.” Froman used a Citigroup email address. He attached three documents: a list of women for top administration jobs, a list of non-white candidates, and a sample outline of 31 cabinet-level positions and who would fill them. “The lists will continue to grow,” Froman wrote to Podesta, “but these are the names to date that seem to be coming up as recommended by various sources for senior level jobs.

The cabinet list ended up being almost entirely on the money. It correctly identified Eric Holder for the Justice Department, Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security, Robert Gates for Defense, Rahm Emanuel for chief of staff, Peter Orszag for the Office of Management and Budget, Arne Duncan for Education, Eric Shinseki for Veterans Affairs, Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services, Melody Barnes for the Domestic Policy Council, and more. For the Treasury, three possibilities were on the list: Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, and Timothy Geithner.

This was October 6. The election was November 4. And yet Froman, an executive at Citigroup, which would ultimately become the recipient of the largest bailout from the federal government during the financial crisis, had mapped out virtually the entire Obama cabinet, a month before votes were counted. And according to the Froman/Podesta emails, lists were floating around even before that.

These revelations also reinforce the need for critical scrutiny of Hillary Clinton, and for advocacy to ensure the next transition doesn’t go like the last, at least with respect to the same old Democrats scooping up all the positions of power well in advance.”

In 2016, Michael Froman was the US Trade Representative negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership, the largest income and political power redistribution scam in world history. Froman was negotiating to export millions of US jobs to third world nations. The difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower third world wages will go straight into the pockets of the wealthy via higher corporate profits, surging share prices and rising dividends. Wall Street banks would be a primary beneficiary at the expense of the 99 percent.

Obama is doing exactly what his Wall Street masters want him to do, just like Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden does. Will Hillary do the same if she is elected?

As an aside, I mention Wyden because he is the Democrat who will lead the charge for the TPP in the US senate on behalf of Wall Street and Nike.

The Federal Reserve helps struggling banks through temporary credit crunches—so why doesn’t the government treat struggling individuals the same way? We know why. It wouldn’t be profitable for the rich shareholders and CEO’s of major banks and payday lenders if the US government treated citizens the same way the Federal Reserve treats bankers.

Bernie Sanders suggested a way to help people through their personal credit crunches.

Following up on his campaign platforms like a $15 an hour minimum wage and closing corporate tax loopholes, Sanders is now suggesting we turn post offices into banks.

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal last year, Sanders first suggested postal banking as a way to help save the jobs of the more than 500,000 people employed by the United States Postal Service. As Sanders wrote, postal banking could also help provide financial services for people with limited access to bank branches.

“If you are a low-income person,” Sanders wrote, “it is, depending upon where you live, very difficult to find normal banking. Banks don’t want you. And what people are forced to do is go to payday lenders who charge outrageously high interest rates. You go to check-cashing places, which rip you off. And, yes, I think that the postal service, in fact, can play an important role in providing modest types of banking service to folks who need it.”

According the the Atlantic Monthly, “Sanders’s idea is quite sensible. “Postal banking”—which just means that post offices run savings accounts, cash checks, and perform other basic financial services—is common in most of Asia and Europe, and only about 7 percent of the world’s national postal systems don’t offer some bank-like services. Postal banking is a really good way to reach people who haven’t had access to standard savings accounts. One estimate figures that more than 1 billion people have used post offices for making deposits.”


A new poll by the Pew Research Center show that 80 percent of US citizens believe that trade agreements have cost the United States jobs. According to the poll:

“The public sees threats to jobs coming from several directions: Eight-in-ten adults say increased outsourcing of jobs to other countries hurts American workers, and roughly the same share (77%) say having more foreign-made products sold in the U.S. has been harmful. Significant shares also cite increased use of contract or temporary workers (57%) and declines in union membership (49%) as trends that are hurting, rather than helping, workers. At the same time, global markets for U.S.-made products are seen as helpful for workers by 68% of adults. And seven-in-ten say the rise of the internet and email has been a net positive.”

The poll suggests the US public is not fooled by these trade scams that redistribute income from working folks to the rich. And they’re spot on.

According an Economic Policy Institute Study shows that over 2 million US jobs were exported to the eleven nations participating in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) in 2015. That doesn’t count China, since it is not a part of the as of yet not approved TPP.

The U.S. trade deficit with China was $365.7 billion in 2015, or about double what it was with the TPP nations. This is a new record, up slightly from last year’s record of $343 billion. Counting the trade deficit with China suggests US companies exported at least 4 million more jobs in 2015, for a total of over 6 million jobs in 2015.

At least one study suggested US corporations have exported 26 million jobs since 2000. The EPI study for jobs loss in 2015 coupled with the US trade deficit with China suggests this is very likely, and perhaps even understates the job loss numbers.

That’s why Americans have wised up to these income redistribution scams falsely marketed as trade agreements. They may not know the exact number of jobs lost, but given that the current economic expansion is the weakest since the Great Depression, most people can see and feel that something has gone terribly wrong with the US economy.