Aug 102014
Firefighters in England and Wales begin series of strikes in a long-running pensions fight

Firefighters in England and Wales start a new period of strike action in a long-running pensions fight with the government. Where is Detroit’s???????? Pension attacks are happening around the world. Banks have wrecked governments with swaps and in the US with mortgages. They should pay not pensioners. These greedy pigs have no right to seize […]

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Aug 012014
British Firefighters to strike over pensions for eight days in August

Firefighters in England and Wales are to strike over eight consecutive days in an ongoing row with the government, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says. BBC News, July 30, 2014 The latest action, from 9 August, will be held over three hours each day during the eight-day period, it said. The union has said “unsafe […]

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Jul 042014

Illinois pensions, like Michigan’s, are constitutionally protected. Carla K. Johnson,  Associated Press, July 3, 2014 CHICAGO • The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday sided with retired state employees who argue that health insurance coverage is a constitutionally-protected retirement benefit, a ruling that could portend trouble for landmark legislation aimed at fixing the worst funded state pension […]

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Jun 302014
Just Say No! Union Leader Explains Why Retirees Should Reject 'Grand Bargain'

An interview with Cecily McClellan, City of Detroit retiree and activist. By Darrell Dawsey, Deadline Detroit, June 29, 2014 CECILY MCCLELLAN says she’s seen the fight brewing for years, decades even. A union diehard, Detroit loyalist and city pensioner, McClellan, 61, says the intensifying battle over the fate of the pensions of retired city workers is the […]

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Jun 302014
Detroit's Emergency Manager Shuts Off Water for Thousands of Homes; Is Your City Next?

Interview with Tom Stephens, a lawyer, a lifelong metro Detroit resident and an activist by Joan Braunwasser of My guest today is Thomas Stephens, a lawyer and lifelong metro Detroit resident. Welcome to OpEdNews, Tom. Joan: The Institute for Public Policy recently sent out an email blast about the situation in Detroit [June 26, […]

Jun 282014
Detroit and Iraq

By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report, June 25, 2014 The Race to the Bottom under global, militarized capitalism creates communities of shared misery. Increasingly, it is almost as dangerous to be inside U.S. borders as on the outside. “Iraq was invaded with soldiers, guns and bombs. Detroit was invaded by the corporate ‘suits’ who made […]

Jun 202014
Detroit retirees denounce ‘Grand Theft Pension’

By David Sole, Detroit Water Department retiree and Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee organizer June 18 — Retired city of Detroit workers continue to oppose deep cuts to their pensions in the face of enormous pressure from the bankruptcy court, politicians and the corporate media. Rank-and-file committees of retirees continue to find a lot […]

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Jun 112014
A "YES" to the grand bargain means things will get ugly

AN EDITORIAL STATEMENT ON THE GRAND BARGAIN A number of Detroit pensioners have asked us whether they should vote “Yes” or “No” on the so-called “Grand Bargain”. While as CFDF president, I explained that I am not a city retiree, I also explained that my mother was. For that reason, I agreed to share the […]

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May 292014
Water is a right

Detroiters fight shutoffs By Kris Hamel, May 26, 2014 May 26 — The city of Detroit recently began to cut off water to residents behind in their bill. The measure — in effect telling the people to “Go thirsty, dirty and sewerless!” — was part of banker and emergency-manager-imposed austerity. It aroused a rapid protest. […]