Stewart Acuff

Mar 21

Like a Mule that Can’t Pull the Plow Anymore…

I’ve been thinking about right-wing Republican Paul Ryan’s racist rant, which RNC Chairman Reince Priebus defended. Ryan said that the culture of the “inner city” has kept generations of men (read African-American men) from working. I

Mar 18

British Labour Political Leader Tony Benn Has Died

Brilliant, vocal, committed, unwavering, principled Labour Party leader of Britain Tony Benn has died.  Britain’s daily newspaper The Guardian has reported his death. First becoming a Labour Party Member of Parliament in 1950, he

Mar 14

The National Right to Work Foundation Files Suit Against Workers in Chattanooga VW Plant

Following their usual script, the National Right to Work Foundation has found five workers to file suit against Volkswagen and the United Automobile Workers (UAW) to frustrate workers and the union from organizing a

Mar 13

Henry Nicholas and Real Education at Penn

Last Thursday night 1199 President Henry Nicholas and Executive Vice Presidents Chris Woods and John Hump spoke and had a sometimes heated discussion with The University of Pennsylvania Government and Politics Association (Penn GPA).

Mar 12

Hundreds of Tennesseans March on the Governor

On March 11th, hundreds of union members and other progressive Tennesseans rallied on the steps of the State Capitol in Nashville, then marched en masse into the Capitol and to the governor’s office to

Mar 10

March on Capitol in Tennessee on Tuesday

Tomorrow Tennessee progressives and people of good will and movement organizations will march on their state Capitol in Nashville in a very broad based demand for living wages, a broadening democracy, and better public

Mar 6

Leadership Matters and so Does Struggle

The movement for social and economic justice has entered a new stage of struggle and mobilization in America. The most outstanding example is the North Carolina Moral Mondays mobilizations and the spreading of the

Mar 5

Mobilizing in the Streets!

Riding on our justice bus from Pittsburgh to Philly as I write this. The Service Employee Union mobilized thousands of their members and activists, other unions including us from 1199, clergy, and all kinds

Mar 3

Koch brothers, Pennsylvania, and a Victory of Sorts

When the year began, the Koch boys and the radical right-wing Republicans in the Pennsylvania state legislature had a plan to quick hit the labor movement with their legislation to deny dues deduction to

Feb 28

Investing in Organizing

It is a busy season and year for 1199, the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees and it’s president, the iconic Henry Nicholas. We are trying to provide some leadership to the fight

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