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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Oakland General Strike, November 2, 2011

This is what it looked and felt like when the people shut down the powerful for one day in Oakland, California:

Video by the organizers and participants of War-Times.org.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

"Kaiser, get with the program!"

Kaiser CEO George Halvorson made $7.9 million in 2009. Kaiser Permanente has made $5.7 billion in profits in the last 30 months, and yet Halvorson has the audacity to ask healthcare workers to give up their defined benefit pension, retiree health benefits and to accept deep cutbacks that will fundamentally change how Kaiser healthcare workers receive healthcare from their employer.

Kaiser's healthcare takeaway will essentially convert healthcare workers into Kaiser customers who will then be forced into incentivized "cafeteria" plans based on hours worked instead of receiving, as they do now, full coverage as part of their overall compensation.