Book Review: The Radical Right’s Plot to Take over America

August 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

  By KEN NASH The Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision in June and our current struggle over Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy are only the most recent manifestations of the Right’s decades-long game plan to not only unravel the New Deal of the 1930s and the civil rights revolution of the 1960s but also to establish property rights over democratic rights as the basis for our government. In “Democracy in Chains: the Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” Professor Nancy MacLean of Duke University traces the origins of this counterrevolution’s 60-year plan to eliminate unions, suppress voting rights, privatize public education, and stop action on climate change. The capitalist Right’s agenda is not only to alter specific legislation, court decisions or who gets elected but also to fundamentally alter [More...]

The union wants to send a French multinational water management profiteer back to Paris

March 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

BY DIANE S. WILLIAMS Veolia, the giant conglomerate that gave a clean bill of health to the poisoned water supply in Flint, Michigan, has for years drained New York City of millions of taxpayer dollars, critics charge. And with its hefty city contract set to expire in June, opponents of outsourcing public services are set to battle with Veolia, a $27 billion company based in Paris, over the future of how New York City manages its wastewater treatment system. “We urge the city to not renew, extend or issue new contracts to run any part of New York’s public wastewater system with Veolia — or any for-profit management company,” said Jim Tucciarelli, president of Sewage Treatment and Senior Sewage Treatment Workers Local 1320, whose members operate the Dept. of Environmental Protection’s 14 wastewater treatment plants and collections facilities. Since 2011, New York City has paid [More...]

Privatization of security at Battery Park City provokes community outrage

February 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

  By DIANE S. WILLIAMS In a move that flouts a community’s repeated demands to keep city Parks Enforcement Patrol Officers at Battery Park City, the authority ousted all PEP Officers and put AlliedBarton private security guards in their place. The move set off a firestorm with residents, politicians and the union who unitedly say, “Bring PEP Officers back!” “It’s outrageous that the board would be so flagrant as to ignore the community and elected officials, and jeopardize safety at Battery Park City with AlliedBarton rent-a-cops, whose response to danger is ‘Do nothing!’” said Joe Puleo, president of Local 983, which represents the PEP Officers. At a December meeting, the authority led residents to believe the tony community would continue to have a security force of PEP Officers and private “safety ambassadors.” But chair Dennis Mehiel announced Jan. 30 on the [More...]

Private Security Workers Mishandle Muggings at Battery Park

January 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

By DIANE WILLIAMS The fears of Battery Park City residents and community leaders were confirmed Dec. 19 when two teenage residents were violently attacked and one was knocked unconscious. Witnesses said newly hired AlliedBarton security workers failed to intervene and delayed calls to 911 and the police for some 20 minutes. They chose to call their supervisors first. The late night mugging sparked community outrage at officials of the Battery Park City Authority who had ignored the wishes of residents by signing a $2.1 million contract with the private security firm AlliedBarton to provide yellow-jacketed “safety ambassadors” to patrol the 92-acre riverfront community in Lower Manhattan. Residents said the authority’s board of state-appointees breached their trust when it obscured the bidding process, excluded residents’ feedback and ignored lawmakers’ requests to table the [More...]