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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.
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Posted Nov. 28, 2012
Interview with David Bacon, former union organizer, photographer and author, conducted by Scott Harris
In the largest mobilization of workers ever to strike against Walmart, America’s biggest retailer, more than 500 of the store’s employees, union supporters and allies organized 1,000 picket lines in 46 states to protest the company’s low wages, inadequate benefits and retaliation tactics. Nine picketers were arrested during a California protest. The Black Friday strike on the most important shopping day of the year came 18 months after workers founded the OUR Walmart employees organization, backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, five months after workers went on strike at a Walmart seafood supplier and seven weeks after the first coast-to-coast strike at Walmart stores.
Walmart’s owners have fought hard to keep the largest private employer in the world union-free in the U.S. When meatcutters at a Texas Walmart store voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in 2000, Walmart responded phasing out of all meat-cutting departments across the U.S.
The global reach of the Walmart economy came into focus when 110 garment workers were killed in a Nov. 24 fire that consumed a factory in Bangladesh making clothes for the retail giant. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with author, photographer and former union organizer David Bacon, who wrote the recent article titled, "Anatomy of the Walmart Strike: Walking Out, One Day at a Time." Here, he assesses the importance of the largest nationwide strike by Walmart workers and prospects for their success.
David Bacon is a fellow at the Oakland Institute and author of "Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants." Learn more at dbacon.igc.org.