Amazon Fights Drivers Organizing by Claiming It's Not a Joint Employer

On June 26th, one hundred drivers have who organized with Teamsters Local 705 demanding that Amazon recognizes and bargains with their union. As driver Luke Cianciotto said in a union statement “Every Amazon driver knows who our true employer is, . . . We wear their uniforms and drive their trucks.” While these drivers are enthusiastic about their fight against Amazon, unfortunately, these drivers are technically employed by an Amazon subcontractor, Four Star Express Delivery, is one of 2,500 “delivery service partners” (DSP) that carry out package deliveries for Amazon. Amazon therefore has claimed that they are not required to bargain with these employees. Amazon is using one of the huge gaps in the administration of the NLRA, the Joint Employer Rule to get away with this, even though they completely control all delivery aspects of the DSPs, how many packages to deliver, delivery time frames, etc. Not only is Amazon refusing to bargain with these employees, the company ended the contract with Four Star within days of the workers notifying Four Star that they had signed up most of the workers. Since Amazon is the only customer that Four Star has, the workers have all been laid off. Amazon followed the same strategy with another DSP, Battle-Tested Strategies in Palmdale, California, after 84 drivers organized with the Teamsters, and in that case, the Amazon subcontractor voluntarily recognized the Union and negotiated a contract in April 2023. Amazon then canceled its contract with Battle-Tested in June of 2023. Again, all drivers of Battle-Tested wound up being laid off. Because Amazon can claim it is not a Joint Employer, traditional remedies like the filing of unfair labor practice charges will not help these workers

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Brutal Signs of a Collapsing Empire

Richard Wolff discusses on Dialogue Works his perspective that both Western political ideologies and capitalism are in decline, as evidenced by election outcomes like Emmanuel Macron's defeat in France. He notes that neither the political right nor the left propose viable solutions to the systemic issues facing capitalist societies. Wolff highlights the growing economic might of China and asserts that the West's failure to establish partnerships with emerging powers is a strategic mistake. He views the BRICS countries' initiative for a North-South transportation corridor as a future economic powerhouse, with Europe potentially losing out for not being more integrated. Wolff concludes by expressing disappointment over Western denial of their declining global economic influence and calls for a more honest assessment of global economic shifts.

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France Marches Left as Far Right Suffers Huge Setback

In this The Socialist Program episode, Richard Wolff and Brian Becker talk about the surprising victory of the left in France under the new popular front, challenging the Macron government and the far right. He criticizes the biased coverage of the elections in the United States, emphasizing the importance of the leftist victory as indicative of broader shifts in European politics. Wolff points out that young French voters mainly supported socialist candidates, signifying a potential sustained leftist presence in French politics. Addressing American politics, he highlights the comparative exclusion of socialism within the U.S. political system, where major media fails to present socialist perspectives, and meaningful choices are limited by the dominant parties. Finally, he discusses the potential impact of another Donald Trump presidency on American society, suggesting that it could signify a rightward shift enacted by Supreme Court decisions rather than reflecting the true will of the American people.

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The Critical Hour: Weekly News Wrap-Up: Biden Debate Debacle

On The Critical Hour, Richard Wolff offers perspectives on the recent US presidential debate, critiquing the state of American capitalism and leadership. He scrutinizes the economic systems of the United States and other Western countries, noting a shift in global financial power to the BRICS nations. Wolff dismisses the personal economic claims of both candidates as irrelevant to the systemic issues facing the country, emphasizing the deeper structural failures such as the inability to provide adequate housing. He highlights the US's recent military and geopolitical losses as indicative of a declining empire, urging a more introspective national assessment. Additionally, Wolff challenges the notion that either Trump’s or Biden’s administration could single-handedly shape the economy, pointing to the complexities of global economic dynamics and growth disparities.

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BRICS on the Rise, Countries Ditching the Dollar & U.S. Empire Declines

Don't miss Richard Wolff on Rachel Blevins show as they cover the state of the US economy, exploring the rising cost of living and Americans' dwindling optimism about the economic future. Wolff criticizes other economists and mainstream media for being out of touch with the average person's struggles, highlighting the inability of many Americans to afford housing and education costs. They discuss the global economic shift as the BRICS alliance—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—surpasses the G7’s economic influence, reshaping world dynamics and lessening US power. With attention on the shift from dollar dependency and potential emergence of a collective global currency, Wolff proposes a future where instead of seeking dominance, leading countries like China might pursue a collective and more equitable global arrangement. Throughout the interview, both Wolff and Blevins emphasize a disconnect between government priorities and the needs of ordinary people, illustrated through domestic and international economic policies.

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Israel is Losing Significantly, and It's Only Getting Worse

Watch Richard Wolff on Dialogue Works as they discuss the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its repercussions in the United States, particularly in the context of student demonstrations and university responses. Wolff highlights the historical struggles between Israelis and Palestinians, emphasizing the imbalanced power dynamic and the controversial Israeli military actions, which he argues have only worsened the crisis. He expresses deep concern that U.S. universities and police have suppressed student protests against U.S. foreign policy through force, possibly curtailing civil liberties and igniting a wider student movement. Wolff also discusses the shifting global sympathies towards Palestine, fearing that Israel's actions are damaging its position and amplifying support for Palestinians as victims. Lastly, Wolff stresses the potential long-term impacts of these events, forecasting an energized movement among students and faculty that could influence future American politics and foreign policy.

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West's Colossal Failure: Peace Summit in Switzerland, US Decline, Rise of BRICS

On Dialogue Works, Richard Wolff covers the topic of global political dynamics, particularly focusing on the Ukraine conflict, the West's decline in influence, and the rise of China. He dissects the West's attempt to maintain control, despite the shifting economic balance towards Eastern powers like China and Russia, and criticizes the West's symbolic political gestures as ineffective. Wolff suggests that the efforts to break up Russia or isolate China are futile, as they form a strategic alliance with each other and with other nations turning away from Western alliances. He highlights the changing world order, where BRICS is expanding and the U.S. dollar's global role is waning, and describes the U.S. military spending and foreign policy rooted in a historical context of violence. Finally, Wolff argues that American politics is largely theatrical, failing to adapt to a world that no longer conforms to its narratives of dominance and seeing enemies everywhere.

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Capitalist Speculators Drive the Dangerous Math Behind Nuclear Energy

Richard Wolff joins The Socialist Program to discuss the recent 233% surge in uranium prices over five years due to geopolitical tensions and a shift in energy demands. Wolff emphasizes that the price spike is being driven not only by increased interest in nuclear energy as an alternative to Russian fuels but also by speculators seeking capital gains. He critiques the capitalist system for prioritizing profit over environmental and public health, highlighting how massive subsidies for fossil fuels could be redirected to develop renewable energy. Wolff also touches on the pressures faced by countries like India and China, as they seek to develop while dealing with historical economic disparities. Ultimately, he underscores the need for mass movement and public engagement to overcome the capitalist interests dominating global energy policy decisions.

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U.S. Escalates ‘Nuclear’ Risk: World Stands On 'Edge' Of Destruction

On David Lin's show, Richard Wolff covers the topic of escalating tensions in the Ukraine conflict and the potential descent into World War III not being adequately addressed in mainstream media. He outlines how Western powers, by potentially allowing Ukraine to conduct strikes inside Russia and discussing the use of Russia's seized assets to fund Ukraine's war efforts, have drastically escalated the situation. Wolff suggests that this confrontation is the most severe since the Cuban Missile Crisis, with the potential to broaden into a direct conflict involving the U.S. and Europe. Additionally, he touches on economic dimensions, criticizing U.S. sanctions against Russia as ineffective due to strengthening Russia-China ties, and he also presents his views on domestic economic policies, recommending alternatives to interest rate hikes for combating inflation. Lastly, Wolff advocates for workplace democracy, arguing that it could resolve economic dysfunctions and promote a broader democratic ethos.

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U.S. Health System Fails Cancer Patients, But Wildly Successful for Investors

Richard Wolff provides insights on The Socialist Program regarding the problematic nature of profiteering in the American healthcare system, especially the impact on cancer patients. He criticizes the system's failure to provide essential services and the resultant medical bankruptcies that affect two-thirds of Americans. Wolff emphasizes the stark contrast between the U.S. healthcare model and universal healthcare systems in Europe and other countries, which manage to cover all citizens at a lower cost and with better health outcomes. Discussing the immense profits of insurance companies and pharmaceuticals, he sees a fundamental need for a systemic overhaul to achieve equitable healthcare access. Despite being achievable under capitalism, Wolff argues that entrenched interests make such health reforms difficult without significant political transformation.

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