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Stewart Acuff

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Utility Workers: Fighting for Workers Rights and Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 11:42 AM

I'm standing here on the steps of the Indiana State Capitol with 35,000 Hoosier unionists and community allies to stop radical Republican state leaders from jamming through legislation to bust unions and weaken the power of working families and unions. The radical right and their Republican servants say these assaults...

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Dying to Work

(52) Comments | Posted January 22, 2011 | 1:24 PM

It is 9 pm on a very cold Philadelphia night as I sit down to write this. I've just returned from a closed casket viewing of my 19-year-old union brother Mark Keely who was blown up in a gas main explosion three nights ago. Three other union members of his...

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The Chamber of Commerce Is Illegally Using Foreign Corporations Money

(3) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 11:57 AM

Its has now been reported by several sources that the Chamber of Commerce is using funds from foreign corporations to try to affect American politics and the November elections.

Wonder why foreign corporations would want to defeat Democrats in the US? Top 10 Reasons Foreign Corporations Support Republicans:

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Getting America Back to Work

(25) Comments | Posted August 22, 2010 | 12:07 PM

This Month, Stewart Acuff, co-author of Getting America Back to Work and the UWUA's Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President, was interviewed by WNY Labor Today, Western New York's Online Newspaper.

In the interview Acuff discusses the steps needed to put Americans back to work and...

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Green Energy Generation can Help Rebuild Our Economy

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 10:16 PM

The remarks below were presented to the Portland to the Northwest Conference on Transmission and Grid Policy to Facilitate Green Energy Generation

I speak today on behalf of the 50,000 members of the Utility Workers Union of America and our President, Michael Langford. My comments today also reflect the views...

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Corporate America Offshoring More Jobs in Economic Crisis

(8) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 1:45 PM

Just a week ago I had the honor of being in Mt. Vernon, Indiana for a major protest against the closing of a large Whirlpool factory that had employed 1,200 people so they could move the work to Mexico.

In Minnesota, Polaris snowmobiles announced they are closing...

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BP's Spewing Oil Best Argument for Climate Change Legislation

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 9:09 AM

This piece is co-authored with Mike Langford, President of the Utility Workers Union of America. Michael Williams helped with research for this article.

With the oil continuing to spew out of BP's hole in the floor of the Gulf of Mexico and with Israel's assault on those...

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Utilities are a Public Good and Should Be Owned By the Public

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 12:40 AM

This piece is co-authored with Utility Workers Union of America President Mike Langford.

Our union, the Utility Workers Union of America, just concluded very difficult bargaining for a new contract at DTE, formerly Detroit Edison. Though negotiations were tough we finally reached a good agreement. To get there...

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Punching Holes in so-called Free Market Economics

(8) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 8:34 PM

This piece co-authored by Stewart Acuff & Bill Fletcher, Jr.

We have found ourselves wondering why President Obama is being 'red-baited' by the political Right. Any reasonable person looking at the policies of this administration could never come to the conclusion that it is anything close to socialist in...

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Getting America Back to Work

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 8:28 PM

"From explaining what's gone wrong in America, to what we have to do to get power back in the hands of common working people, "Getting America Back to Work" has something for everyone.".Getting America Back to Work" is like a firm slap across the face that wakes us up to...

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UWUA Politics in Action for Mark Critz

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 4:59 PM

Stewart Acuff narrates this unrehearsed video of members of the Utility Workers Union of America phone banking for Mark Critz in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District. This is the seat that Jack Murtha left vacant when he passed away. It is critical that this seat stay in the Democratic Column and...

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Celebrate Earth Day, New Book "Getting America Back to Work" Connects Good Environmental Policy to Good Economic Policy on Eve of Climate Change Legislation Introduction in U.S. Senate

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 11:02 PM

Next week we expect Climate Change legislation to be introduced in the U.S. Senate. The legislation will move our country to significant investment in green energy generation and conservation creating as many as 2 million new, good jobs.

My new book, Getting America Back to Work, available...

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Governor Bob McDonnell Is a Racist

(10) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 10:00 PM

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell just opened up another wound in our country's abysmal racist history with his decision to name April Confederate History Month in Virginia -- and to do so without mentioning slavery as the cause of the Civil War -- or even at all. And only acknowledging the...

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US Trade Unions and the Global Economic Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 8:37 PM

On Sunday, March 21, 2010, I participated in the Left Forum in New York City. I was a featured panelist at the event, speaking about the current economic crisis and the role Unions are playing in getting economy back on the right track.

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The Need for Health Care Reform and a Single-Payer System

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 8:29 AM

On March 6, 2010, Stewart Acuff addressed a crowd of union activists at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD. The health care activists were a part of Labor Committee for Single Payer activist group.

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Layoffs Are Bad for Business and the Economy

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 11:25 AM

An article by Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer in the February 15 issue of Newsweek makes a compelling, well-researched case that layoffs and downsizing are bad for the firms that do it as well as bad for the economy.

Many of us have known that high unemployment, reduced wages and benefits,...

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Rebuilding America's Manufacturing Jobs and Industrial Capability

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 2:32 PM

Any student in any beginning economics class soon learns that the way a nation or a society creates wealth is by making things or building things other people want to buy and are willing to pay for.

The Financial Elite figure out one way for them to...

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Restoring the Right to Form Unions and Bargain Collectively

(14) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 11:39 AM

America's broad, deep Middle Class, indeed, the American Dream was formed in the 20-25 years after the passage of the Wagner Act in 1935 which codified the right of workers in America to freely form unions and bargain collectively.

Between 1935 and 1955 12 million workers formed...

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What's Good for the Environment is Good for the Economy.

(4) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 4:18 PM

Our economy is mired in the worst crisis we've had since the Great Depression. The one seemingly insurmountable barrier to reviving the economy is the lack of consumer demand caused by 30 years of stagnant and declining wages and now rising unemployment.

At the same time there...

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Dr. King and the Struggle for Economic Justice

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 4:14 PM

On Monday, January 18, the nation will pause for a minute to celebrate the birthday, life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

All through this three day weekend we will see ads on tv, read them in newspapers, and hear ads on the radio with...

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