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America Is Not for Sale!

Bonnie Castillo, executive director of National Nurses United, says America Is Not for Sale. “It's up to us to defend the Veterans Administration, United States Postal Service and more from being sold off to the highest bidder.”

Source: Twitter

“Treasury's Office of Technical Assistance helped governments strengthen public-private partnerships to finance infrastructure development”

In testimony before the U.S. Congress, Under Secretary for International Affairs David Malpass tells lawmakers that “in Colombia, Indonesia and Uganda, Treasury's Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) helped governments strengthen public-private partnerships to finance infrastructure development in ways that mobilize private capital.”

Source: www.foreign.senate.gov

Nation’s First Teachers’ Strike at Charter Network Begins in Chicago

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has hailed the first large strike by teachers at Chicago charter schools. Charter schools are operated by private entities but funded by public school budgets, draining funds from other public schools. But Weingarten says the charters must be organized. “‘This activism is contagious,'' said Weingarten. After “a couple of decades of being the shiny new object,” she said, the charter school movement is experiencing an adolescence. “They are now in a different generation,” she added. “They're going through growing pains, and what you're seeing in a bunch of the different charter schools is that teachers are saying we want to make a career helping kids in this structure, but we need to have the conditions kids need and the pay we need.”

Source: www.nytimes.com

Why privatizing Providence water is a bad idea?

Leading up to the recent election, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza proposed privatizing the water supply to close the city’s budget gap. Privatizing water is an attractive proposal for urban areas facing budget crises, but it has tremendous risks. J. Michael Denney professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Boston explains why privatizing Providence water is a bad idea.

Source: peopleoverprof.it

No privatization of the people's post office!

Postal workers across the country staged a national day of action to oppose the Trump/Republican plan to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. Private sector workers, e.g. the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, have weighed in to support the public postal workers. “U.S. Postal Service mail & packages fly on our planes. The routes we fly to communities across the country depend on a strong, public USPS. No privatization of the people's post office!”

Post Office Workers to Trump: ‘U.S. Mail: Not for Sale’

Postal workers across the country staged a national day of action to oppose the Trump/Republican plan to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. “The unpopular privatization plan is already creating difficulties for the administration. In July, the House of Representatives introduced a resolution condemning privatization.

Teachers has come out strongly against the privatization

The El Paso Texas American Federation of Teachers has come out strongly against the privatization of the El Paso Independent School District and against crony contracting. “Please understand there is an extensive E-Mail trail in possession of EP AFT spanning almost five years documenting his secret efforts to privatize EPISD and its schools with KIPP, IDEA, DSST, The Texas District Charter Alliance, the School Empowerment Network, the Gates Foundation, Tom Vander Ark, Michael Feinberg, the System of Great Schools, Scott Himelstein, Ms. Fenenbock and others. Please understand that as Mr. Cabrera was in heavy negotiations with KIPP to contract out EPISD Schools, he was looking myself, Louis Malfaro, Texas AFT President, and Randi Weingarten, AFT President in the eye denying he was going to do that.”

The Brookings Institution is advocating for better methodologies to use public resources to “mobilize” private finance

The Brookings Institution, a banking and corporate-dominated think tank in Washington, DC, is advocating for better methodologies to use public resources to “mobilize” private finance for international development. “Already approved by the [U.S.] House and pending before the Senate is legislation to create a new U.S. development finance institution—the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018. At its core, the BUILD Act will combine OPIC and some development finance work at USAID and add new authorities and higher contingent liability to allow the U.S. to more effectively tap into private resources to further U.S. development goals.”

Outsourcing educational support professional positions

The Davenport Education Association (in Iowa) unanimously has passed a resolution opposing a proposal by the Davenport Community School District to consider outsourcing educational support professional (ESP) positions within the district to private companies. ESP positions “make up the DCSD’s employees in the custodial, maintenance, food service, para educator and clerical/secretarial departments and job classifications of the DCSD.” The DEA notes that “rotating crews of privatized support-service employees may not have the same level of commitment to DCSD students as career-minded ESP employees hired in-house, [and] the primary motivation of the companies offering outsourcing or privatized support services to the DCSD is making a profit and not serving the DCSD’s students or communities.”

A call for a new era of change and warn against the dangers of privatization

National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Bonnie Castillo joined with the U.K. Labour Party “call for a new era of change and warn against the dangers of privatization of public social services. Nurses are building strong allies in the U.K. and across the globe in our fight for guaranteed healthcare!” Castillo, “the executive director of the NNU, one of the country’s biggest and most politically outspoken unions, said making international connections was hugely important to the movement, especially making the case against privatised healthcare.”

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