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Workers Strike In The US And Honduras Against Capitalist Exploitation

Last week, more than 1,000 fast food workers at San Francisco International Airport went on strike for three days over low wages, health benefits and pensions. They had not received a raise in more than three years and many worked multiple jobs. Workers building the new US embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras have been on strike off and on since early July over a new contract that deprives them of fair compensation and violates Honduran labor laws. They are being fired and police are violently repressing their pickets. Clearing the FOG speaks with Ted Waechter of UNITE-HERE Local 2 in San Francisco and Honduras expert Adrienne Pine about worker struggles in the US and abroad and the need for solidarity and greater militancy to fight an economic system that values profits more than people.

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Adrienne Pine is a critical medical anthropologist whose work has explored the embodiment of structural violence and imperialism in Honduras, cross-cultural approaches to revolutionary nursing, and neoliberal fascism. She was associate professor at American University. She is the author of Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras and co-author of Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry.

Ted Waechter works on Communications and Organizing at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco, California.

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