Bernard Pollack

COLUMN: Wal-Mart’s inhumane employment policies

Posted 10:15 a.m. Dec. 4 by Bernard Pollack U-WIRE (DC BUREAU) (U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–Many are hailing Wal-Mart’s record-breaking 1.4 billion dollar day over Thanksgiving as an early sign indicating high consumer spending this Christmas season. Customers continue to flood Wal-Marts nationwide due to their cheap and low cost products. Yet, in the spirit of the Christmas […]

Defeated Democrats approve Bush’s judicial nominees

Posted 6:25 p.m. Nov. 19 by Bernard Pollacl U-WIRE (DC BUREAU) (U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–Two weeks after Republicans recaptured the Senate, President George W. Bush has succeeded in gaining support for his judicial nominees from key Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The nominations of Dennis Shedd, a federal judge in South Carolina and Michael McConnell, […]

Column: Forgetting about the base

On Nov. 5, the American people went to the polls to articulate a clear message. They want tax breaks. They support denying collective bargaining rights to workers under Bush’s homeland security plan. They want a new approach to partial privatization of social security and the creation of jobs through a more de-regulated environmental policy. Or […]

Schools with large numbers of minorities receive government grants

Posted 6:04 p.m. Nov. 13 by Bernard Pollack U-WIRE (DC BUREAU) (U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–The U.S. government granted $90 million to 81 selected colleges and universities nationwide last week in an effort to increase funding for schools that cater to disadvantaged and predominately minority students. Federal lawmakers hope that the increased funding will help to level the […]

Republicans outline agenda

Posted 1:04 p.m. Nov. 8 by Bernard Pollack U-WIRE (DC BUREAU) (U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–Senate Republicans and President George W. Bush have begun to outline an agenda ranging from Social Security to the environment for the new all-Republican Congress in the wake of Tuesday’s historic mid-term elections. The president took a political gamble in the weeks leading […]

Column: Remember senator, fight like hell

St. Paul, Minn. – Saturday morning the Minnesota wind was particularly rough. The gray sky clouded over the city of St. Paul. The walk over to the AFL-CIO State Federation, where I work, seemed endless. It began to sink in and it was a reality difficult to bear. Senator Paul Wellstone is dead. Saturday night […]

Wellstone dies in plane crash, election days away

Posted 3:15 p.m. Oct. 27 by Bernard Pollack U-WIRE (DC BUREAU) (U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) died tragically on Friday morning when his small propeller plane crashed in Eveleth, Minnesota, killing eight people. Wellstone, a populist Democrat, spent his entire life working on behalf of his progressive ideas. Among those killed in the crash were […]

Pentagon memorial plans considered

Posted 12:10 p.m. Oct. 23 by Bernard Pollack U-WIRE (DC BUREAU) Architect Edwin Zawadzki watched the September 11th attacks from his apartment one block from the World Trade Center. Like many others, Zawadzki sought ways to turn such a horrific experience into something constructive. When he saw the chance to enter a contest to design […]

Column: Imprinting Tibetan plight on U.S. psyche

In a historic turn of events in China’s policy towards the Tibetan people, two members of the Dalai Lama’s envoy – Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen – were recently invited for talks in Beijing and in Tibet’s capital of Lhasa. This is the first time exploratory talks with the Chinese government have been held […]

Column: Fast-tracking jobs out of the country

With the unemployment rate climbing to 5.6 percent, many students desperately scramble to find employment upon graduation. While it is not the exclusive reason for unemployment, many students are failing to connect the level of employment with United States trade policy initiatives, including the recent passage of Fast Track Trade Authority by the George W. […]