Greece’s Radical Left Coalition SYRIZA Leader in Alexis Tsipras in U.S. Says
No To Austerity Politics
Alexis Tsipras, member, Hellenic parliament, Pres. of the Synaspismos political party, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group, and leader of the opposition since June 2012
The Radical Coalition of the Left (Syriza) has become Greece's second-largest party following its dramatic success in parliamentary election’s. It has campaigned steadfastly against the recovery blueprint for Greece drawn up by
the European Union (EU) & the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The party is led by the country's youngest political leader, Alexis Tsipras. Tsipras talks about the unpopular EU-IMF plan, known in Greece as the ''memorandum'' and says that the election result represented radical change in both Greece and Europe, showing that people are not prepared to settle for "barbarous memorandums" and bailouts.
ATU Local 1181 Strike Update
Jimmy Hedge, Exec. Board Member/Delegate, Amalgamated Transportation Union (ATU) Local 1181
Members of Local 1181 have been on strike, walking picketlines, with the weather in the teens since Jan.16, in protest of NYC's most recent special education contract bid, which would exclude their Employee Protection Provision (EPP) guarantees. The bid fails to protect both special ducation students, & NYC's most experienced and safe drivers and escorts jobs. Local 1181 members all come from modest means, and keeping their EPP’s, their job security is about maintaining their livelihood and the integrity of their union.