James Larkin, or Big Jim, was a socialist who led many different strikes and boycotts in Ireland and America. He had very little education, but he became a folk hero who represented the working man. He wanted to improve the conditions for the average worker.
He was born to in Liverpool, England to Irish parents on January 21, 1876. He and wife Elizabeth Brown had 4 sons. He was a foreman at the Liverpool docks, and in 1905, he joined the National Union of Dock Labourers.
He moved to Dublin in 1907, where he founded the General Workers’ Union and Irish Transport. He launched the Irish Worker paper in 1911. In 1912, he started the Labour Party in Ireland with James Connolly. He led the Dublin Lockout with over 100,000 workers going on strike for 7 months in 1913. He led anti-war demonstrations during World War 1 in Dublin. Read more: James Larkin | Ireland Calling and James Larkin | Biography
In 1914, he traveled to the US and joined the Industrial Workers of the World and the Socialist Party of America. In New York, he founded the James Connolly Socialist Club after his friend died in the Easter Rising.
He was convicted for being a communist in 1920, but was deported back to Ireland 3 years later. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/profiles/po08.shtml and http://www.historyireland.com/20th-century-contemporary-history/big-jim-larkin-hero-and-wrecker/
He organized the Workers’ Union of Ireland in 1924. He became Labour TD for North East Dublin in 1943. In 1945, he became a member of the Irish Labour Party. He fell through a floor of the WUI’s Thomas Ashe Hall in 1946. On January 30, 1947, he died in the Meath Hospital.
There is a storm brewing between CVS and Amazon. The fact of the matter is that both of these companies has a lot to be proud of in terms of what they have accomplished individually. That is definitely the case when it comes to how they are viewed by customers. Both companies have strongly favorable views from most customers. However, the two are about to go to war with one another, and that may change the way that they are viewed, at least by some people.
Drew Madden is a healthcare IT entrepreneur who has been watching the scenes of this battle play out closely. What he wants to see is exactly which of the two is going to end up coming out the least harmed for the adventure.
Amazon hopped into this battle by applying for licenses to sell pharmaceuticals over the Internet in many states. They want to have the legal business right to sell those types of products in the various states. They may not have that ability as we speak, but they could possibly have it in the not so distant future.
CVS has responded to this by deciding to purchase the healthcare insurance company known as Aetna. They wanted to make a statement as it were about the fact that they would not just go quietly into the night while Amazon tried to walk all over them. Instead, they wanted to stand up to those guys and prove that they could hang with them just as well. This is what CVS has managed to do in a way by just sticking around and refusing to back down. They have made a lot more progress on these types of things than many other companies in the same healthcare sector have managed to do.
You have to try to look at the full picture of what CVS and Amazon are doing to solidify their positions in the healthcare industry. It is amazing when you look to see how each action causes a reaction from another. It is something to keep an eye out for if you are serious about keeping tabs on the healthcare industry.
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