Arcane Labor Law Counts the Votes of Non-Voters

By: Thursday November 5, 2009 2:12 pm

      Imagine voting on a ballot initiative and knowing that everyone who didn’t show up at the polls still got to vote—because their votes would be counted as “No.” That’s the process for airline and railway workers when they vote on whether to join a union. The election results are tallied not by [...]

Coffee, Tea, or Misogyny?

By: Thursday January 29, 2009 1:33 pm

Seems the misogynistic mind-set that caricatures “stewardesses” as offering “coffee, tea or me” on jumbo jets isn’t a sorry relic from the past. Not at Spirit Airlines, anyway.

A set of ads by Spirit insults and demeans customers, employees and future customers, says Flight Attendants-CWA union President Pat Friend, who calls the marketing campaign “regressive, distasteful and debasing.”

One ad features a large-busted blond woman with M.I.L.F. in huge letters above her and the Spirit version—Many Islands Low Fares—in much smaller type below. Right.

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