Should Labor Boycott Charlotte?

By: Saturday September 1, 2012 12:52 pm

The Democratic National Convention is less than a week away, and liberals are getting fired up. But at least one of the party’s key constituencies isn’t quite so excited.

That group is organized labor.

Last July’s announcement that the convention would be held in the staunchly anti-union city of Charlotte, North Carolina—the least unionized state in the country—set off a firestorm of protest in the labor movement. A year later, dissatisfaction still simmers, and there’s a case to be made for an unprecedented move. The message is simple: maybe labor should sit this one out.


Labor Day Weekend, 2012 Economic Report

By: Friday August 31, 2012 7:09 pm

Well, here we are once again. Labor Day weekend has rolled around; the time when all the politicians extol the virtues of the working man and woman. But as I pointed out last year, once a year praise by Beltway Village Idiots Politicians and Pundits or the local equivalent of same, does not actually make someone a friend of workers.

Labor Not Loyalty on May 1st

By: Tuesday May 1, 2012 9:00 am

Two key steps have helped to ruin May Day in the United States. First, Labor Day was created at a completely different time of year — labor day without the struggle, labor day without the history, labor day without the labor movement. Second, Loyalty Day was created on May 1st.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steve Early, The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old?

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 1:59 pm

Labor commentator, and former union staffer, Steve Early draws on years of trade union activism to shed light on labor’s troubled path over the last decade. His recent book, The Civil War’s in US Labor, examines the internal conflicts which have wracked the labor movement over the last decade: the 2005 split of several international unions from the AFL-CIO to form the Change to Win coalition, the subsequent fracturing of Change to Win, and the internal conflict within the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Once a Year Speeches Do Not Mean Support for Workers

By: Monday September 5, 2011 6:30 pm

Today is Monday, September 5, 2011. Since it is the first Monday of September, it is the national holiday known as Labor Day. Supposedly, it is the day when our politicians and pundits proclaim their unrelenting love for all things worker related – even as they spend the other 364 days a year doing all in their power to destroy the lives of workers by cutting salaries, limiting benefits. Just today, the Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson had a column decrying the state of labor in the US:

Obama Provides Jobs Preview in Labor Day Address

By: Monday September 5, 2011 3:05 pm

In a speech in Detroit tailored to the union audience, President Obama paid respect to the need for a strong American labor movement as a lever to move families into the middle class. He also previewed his jobs address coming on Thursday to a joint session of Congress, highlighting steps like “rebuilding roads and bridges,” which could put 1 million unemployed construction workers back on the job.

Labor Day Reflection: Time for Americans to Participate in Power

By: Monday September 5, 2011 1:00 pm

The stark realities of the American economy show the political and economic elites sending the country in the wrong direction, destroying the strongest economy and world history. The American people know better and could rule better than the elites. It is time for Americans to organize and mobilize to take power,

When Right-Wingers Attack Labor, They’re Attacking America

By: Monday September 5, 2011 10:30 am

If you don’t know the history of Labor Day, you should. This is a pretty good run-down of the events leading up to its founding.

Late Night FDL: The End of Summer

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 8:00 pm

Here it is, the end of summer.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 5:00 am

There are simply attitudes toward manual labor that we can’t and shouldn’t accept, but encounter every day in subtle and not so subtle ways. They go back to the royal traditions, that set the rulers up as being part of the gods’ social set, I believe. In ancient China, the rulers did not lift a hand, and grew fingernails to ghastly lengths to show that they literally never lifted a finger. In ancient Rome, the gentry were carted about in litters by their slaves, while in India and surrounding nations, rulers’ howdahs were borne on elephants.

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