Team Obama’s Union Busting Alumni

By: Friday August 22, 2014 1:34 pm

Though President Barack Obama once promised to “put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line” when labor unions were under threat, his former campaign and government staffers are eagerly joining union busting groups for fun and profit.

 

Part of the Family?: Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers and the Battle for Domestic Workers’ Rights — Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 11:32 am

“Love and compassion are at the heart of domestic labor, yet historically, domestic workers have been rendered invisible—by society and in the eyes of the law. Mostly foreign-born women, these workers have been excluded from labor protections that workers in the rest of the economy take for granted. However, in the past decade, a growing movement has emerged calling for domestic workers to share in the same rights guaranteed other workers, which is likely to lead to one of the most critical and encompassing labor battles of the twenty-first century.”

New Blueprint for US Workplace: Ellen Bravo on the Fight for Paid Family Leave

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 5:50 pm

When American workers finally get paid family leave, it’s no exaggeration to say that they’ll have Ellen Bravo to thank. Bravo, director of Family Values @Work, a 21-state coalition that is working to pass paid leave legislation at both the state and national level, has worked to organize women and men with this one policy goal for several decades. Bravo, who both wears her working-class identity proudly and can deliver data-driven talking points like a seasoned policy wonk, says that although the majority of employees are women working outside the home, most workplaces are still designed for men with wives at home.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Joe Burns, Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor’s Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 1:59 pm

If we want a stronger public sector labor movement that engages in militant and broad-based social action on behalf of both its members and the people they serve, then a focus on engaging the community is a must. Joe Burns’ book provides some guidance on how we can do that in a way that remains rooted in the values of justice and equality in the workplace that the labor movement has stood for since those textile workers in Lowell, MA walked off the job in the early 19th century. These are values that my father, who came up as a nuclear marine machinist at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, instilled in me as a young boy, and that my grandmother, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, instilled in him all the same.

Labor Reform: Proposals to Maximize Workplace Bullying

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 6:05 pm

Leading management consultants, top government officials and prominent financial journalists are proposing, what they dub, “labor reforms” as the solution for double-digit unemployment and underemployment, economic stagnation and the decline of capital investments.

Late Night: Lincoln’s Remarks on Labor and Capital

By: Sunday July 13, 2014 8:00 pm

Abe Lincoln’s words have been appropriated by various groups for various purposes, and words have often been put in his mouth by people seeking to use him and his reputation to further their own causes. But the recent Upworthy spotlighting of his remarks on labor and capital, found in his December 1861 annual message to Congress, is a pretty accurate representation of his thoughts on the matter.

SCOTUS Ruling Another Blow To Unions

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 7:52 am

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that partial public employees can not be required to pay union dues even if they are receiving the benefits of collective bargaining.The decision was 5-4 with conservative Justice Samuel Alito writing for the majority.

Will the Next Labor Movement Come from the South?

By: Sunday May 18, 2014 4:00 pm

Corporate America – especially in the American South – doesn’t seem to know the proper way to treat a guest. Guest workers have long been one of the most easily exploited segments of the American workforce. Employers frequently take advantage of their legal vulnerabilities to ignore labor laws, pay subminimum wage and threaten them with physical abuse, all of which American citizens are better equipped to resist. Whole sectors of the American economy – especially agriculture – have long depended on this underground labor market and the ease with which employers can dominate it.

But in recent years, guest workers have been bringing attention to their plight and winning some small victories. One of the leaders of that movement is Saket Soni, executive director of the National Guestworker Alliance and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

VIDEO: #FastFoodGlobal Rally in Austin, Texas

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 7:53 am

A handful of fast food workers walked off their jobs in Austin, Texas yesterday, the closest thing our city had to a true May Day celebration in the streets. It happened as part of a global one-day strike led by the Fight For 15 movement. Dozens gathered outside a Popeye’s Kitchen on the east side of town, along a strip of fast food restaurants that cluster near the intersection of Martin Luther King, JR Boulevard and Airport Boulevard. This strip of strip mall purgatory could be any arterial street in America, reeking of fry grease and automotive exhaust.

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