FDL Book Salon Welcomes Andrew Kolin, State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush

By: Sunday May 15, 2011 1:59 pm

This compelling book traces the history of the assault on democracy and the rise of a police state that reached its zenith in the George W. Bush administration. From the war on communism, to the war on labor, to the war terrorism, our government has used surveillance, preventive detention, torture, and a climate of fear to consolidate its power and neutralize dissent. Under the guise of nurturing democracy at home and abroad, the U.S. government has actually undermined it.


Can Labor Translate Youth Support into Increased Off Year Turnout? Find Out Tuesday

By: Saturday April 2, 2011 6:00 pm

The good news for public sector labor unions is that they have very strong support among young people. The overall rate of support is so high among younger voters that unions could possibly use a strategy of just trying to increase turnout for the entire age group instead of worrying about the more complicated task of micro-targeting potential supporters in the age bracket.

Young People Back Labor Unions by 2-to-1 Margin

By: Friday April 1, 2011 7:54 am

More American side with public sector unions than side with the Republican governors around the country who are trying to take away the union’s collective bargaining rights according to the newest Gallup poll. The poll found 48 percent agree more with the state employee labor unions, while 39 percent agree with the governors.

And young people side overwhelming with the labor unions–by a greater than two-to-one margin.

The Party Line – March 25, 1911

By: Friday March 25, 2011 7:57 am

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of America’s most horrific industrial accidents, happened 100 years ago today, on March 11, 1911. Though New York City’s fire department arrived on the scene within two minutes of the call, the fire at this “modern” high rise at the corner of Washington Pl. and Greene St. still claimed the lives of 146 people, most of them young women and teenage girls. Some were burned, some died of smoke inhalation, some were crushed pushing for the exits, some fell from a faulty fire escape, and some jumped nine stories in an attempt to escape the flames.

It was a catastrophic, once-in-a-lifetime failure of what were considered more than ample emergency response systems. No one could have possibly anticipated. . . .

Why Don’t All Major Unions Own Banks?

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 12:30 pm

As our broken political system slowly turns into a plutocracy where political power flows from the few extremely wealthy individuals and corporations, regular workers united for collective bargaining on wages is no longer good enough. Labor unions should strive to be a force for fully unifying regular people’s collective political and, more importantly, financial power.

Live Updates: Police to Clear Protestors from Wisconsin Capitol Building

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 1:57 pm

I’m collecting live coverage of events as police prepare to clear out the Wisconsin Capitol Building in Madison, WI on the 14th day of protests against Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting bill. Police are scheduled to remove protesters at 4:00 p.m. CST, with several dozen planning to be arrested in civil disobedience.

You should also check out David Dayen’s latest post from inside the Capitol with videos of protesters (also collected below).

Multiple Protesters Detail Plan to Engage in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience, Refuse to Leave Building

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 1:51 pm

Multiple leaders of the faith community, students, union members and activists plan to refuse to leave the Capitol building today at 4:00pm, engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience. This could result in people being physically carried out of the building at 4:00 p.m. local time.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Philip Dray, There Is Power In A Union: The Epic Story of Labor In America

By: Saturday September 18, 2010 1:59 pm

When Philip Dray came by to discuss his book project on the entire sweep of American labor history, I thought he was out of his mind. I knew that he was an accomplished author who had written an award winning-book on lynchings (“At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America”).

A Most Poignant Labor Day Weekend

By: Monday September 6, 2010 10:00 am

I cannot remember a more unsettling Labor Day weekend, given how many attacks are being made, as I write these words, against American workers’ rights.

Mass Transit-Oriented Smart Growth Melds Environmental, Labor Interests

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 9:40 am

Recently there has been a lot of focus on a possible “blue/green alliance” among the political left in this country. The idea is that union workers would build the new equipment for the green economy. Things like solar panels and wind turbines. Clearly the idea appeals to those who long for the glory days of organized labor, when this country was still a manufacturing powerhouse.

Unfortunately, as long as this country maintains its strong anti-manufacturing policies, I don’t see the blue/green alliance manifesting itself in that way. I suspect the nation’s demand for solar panels will be met by imports from Germany, and our wind turbines will be made in China. There is no reason to believe this green manufacturing jobs will not suffer the same fate as previous manufacturing jobs.

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