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.
|By: Douglas Williams Sunday July 20, 2014 1:59 pm|
|By: Scarecrow Monday June 11, 2012 11:53 am|
For nearly a week the media has been pressured to focus on an irrelevant distraction involving President Obama’s silly claim that the “private sector is fine,” when he obviously meant to say something that is self evident. But they’re missing the economic and political story of the decade.
|By: emptywheel Friday July 8, 2011 7:30 am|
While the political elite debate how to fix a nonexistent problem (or at least a non-critical one) the jobs crisis continues unabated. The draconian cuts at the state level public sector are only making things worse.