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.


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.

Another Election Reminder: The Individual Mandate Is Extremely Unpopular

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 12:14 pm

While Ohio was soundly rejecting Ohio’s anti-union SB5 it was passing, by 65.6 percent to 34.4 percent an amendment deliberately written so that voters would view voting for it as a way to reject of the individual mandate in “Obamacare.” The mandate remains extremely unpopular, even in an arguably liberal-leaning election.

Ohio Voters Likely to Repeal Anti-Union Law

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 9:20 am

Ohio’s anti-collective bargaining law, SB 5, passed by Ohio Republicans, is likely to be repealed by Ohio’s voters in next month’s election.

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.

GOP Attacks on Unions are Bad Short-Term Politics, But is There a Long-Term Goal?

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 2:39 pm

With several new polls out about the fight in Wisconsin, the verdict is clear that recent Republican efforts to take away labor unions’ collective bargaining rights is very bad short-term politics for them.

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