New Orleans First come the disclaimers. I have no stomach for this 5 year saga in California that has created a huge rift in the labor movement as folks picked sides between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Union of Healthcare Workers’ (NUHW). Depending on how you line up, NUHW is either [...]
New Orleans Virtually in the blink of an eye, despite huge divisions on the street and throughout the state, somehow, unbelievably, Michigan is now, like the solid south and some of the West, the 24th state with a so-called “right-to-work” law. The law, signed yesterday, takes effect in the spring of 2013.
In fact for many [...]
Missoula Flying through Denver we picked up the papers on our way to our camping and fishing vacation off the grid in Montana. Depressing!
Though well known for a while, reading the story of the AFL-CIO’s proposed sale of their National Labor College was a downer. Not only because of all of the waste but even [...]
New Orleans A headline from the Naked City blog by Daniel Denvir in Philadelphia caught my eye: “A Whopping 43 Percent of Philly Voters May Not Have Voter ID, According to New Data.” Holy-moly! No wonder the Republicans think their voter suppression effort in the Pennsylvania legislature, according to their leadership, may have handed the [...]
Joyce Miller being honored (1983)
New Orleans Meeting Joyce Miller was one of those happy coincidences. Her son, Josh, was working as a researcher for ACORN in Arkansas in the 1970’s, which gave her an excuse to visit the state and the rest of us an opportunity to meet her. The Coalition of Labor Union Women [...]
New Orleans I went by the gala reception on St. Charles Avenue last night to celebrate the fact that the SEIU International Executive Board was in town to see old friends and comrades. Past the music, food and short speeches, it was hard to find much evidence of good news for unions and organizing even from [...]