London In an interesting development several large labor unions, including Unison and Unite, are building what they call community organizing programs in recognition of the increasing importance of communities in building their programs.
In the case of Unite, the country’s largest labor union with more than 2 million members, organizers meeting with [...]
New Orleans As great as it is to finally see some increasing attention being paid to the issues of inequality that have been so many decades in the making, perhaps not enough attention is being paid to the critical role of unions in bridging the inequality gap, especially when it comes to the critical issues [...]
New Orleans I watched a brief interview for USA Today with Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, on the eve of their coming convention, as he argued that with the diminishing numbers, there were changes coming at the federation. The changes he talked about mainly were some kind of broader affiliation program that was enrolling [...]
Little Rock Being off-the-grid for a while, it’s surprising how little you miss reading the sports page in July. I once had a friend who took a vow to not read the sports pages simply to open up more time in his life. I can’t do that because some of the best and most honest [...]
Rock Creek Following the tragic garment fire fatalities and in the wake of European action finally joined by the United States in recent weeks, the Bangladesh government has finally issued new labor codes for workers in the country. The results are disappointing despite the obvious hopes of the government that this meager effort would seem [...]
Little Rock I’m skeptical of many of these so-called public school “reform” efforts because too many seem to really be privatization schemes in disguise or elite stalking horses for charter school operators. Despite numerous studies finding that teachers are the key that unlocks almost all of the educational doors for children, most of these efforts [...]