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NLRB Looking at Free Rider Pay-to-Play Dues Obligation

New Orleans     The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took a step that might be small, but at least seems in the right direction.  They have solicited legal briefs, and no doubt there will be many from both the union and management side of the bar, on the question of dues or fee obligations for nonmembers […]

Coordinated Attack on Public Workers and Unions in Texas and Oklahoma

Houston           The headlines on the attack on workers and their unions has recently been written in the Midwest.  An attempt to follow-up in Wisconsin on the stripping of union protections for public workers now finds the legislature there pile driving a so-called right-to-work bill that would strip unions of vital resources for representation requirements and […]

Rallying for $15

Birmingham, England      Before catching a plane for the UK, I went down with fifteen Local 100 United Labor Unions members and supporters with our t-shirts on to join the New Orleans piece of the national rally and demonstrations for raising wages to $15 per hour for fastfood and other workers in the US. We met […]

UAW Embracing Opportunity a “Patient” Strategy in the South

Employees of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala. sign up to be the first members of a new, local UAW union at the Hotel Capstone in Tuscaloosa. (Stephen Dethrage | AL.com)

Paris    I spent hours in London in very interesting discussions about how community organizing and worker organizing could more effectively blend together to produce […]

Marching for a Climate Change Turning Point

New Orleans    The march in New York demanding action on climate change was hard to get a handle on from a distance.  The Associated Press called the number 100,000.  The New York Times studiously avoided ever giving a number in the aftermath of the march, simply saying there were tens of thousands.  Finally, a […]

Right-to-work and the Making of the American Precariat

Edinburgh       Ok, I’ll admit it.  Having stumbled on this term “precariat” recently in conversations in London, referring to an emerging class of workers and families, vital to the neo-liberal business model but unmoored from the current economy and lacking any income or job security, I’m noticing it everywhere.  Most recently I read a piece in […]