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 [...]
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 [...]
New Orleans Later in April a hearing officer for the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board covering Chattanooga will determine whether or not things like the Governor’s contingent promise to provide Volkswagen with $300 million in tax benefits and subsidies to add a new production line only if workers voted against representation by [...]
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 [...]