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A Divided Labor Movement

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On December 20, 2018
The labor movement is deeply divided. You’d like to think that every labor union would be behind a larger progressive effort to create social and economic democracy. But you would be wrong. Between the building trades cozying up to Trump and especially the Laborers, whose president Terry O’Sullivan openly advocates for projects that will burn […]
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The Building Trades

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On February 6, 2017
I was very unhappy when the building trades met with Trump and then gloated about the reopening of the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines. So I wrote about it in The New Republic. Basically, the building trades are aligning with the wrong side on issues for the millionth time and their hostility to the rest […]
Sexual harassment of female workers in construction is so endemic that most who enter the field quit. It is a problem that nobody takes even close to seriously enough, including the unions. Given that it is one of the best-paying types of work for workers without college degrees, the institutionalization of this sexism means that […]
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