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Hector Figueroa, RIP

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On July 13, 2019
Very few readers of LGM know who Hector Figueroa was. He was the head of SEIU 32BJ in New York, one of the most powerful locals of one of the most powerful unions in the country. It was under Figueroa’s leadership that 32BJ became an even more powerful advocate for working people, including the fast […]
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SEIU and Midwestern Politics

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On August 25, 2017
As I have stated repeatedly, for all certain labor-leftists say that unions should “stop playing politics and organize!!,” engaging in such a strategy would be insane because unions cannot win meaningful gains in this nation without winning in the political realm. There simply is no historical evidence against my point. You’d think such a point […]

Labor’s Future

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On March 10, 2017

Rich Yeselson is always worth reading, agree with him or not. His long review essay of books by three former SEIU leaders, including former president Andy Stern and the activist Jane McAlevey, is quit

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SEIU-AFSCME Merger?

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On May 8, 2016
Now this is certainly interesting. The leaders of two of the nation’s biggest, most powerful labor unions — the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — are completing a plan that calls for unusually close cooperation in political campaigning, organizing and bargaining in states and cities across […]

SEIU and Airbnb

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On April 19, 2016

There is no more difficult labor union to read and write about than SEIU. This is for two reasons. First, it operates somewhat differently than other labor unions, including having a very top-down app

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