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Labor Notes

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On August 13, 2011
1. Thirteen unions are boycotting the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte because North Carolina is a “right to work” state. These are mostly the building trades, for whom using union labor has traditionally meant a lot more for than most of the other unions. It perhaps seems a bit petty or poor strategy, but […]

Debt

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On August 13, 2011

Sarah Jaffe has an excellent if depressing piece about the recent spike in consumer debt: So why the jump in buying on credit, if people still don’t have money to spend? Carlos X. Alexandre at S

Passenger Pigeon

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On August 12, 2011

Since people seem rather taken (or annoyed) with my possum and taters recipe, I’ll throw a couple of other classics of American food preparation over the weekend. Here’s a recipe to one of

MoveOn’s Decline

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In politics
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On August 11, 2011
Kristin Rawls has an interesting piece at Global Comment on participating in MoveOn.org actions and the lack of vision from that organization. In part: On their own, they’re not terribly complicated, but even our highly educated group, which included university professors and others with advanced degrees, found it hard to parse all 40 of our […]

Recent Union Victories

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On August 11, 2011

There’s been a surprising number of union victories of late. I discuss several of them in my new piece at Alternet and consider their possible implications. With all of this pretty good to great

Verizon Strike

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On August 10, 2011

Over 45,000 Verizon workers in nine eastern states, under the leadership of the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have gone out of strike. This i

Kudos are in order for David Wolman, whose High Country News piece on “accidental wilderness,” militiarized landscapes that unintentionally become spaces that protect large numbers of wildlife, just won a Society for Environmental Journalists’ Award for best reporting on the environment. It’s an interesting story. Focusing on Hanford in Washington and White Sands in New […]
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