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Jacob Lew: Union-Buster

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On January 17, 2012
Josh Eidelson on Jacob Lew, Obama’s new Chief of Staff. When Lew was Chief Operating Officer at NYU, he took the lead in crushing the university’s graduate student union, which had organized under the leadership of the United Auto Workers. Makes you wonder if Mark Penn isn’t advising the president after all.

Blue-Green Alliances

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On January 17, 2012

Last week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the United Nations Investor Summit on Climate Risk. He made a couple of important points. First: And to those who say climate risk is a far off pr

Labor Notes

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On January 15, 2012

1. North Carolina call center workers are organizing with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Sitel treats their employees like early 20th century sweatshop workers, with the classic

By chance, I came across this article in the October 22, 1958 edition of the International Woodworker: The following item is for the attention of those who claim that organized labor is wrong when it says that so-called “right to work” laws are aimed at weakening unions and destroying labor standards. It concerns a letter […]

Lawrence

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On January 11, 2012

I’m not writing about the 1912 Lawrence strike in This Day in Labor History this year, so instead read Steve Early’s nice piece on the 100th anniversary of this very important event.

Indiana

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On January 11, 2012

So now that everyone is through with Clown Show 2: We Drop Our r’s Edition, maybe we can get to a story that actually matters.* And I don’t mean Clown Show 3: Confederate Homeland Edition.

NAFTA on the Ground

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On January 10, 2012
Outstanding piece of journalism by David Bacon, showing how NAFTA has brought North Carolina and Veracruz together, connected by Smithfield Farms trying to screw both places over. Essentially, as North Carolinian outrage over the environmental consequences of giant hog farms grew and as workers sought to unionize the brutal hog disassembly lines, Smithfield used NAFTA […]
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