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Labor Notes

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On December 20, 2011
A lot of good labor stories today: 1. Michael Powell has a pretty pointed article for the Times, making fun of wealthy outrage at the idea that New York could possibly have a city-wide living wage of $10. “I think,” Michael R. Bloomberg said a few weeks back, “that when the government tries to too […]

Organizing Amazon

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On December 14, 2011

Fantastic Vanessa Veselka piece about her attempt to organize an Amazon warehouse. Inspired by the WTO protests in Seattle, Veselka took it in her hands to get a job in an Amazon warehouse, contact la

Unionbusters React

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On December 14, 2011
Union-hating companies and the unionbusters they hire to consult with them are aghast at the new NLRB rules allowing for quick union elections, which undermine corporate ability to spent a year undermining and fixing the election. Josh Eidelson managed to get on a conference call of a unionbusting firm talking about how to get around […]

Occupy Ports

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On December 13, 2011

Today, the Occupy movement chose to shut down ports in Oakland, Portland, and Longview. But did they do it with the consent of workers? Mike Elk and Andrew Leonard are skeptical and I tend to agree. E

A New Grand Bargain?

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On December 5, 2011
Steven Greenhouse has a thought-provoking piece in the Times detailing how and why Boeing came to a labor agreement with its workers and wondering whether this is not the beginning a new “Grand Bargain.” The original Grand Bargain was the deal postwar workers made with companies (specifically General Motors workers but it grew far beyond […]

Presidential

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On December 1, 2011
Newt clarifies his comments from last week that poor students should replace janitors in schools. They shouldn’t do all the work. Just jobs like cleaning the bathrooms. And doesn’t this make sense? In the new Gilded Age, the poor need to learn to serve their masters, including cleaning up their feces.

The Holiday Spirit

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On December 1, 2011

Scott Walker using prison labor to decorate the Christmas tree (and in this administration, it ain’t no holiday tree like here in Rhode Island) in the Wisconsin state capitol building. The use o

NLRB

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On November 30, 2011

This story has received very little coverage, but today was nearly the day the National Labor Relations Board, for all intents and purposes, died. The NLRB is supposed to have 5 members, but presently

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