Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Educating on Employee Free Choice, Part 3

December 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Joseph Slater of PrawfsBlawg evaluates the different parts of the Employee Free Choice Act and finds the conventional opposition to it, particularly regarding majority sign-up, to be lacking. First, card check. Yeah, yeah, how can anybody oppose elections? I’ll get into why the union elections aren’t much like political elections, but I’ll begin by suggesting [...]

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Tags: Labor

Educating on Employee Free Choice, Part 2

December 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Marie Cocco has an op-ed in Oregon’s Statesman Journal on how the Republican Party is using the United Auto Workers as a whipping post to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act. This is a very important dynamic to understand, but I think what’s also particularly relevant is Cocco’s discussion of how union busting business practices [...]

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Tags: Labor

Interrogation Op-Ed

December 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Matthew Alexander, a former Air Force interrogator who worked in Afghanistan and Iraq questioning Al Qaeda suspects, has a powerful op-ed in the LA Times. Alexander makes a convincing argument that torture does not work and must be ended. Alexander writes: Good interrogation is not an exercise in domination or control. It’s an opportunity for [...]

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Tags: Foreign Relations · Rule of Law

“Losing Lhasa”

December 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

Jonathan Kurlantzick of The New Republic has a very sober assessment of the situation in Tibet and how China is using development and jobs to compel Tibetans to be non-political. It’s a dangerous long-term strategy that could be a deathblow to Tibetan society and culture. Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, is now a majority Chinese city, thanks [...]

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Tags: Tibet & China

NYT Gets It

December 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The New York Times has a huge editorial in support of labor and the Employee Free Choice Act. It’s all good, but here’s a key passage: The first and biggest test of Mr. Obama’s commitment to labor, and to Ms. Solis, will be his decision on whether or not to push the Employee Free Choice [...]

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Tags: Labor

Educating on Employee Free Choice

December 28th, 2008 · Comments Off

There has recently begun to be a higher volume of pro-Employee Free Choice Act posts written on progressive blogs. I’m seeing a lot more bloggers make the case for increased worker rights and modernization of labor laws. In an effort to promote their good work, as well as spread the education of liberal blog readers [...]

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Tags: Labor

China Detains 59 Tibetans for Thought Crimes

December 26th, 2008 · Comments Off

Smell the tyranny: The police have detained 59 people in Tibet on charges that they sought to foment unrest by spreading ethnic hatred and by downloading and selling banned songs, Chinese state media reported Thursday. The detainees, none of whom were identified, are accused of acting at the behest of the Dalai Lama, the exiled [...]

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Tags: Tibet & China

LA Times: Disclosure Failure

December 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

In today’s Los Angeles Times a man named Bret Jacobson writes a virulently anti-union screed attacking Labor Secretary nominee, Congresswoman Hilda Solis.  Here’s how the LA Times describes Jacobson at the bottom of his op-ed: Bret Jacobson is founder and president of Maverick Strategies LLC, a research and communications firm serving business and free-market think [...]

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Tags: Labor · Republicans · The Media

Something Isn’t Right Here

December 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off

Via Atrios, Hilzoy gets at the sentiment I was expressing the other day following the announcement of an auto industry bailout with strict concessions required from the United Auto Workers. Honestly: what sense does it make to stick it to a bunch of auto workers while letting the financial executives off scot-free? How can Richard [...]

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Tags: Economy

Reframing Employee Free Choice

December 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

D-Day has written one of the best posts on the Employee Free Choice Act I’ve seen recently. He works to move away from the conservative frame which has permeated all media coverage of the Act, while deconstructing the big business talking points about “ending secret ballots” in union formation. Too often Democrats let Republicans define [...]

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Tags: Labor