Hold Fast

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Entries Tagged as 'Labor'

Stoller on Wal-Mart Strikes

October 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

In recent weeks there have been a series of wildcat strikes and work disruptions at Wal-Marts and Wal-Mart warehouses around the country. Workers are threatening to strike on Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year. Read this post by Josh Eidelson for more background on the strikes. Matt Stoller at Naked Capitalism notes […]

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Tags: Labor

Someone tell Michelle Rhee that Dan Malloy just isn’t that into her

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

Disgraced former DC schools chief Michelle Rhee is on a quixotic search to pretend she’s a Democrat in good standing, despite her pursuit of taking away workers’ rights and helping Republican governors bust teachers unions. In her Washington Post op-ed on how real Democrats support her education prioritization strategy, which reads like a Joe Lieberman op-ed arguing that real […]

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Tags: Democrats · Labor · Republicans

What the lockout is all about

September 26th, 2012 · Comments Off

Chuckling, a commenter at Alicublog: One would hope the NFL referee lockout helps wake more people to the realization that plutocracy is ugly and getting uglier. The issue isn’t about money. The retirement contributions in question aren’t even pocket change for the billionaire NFL owners. No, they don’t feel their employees deserve a good retirement. […]

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Sports labor disputes & doing what’s right

September 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

There’s a ton of talk of how bad the NFL’s scab refs have been, especially after last night’s complete debacle between Seattle and Green Bay. It’s received less attention, but the NHL owners have locked out the players as well and as of now, there is no hockey this year. Sarah Jaffe has a great […]

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Tags: Labor

Teachers are underpaid in Chicago, the US

September 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

A lot of the contrived outrage around the Chicago Teachers Union strike is around the critics’ false belief that the teachers are overpaid and greedy. You’ve probably heard that CTU teachers are paid an average of $70,000 and the union rejected a 16% pay raise. Zaid Jilani has reported that according to the Bureau of […]

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Tags: Labor

What Atrios Said

September 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Duncan Black on the Chicago Teachers Union strike: Blaming the unions is just a convenient way for management (the people in charge) to blame the workers (the people who obey orders). Agreed.

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Unions demand Change.org worker rights policy

July 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

Originally posted at AMERICAblog Yesterday Ryan Grim broke a story in HuffPost Hill that a number of labor unions, including  “AFT, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, CWA, IBEW and the Steelworkers,” had written a letter to Change.org, asking the company to have a clear policy about not working with organizations who advocated union busting. This followed a […]

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Tags: Labor · Progressive Infrastructure

Change.org drops Rhee, Stand for Children

June 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Updated below Great news – last night Ryan Grim of Huffington Post reported that Change.org is dropping union busting groups Students First and Stand for Children. I posted a version of my post from yesterday afternoon on Change.org & union busting on AMERICAblog, after the decision was announced and evolved it into more of a […]

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Tags: Labor · Progressive Infrastructure

Change.org & Union Busting

June 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I want to follow up on John Aravosis’s excellent post on Change.org’s work for conservative clients. I think John nails a lot of the reasons why Change working for conservatives is deeply problematic, but it’s worth getting into the specifics of what Change is doing and why it is relevant. As a disclaimer, because I […]

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Tags: Labor · Progressive Infrastructure

Wisconsin Aftermath

June 6th, 2012 · Comments Off

I’ll be honest, after the labor-backed candidate for governor in Wisconsin lost the Democratic primary in a recall election that was happening because of an assault on workers’ rights and public sector unions, I paid significantly less attention to the race. And even before that, once the choice was made by labor unions and Democratic […]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections · Labor