Category: "Labor"

May20
Being busy at work and spending my time at home with my beautiful daughter means very little time for blogging. Oh well. But here are two completely unrelated stories that you should read: Treasures Lost to Time :Shaquille O’Neal, already a… more »
May06

How Not to Join a Union

Posted by Dave on 05/06/09  ~  Posted in: Labor  ~  Send feedback »

Apr08

Unifying Unions

Posted by Dave on 04/08/09  ~  Posted in: Labor  ~  1 feedback »

Woh... this is really, really big - Unifying Unions:Today, the American labor movement proclaimed its intention to come back together -- helped, of course, by the fact that Democrats now control both Congress and the White House and are bent on enacting… more »
Mar31

Happy Cesar Chavez Day!

Posted by Dave on 03/31/09  ~  Posted in: Social Justice Ravings, Labor  ~  Send feedback »

We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure. Today is the birthday of Cesar Chavez (for more background, go here). Chavez is a man who played a HUGE role in organizing migrant farm workers (mostly… more »
Mar30

PBS on JWJ's James Thindwa

Posted by Dave on 03/30/09  ~  Posted in: Social Justice Ravings, Labor  ~  Send feedback »

Take a look at PBS' Bill Moyers Journal profile of Chicago community organizer James Thindwa. Thindwa is the executive director of Chicago Jobs with Justice. You can watch an excerpt below: more »
Mar09

Can My Boss Do that?

Posted by Dave on 03/09/09  ~  Posted in: Labor  ~  Send feedback »

A wonderful site, from Interfaith Worker Justice: Can My Boss Do That? more »
Jan30

Strong middle class = strong labor movement

Posted by Dave on 01/30/09  ~  Posted in: Labor, Barack Obama  ~  Send feedback »

From Barack Obama:I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem, to me it's part of the solution. ... We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests, because we know that you cannot have a strong… more »
Jan27

Bailout against EFCA?

Posted by Dave on 01/27/09  ~  Posted in: Economy, Labor  ~  Send feedback »

Just lovely... Bailout Recipients Hosted Call To Defeat Key Labor Bill:Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize… more »
Jan21

The Little Unions That Couldn't

Posted by Dave on 01/21/09  ~  Posted in: Labor  ~  Send feedback »

The Little Unions That Couldn’t. Or, in other words, why Congress needs to pass the Employee Free Choice Act. UPDATE: Progress Illinois and Ezra Klein both take a deeper look at the above article. more »
Jan19
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.I must bring attention to today's holiday, the day to… more »
Nov21

Shoot the Retailers

Posted by Dave on 11/21/08  ~  Posted in: Labor  ~  Send feedback »

If a retailer has not gotten involved with this, if he has not spent money on this election, if he has not sent money to Norm Coleman and these other guys ... [then the retailers] "should be shot."From Home Depot founder and former CEO Bernie Marcus… more »
Oct20

Wal-Mart at is "best"

Posted by Dave on 10/20/08  ~  Posted in: Wal-Mart, Labor  ~  Send feedback »

Wal-Mart closes only union department in North America: In response to Wal-Mart's closure of the recently unionized Gatineau, Quebec Tire and Lube Express, Wal-Mart Watch Executive Director David Nassar released the following statement: "Wal-Mart's… more »
Sep01

Happy Labor Day!

Posted by Dave on 09/01/08  ~  Posted in: Labor, Barack Obama, Campaign 2008  ~  Send feedback »

Check out the Labor Day message from Barack Obama. more »
Aug25

Gene Upshaw and the NFLPA

Posted by Dave on 08/25/08  ~  Posted in: Sports Ravings, Labor  ~  Send feedback »

Gene Upshaw, the President of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) died last week, bringing to end a 25+ year era. Dave Zirin (the best sports writer around) has an article taking a look at what Upshaw accomplished. Upshaw had his critics, most notably… more »
Aug24

Biden and Labor

Posted by Dave on 08/24/08  ~  Posted in: Labor, Barack Obama, Campaign 2008  ~  Send feedback »

Is Joe Biden Good For Labor? Mostly, Yes. more »
Aug22

Wal-Mart: 8 Unionized Employees

Posted by Dave on 08/22/08  ~  Posted in: Wal-Mart, Labor  ~  Send feedback »

This story is a few days old, but I figured it was worth a mention. Eight employees at a Wal-Mart in Quebec now have a union contract, becoming the only eight Wal-Mart employees in North America to do so. This is great news, and, unsurprisingly,… more »
Aug18

The Collision of Catholicism and Capitalism

Posted by Dave on 08/18/08  ~  Posted in: Labor  ~  2 feedbacks »

The Catholic church has long been supportive of a worker's right to organize. Bishops, Priests, Nuns, and other Clergy have long been at the front lines along side workers and union organizers, standing up against unfair labor practices, against… more »
Jul29

Chipotle and the Immokalee Workers

Posted by Dave on 07/29/08  ~  Posted in: Labor  ~  Send feedback »

This makes me sad. I like Chipotle. A lot. They have an excellent vegetarian fajita burrito, and they use fresh ingredients and get their meat from ethically treated animals. Yet it seems that their "food with integrity" motto is more public… more »
Jul24

Minimum Wage Hike

Posted by Dave on 07/24/08  ~  Posted in: Economy, Labor  ~  Send feedback »

Today is a good day for many working people around the country as the minimum wage hike kicks in:The national minimum wage went up 70 cents on Thursday as the second of three planned increases mandated by Congress took effect. The national minimum wage… more »
Jun27

Workers, Labor, and Unions, Oh My!

Posted by Dave on 06/27/08  ~  Posted in: Wal-Mart, Labor  ~  2 feedbacks »

Domestic Workers Unite!Domestic workers in America are among the most economically exploited and vulnerable to abuse by their employers. Ford tells union more cuts needed ... as ... Ford pays new CEO $39.1M in 4 months. Hmm... some slumping market,… more »
Jun13
Here is what I am reading... what are you reading?[Colin] Powell tells B.C. crowd he might vote for Obama:Colin Powell, the former Republican secretary of state, says he is not ruling out a vote for Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic nominee for… more »
Jun10

A Union Renaissance?

Posted by Dave on 06/10/08  ~  Posted in: Labor  ~  1 feedback »

Fears Of A Union Renaissance:Who's afraid of a little organized labor? U.S. business, that's who. Union membership encompasses just 7.5% of the private sector, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is fearful of a potential resurgence in the United States.… more »
Jun03

Quick Links

Posted by Dave on 06/03/08  ~  Posted in: Sports Ravings, Quick Links, Labor, Campaign 2008  ~  Send feedback »

Blake will be live-blogging the Montana and South Dakota primaries this evening. Travelers Turn to Public Transit - Woohoo! Public transit usage us up! Why is Organizing Harder in the South? Running start: South Side fifth-grader up for… more »
May23
Hmm... looks like I have not blogged much lately, eh? Life happens, I guess. A few things I have been meaning to write about: Obama wins Oregon, Clinton wins Kentucky, and nothing in the race changes. Exciting, eh? Did you know John McCain is… more »
May01

May Day!

Posted by Dave on 05/01/08  ~  Posted in: Labor  ~  Send feedback »

Today is May Day, or the International Workers' Rights Day. And while many will be out marching today, I will be sitting in an office fighting for workers' rights. Or at least their health insurance. Fun times... Feministing has a good collection of… more »

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