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Harley Shaiken What happened in Chattanooga?

Snow blanketed the Tennessee hills surrounding Chattanooga last week as workers at the sprawling Volkswagen plant began voting on whether the United Automobile Workers union (UAW) should represent them.

The stakes were high.  A union victory would pave the way for a German-style Works Council elected by all employees for the first … More >

Robert Reich Fear is why workers in red states vote against their economic self-interest

Last week’s massive spill of the toxic chemical MCHM into West Virginia’s Elk River illustrates another benefit to the business class of high unemployment, economic insecurity, and a safety-net shot through with holes. Not only are employees eager to accept whatever job they can get. They are also also unwilling … More >

Harley Shaiken Battle in Seattle: Boeing’s demands bad for U.S. economy

At the heart of the recent hard-ball negotiations between Boeing and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) is a troubling paradox:  A company scores record profits and demands tough concessions from its workers.

Something is clearly wrong with this picture.  While earning more and paying less may fatten the bottom line … More >

Eric Biber Are transit strikes bad for the environment?

Even if you’re not from the Bay Area, you’ve probably heard about the labor troubles at the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) – the rail system that is one of the largest public transit providers here in the Bay Area in terms of passengers.  Hundreds of thousands of commuters use the … More >

Annette Bernhardt A new dawn for Labor Day

If you happened to be in Oakland yesterday, chances are that you passed a fast food chain with striking workers picketing outside.  They were part of a national day of action in more than 50 cities across the country, targeting chains like McDonald’s and Burger King and culminating a year … More >

Michael O'Hare When considering Mademoiselle Liberté, save a thought for OSHA

125 years old, still young and still hot. I love her.  I love where she stands, I love her crown of radiant wisdom and her torch and her book of laws, I love Miss Lazarus’ poem, I love that she’s an excellent sculpture on her own terms.  … More >

Robert Reich Why the Republican war on workers’ rights undermines the American economy

The battle has resumed in Wisconsin. The state supreme court has allowed Governor Scott Walker to strip bargaining rights from state workers.

Meanwhile, governors and legislators in New Hampshire and Missouri are attacking private unions, seeking to make the states so-called “open shop” where workers can get all the benefits of … More >

Beverly Crawford The end of the West’s duplicity in a transforming Middle East?

Post co-authored by Beverly Crawford and Nora Reikosky.

Like the collective gasp of horror heard round the world on 9/11, we now hear a global sigh of relief at the news of Osama bin Laden’s demise. President Obama tells us that we can all breathe easier now. But can we?  Will Osama’s … More >

Rosemary Joyce There is power in a union

And it turns out, the American people value the rights workers gain through unionization, opposing efforts to weaken bargaining rights of public employees by 60% to 33%– almost two-to-one in favor of maintaining the rights of union workers to organize and bargain collectively.

(Pause for the red meat critics to begin … More >

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