Labor & Education

Sacramento Waiters Make $50 an Hour, TV Station Claims

Posted February 18, 2016 by Seth Sandronsky

What can happen when voters use electoral politics to raise the minimum wage? For one thing, some mainstream media can go on the attack by editorializing in coverage that poses as “news.” Take, for example, ABC Channel 10’s recent television
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Why Aren’t Public Schools Too Big To Fail?

Posted February 8, 2016 by Steven Singer

There’s a new fad sweeping the nation. It’s called “Educational Accountability.” Here’s how it works. If your neighborhood school can’t afford to pay its bills, just close it. That’s right. Don’t help. Don’t look for ways to save money. Don’t
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Moshe Marvit’s Six “Friedrichs” Takeaways

Posted January 14, 2016 by Bill Raden

On Monday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a lawsuit that targets Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a nearly 40-year cornerstone of labor-management relations. At stake is the principle that, although public employees
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When Workers Fight: NUHW Wins Battle with Kaiser

Posted November 24, 2015 by Cal Winslow

The therapists, counselors, and social workers at Kaiser Permanente in California have won a magnificent victory. In a last minute retreat, in the face of an open-ended strike, Kaiser, the giant California health care corporation, settled with 1400 workers and
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Celebrating Joe Hill

Posted November 16, 2015 by Bill Raden

November 19 marks the 100-year anniversary of Joe Hill’s execution by a Utah firing squad for a sensationalized Salt Lake City double homicide. Hill, a 36-year-old Swedish immigrant, was an itinerant laborer and union organizer for the Wobblies – the
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Fight for $15 – Will AFL-CIO Jump In?

Posted November 11, 2015 by

There are only two flashpoints in American history where labor unions became center stage in politics. I will call these “Big Bang” moments because they propelled the American Federation of Labor (AFL) after 1886 and the Committee for Industrial Organization
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