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 Read More »
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The summer of 2015 has seen the American people expressing sharp discontent with the status quo. On the right, we have Donald Trump. On the left, we have Bernie Sanders, ongoing protests by Black Lives Matter, and the continued push Read More »
Filed under: National Politics by Randy Shaw Comments Off on 2015: A Summer of Discontent
2014 has been a very strange political year. Major breakthroughs for gay marriage, undocumented immigrants and fast food workers were combined with a midterm election that empowered forces opposed to progress in all three areas. 2014 brought young people into Read More »
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In the past few days, street protests against the Ferguson/Eric Garner decisions have swept the nation. We’ve seen marches, die-ins, freeway closures, and in Oakland and Berkeley, vandalism completely unrelated to police racism.
My favorite tweet from Saturday night’s Berkeley Read More »
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SEIU is again being depicted as the agent for reviving the nation’s labor movement.After funding a national convention of fast food workers last weekend, SEIU is credited for framing the fast-food movement as “an economic justice movement comparable to the Read More »
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