Labor/Unions

Labor Day 2017

Sep
04

Spent a little time marching with my brothers and sisters of SEIU (among other locals) near the Thompson Center.

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Media: Lock-outs Okay; Strikes Bad

Apr
02

It was just last Friday (i.e. 3/25) that CPS management went out on strike -- opps, I mean, proclaimed a furlough day. How come the media didn't ask parents/teachers/kids how they'd be inconvenienced and how the kids were losing out -- on that Friday before 4/1? Strange that.

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Citizen Action Annual Dinner

Oct
10

Great time at the Citizen Action Annual Dinner. Probably one of the few events at the Hilton beginning with a brief eulogy for a member of the hotel staff.

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Right-to-Work-for-Nothing Bill Passes in Wisc.

Mar
09

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Scott Walker Signs Right-to-Work Bill". Because representation belongs only to those who can afford a lawyer.

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Walmart: We Only Can Compete on our Everyday Low Wages!

Jul
13

Sorry if this place is getting to sound like WalMart-City but Lord knows they're in the news a lot and they are, after all, "America's Largest Employer"!

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Citizen Action IL Annual Dinner

Sep
16

Attended the annual Citizen Action IL Dinner. Jesse Jackson Sr. was the honoree.

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Indiana GOPers planning race to bottom

Jan
24

Scumbags:

Many of the measure’s supporters also see an advantage in Indiana’s geography: It borders only non-right-to-work states and would be the only Midwestern industrial state to have such a law. “I think whichever of the Midwest states does it first will have an edge in terms of job growth and bringing new employment,” says Republican Representative Jerry Torr, the bill’s House sponsor. “Michigan and Ohio would probably fall like dominoes shortly after because they would have to in order to compete.”

UPDATE: And how appropriate that the Chief Scumbag among them is giving the GOPer Response to the SOTU. Says everything.

UPDATE: From John Nichols :

On Tuesday, Daniels will take his hypocrisy national. And in so doing he will make it abundantly clear that the Republican Party is committed to union busting as an economic and political strategy.

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Question of Media Accountability, WBBM Newsradio 780 Edition

Jun
04

Here's an interesting question:

Walmart is trying to bust into the Chicago market with a 2nd store, thus dragging down the wages and working conditions of employees at competitor companies, many of whom are represented by the good people at UFCW.

So, in order for them to grease the way so to speak, this monster corporation has flooded the airwaves with testimonials supposedly from employees of how awesome Walmart as an employer is.

I've heard the same commercial over and over again on the CBS affiliate WBBM the whole week.

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The Virtues of Protest

Apr
03

I think Matt Yglesias has been going to the wrong protests:

"Getting people to come out every once in a while hold a 'protest' is, by contrast, pretty easy. And in the right frame of mind, it’s even fun. I’ve had fun doing it. But it doesn’t really change anything."

Picketing and other forms of protest are routine ways that progressives can make their voices heard.

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