Archive for April, 2010

Solidarity Forever?

Posted on April 25, 2010 by

To explain the decline of the labor movement many Americans point to the past.  Unions were necessary in the 1930s – so goes the argument – when workers toiled in mines, mills and factories.  That’s when the CIO, led by mineworker president John L. Lewis, carried out militant strikes in the great industries of the [...]

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Class Act

Posted on April 21, 2010 by

I teach a course called “Labor in America” at a community college just south of downtown Los Angeles. It’s not as if students at Trade Tech sign up because they’re dying to learn about unions.  In fact, many enroll because the class can be applied toward their “American Institutions” graduation requirement. That’s fine with me. [...]

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The Great William O.

Posted on April 10, 2010 by

George Bush’s second Supreme Court nominee – Samuel Alito – was confirmed in 2006 after a feeble filibuster attempt by democrats, even though the appointment of this judicial conservative to replace retiring moderate justice Sandra O’Connor promised to be a game changer. Don’t expect the republicans to be anywhere near as accommodating when President Obama [...]

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Will Becker Appointment Motivate Labor?

Posted on April 1, 2010 by

The labor movement got a boost last week with a couple of pro-union presidential appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Senate republicans had been blocking Obama’s picks to fill the seats, focusing special attention on union lawyer Craig Becker, who was vigorously opposed by business groups and even earned special status when he evoked [...]

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