Archive for November, 2012

Naming Emma

Posted on November 27, 2012 by

The year my daughter was born, SEIU Local 399 in Los Angeles had a high-profile contract dispute with Kaiser Permanente, the giant HMO. Dispatched from Washington D.C. to help the L.A. local were some of SEIU’s best and brightest organizers and strategists. It was 1993, two years before SEIU President John Sweeney would lead a [...]

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A “Little” Reaction

Posted on November 9, 2012 by

I’m thrilled Barack Obama was re-elected but I’m worried that he won’t deliver. He begins “fiscal cliff” negotiations with House Republicans by asking the “wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.”  I’m already annoyed.  Why use the word “little”?  If we want a small increase, shouldn’t we start by demanding a medium-sized one and [...]

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Yes on 30, No on 32

Posted on November 3, 2012 by

I don’t want to jinx the outcome but, every day, Barack Obama’s re-election becomes more likely.  Also breaking our way are our chances of holding onto the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. In California, two ballot measures will determine whether we’ve really succeeded in warding off right-wing attacks. By defeating the deceptive and egregiously [...]

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Jews, Blacks and Unions

Posted on November 1, 2012 by

A member of the American Federation of Teachers [AFT] since 1989 when I taught my first class for the L.A. Trade Tech Labor Center, I grab every chance I can to talk about the New York local of that union and its former leader Albert Shanker. I was in high school in Brooklyn when Shanker [...]

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