Archive for May, 2013

Class Struggle on TV

Posted on May 22, 2013 by

Most movies about unions miss the boat. Even Norma Rae (made nearly 35 years ago), funneled class struggle through Hollywood’s favorite device: heroic character transformation.  Cinematic storytelling tends to distort the “collective” nature of labor struggle. Titanic: Blood and Steel, an “Encore Original” series released last year during the centennial of the great disaster, would [...]

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If the Kochs Buy the Times

Posted on May 11, 2013 by

Could the Los Angeles Times become a mouthpiece for Tea Party paranoids to crusade against progressive L.A.? If the Koch Brothers buy our local paper and hand over the editorial board to conspiracy-minded conservative extremists, imagine headlines like these: Campaign Launched for Compulsory Unionism Labor Socialists Campaign to Seize Your Paycheck Public Transit Extremists Want [...]

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Will Labor Oppose Obama’s Commerce Pick?

Posted on May 3, 2013 by

Barack Obama’s nomination of Penny Pritzker as Commerce Secretary was a poke in the eye of the American Labor Movement.  The niece of the founder of the Hyatt Hotel chain and current member of the company’s board, Pritzker is a key player in what Unite Here calls “the worst hotel employer in America.” Go to [...]

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