Amy Roe: The community-driven transit movement is one response to the “affordability gap”—a growing chasm between what workers are paid and what it costs to get to work.
Peter Dreier: Since the union drive began last May, the 123-year old 625-bed hospital has engaged is a nasty and expensive union-busting effort, harassing and intimidating nurse and undercutting their organizing efforts.
Richard Eskow: The Fight for $15 is a fine cause on its own merits. But its greatest importance may lie in the fact that it represents the return of the “vanishing worker” – which in the end means the return of our friends, our families, and our neighbors – to the American political stage.
Peter Dreier: Since the union drive began last May, the hospital has engaged is a nasty and expensive union-busting effort, paying a bevy of experienced and high-priced union-busting firms and consultants to harass and intimidate nurses and undermine their organizing efforts.
Berry Craig: Supporters of the RTW ordinances vehemently deny their aim is to destroy unions, but a recent Bloomberg News story about Yessin confirms the guy is a union-buster.
Bobbi Murray: A passage embedded in the bill that could undo local minimum wage ordinances previously approved by voters in Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco and San Jose.
Cherri Senders: If Chavez were alive today and grappling with the nation’s epidemic of economic inequality, he might well embrace another tactic: building a consumer movement to support good jobs.
Berry Craig: The “Right to Work” union-busters are one for seven in states this year. In baseball, my favorite sport, that’s a .143 bench-warmer batting average.
Berry Craig: The reactionary Southern aristocracy and its apologists in politics, the pulpit and the press hated and feared unions because in a union everybody is equal.
Berry Craig: In the South, where every ex-Confederate state is a RTW state, some of the most ardent early RTW supporters were white supremacist Democrats who hated and feared unions because in a union everybody is equal.
Larry Wines: Congressional absolutist dumbbells are quite literally playing with fire. Temper-tantrum babies. And they’re not much different from kids playing with matches in the hayloft, with barrels of lamp oil and a lot of nervous livestock in the barn.
Robert Reich: The rise of “independent contractors” Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce – contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity.
Berry Craig: The first order of business, the measure strongly condemns “current efforts by out-of-state forces to divide labor and management and county against county with the introduction of county right-to-work ordinances.”