Roxana Tynan and Ron Herrera: Once a worker is stuck by a used syringe, they must undergo immediate medical testing, loss of work, and medical follow-up, sometimes lasting 6 months.
Francisco Cendejas: Union busters have become a standard feature of contemporary union organizing, trading on intimidation, false promises and even illegal firings.
Mark Naison: If I dare to dream, I can see where this collaboration between Occupy and Labor might lead—to the unionization of Wal-Mart, to the unionization of McDonalds, to the unionization of financial services workers in the nation’s largest banks.
Randy Shaw: Labor rewards those who wait. But those whose advancement depends on their willingness to wait may not be the most visionary or talented.
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: As a first step, organized labor should organize massive demonstrations in major cities across the country on Labor Day to raise these demands. Working people strongly oppose these cuts and desperately want job-creation programs.
Steve Hochstadt: As grass-roots organizations, unions are feared by dictators. All of the world’s dictatorships, whether left or right, have banned free unions.