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Hoffa and Trumka Babble While The House of Labor Burns

Hoffa and Trumka Babble While The House of Labor Burns

The Obama administration and powerful Democrats have been so consistently supportive of the demands of business, especially in finance, that their most liberal adherents have expressed disillusion. For example, some of our top labor leaders, whose unions spent hundreds of millions of dollars helping Obama and Democrats get elected, have recently criticized through deed and […]

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Scabbing for the Huffington Post

Scabbing for the Huffington Post

I have a Facebook friend who is a prominent liberal activist and writer. He tells us on his website that “My labor experience dates back to working as a staff organizer in Las Vegas for the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees (HERE) International Union starting in 1988, then serving on the Executive Board of UC-Berkeley’s […]

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Mother Nature, Make Me Rich

Mother Nature, Make Me Rich

NBC recently aired a show called America’s Next Great Restaurant. Contestants, each of whom hoped to open a restaurant chain, were put through a series of tests to see whose idea had the best chance for success. A panel of judges eliminated one person at the end of each program, until the last one standing […]

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Speak Out, Fight Back!

Speak Out, Fight Back!

 We spent six weeks in January and February in Ford City, Pennsylvania, my hometown. We stayed with my mother, in the house in which I grew up, and slept in the twin beds in my old room. Fifty years ago, I would pull up the covers and listen to faraway AM stations on my father’s […]

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WISCONSIN LABOR ON THE MARCH

WISCONSIN LABOR ON THE MARCH

  Here is a link to an interview I did with France Kassing at KDVS radio in Davis, California.  I am the first person on the show, so just click on the link and listen.  Link: http://www.kdvs.org/show-info/1545.  There is about a minute of audio before the show begins.

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Radical Labor Education, Part 4: Renewal?

Radical Labor Education, Part 4: Renewal?

 The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 had the champions of capitalism crowing that history had ended, that there was no alternative to the “magic of the marketplace.” Historical developments since then have given some credence to this view, as even China has rapidly moved from socialism to capitalism and in the process become […]

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Radical Labor Education, Part 2

Radical Labor Education, Part 2

  While unions are indispensable organizations of the working class, they are not likely to lead a radical social transformation. They face inherent constraints. First, unions may replicate already existing divisions within the working class. Many occupations are segregated by gender. Nearly all coal miners are men. A union of coal miners is unlikely, therefore, to […]

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