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Rebuilding Worker Voice in Today's Economy - Roosevelt Institute
"Workers are increasingly powerless in the 21st century economy. Working people have few rights on the job, corporations and wealthy individuals hold outsized influence in politics and policymaking, economic inequality is vast and deep, and economic mobility is out of reach for most. Most notably, the unionization rate—a key measure of worker voice and worker agency—has dropped rapidly since the early 1980s. These trends all underscore the need for fundamental labor law reform in America. In Rebuilding Worker Voice in Today’s Economy, Kate Andrias and Brishen Rogers argue that labor law reform in the U.S. must be guided by one core principle: It must guarantee all workers a voice in their workplaces, in the broader economy, and in our democracy. Read the two-page summary here. To achieve this principle, the authors propose for key ways to rewrite labor law: Labor law should provide rights to all workers, in all economic sectors. Labor law should protect and promote workplace unionization. Labor law should encourage sectoral-level bargaining. Labor law should protect workers’ fundamental rights to strike, picket, and engage in other collective action. We cannot have an inclusive and just society until workers truly have a voice. Labor law reform alone, however, will not foster economic and political equality, nor can it fully tackle the challenges facing workers in America today. Rebuilding a more just and equal economy and democracy will be a long-term project. Fundamental, structural labor law reform is central to that project."
labor  unions  activism 
august 2018 by tsuomela
A Blueprint for Calling the Question
"Politicians are paying attention to socialists these days. We should compel candidates to adopt pro-worker laws, pick fights with business, and talk openly about class conflict."
labor  unions  activism 
august 2018 by tsuomela
Silicon Valley’s Anti-Unionism and Class Warfare -- Daily Intelligencer
"In fact, a form of anti-union sentiment has been baked into the tech world's culture from the very beginning. Robert Noyce, the co-founder of Intel, so-called "Mayor of Silicon Valley," and one of the inventors of the microchip, once declared that "remaining non-union is essential for survival for most of our companies. If we had the work rules that unionized companies have, we'd all go out of business." Noyce and his fellow tech pioneers saw Silicon Valley's creation as an opportunity to break free of the traditional labor model, which they viewed as helpful for building cars and mining for ore, but not for the quick-moving, always-changing world of technology creation."
computers  silicon-valley  business  unions  labor 
july 2013 by tsuomela
Rich Yeselson for Democracy Journal: Fortress Unionism
"That is how massive union growth occurs—workers take matters into their own hands and then unions capture that energy like lightning in a bottle. The workers risk their jobs, and sometimes even their lives, to form a union. It has happened this way all over the world. The workers will signal—loudly—when they want to organize. In short, union growth occurs when working-class activism overwhelms the quotidian strictures of civil society, forcing political and economic elites to accept unionization as the price of civil peace."
work  labor  history  organizing  unions  future  protests 
june 2013 by tsuomela
The Death Blow for British Coal - In These Times
"New revelations have surfaced about police brutality in Thatcher’s 1984 battle with miners."
law  protests  legal  unions  country(GreatBritain)  1980s  labor  oppression 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Has the One Percent Already Won This Thing? | Dissident Voice
Not to sound defeatist, but maybe the one-percent has already won this thing.  With the poor now cheering for the rich, the plutocrats’ wildest and most ambitious fantasies have been realized.  Not only have the rich succeeded in convincing workers to root against labor unions—the one and only institution dedicated to their welfare—they’ve convinced them to fight for the interests of the wealthy rather than the interests of their own tribe. Annotated link
politics  elites  capitalism  defeat  cultural-theory  unions  work  labor  ideology 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Remembering the Triangle Fire | The Nation
"The unionization and reform that followed Triangle provides a feel-good element to an otherwise bleak story and accounts for some of its telling and retelling. Yet the triumphs—as remarkable as they were—proved limited in scope and durability. "
history  labor  unions  work 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The Stigmatization of the Unemployed « naked capitalism
"I’d argue that the roots lie in a fundamental change in policy that took place around 1980. The lesson that economists drew from the stagflation of the 1970s was that labor had too much bargaining power. The excessive fiscal stimulus of the later 1960s and the oil price shocks of the 1970s had been amplified by the fact that workers had enough clout to demand and get wage increases when they faces sustained price increases. That of course led to more price increases since higher wages led to higher production costs which led business owners to increase prices of their goods and servicer, thus accelerating the inflation already under way.

The solution, per neoclassical economists, was to use unemployment to keep wage demands in check. Thus having a lower level of employment even in good times and taking other measures, like weakening unions, was key to keeping those pesky workers from ever serving to create a reinforcing inflationary dynamic."
economics  unemployment  inflation  the-fed  policy  politics  unions  wages 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Labor Unions: Good for Workers, Not for U.S. Competitiveness - Pew Research Center
"The favorability ratings for labor unions remain at nearly their lowest level in a quarter century with 45% expressing a positive view. Yet the public expresses similar opinions about business corporations -- 47% have a favorable impression -- and this rating is also near a historic low."
public-opinion  polling  unions  business 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Firms See Long-Sought Goal in Sight: Major Pay Cuts Through Two Tiers - Working In These Times
These firms are systematically implementing a major strategy to permanently drive down wages far below anything considered "middle class." The key tool for corporations: forcing acceptance of permanent two-tier wage structures and the insertion of nonunion casual workers into union plants to drive down union pay to levels unimaginable a couple years back. Big business is essentially trying to take back the hard-won gains of working people won over generations.
waiting-for-the-revolution  labor  work  unions  wages  corporatism 
november 2010 by tsuomela
On ESPN and "Replaceable" People --
Measuring people by how much numerical wealth they produce is a kind of psychopathy -- it's that kind of thinking that led to Larry Summers famously saying that African countries are "underpolluted," because poisoning people in low-GDP African states makes less sense than poisoning the relatively more economically productive citizens of Western countries in Europe and America.

That kind of thinking is spreading, because our pop culture priests have succeeded in filling the population with shame and nervous self-loathing to the point where they think of anyone who isn't an employer as a parasite, and anyone who isn't rich and famous, or trying to be, as a loser.
unions  labor  sports  professional  politics 
september 2010 by tsuomela
The Changing Face of Labor, 1983-2008 - CEPR
Over the last quarter century, the unionized workforce has changed dramatically, according to this new CEPR report. In 2008, union workers reflected trends in the workforce as a whole toward a greater share of women, Latinos, Asian Pacific Americans, older, more-educated workers, and a shift out of manufacturing toward services.
unions  labor  demography  survey 
november 2009 by tsuomela
American Rights at Work - Undermining the Right to Organize: Employer Behavior During Union Representation Campaigns
Findings from this new report reveal that a majority of employers aggressively use both legal and illegal anti-union tactics during union representation elections, which impedes workers’ ability to form unions.
unions  democratic  business  freedom  election  work  labor 
october 2009 by tsuomela
American Rights at Work - Free and Fair? How Labor Law Fails U.S. Democratic Election Standards
The report investigates how current union election procedures measure up to U.S. democratic standards. In spite of the presence of secret ballots, the report concludes that union representation elections fall alarmingly short of living up to the most fundamental tenets of democracy.
unions  democratic  business  work  labor  law  legal  election  freedom 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Labor Unions See Sharp Slide in U.S. Public Support
Gallup finds organized labor taking a significant image hit in the past year. While 66% of Americans continue to believe unions are beneficial to their own members, a slight majority now say unions hurt the nation's economy. More broadly, fewer than half of Americans -- 48%, an all-time low -- approve of labor unions, down from 59% a year ago.
labor  unions  polls  work  public-opinion  politics  politcal-science 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Left Without Labor | The American Prospect
A party of professionals and young voters risks becoming a party that overlooks the core economic crisis facing American workers.
labor  unions  democrats  party  activism  work  wealth  economics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Minneapolis CLUC
The Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation is the umbrella organization of Minneapolis area local unions and includes 121 affiliated unions. Affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the Minneapolis RLF's mission is to organize in the community for social and economic justice for all working people.
minnesota  labor  unions  work  activism  newspaper  publisher 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: My union brothers are lazy, complacent
The point I'm making here, Mr. Bageant, is that some of the reason the middle class worker is going downhill is due to bad memory and laziness. Yes, laziness. They just want to go home after work and sit in front of the TV. The idea of supporting their local union, ONE NIGHT A MONTH, is unthinkable.
unions  labor  middle-class  failure  economics  work  money 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Disunite There | The American Prospect
Controversy and conflict at UNITE-HERE union.
labor  unions  history 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Bailout Recipients Hosted Call To Defeat Key Labor Bill
Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize opposition to the U.S. labor community's top legislative priority.
economics  bailout  labor  unions 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Eleanor Arnason's Web Log: Union Miracle
They're calling it a miracle--the successful landing of a US Airways jet in the Hudson and subsequent rescue of all 155 passengers. They're detailing the heroism of all involved, starting with the pilot and including cabin crew, ferry crews, and first responders. What they're not telling you is that just about every single one of these heros is a union member.
unions  labor  news 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Communications Workers of America
union represents call center support people
unions  politics  call-center  labor 
august 2006 by tsuomela

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