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October 8, 2013

Boston bus strike leaves students without way to school

  • 600 the number of Boston bus drivers that went on strike Tuesday morning, in an action which affects thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city and that the district calls illegal. A school spokesman says the union was opposed to new driver safety and timeliness regulations, as well as a real-time bus tool for parents. While schools will remain open in the city, tardiness and absense won’t count against students. source
9:03 // 11 months ago
September 7, 2013
The crisis for labor has deepened. It’s at a point where we really must do something differently. We really have to experiment.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka • Discussing the future of the country’s largest labor union. Trumka suggests that the move to draw broader swaths of people outside of the traditional labor sphere—but who care about traditional labor causes—could help stem the tide of decline of union membership in recent years.
14:43 // 1 year ago
March 24, 2013

How one modern labor union grew really big, really fast

  • 205k the number of members of the Freelancers’ Union, a two-decade-old membership organization which has grown to be one of the largest unions in the country, in large part because it offers something that many freelance workers and independent contractors struggle to receive—affordable health insurance. Roughly 23,000 people in New York state alone rely on the organization’s health care programs — a level of success so significant that the group was able to receive extra loans from the Obama administration to expand the program. Premiums through the program cost $225 to $603 per month—significantly less than individual programs. source
14:57 // 1 year ago
December 13, 2012
19:04 // 1 year ago
December 11, 2012
I actually don’t view this as anti-union. I view it as if the unions did it appropriately, this should make them more responsive, because it really means they have to be listening to workers more attentively and really presenting the value proposition to them. Because if they were doing all the things that workers were looking for, there shouldn’t be any difference with this legislation at all. Workers would simply choose to join the union, versus not choosing.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder • Discussing his support of Michigan’s new “right to work” legislation, which the governor is expected to sign into law as early as Wednesday, during an appearance on Mike Huckabee’s radio show this morning. Union workers have rejected Snyder’s description of the new legislation, with UAW President Bob King saying that this needs to be viewed “as part of a right-wing agenda” during an interview on MSNBC. source
16:21 // 1 year ago
December 10, 2012
I think the Republican strategy in doing this so quickly is that they don’t want what Wisconsin had, dragging on for so many days. This is a blitzkrieg, and Republicans hope it’s going to be over and done with tomorrow.
"Inside Michigan Politics" editor Bill Ballenger • Discussing the Republican strategy behind passing the "right to work" law in Michigan — which looks like it may get passed on Tuesday, in a fight over unions similar to the one that took place in Wisconsin nearly two years ago. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder may or may not sign the bill into law, though Democrats are not convinced he will side with them. While citizens could band together fight the law at the polls in 2014, if the law were to pass, it would go into effect at least until then.
21:56 // 1 year ago
The so-called ‘right-to-work’ laws — they don’t have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics. What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.
President Obama • During a speech in Michigan today, clearly laying out his views on a new law that will make Michigan the 24th “right to work” state in the country. Michigan’s House of Representatives is expected to review the bill on Tuesday, and Gov. Rick Snyder could sign it into law by the end of the day. Massive protests took place at the capital building, and union workers opposed to its passage say they’ll be back tomorrow. source
17:45 // 1 year ago
November 27, 2012
Former Major League Baseball Players’ Association chief Marvin Miller died today, aged 95. A union organizer by nature, Miller became the head of the MLBPA all the way back in 1966, despite never having been involved with baseball as a sport or business before. Over the course of his subsequent 16-year leadership, he won major victories for the players’ union, perhaps none more significant than the abolishment of the reserve clause in 1975. In place for a staggering 94 years, the clause stripped players of autonomy in terms of where they played, forcing them to re-up with the same team that employed them the previous year, or stop playing altogether. Nowadays, thanks in large part to Miller, players get to sign where they please — “free agency,” as it’s called. source

Former Major League Baseball Players’ Association chief Marvin Miller died today, aged 95. A union organizer by nature, Miller became the head of the MLBPA all the way back in 1966, despite never having been involved with baseball as a sport or business before. Over the course of his subsequent 16-year leadership, he won major victories for the players’ union, perhaps none more significant than the abolishment of the reserve clause in 1975. In place for a staggering 94 years, the clause stripped players of autonomy in terms of where they played, forcing them to re-up with the same team that employed them the previous year, or stop playing altogether. Nowadays, thanks in large part to Miller, players get to sign where they please — “free agency,” as it’s called. source

21:13 // 1 year ago
November 16, 2012
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September 27, 2012
7:02 // 2 years ago