Archive for the ‘OPINION’ Category

Aug
2012
9

NYT: “American workers should have paid sick leave, and New York City could set a standard for the rest of the nation.”

36 of 50 New York City Council members currently support a proposed law to provide sick leave for 1.2 million city workers. However, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, perhaps pandering to the city’s business interests before her 2013 mayoral campaign, refuses to bring the bill to the floor. In 145 countries, national laws require employers to…
Aug
2012
8

Mass. Dept of Transportation Secretary: ABC is Wrong, PLAs Don’t Raise Costs

Mass. Dept of Transportation Secretary: ABC is Wrong, PLAs Don't Raise Costs
An interesting op-ed exchange in the Lowell Sun is putting on display the Associated Builders and Contractors’ willingness to say just about anything to portray Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) in a negative light. In a letter, “Gov’s insistence on PLA’s excludes majority of state’s skilled labor,” ABC of…
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Aug
2012
7

New Jersey’s Cumberland County Ignoring State Law Mandating PLA for Vine Street School Project

New Jersey's Cumberland County Ignoring State Law Mandating PLA for Vine Street School Project
In Cumberland County, New Jersey, unemployment rates among some construction trades still hover around 40 percent. As many union workers make hard decisions about their family budgets while waiting for work to come to their area, the local government is turning a blind eye to their hardships by bypassing state laws which mandate Project Labor …
Aug
2012
1

POLL: 88% of Americans Think the U.S. Can Regain “the Strongest Position in the World Economy.”

According to a new poll [PDF], Americans believe the government should be doing all it can to rebuild our nation’s manufacturing base, regardless of party affiliation. The poll was conducted by the Dem-leaning Mellman Group and the Republican PR firm North Star Opinion Research between June 28th and July 2nd. Of the 1,200 respondents, 88 …
Jul
2012
31

In Op-Eds, Boston Globe (Finally) Prints the Union Side of the PLA Story

In Op-Eds, Boston Globe (Finally) Prints the Union Side of the PLA Story
On July 20th, we were discouraged by the big, Boston-area newspapers for refusing to publish an op-ed in response to a piece they ran demonizing Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). Last week, though, The Boston Globe published two op-ed’s that finally provided some support, from the union standpoint, for the central role of PLAs in the …
Jul
2012
24

WEIRD WORLD: Mayor Bloomberg Calls on Police Officers to Strike…in Favor of Gun Reform?

In the wake of the tragic #theatershooting in Aurora, Colorado, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the opportunity to get vocal on CNN‘s Piers Morgan Tonight in favor of stricter gun laws across the nation. Interestingly, his solution for tackling the problem places the honus on policemen and women: “I don’t understand why the…
Jul
2012
20

Boston Globe, Boston Herald Exhibit Editorial Bias by Not Printing Rebuttals to Anti-PLA Pieces

A week ago, the Boston Globe published an imbalanced piece that, for the most part, borrowed anti-Project Labor Agreement talking points from the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), a staunchly anti-union group. We took to Twitter to try to drum up some noise on the matter because false claims on “less sexy” topics need to …
Jul
2012
16

Brooklyn Philharmonic CEO: “If you are required to work with a union, why not try partnering with them in good faith?”

Brooklyn Philharmonic CEO:
In a recent piece on The Huffington Post, the CEO and Managing Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Richard Dare, discussed the importance of unions in his field and how the musicians represented by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) are well taken care of by their union. The post portrays unions as a collaborative partner, …
Jun
2012
27

“Much of the problem starts with us, the parents. Do we tell our children about what we do? Do we educate them on the struggles of those who have come before us?”

A DailyKos post published last weekend provides an interesting perspective on the socio-economic importance of “working class family values.” The post’s author, Todd Farally, suggests that parents are the key to ending a downturn in unionism: Much of the problem starts with us, the parents. Do we tell our children about what we…
Jun
2012
25

MD GOV: Prosperity “Achieved by a Partnership with Unions, Not by Scapegoating Labor.”

MD GOV: Prosperity
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has an impressive record in terms of job growth which he recently attributed to his partnership with unions. The state’s AAA credit rating, along with its top 10 ranking in job growth and its spot atop the state median income list, have led him to be an early mention as a …
Jun
2012
19

“If anything is on the decline in the U.S. it is not the importance of New Deal era unionism, it is the promise made by the New Deal itself.”

There is a fungus among us. It grows in the form of a narrative that says: “Unions were necessary in the past. They were needed to fight exploitation and improve conditions for workers. But those problems have gone away. Unions are no longer necessary.” This narrative is hurled upon the millions by Far Right members …
Jun
2012
12

“Have you ever organized a majority, even a plurality, of your co-workers to confront the boss in such a way that all of your jobs were put into jeopardy?”

The results of the Wisconsin Recall election have lead many left-leaning citizens to call for a more innovative and radicalized labor movement. And while many worker-supportive parties would give their left paycheck to see more labor-friendly results, writer Corey Robin makes a sobering request in his post, “A Challenge to the Left,”…