Archive for the ‘OPINION’ Category

Apr
2012
6

UTU/SMWIA: Conservative Cuts to Transportation Would Threaten 500,000 Jobs

In the event you haven’t already identified the potential harm that could be done to workers by Right-Wing legislation, the United Transportation Union (UT) and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) -– now combined into the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) — have arrived with an…
Apr
2012
3

The SAG-AFTRA Merger Changed One Union Critic’s Opinion of Streamlined Certification Votes

The vote last week that merged the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) has caused one former union critic, Jon Healey, to rethink his support of the GOP’s anti-union talking points with respect to union certification votes. From his piece in the Los Angeles Times: The overwhelming …
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Mar
2012
27

Mass. AFL-CIO, Building Trades Issue Response to Negative Attacks on Vicksburg Square Project Ahead of Tonight’s Vote

On Monday, Nashoba Publishing ran an article, “Mass. AFL-CIO appeals to “Brothers and Sisters” on Vicksburg Square vote,” that suggested there had been “mixed reaction” to a letter sent by labor officials concerning a pending vote on a 246-apartment construction project in Vicksburg Square. The project aims to…
Mar
2012
26

VIDEO: AFGE Local 3258 President Gives Fantastic Anti-Spending Cut Presentation

VIDEO: AFGE Local 3258 President Gives Fantastic Anti-Spending Cut Presentation
In the two videos below, Vice Chair of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) HUD council, Carolyn Federoff (also president of AFGE Local 3258), gives an amazing presentation that takes down the idea of cutting government spending as a means of ditching the deficit. The videos were posted on New Hampshire Labor News. The …
Mar
2012
22

“Sports drinks when the workplace feels like an oven?! They’d get more than sports drinks if they could collectively bargain with the boss.”

Last Friday, on the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog (which took a big hit when Steve Benen was wooed to the Rachel Maddow blog because of his excellent work), a piece appeared titled, “Undercover Boss and the Decline of the Working Class.” It begins by explaining the premise of the CBS television show Undercover Boss …
Mar
2012
21

CEO Pens Pro-PLA Piece, Suggests Union and Non-Union Participation on WA Transit Project

CEO Pens Pro-PLA Piece, Suggests Union and Non-Union Participation on WA Transit Project
A recent opinion piece by Pat McCarthy and Joni Earl in Washington state’s The News Tribune discusses the efficient nature of construction projects when issues are ironed out before construction begins under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Speaking about Sound Transit’s new project to build more than $9.5 worth of light rail line,…
Mar
2012
19

“Want to know who the ‘union bosses’ are? See that guy running the jack hammer fixing the public street? Yeah, that guy.”

A short, awesome and angry DailyKos post went up on Friday that takes issue with use of the term “union bosses.” Boy, howdy! The anti-union trolls sure have gotten carried away with themselves, haven’t they? “Union bosses”—I am sick and fucking tired of hearing that nonsensical term. Want to know who the…
Mar
2012
15

Reich: “The American pie is growing again, but most Americans aren’t getting much of a slice.”

Reich: “The American pie is growing again, but most Americans aren’t getting much of a slice.”
In February, 227,000 new jobs were created marking the third straight month with gains above 200,000. Despite this sign of an improving economy, relief has yet to come to American workers whose share of the growth is at a record low. As Robert Reich recently pointed out, the nation is now producing more goods and …
Mar
2012
13

“If we’re at the point where employers are doing a better job of training workers to use social media for a purpose…than their unions are, we have a problem.”

The abandonment of Rush Limbaugh by his advertisers following ubiquitous outcry and disgust among social media users has proven once again the power of new media tools to incite action. But this power is unable to be corralled strictly for the common good. Corporations, too, are ahead of the curve in terms of social media …
Mar
2012
12

“We need to reach out to change stereotypes of labor.”

Pat Kellett is looking to help change the role of unions in his new job as director of marketing and business development for the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA). Last year’s St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council Labor Man …
Mar
2012
8

Bloomberg Poll: Americans Support Collective Bargaining, Recognize Corporate Influence in Politics

The general feeling that the Republican War on Workers is out of line with the common interest is now quantified by a Bloomberg National Poll that shows that Americans reject Republican efforts to curb bargaining rights of unions. Union power, those polled say, is dwarfed by corporate influence. The poll found that many of the …
Mar
2012
8

Kahlenberg Slams Ann Coulter for Her Response to “A Civil Right to Organize”

Conservative pundits, including Ann Coulter, have been bashing the idea that workers should have a civil right to unionize since Moshe Marvit and Richard Kahlenberg published their New York Times op-ed, “A Civil Right to Organize,” last Sunday. The basis of Kahlenberg and Marvit’s argument is that amendments should be made to the…