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September 17, 2003
: Unions Help Non-Union Workers II - Here's a story on how the existence of unions help non-union workers. A bit of labor law context-- one of... MORE...

September 15, 2003
: A Bit Better- TAPPED on Unions - This is a bit better by TAPPED, in that they agree unions are wonderful: they're just irrelevant. A step forward... MORE...

September 09, 2003
: Tapped Disses Labor - What the hell is wrong with Tapped these days? They are going rightwing on immigration, trashing "identity politics", and now... MORE...

September 06, 2003
: No Progressive Policy w/o Labor - Usually when labor in politics is discussed, it comes down to comparisons of PAC dollars contributed where labor is outspent... MORE...

September 05, 2003
: Labor's Support for Civil Rights - [Note this history comes from a number of sources, including Working Class New York by Joshua Freeman, Time on the... MORE...

September 03, 2003
: Unions Strengthen the Economy - Before I hear the usual rightwing ramble about unions sinking the economy and driving jobs overseas, note two basic realities.... MORE...

September 02, 2003
: How Unions Increase Pay - [Note that I've added a link to this older post on Why Unions Have Trouble Organizing Workers.] The fact that... MORE...

September 01, 2003
: Why Unions? Human Dignity - I am going to do a series this week on why progressives should be more committed to promoting unionization as... MORE...

June 27, 2003
: How Unions Help Low-Income Workers - Read this article on how unionizing janitors has helped a large section of this low-wage, uninsured workforce gain living wages... MORE...

June 19, 2003
: Who is in Unions - More in response to Kevin. There is a stereotype that unions organize richer workers. Which misses the point that unions... MORE...
: Why Unions Have Trouble Organizing Workers - Kevin Drum at this CalPundit post asks why unions have so much trouble expanding, citing Wal-Mart as an example: Sure,... MORE...

August 20, 2002
: Hispanics in Cali: Earn more than in TX - And the reason? Unions. As the Houston Chonicle points out, both California and Texas have large immigrant Hispanic communities, but... MORE...

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February 21, 2007
  • Amnesia on the Death of Reconstruction - I am going to pick on Brad Delong precisely because he is a brilliant and well-educated academic-- and his list... MORE...

    February 18, 2007
  • So What if Mitt Wants A Person of Faith as President? - There's a bit of a furor that Mitt Romney declared:We need to have a person of fiath lead the country.So... MORE...

    February 16, 2007
  • States Taking Action Against Iraq Escalation - So the New York Times is covering the story that resolutions denouncing Bush's Iraq Escalation have been introduced in over... MORE...

    January 01, 2007
  • Wal-Mart Doing Good for Environment - Seriously. This initiative by Wal-Mart to promote energy-saving light bulbs is a major environmental initiative. "Compact fluorescent" bulbs fit in... MORE...

    December 22, 2006
  • Dems' Stupid Positioning on Minimum Wage - As a followup to discussing why politicians need to appeal to a broad consensus, it's worth emphasizing that it's easier... MORE...

    December 21, 2006
  • Obama and the Need for Large Progressive Majorities - I've been as disappointed as many other progressive bloggers with Obama's bad votes on tort reform and seeming trimming of... MORE...

    December 13, 2006
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    November 27, 2006
  • Ecuador Goes Left - Another country moves left-- whatever you want to say, Bush has been very good for reviving the global left, especially... MORE...
  • Building a Progressive Majority in the Statehouses - The Progressive States Network today rolled out its legislative agenda for the 2007 session and is looking to promote it... MORE...

    November 13, 2006
  • The Future Belongs to US - While the actual results seem razer-thin in this election, I'll be bold and argue that they are part of a... MORE...

    November 11, 2006
  • Pro-Labor "Conservative Democrats" - One more nail in the narrative that the victory of a few moderate Democrats means this election is really a... MORE...

    November 10, 2006
  • The Collapse of Tax Cut Politics - You can check out Progressive States rundown of progressive successes in the states on Tuesday, but I want to focus... MORE...

    November 08, 2006
  • A Good Night for Progressives - Let's be clear-- this wasn't just a good night for Democrats. It was a good night for progressives, and no... MORE...

    November 01, 2006
  • Labor Cold War Ends - New International Labor Federation - At the dawn of the Cold War, the international union movement divided up between the ICFTU, dominated by US and Western European unions, and the World Confederation of Labor, largely allied with the Soviet Union. It's taken a decade and a half, but the irrelevancy of that division will end today as the two federations merge-- bringing together 241 labor organizations from 156 countries representing 190 million workers. The new International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is a good step for a labor movement looking to globalize itself in the taking on global capital power.... MORE...

    October 19, 2006
  • Immigrant Poor Send More Foreign Aid than US Govt - The United States government spends less money on foreign aid as a percentage of its budget than almost any other... MORE...

    October 17, 2006
  • - Valuing Families:  State Legislative Models Brought to you by Progressive States and MomsRising What would a policy that really values families look... MORE...

    October 09, 2006
  • Emaciated Models, Labor Regulation - There's a bit of debate in the blogosphere around Spain's new law banning underweight models from the runways in that country. See Jordan, Amanda at Pandagon and Lindsay Beyerstein at Majikthise on whether this is an intrusive regulating violating free expression or something like that and whether OSHA safety regulations are appropriate. Just to throw my two cents in-- any broader OSHA approach would seem cumbersome and bureaucratically intrusive in a deep way. But the original Spanish proposal is brilliant in its high-impact, low-intrusion approach. Regulate only the fashion week type runways, where in a single spotcheck, models can be... MORE...

    October 03, 2006
  • Big loss for Labor-- - The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that a range of professionals are now deemed "supervisors" and thus lose all protections under labor law. That means if they say a positive thing about unions, their bosses are free to fire them at will. The AFL-CIO has more here. To put this denial of labor rights in perspective, 32 million workers or 25% of the workforce already have no right to form a union under federal, state or local law (see this GAO report and this ARAW summary). This includes: Supervisors 16.6 million workers, 8 million new supervisors plus traditional 8.6... MORE...

    September 27, 2006
  • Civil War on the Right- Dick Armey trashes Dobson - The economic business- right and the religious right are moving towards total civil war. This piece by former GOP Majority... MORE...

    September 24, 2006
  • Allen the Racist - Three college teammates confirm that George Allen regularly used the N- word: Allen said he came to Virginia because he... MORE...