Category Archives: Unions

“There Is a Balm In Gilead To Heal The Sin Sick Soul”

(from here) These excerpts from a speech Martin Luther King gave to striking sanitation workers in Memphis seems appropriate for the political moment. The speech: My dear friends, my dear friend James Lawson, and all of these dedicated and distinguished … Continue reading

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Republicans, You’ve Come a Long Way Baby

And I don’t mean that in a good way: Surreal.

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What Worker Weakness Looks Like: Output Über Alles

No, this isn’t a post about the car service Uber (Aside: if the tech and business press is to be believed, our greatest challenge is being able to easily hail a cab. Perhaps not?). There’s a interesting post about productivity … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Unions

Why We Need Teacher Tenure: Because Protecting Children Shouldn’t Be a Firing Offense

A while ago, I wrote about how elementary school teachers in Holyoke, MA were being told to use public disclosure of test scores to ‘encourage’ better performance. Because humiliating children is a great way to make kids hate learning. Or … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Massachusetts, Unions

Thank A Union

You might want to read what this union supporter thought about workers, by the way.

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Next Time, Just Spit in the Food

The fast food chain Jimmy John’s doesn’t realize how fortunate they are (boldface mine): The government is ordering a Jimmy John’s franchisee to rehire workers who were fired after putting up posters suggesting that the people making customers’ sandwiches could … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Food, Fucking Morons, Public Health, Unions

It Is Not For Economists To Decide If Unions Are Bad

Image by Bettmann/CORBIS Evan Soltas writes (boldface mine): So there are two ideas here, the potential and the uniqueness of unions. Wasser says unions still have potential and that labor’s gains from unionization are unique. I disagree on both. I … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Civil Liberties, Economics, Unions | 5 Comments