Category Archives: Unions

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

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“Now is the time to make an adequate income a reality for all of God’s children”: The Need to Politicize MLK Day

(from here) Consider the above picture when thinking about increasing the minimum wage. Or a living wage. Or treating workers as people. Never forget that King was murdered in Memphis while he was supporting striking sanitation workers. Forty-five years after … Continue reading

Posted in Blastocyst Liberation, Conservatives, Housing, Hunger, Racism, Unions

Solidarity and Merit Pay: The Lee, MA Schools Edition

This is a fascinating letter by school teachers in Lee, MA, who decided that they would donate all of the merit pay they would have received from a private foundation to their school (boldface mine): The $8,700 that the Lee … Continue reading

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