Mike the Mad Biologist

Category archives for Unions

From former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich: It’s about time a presidential budget unequivocally redistributed income from the very rich to the middle class and poor. The incomes of the top one percent have soared for 30 years while median wages have slowed or declined in real terms. As economists Thomas Piketty and Emanuel Saez…

“All Labor Has Worth”

From the archives: One of the things that is often neglected on Martin Luther King day is his dedication to economic justice. What is forgotten–often willfully–is that he was an advocate for racial and economic justice. From a speech he gave to striking sanitation workers in Memphis on March 18, 1968 (italics mine):

Why Aren’t U.S. Toyota Workers Paid Better?

David Leonhardt does a good job of explaining the lies surrounding the bogus $73 per hour compensation that the Big Three autoworkers supposedly receive–even if he does so rather elliptically. Here’s how that $73 figure is reached:

In the midst of the hoopla over how ‘in touch’ Sarah Palin is supposed to be (all her faux personal touches), I came across this speech by a steelworker at an AFL-CIO convention.

I’ve never understood why so many liberals and progressives think the Democratic field is strong. Yes, the candidates aren’t insane, but neither of them are particularly good on economic issues. There is nothing in either Clinton’s or Obama’s records or speeches that suggests that they will do anything significant to reduce income inequality, other than…

Remembering MLK

Today, in 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis. This is why he was in Memphis.

I’m not a fan of charter schools: they typically ‘cherry pick’ the best students, and then claim spectacular results (if they can do so at all), while paying teachers less and expected them to work even harder. However, here’s one charter school trying something that I hope works–paying teachers more:

…if he weren’t a fucking moron. One of the books that has gone missing in all of the criticisms of Jonah Goldberg’s ridiculous Democrat-bashing screed Liberal Fascism is Wolfgang’s Schivelbusch’s Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt’s America, Mussolini’s Italy, and Hitler’s Germany, 1933-1939.

The Labor Day Speech You Won’t Hear

…or too much of anyway. One of the most eloquent speeches that I have ever heard was by Martin Luther King to striking sanitation workers. What’s sad is that, while the particulars have changed somewhat, the overall picture remains the same. From a speech he gave to striking sanitation workers in Memphis on March 18,…

In Las Vegas, the SEIU nurses were recently locked out during contract negotiations (they’re back to work now). The nurses don’t want pay increases or better benefits, but a lower patient-to-nurse ratio. Universal Health Services, the for-profit hospital chain, claims the nurses are trying to expand the union membership. The nurses claim that they simply…