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The Bad Kind of Unionism

Jacobin | Shawn Gude | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

This story was originally posted at Jacobin, a print quarterly that offers socialist perspectives on politics and economics. Support Jacobin and buy a...

Dave Jamieson

Thanks To Obama, It's Going To Get Easier For Workers To Unionize | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials unveiled new rules on Friday that will streamline and simplify the union election process, a reform long sought by lab...

Unions and College Football: Show Me the Money or Take a Strike?

John T. Delaney | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
John T. Delaney

While the Northwestern decision will probably not change college football as we know it today, it could stimulate a reasoned discussion on the contributions of college athletes to the revenue generated by football and basketball.

Student Athletes or Employees: The Debate in Perspective (Part 2)

Frank Islam | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Frank Islam

What we need is truth in packaging and promotion. What we also need is a system that puts the concerns of all of those who participate in college sports first.

Student Athletes or Employees: The Debate in Perspective (Part 1)

Frank Islam | Posted 06.21.2014 | College
Frank Islam

We want to believe that when we are watching college sports that we are seeing amateurs competing for the joy of competition and the love of the game. But, as we examined things more closely we got a different picture that caused us to modify our view and might also change public opinion somewhat.

March Madness: Top Tier Collegiate Athletic Functioning in Perilous State

Gabriel Frankel | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Gabriel Frankel

While there needs to be serious reform in Division I collegiate athletics, I don't believe that unionization of student athletes is a serious step in the right direction to solve the most pressing concerns of student athletes at the highest level of competition.

'Whatever They Need, We Will Get Them'

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 06.07.2014 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

Even if the players turn down the union -- and that is a significant possibility since half of all elections result in a "no" majority -- they have achieved a great deal.

Are College Athletes Employees?

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 04.22.2014 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

College athletics produce millions in revenue for their colleges, but the stars of the game cannot receive compensation commensurate with their contribution to the entertainment they provide. It is a sweet deal for colleges. The Northwestern case, however, has nothing to do with the fairness of NCAA regulations.

Leaked Anti-Union Rant Shows What Workers Are Up Against In America

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business

Listen to the full recording from the Iron Mountain meeting in the above player. A leaked audio recording showing managers trying to talk their t...

Dave Jamieson

Bad News For American Unions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Driven by widespread job losses in the public sector, the number of American workers belonging to a labor union has dropped to a record ...

Think Again: When Labor Unions Were at the Center of Politics

Eric Alterman | Posted 08.08.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

In Tuesday's New York Times, pundit Joe Nocera writes a lengthy plug for Tim Noah's The Great Divergence, focusing on one of the myriad causes Noah identifies as responsible for the explosion of inequality in recent decades: the decline of labor unions.

Bring Back "The Mardi Gras 10" in South Florida

Rabbi Solomon Schiff | Posted 07.07.2012 | Miami
Rabbi Solomon Schiff

We are called to hold up the dignity and respect of all people. We stand in support of the just and ethical treatment of workers and against the abuse of power by any individual or institution with respect to their workers.

An Anti-Worker Union

Ken Blackwell | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Ken Blackwell

Union leaders supporting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline understand that supporting jobs for their members is the reason the unions exist, not to join with the enemy and fight against their own members' best interests.

Are We Letting It All Slip Away?

David Macaray | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

Instead of giving those same old, tired, faux-patriotic stump speeches that glorify American virtues and accentuate American exceptionalism, our politicians need to adopt a broader, more internationalist view.

Pomona Firings Show the Paradox of Immigrant Labor Organizing

Nathan Robinson | Posted 04.10.2012 | College
Nathan Robinson

Fixing immigration and fixing labor are inseparable. Immigration reform could give increasing freedom to workers to organize without fear, but without vigorous protections on organizing, employers still hold all the cards.

Car Wash Workers Win Landmark Rights

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics

Workers at a Southern California car wash won a union contract Tuesday, making them the first unionized car-wash employees in the country. The Los ...

Americans Love Democracy, Except in the Workplace

Johnda Bentley | Posted 11.04.2011 | Business
Johnda Bentley

Currently, 93.1% of the private sector work without any elected representatives in their workplaces. This Labor Day, it is worth pausing to reflect on the reasons why.

Prescription for Union Growth: Be Proactive, Take Risks

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

We have built our reputation by working with our unionized contractors to provide the best-trained, safest and most productive electrical construction workforce in the world.

Will the Democratic Base Turn Out in November?

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The "Tea Party" movement has the real potential of not only sweeping away moderate Republicans, but also driving the Democrats in a direction which could leave the urban poor high and dry.

Two Contrasting Sets of Economic Values at Stake in Mid-Terms

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

There are those who believe that there's not a dime's worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans: that it really doesn't matter who is elected. Those people are wrong.

Labor's Popularity Struggles Amid Criticism of Public-Sector Unions

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Akito Yoshikane

With 46 percent of Americans saying that their power will decline in the coming years, can unions steer themselves back into favor?

Immigration and the American Decline in Empathy

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

Stop demonizing people for making rational economic choices. You would do no differently -- just ask your great-grandparents.

Mistreated Dining Hall Workers at Pomona College Demand Unionization Rights

Nathan Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Nathan Robinson

The Pomona workers' unionization attempt is bold and promising, but without public and political support, it may merely be one more tragic portion of America's brutal labor history.

Unions Attack Starbucks With New Media Campaign (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The ubiquitous coffee giant Starbucks has long been lauded for its corporate culture and employee benefits. But the Los Angeles Times reports this mor...

Card Check Dilemma: How Can Well-Meaning Americans Be So Far Apart?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

I am very hopeful that card check is dead for this Congress. The issue is divisive, harmful, and not a good use of time by anyone.