Today, the value of unions is increasingly being called into question, including by college professors in the classroom. Unions are seen as out-of-date and unnecessary, and the reason for every problem in the business world.
For too long the needs of women and families have been dismissed by our elected officials, as if women, who make up more than 50 percent of the population, are a special interest group seeking special treatment. It is way past time Congress understood that our issues are not an afterthought but are of critical importance.
The study of relevant history can shed insight into present-day events, even if the specific details may differ. With that in mind, it may be worthwhile to look at four historical Chicago mayoral campaigns as Karen Lewis sets her sights on Rahm Emanuel.
No wonder Americans feel powerless. No surprise we're sick of politics, and many of us aren't even voting. But if we give up on politics, we're done for. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Perhaps Brown would be interested in knowing that charter schools, non-union schools and schools without tenure protections actually don't outperform their counterparts.
The long standing dominance of taxi unions and hotels around the world have led to expensive fares and limited options. These are only two of the many arenas that are ripe for innovation.
One of the most unnoticed labor trends in the past few decades has been the rise of "just-in-time scheduling," the practice of scheduling workers' shifts with little advance notice that are subject to cancelation hours before they are due to begin.
Janos David is a sociologist who has spent his professional life studying change. He experienced the Hungarian uprising of 1956 firsthand and much later helped to produce documentaries about it.
Now the Metropolitan Opera, my home for over 20 years of my 34-year career, is in the final hours of labor negotiations. We have been told there will be a lockout starting at midnight Thursday evening when the fiscal year closes.
At the top of many education reformers' wish list is expanding charter schools to give students a choice. The total number of charter schools currently competing with Grosse Pointe and Birmingham public schools is zero.
The "market" may be a fine way to price corn or beans, but by itself it is not an appropriate way to price wages. That's because people are not commodities. Their well-being is the point of the economy. Everyone who works for a living deserves a living wage.
In the decades to come, raising the floor for home care workers will become increasingly important. Unfortunately, many of those who take care of our most vulnerable - even full-time workers - are still in poverty.
Women just scored a significant victory in the U.S. Supreme Court. In Harris v. Quinn, decided just last month, the Supreme Court declared that childcare providers and personal care aids (PCAs attend to hygiene, housekeeping, and meal preparation for the elderly and infirm) are not required to unionize.
You would be hard-pressed to find data that show less money in education leads to better results, but you can easily find people who complain that we spend too much on education.
These three decisions, taken together, are an assault on the rights, health, and economic well-being of women in every corner of this country. But they are also a challenge to President Obama, to Congress, to the political system, and to the American people to take the action necessary to undo the damage.
There can be little doubt that this was a very good year for corporations, employers and fat cats. Meanwhile, racial minority groups were again reminded that the civil rights movement is a thing of the past.