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Rick Sloan

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A No-Brainer: Launching a Purchasing Co-op for Unions

(10) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 4:43 PM

A no-brainer is an idea so simple, so easily understood, so quickly adopted that it requires no real thought. Everyone "gets" a no-brainer, except when they don't.
Over the course of the last year, I heard that phrase dozens of times. Each time I cringed. To me a...

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"Do Manufacturers Need Special Treatment?" -- They Both Need It and Deserve It

(155) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 7:00 AM

In one of the most uninformed -- and counter-productive -- op-eds we've read in the last five years, President Barack Obama's first chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Christina D. Romer, just spent 1,200 words arguing that we should do nothing about the crisis in American manufacturing....

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Anthony Weiner Deserves A Second Chance

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 1:03 PM

In the winter of 2001-2002, I spent hundreds of hours reading transcripts and reviewing video clips of the men and women who raced towards the sounds of the sirens on September 11, 2001. The International Association of Machinists had sent three film crews to New York City and recorded over...

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An Unconscionable Silence

(13) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 6:22 PM

Where are labor's allies? Where are Israel's friends? Where, exactly, are the supporters of civil rights, immigrant rights and women's rights?

Each core Democratic constituency is under attack. Many of the attacks are vicious and unrelenting. Some are presented as nuanced disagreements, but are no less traumatic in the long...

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Remembering the Recession on St. Patrick's Day

(31) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 9:52 AM

Even as President Obama and members of Congress celebrate St. Patrick's Day, I doubt they will dwell on the worst chapter in the history of the Emerald Isle -- the Irish Famine of 1846 to 1850.

Yet shamrock-sporting politicians everywhere should pay heed to the depths of that calamity....

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Where Is Cass Sunstein When We Really Need Him?

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 1:10 PM

Located somewhere in the Executive Office Building is a man whose literary credentials include The Second Bill of Rights: FDR's Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need It More Than Ever. Its author, Cass Sunstein, heads the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. But his talents are clearly being...

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Meeting America's Challenges

(8) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 1:21 PM

In The Agenda, Bob Woodward described a White House staff meeting held on the 90th day of Bill Clinton's presidency. Things were not going well. Zoe Baird, the Christophe haircut and Don't Ask, Don't Tell had made for a rocky start. Even worse, Clinton's $140 billion five year deficit reduction...

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Bite Back

(13) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 12:37 PM

Jaws, the 1975 Steven Spielberg movie about a voracious great white shark, provided the inspiration for Bite Back. This two minute internet ad reflects the plight of America's jobless millions, and refocuses their rage on their real tormentors.

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An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 5:31 PM

July 15, 2010

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Nineteen months into your first term, the Great Recession that you inherited from your predecessor lingers like a severe case of poison ivy. Its rash of joblessness has...

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The GOP's Vendetta Against the Jobless

(22) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 12:41 PM

Last week, forty Republican Senators and one Democrat blocked action on extended unemployment benefits. This week, three GOP Senators were absent for the roll call but the end result was the same -- no relief for the long-term unemployed. By the time those 41 lawmakers return from their Fourth of...

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Ensure Domestic Tranquility

(7) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 11:49 AM

Somewhere along the spectrum of marital bliss to spousal abuse lies an uncharted land of silent suffering. When bad times hit good people, we know what happens. Tempers flare, harsh words are spoken, and the ensuing silences become unbearable. But what happens when those bad times last for months, if...

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A Senate Candidate of Their Own: Alvin Greene in South Carolina

(7) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 10:32 AM

The Mother Jones headline asks, "Who is Alvin Greene?" The magazine answers its own question: "An unemployed 32-year-old black Army veteran with no campaign funds, no signs, and no website shocked South Carolina on Tuesday night by winning the Democratic Senate primary to oppose Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)."

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Incumbents Better Take Note

(2) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 12:58 PM

Congress went home last Friday for a ten day recess. After much "talk, talk, talk" about jobs, no jobs bill emerged from Capitol Hill for President Barack Obama to sign. And no Act of Congress now can alter the indelible impression left with jobless voters.

The die is cast....

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The Last (Sad) Laughs

(24) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 4:58 PM

How much longer will America's 'gravest recession' last?

Of course, no one knows for sure, but a table produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which since 1939 has tracked the increase or decrease in non-farm jobs as reported in its monthly Employer Survey, offers a...

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In Politics, It's All About Timing, and Democratic Governors Could Use Some

(8) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 3:13 PM

For Democratic gubernatorial candidates, time is running out. And two uncontrollable forces are making their political lives exceedingly perilous.

First, they face an evaporating electorate. The 2008 presidential election set the high water mark for voter participation. This year's midterm elections, however, will likely see voter participation recede to...

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