I know of some baseball employees who can relate to that kind of bargain basement salary, and they're in San Francisco, too. Their situation is yet another flagrant example of the vast and widening gap created by income inequality in America.
His fifth State of the Union speech this week gives President Obama a perfect opportunity to proclaim to all of America that he will preserve the freedom to engage in collective action. It's an important moment for him to say the word 'union' loudly.
We are all parts of the globalized organism that is our food economy. We are pieces of a greater whole. In the service economy we play different roles, some of us are hands and some are mouths, but we are all interconnected in a living househol, that feeds and sustains every living thing.
Today, with unions weaker than ever before, and an influential wing of the Democratic Party shot through with anti-labor, pro-business ideology, it seems doubtful that even a carefully calibrated proposal like this could get through a Democratic-dominated Congress.
If labor and other progressive groups are going to rebuild an economy that works for the 99 percent in America, they need to do great organizing in workplaces and communities and they also need to build deep coalitions among themselves. But that's not enough.