Labor & Education

Moshe Marvit’s Six “Friedrichs” Takeaways

Posted January 14, 2016 by Bill Raden

On Monday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a lawsuit that targets Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a nearly 40-year cornerstone of labor-management relations. At stake is the principle that, although public employees
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When Workers Fight: NUHW Wins Battle with Kaiser

Posted November 24, 2015 by Cal Winslow

The therapists, counselors, and social workers at Kaiser Permanente in California have won a magnificent victory. In a last minute retreat, in the face of an open-ended strike, Kaiser, the giant California health care corporation, settled with 1400 workers and
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Celebrating Joe Hill

Posted November 16, 2015 by Bill Raden

November 19 marks the 100-year anniversary of Joe Hill’s execution by a Utah firing squad for a sensationalized Salt Lake City double homicide. Hill, a 36-year-old Swedish immigrant, was an itinerant laborer and union organizer for the Wobblies – the
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Fight for $15 – Will AFL-CIO Jump In?

Posted November 11, 2015 by

There are only two flashpoints in American history where labor unions became center stage in politics. I will call these “Big Bang” moments because they propelled the American Federation of Labor (AFL) after 1886 and the Committee for Industrial Organization
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Workers of America, Unite!

Posted October 29, 2015 by

Remarks* by panelist Carl Finamore at the Oct. 26, 2015 Black Lives Matter Forum sponsored by the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO. ***** The American working class is the most powerful in the world, is the most productive in the
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Billionaires Can’t Teach Our Kids

Posted October 26, 2015 by Donald Cohen

Last month, the Los Angeles Times released a terrifying confidential roadmap for privatizing L.A.’s schools that was produced by billionaire Eli Broad. Broad plans to raise and spend $490 million to create enough privately operated charter schools to house half
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