I wrote a short piece on bad labor history in textbooks for this week’s issue of The Nation:
Taken together, the narrative that emerges is one in which unions arose to address now-expired injustices, achieving only limited success, and then were replaced by legal regulations and enlightened business leaders. Not coincidentally, that’s the impression you’d get from a lot of our newspapers, politicians and TV shows too.
It’s in the Noted (news briefs) section. It’s adapted from this post I wrote for the website. Subscribers can download the issue here.
I was on The Rich Smith Show Wednesday night talking about that evening’s huge march and labor’s deepening relationship with Occupy Wall Street. Here’s the audio (I come on about 90 minutes in).
Here’s an Alternet piece I wrote previewing the march that took place Wednesday night. I talked to leaders of labor and community groups about why they’re linking arms with Occupy Wall Street and where they want to see it go:
“There’s a commonality of purpose,” says Albanetti. “At the very least, there’s commonality in what we deem to be the problem.” Mumm says visiting Liberty Park conjured decade-old memories of the anti-globalization movement that kept gaining steam following anti-World Trade Organization protests in Seattle but “really collapsed after 9/11.” He believes Occupy Wall Street has the potential “to go to the place that the anti-globalization movement ten years ago could have gone, which is to mobilize some constituencies in America that have not worked together the way they have back then.”
Allison and Jamie kindly had me back on Citizen Radio to talk about how textbooks distort the labor movement and how companies get away with firing labor activists. Here’s the audio of the episode, which also features a great interview with journalist Steve Horn on the big oil backing of a supposedly objective documentary on natural gas extraction.
Here’s my Nation interview with AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler on the challenges facing youth and the labor movement:
Do you see the attack on public workers as a consequence of the decline in private sector unionization?
Definitely. The density question is the biggest and most important challenge we have in front of us. How do we grow? And we’re basically in a defensive posture in every state. It’s not only attacks on the public sector and collective bargaining – it’s prevailing wage laws, it’s voting rights, it’s everything you can think of being thrown at us.
Check it out.
I have a new piece up at Alternet on what the attack on the Postal Service shows us about what the GOP House really cares about:
Now, like the US economy, the USPS faces a crisis brought on by Republican policies, which Republicans insist only more right-wing policies can solve. USPS has informed Congress that it can’t pay $5.5 billion due to a federal retiree health fund September 30, raising prospects of default. Republicans, led by Rep. Darrell Issa, are demanding layoffs and service cuts. Here’s how the Republican plan – burning the Postal Service to save it – contradicts the stories Republicans tell us about themselves.
Through IPS’ Other Words project, I have an op-ed up at the Columbia Missourian and other local sites:
It would be nice to say that what happened to Green is unusual or that going to the government means she’ll get justice. But the truth is that companies fire workers for union activity all the time, and they often get away with it.
Check it out.