Posts Tagged ‘Unions’

May 15th, 2024 - 8:01 pm § in Business

Union-busting at REI?

The beatings will stop when morale improves the union organizers leave. Employees bitterly mutter that old joke about morale when heavy-handed management gets on their nerves. When many people think about REI, they think of a laid-back outdoorsy company reminiscent of Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinar[...]

May 14th, 2024 - 6:20 pm § in Democrats, Economics, Politics, Republicans

Alabama law punishes employers friendly to unions

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (photo, left) signed a law penalizing employers in her state who accept unions, Huffington Post reported on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 (read story here). It yanks state economic incentives, grants, loans, and tax credits away from any company that recognizes a union instead of forci[...]

May 9th, 2022 - 2:54 am § in Donald Trump, Economics

Are unions coming back?

After World War 2, industrial unions were the economic backbone of the middle class. Since then, vast numbers of blue-collar jobs have been eliminated by offshoring of manufacturing and automation of what remained, and concerted conservative political attacks against organized labor, starting with R[...]

March 3rd, 2022 - 8:13 pm § in Business

Holy rockfall, REI employees vote for a union!

“The rock-climbing, canyon-crossing, river-rafting workers at outdoor gear giant REI” may love their jobs, but not so much their bosses. “Overcoming stiff corporate opposition and a slick anti-union campaign, staff at the company’s New York flagship store voted Wednesday to union[...]

February 20th, 2022 - 9:36 pm § in Misc.

Seattle’s “Beauty and the Beast” musicians’ strike

This month marks the 25th anniversary of Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater musicians’ strike. The labor movement has always found strength in numbers. This strike stands as one Seattle history’s most dramatic examples of union solidarity and strength in numbers. In February 1997, a tiny[...]

November 23rd, 2021 - 4:43 pm § in Business, Economics

Kellogg’s to hire strikebreakers

“Kellogg’s plans to start hiring permanent replacements for some of its 1,400 striking cereal plant workers after negotiations broke down again,” ABC News reported on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 (story here). Unionized Kellogg’s workers have been striking since early October o[...]

March 2nd, 2021 - 6:48 pm § in Business, Economics, Politics

Biden signals support for unions

During the fall campaign, President Biden promised to be “the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen.” Those weren’t empty words. He immediately fired the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel and deputy general counsel, both Trump appointees. On Sunday, February 28, [...]

January 29th, 2020 - 10:52 am § in Misc.


SEIU199 is on strike against Swedish Hospital Can someone tell SEIU they are in violation of the law! I am not talking about the strike, but about this form, I received yesterday by email! Frankly, I was surprised that SEIU1199 would do this.  I had been contacted before the strike about joining th[...]

September 26th, 2018 - 11:06 pm § in Politics

Do unions help workers get higher wages?

It’s practically an article of faith that union jobs pay better. Do they? This graph (from Nate Silver’s “538” blog, based on BLS data) indicates they do. (Note: Public sector wages average more because of higher educational requirements and steady work schedules; most govern[...]

October 1st, 2017 - 10:27 pm § in Misc.

The Unforseen Perils of Self Driving Trucks

These are likely to put thousands of working girls out of a job![...]