Tagged: organized labor

Decline of the Lapdog Press

Decline of the Lapdog Press

  I haven’t read the Toronto Star in decades and I imagine it must have changed since my days as its Labor reporter. When I got that job 55 years ago, the Star was known...

Say Thanks to the Unions

Say Thanks to the Unions

  As Americans celebrate Labor Day, I wonder how many spare a thought for those much-criticized trade unions that made the holiday possible. I suspect hardly anybody – except politicians like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders...

The Rich Won’t Need us Much Longer, Dr. Stiglitz

The Rich Won’t Need us Much Longer, Dr. Stiglitz

I read a scholarly article recently by an economist I respect, Nobel winner Joseph Stiglitz. He made a compelling case for the rich helping the rest of us for “selfish” reasons. The argument was well...

The Ironic Outrage of the Tea Party SOBs

The Ironic Outrage of the Tea Party SOBs

I don’t have to tell you those Tea Party people have a lot of nerve. They will look you in the eye and tell you the biggest lie with a straight face. And they...

Whatever Happened to the Labor in Labor Day?

Whatever Happened to the Labor in Labor Day?

It’s the first Monday in September, and for decades the date was marked by parades celebrating the contribution of working men and women to the American and Canadian societies.  Today, it’s just another holiday....

Just Maybe, “the People” Might be Waking up

Just Maybe, “the People” Might be Waking up

Robert Reich is a shrewd and seasoned commentator. He was Bill Clinton’s labor secretary and is now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. And when he announces the possible birth of ...

Obama Tries to Reason with Obdurate Oppressors

Obama Tries to Reason with Obdurate Oppressors

I look at those tiny eyes and I wonder, who is this man? Is he really from planet Earth? Or is he some infiltrator from outer space lacking any trace of human decency or...

Unions’ Demise Would be Bad News for Middle Class

Unions’ Demise Would be Bad News for Middle Class

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of bad things about trade unions. Some of it is undoubtedly deserved.  But most of it is propaganda. For decades now, the conservative noise machine has been on...

Crooked Referees Skew Contest Between the Classes

Crooked Referees Skew Contest Between the Classes

Sometimes, I’ll be watching a sports event, and wonder whether the referees – or umpires – have been bribed. It happens a lot in football, where there are so many fouls that it’s up...

The Bitter Battle to Block Trade Unions in America

The Bitter Battle to Block Trade Unions in America

Big Business has achieved its greatest propaganda success in slandering the trade union movement in the United States. And Big Labor has unwittingly helped to bring about its own fall from grace. Back in...