Portside Labor

Posted by Portside on February 22, 2013
In These Times
Foxconn has announced that workers will be able to vote for union representatives at their factories. The plan, according to news reports, is to allow workers to elect “junior workers” to represent them in a union leadership structure historically dominated by management and officials.
Posted by Portside on February 21, 2013
The Atlantic
"In Brazil and India, machines are already starting to do primary care, because there’s no labor to do it,” says Robert Kocher, an internist, “They may be better than doctors. . ." The rising costs of health care, an aging population in the United States and other nations, are spurring investments into the development of sophisticated machines that will be able to perform tasks now done by highly skilled workers. What may be the impact on the healthcare workforce?
Posted by Portside on February 20, 2013
Labor Notes
Twin Cities SEIU Local 26 uses other groups and individuals to help its organizing drive.
Posted by Portside on February 19, 2013
Huffington Post
If workers at the bottom had continued to share in the economy's growth in the years since 1968 as they had in the three decades before 1968, we would be looking at a very different economy and society. If the minimum wage had risen in step with productivity growth it would be over $16.50 an hour today.That is higher than the hourly wages earned by 40 percent of men and half of women.
Posted by Portside on February 18, 2013
Truthout
A budding coalition of immigrants and African-Americans - modeled on the outstanding community- and labor-organizing example of Culinary Workers Union Local 226 - is potentially the largest progressive force in America - one capable of transforming the trajectory of US history.
Posted by Portside on February 18, 2013
The New York Times
Is the U.S. a less upwardly mobile society than Britain a century ago?
Posted by Portside on February 15, 2013
Labor Notes
Recently, unions have been taking a closer look at the work-without-a-contract strategy. Some have changed their mantra from “no contract, no work” to “no contract, no peace.” With a helpful December 2012 Labor Board (NLRB) ruling (see below), this trend is likely to gain momentum.

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