Candidates who pledged to make Oakland work for everyone swept the November elections. They face two huge hurdles to making that real: proposals to close more schools, and to build a stadium plus luxury housing at the Port of Oakland.
Over decades, a boutique of consultants, industrial psychologists, and specialist lawyers--spending an estimated $340 million a year--has played a significant role in subduing the labor movement, and has helped keep U.S. unions pinned down to this day.
The gaming industry has seen a wave of unionization efforts in recent years. Quality assurance testers at ZeniMax Studios pushed to unionize, saying labor issues such as low wages and long hours drove them to organize.
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