Category Archives: Union Busting

The Mean Season

Here’s a thought. The worst of times is when you’re told it’s the best of times, and you are told that you’d damned well better get a smile on your face and appreciate what’s going on around you right now, … Continue reading

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Look for the Union Label

Hollywood is an odd place. Everyone knows that, but those of us who live here know just how odd this place is. Yeah, there are all the movie studios, which aren’t actually in Hollywood itself, but then there are all … Continue reading

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The Surprising Usefulness of Teachers

It’s no secret that Republicans hate public-sector unions, and public-sector workers, as government is always the problem and never the solution, and so forth and so on. Chris Christie has called public school teachers, and by extension, firefighters and cops … Continue reading

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The Essential and the Merely Ornamental

It’s a science fiction convention, or a parlor game, or one of those late-night-in-the-dorm-room deep and meaningful discussions – that bull session when you tackle Big Questions. That happens a lot in freshman dorm rooms. It’s amazing that college students … Continue reading

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Switching National Myths

The current Republican line is that American workers are, in general, greedy whiners, ruining everything. It’s the business owners, the bold capitalists, who are the real heroes – now under attack by useless employees demanding higher wages, and better or … Continue reading

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News of the First Shot Fired

Often there seems no point in discussing breaking news – there are transitory events that seem a big deal, but a week later whatever it was doesn’t seem a big deal at all. Entertainment stories are like that. In a … Continue reading

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A Fresh Array of Useful Idiots

This seems to be the third in a series – not that it was planned this way, but Wisconsin happens: Embattled Republican Gov. Scott Walker defended a budget bill that would slash public workers’ benefits and most collective bargaining rights … Continue reading

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