Unions

 “With this rule, the Administration has made clear that it plans to pursue a partisan agenda to overturn longstanding and effective labor policy.” That quip by Linda Kelly, Senior Vice President at the virulently anti-union National Association of Manufacturers, should be an early...
01/15/2015
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Nathan Kelly is an associate professor of political science at the University of Tennessee. His book, The Politics of Inequality in the United States, examines how politics affects the market distribution of income, as well as government redistribution. Kelly and I discuss the implications of his...
07/14/2014
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Yesterday, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Charles E. Schumer, Michael Bennet, Richard Blumenthal and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts re-introduced the DISCLOSE Act, a comprehensive disclosure legislation that came within one vote of overcoming a party line filibuster and adopting comprehensive...
06/24/2014
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Evan Soltas has been on a tear about unions, which has also generated a huge wave of responses in blogs and elsewhere (decent summary of the action here). It's clear that he is not a fan of them in net, but it's also clear that he has only a limited understanding of what they do. For instance...
02/28/2014
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I was almost a member of the United Auto Workers union. At the turn of the millennium, I was a graduate student working as a teaching assistant at Columbia University. While I had expected the low pay, the arbitrariness of some university decisions making left me eager for a greater voice at work....
12/12/2013
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The more new data that comes out, the clearer the trend is: America’s middle class is in crisis. Median wages have been flat for decade or more,  even as productivity and corporate profits have soared. The quality of available jobs is declining, with a shift toward part-time and contingent...
09/20/2013
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Since the late 1970s, and especially more recently, the percentage of national income going to labor has fallen dramatically, and the percentage of national income going to owners (i.e. capital) has risen. The rise of capital income at the expense of labor income presents serious problems for the...
06/02/2013
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It should come as no shock that Republicans in Congress would like to see the power of labor further diminished. The same is true of governors and state legislatures in red and purple states such as Wisconsin and Indiana. But now conservative courts have joined the fray. Just this past week, the...
01/30/2013
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Last Friday a Circuit Judge in Dane County, Wisconsin ruled that certain portions of the Wisconsin law known as “Act 10” was unconstitutional under the state and federal constitution. Act 10 is the controversial law passed by the Wisconsin legislature in the March, 2011, that...
09/19/2012
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Chicago teachers themselves will say it: nobody wanted to go on strike.  But today, after ten months of fruitless efforts to negotiate a fair contract, the city’s classrooms are empty and educators are walking picket lines for the first time in 25 years.  At first glance, the strike...
09/10/2012
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