21 Jun 2008

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Michaels: Doubt Is Their Product

I first realized the power — and evil — of the dreaded practitioners of “manufactured doubt” when I was working at OSHA in the late 1990’s on the ergonomics standard. That was the regulation that was going to address the plague of disabling back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and other musculoskeletal disorders that at that time – and still today – make up the most common source of injury

16 Jan 2007

Sky Trip: Air Traffic Controllers Burned Out by FAA Rules

AFL-CIO blogger Tula Connell is substituting this week for Jordan Barab. If you traveled over the holidays and made it back safely, thank an air traffic controller. The nation’s air controllers are doing a monumental job in the face of constant attacks by the Bush administration’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

09 Jan 2007

Labor At The Dawn Of 2007: What’s Going On?

I may be physically back from Winter Solstice Break, but I'm not quite mentally back, so today I'm going to ramble — kind of a stream of consciousness spew about what's happening in labor at the dawn of 2007. Here goes: First, let's look back at last year. Not a

26 Dec 2006

Baaaad Bosses. And What We Can Do About them.

By AFL-CIO  Guest Blogger Tula Connell   We all know about Bad Bosses. But this summer, when Working America held its first-ever My Bad Boss Contest, the roaches really crawled out of the woodwork. Like the boss who told his part-time staff person she had to work longer hours—even though

19 Dec 2006

Rights Of All Workers

By Tula Connell at the AFL-CIO Why should unions care about low-wage immigrant workers? Don’t they just undercut the wages and benefits of other hard-working people? Aren’t we slicing our own throats by giving them a hand? Many people—union and nonunion—make such arguments in good faith, believing that by holding

12 Dec 2006

The Next Congress: Good News, Bad News and Hard Work For Labor

As we move into the holiday season, we're all looking forward to the birth of the new Democratic Congress — and those of us who work for a living, who are union members, who want to be union members, or who are convinced that the success of the labor movement

05 Dec 2006

These Elections Aren’t Democratic

AFL-CIO blogger Tula Connell  is substituting this week for Jordan Barab. Voting by secret ballot sounds like the American way. At least it did before paperless electronic voting machines. But there’s another secret ballot election process that definitely is not democratic: The one that takes place when you’re trying to

28 Nov 2006

Goodyear Strikers: Old Dogs, New Tricks

Last week I wrote about the contract victory of Houston after a three-week strike.  It was a perfect example of the new unionism: organizing low-paid, immigrant service sector workers using a combination of traditional union strategies combined with a coroporate campaign and civil disobedience tactics molded during the Civil Rights

21 Nov 2006

Worker Victory In Houston! Texas?

"Nobody thought that poor Latinos of Houston would be successful, but today we can stand up and carry our heads very high," Flora Aguilar, a Houston janitor and member of the Service Employees International Union bargaining committee, told janitors gathered at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Monday night

14 Nov 2006

Labor Pulls Dems Over The Finish Line

As we're all well aware, the election is over, the returns are in and all is well in the world (well, except for the president and the other guy ahead of Nancy Pelosi in the presidential line of succession.) Another thing that's once again well in the world is the