15 Jul 2010

Danse Macabre: The Republicans, the Corporate Lobbyists, and the Ghosts of Dead Coal Miners

There seemed to be an otherworldly presence in the hearing room Tuesday when a Congressional committee began formal consideration of new coal mine safety legislation.

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15 Jul 2010

Danse Macabre: The Republicans, the corporate lobbyists, and the ghosts of dead coal miners

There seemed to be an otherworldly presence in the hearing room Tuesday when a Congressional committee began formal consideration of new coal mine safety legislation.

I was physically far away, watching on C-SPAN, so I couldn’t tell whether the unseen spirits were the ghosts of the 29 miners killed three months ago in a preventable explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia — or the malignant aura of corporate power that seems to haunt the halls of Congress.

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12 Jul 2010

Can Congress (Finally) Get Coal Mine Safety Right?

Tomorrow afternoon, Congress will once again take up new legislative proposals to improve coal mine safety. After decades of repeated mining disasters, countless unnecessary deaths and injuries, and continual demands for remedial action, can Congress finally get mining safety legislation right? The outward signs are not encouraging.

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12 Jul 2010

Can Congress (finally) Get Coal Mine Safety Right?

Tomorrow afternoon, Congress will once again take up new legislative proposals to improve coal mine safety. After decades of repeated mining disasters, countless unnecessary deaths and injuries, and continual demands for remedial action, can Congress finally get mining safety legislation right? The outward signs are not encouraging.

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02 Jul 2010

Two Unions Launch Major Organizing Drives at Delta Air Lines

There has been a lot of grumbling in labor circles that Obama hasn’t done enough for the unions that supported him so strongly in the 2008 election, but you are not likely to hear much of that in the inner circles of two airline unions that launched major organizing campaigns

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20 Sep 2009

Hyatt to Boston Hotel Housekeepers: Drop Dead

I am astonished to see this formal statement from Hyatt hotels in response to the outcry in Boston about the cruel and abrupt firings of about 100 housekeepers.

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31 Jul 2009

Another Kind of Summit

Obama had another kind of summit today – a pleasant luncheon with some of the country’s worst unionbusters.

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04 Jul 2009

Ships, Pirates and Unions

Just in time for the Fourth of July, MEBA has published the full story of the U.S.-flag containership Maersk Alabama, the Somali pirates, and the union that represent the officers and crew.

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