Tag Archives: Labor

One size fits all

What does the author of this sentence think “one-size-fits-all” means? Our economy is too diverse for a one-size-fits-all sick and safe leave policy to work, particularly if enacted differently in each local community. The associated good news is that Minneapolis … Continue reading

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Some more links on UMN faculty organizing

From the Minnesota Daily, Faculty files to unionize. From MPR, U faculty file petition toward union vote. From City Pages, Faculty file for union to bring the U’s focus back to the classroom. From Workday Minnesota, University of Minnesota faculty file for union election. … Continue reading

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UMN faculty union drive

Faculty at the University of Minnesota are filing to form a union!  It’s a group consisting of tenured, tenure-track, and contingent (adjunct) faculty, looking to join the SEIU education local.  This is the same union that organized Hamline adjuncts in … Continue reading

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A victory for workers at the U

The clerical, janitorial and other workers at the U, who have been in contract negotiations for months, have won what look like strong contracts: nontrivial pay raises, including a minimum of $15/hour, six weeks maternity leave (giving them parity with … Continue reading

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Things I don’t really believe, even though I know they are true

Multi-ton hunks of metal and carbon can fly through the air via their own propulsive forces. Two people, conversing openly in public, can establish a code that is not breakable by someone overhearing the entire conversation. The University of Minnesota … Continue reading

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A few labor things

The one-day strikes at fast food and other retailers are wonderful and make me optimistic about the world; in DC, they’ve already (by a stroke of luck) resulted in a union for some workers and have been (along with the … Continue reading

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Dialogue on Chicago, imported from Facebook

I think opposition to the “interests of educators *as a class*” in this instance stems from an objection to the way the class is defined and defended. It’s perfectly consistent to be pro-medicine while being radically opposed to union protection … Continue reading

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Don’t forget the reason for the season

Keep the Labor in Labor Day!

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