David Macaray

David Macaray, a Los Angeles playwright and author (“It’s Never Been Easy: Essays on Modern Labor”), was a former union rep. He can be reached at dmacaray@earthlink.net

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Friday, April 13, 2012 - 2:17am
The Campaign to Privatize the World
One of the biggest con games going on at the moment is the sustained attack on the U.S.
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Monday, March 26, 2012 - 7:33am
Three Ways Labor Can Fight Back
There’s no denying that slogans are gold. In the world of commerce, a catchy, cleverly written slogan, no matter how illogical or misleading, has an excellent chance of attracting customers. Take Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign from some years ago. That slogan was a huge hit, despite no one actually knowing what the phrase meant, or what, precisely, it had to do with Nike products.
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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 6:49am
Does Labor Have Any Real Friends?
Despite well-meaning attempts at mitigating or sugar-coating it, organized labor has always known, deep-down, that the only true friend it had was labor itself. Yes, the Democrats have thrown a few crumbs its way, and yes, academics have eloquently given voice to the Movement, and yes, non-union workers have grudgingly recognized organized labor’s historical contributions. But when it comes to the down-and-dirty battles, working people realize that no one can be relied upon except other working people.
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Friday, March 9, 2012 - 8:06am
Rush Limbaugh Is No Joke
It’s disappointing to hear people (liberals, progressives, Democrats) dismiss Rush Limbaugh as simply a “clown,” or a “blowhard,” or “an idiot,” or, more thoughtfully, as “a political entertainer and not a political pundit,” as if his 14-15 million reported regular listeners didn’t count for anything—as if they didn’t vote or make political contributions. Let’s not kid ourselves. Limbaugh’s audience doesn’t regard him as a joke. They regard him as a modern day prophet.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 8:09am
The Dreadful Candy Caper: Hershey's Outrageous Labor Violations
What happened recently at the Hershey candy factory, in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, has to be considered one of the weirdest and most outrageous labor stories of the new year.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 8:08am
Two Negative Perceptions of Labor
Included in a front-page Los Angeles Times feature article (February 21, 2012) on AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka was this sobering observation: According to a 2011 Pew poll, only 45-percent of Americans viewed labor unions “favorably.”
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 8:53am
Lockouts: The Empire Strikes Back
If you’re looking for evidence of just how confident, militant, and insufferably arrogant companies have become in recent years, look no further than the phenomenon of the lockout. A lockout is where a company closes its doors, refusing to allow its union employees to return to work until they accede to company demands—demands that typically call for staggering cuts in wages and benefits.
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Friday, February 10, 2012 - 9:01am
Germany As Our Model
Some years ago the American writer Jack Hitt made a clever, off-beat observation. He suggested that if African Americans seriously wished to defuse or neutralize the remaining iconic influence of the confederate flag (which not only is still found throughout the Deep South, but is proudly displayed on the grounds of South Carolina’s capitol building), black rappers should co-opt it. They should make it their own.
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Friday, February 3, 2012 - 8:14am
Indiana Lets It All Slip Away
Unless a miracle occurs, Indiana (with approximately 11-percent of its workforce unionized) is going to become the 23rd “right-to-work” state in the U.S. (and the first one to take that dreadful plunge since Oklahoma did it, in 2001), making it illegal to require union membership as a condition of employment.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 3:45pm
This Is a Test... (And Too Many Americans Are Failing)
We’re being tested. Republican politicians and pundits are busy testing the American public, trying to assess how ignorant and distracted we are. While they already have a pretty good idea, they’re determined to get a precise reading. Testing is vitally important to these people because, if the United States is to be turned into a plutocracy, our collective ignorance is an absolute necessity.
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