David Macaray

David Macaray

David Macaray, a former union rep, is a Los Angeles-based playwright and author - “It’s Never Been Easy: Essays on Modern Labor” and his new “Night Shift:  270 Factory Stories.” He can be reached at Dmacaray@gmail.com

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Monday, June 20, 2011
Organized Labor's Ultimate Weapon
The practice known as “union-busting” isn’t limited to goon squads cracking heads, or companies hiring public relations firms that specialize in scare tactics and intimidation. In its broadest sense, union-busting describes what congressional Democrats have been doing since the 1980s—taking labor’s money while voting against workers’ rights, giving tough speeches at union halls, then using weasel words when addressing business groups, and refusing to go on the record as unabashedly “pro-union.”
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Saturday, May 21, 2011
Larger Profits + Safety Shortcuts = Death
It was a year and six weeks ago (April 5, 2010) that 29 coal miners died in a massive explosion in Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, making it the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1970. On May 19, 2011, an independent investigation commissioned by the state’s former governor reported conclusively what everybody involved already knew….that the accident was the result of safety violations by Massey management. In truth, the Upper Big Branch mine was more or less a death trap.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The United States Has Mexico….and Sweden Has Us
Who would have imagined that Sweden—of all countries—with its heavily unionized workforce, its social programs, its liberated sexual attitudes, its minimum wage of $18 per hour, and its 5 weeks of guaranteed paid vacation, would dare treat the United States the way….well, the way the United States treats Mexico?
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Sunday, May 23, 2010
Labor Protests Calderon’s Visit to Washington
Any questions as to which American president Felipe Calderon most admires were answered last October when he fired 44,000 members of the independent Mexican Electrical Workers Union. First, he refused to negotiate with them, then he fired them. By all indications, the Harvard-educated president of Mexico is an unabashed disciple of Ronald Reagan.
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