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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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 9:12am
Lesser of Two Evils
The argument against government regulation of commerce goes something like this. These regulations are cumbersome, confusing, expensive, inefficient, vaguely “unconstitutional,” and, ultimately, counter-productive, because they hurt the very businesses and industries they were established to protect.
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Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:23pm
From the Folks Who Brought You NAFTA
Although there hasn’t been much mainstream news coverage, the U.S.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 1:33pm
Longshoremen’s Strike Averted as Public, Media Hypocritical on Labor Rights
On December 28, a potential strike by the ILA (International Longshoremen’s Association), representing East Coast dockworkers, was averted when union negotiators agreed to extend the contract for another month and continue bargaining. Both sides took this as a hopeful sign.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 12:57pm
Are We Approaching the Twilight of the Labor Movement?
By now, most people realize that private sector union membership in the U.S. stands at about 7-percent, which means that 93-percent of all private sector jobs are non-union. Which makes those accusations of unions of being “too big” and “too powerful” even more ridiculous and hysterical than they were when private sector membership was only a meager 10-percent.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 1:10pm
We Lost Michigan
When you examine the history of organized labor—the birth, growth, trajectory—you have to be shocked and mortified by what just happened to the great state of Michigan. They went from being one of the strongest, most celebrated union bastions in the country (the UAW was formed in 1935, the same year the Wagner Act became law) to becoming the 24th right-to-work state.
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Monday, November 12, 2012 - 7:36am
The Military Honor Code: Myth or Mission?
Even if we choose to ignore the numerous cheating scandals that, over the years, have plagued U.S. service academies (all of which adhere to rigorous and well-publicized honor codes), the most compelling reason for questioning (if not totally disregarding) the vaunted “moral rectitude” of these military colleges is the behavior of America’s officer corps during the Vietnam war.
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Friday, October 26, 2012 - 7:54am
Rebooting Our Definition of “Patriotism”
Which is more “patriotic”—to loyally refrain from criticizing your government’s foreign policies, no matter how brutal or peremptory they may be (including those that result in quasi-legal, immoral military adventurism that kills thousands of innocent civilians), or to loyally pony up when your government asks you to make a relatively minor economic sacrifice?
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Friday, September 28, 2012 - 7:49am
De-Bunking the Myth of the “Union Boss”
Among the many myths and outright lies being circulated about labor unions (e.g., union members can’t be fired, they are inferior workers, it was union wages that forced companies to relocate overseas, etc.), one of the most annoying and downright offensive is the Myth of the Union Boss. Because anti-union propagandists won’t risk alienating the rank-and-file by insulting them directly, they try to portray these people as “victims,” as regular, good-hearted working stiffs who, alas, are at the mercy of their corrupt, overpaid, dictatorial union officials.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 6:47am
Politics Won't Fix What Ails Us
Assuming that the polls and surveys are correct, and Barack Obama earns himself a second term as president, what are the odds that he will evolve into the kind of pro-union Democrat organized labor always hoped he would be?
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Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 6:56am
Labor Is Under Attack All Over the World
There are plenty of notable labor events occurring at the moment. And by “notable,” of course, we mean hideous and horribly depressing. Clearly, management people all over the world believe the stars are in perfect alignment and that they now have a tremendous advantage when it comes to negotiating with their workforce.
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