Bill Leumer

Bill Leumer is a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 853 (ret.).

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Friday, January 02, 2015
The Strategic Significance of the Fight for $15
The fight for $15, a movement that started two years ago with a walkout of fast food workers in New York, has been gaining momentum ever since. In early December 2014, workers staged one-day strikes in over 150 cities, creating what The New York Times called “the largest labor protests in the...
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Protesters involved with Occupy San Francisco in October of 2011. (Photo: flickr / cc / Glenn Halog) Views
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Does Capitalism Inevitably Produce Inequalities?
In a recent New York Times op-ed article , Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz theorized that capitalism does not inevitably produce inequalities in wealth. Instead, he argued, today’s inequalities result from policy decisions made by politicians on all sorts of matters that affect people...
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The Chicago Teachers Union proved that there is a winning strategy available, if unions would only take advantage of it. (Photo: flickr / cc / sarah-ji) Views
Monday, June 30, 2014
Labor Unions Have a Choice: Fight Back or Die
With Democratic Governor Jerry Brown in office since 2011 and the Democratic Party winning a supermajority in the state legislature in 2012, one might think that organized labor was secure and riding high. At least, that is the impression organized labor projects during campaign season. But the...
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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers with SEIU Local 1021 hold signs as they picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on July 2, 2013 in Oakland. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, April 20, 2014
The Myth of the Pro-Labor Democrat
As the standard of living of working people continues its four-decades-long steady decline, the number of people who classify themselves as “middle class” has correspondingly dropped, including by almost 10 percent in the past six years alone. Under the circumstances one might assume that leaders...
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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
The New York Times Gets an ‘F’ on Education Policy
A recent New York Times editorial took a moment out to lecture mayor-elect of New York City Bill de Blasio on how he should treat teachers and their unions.
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Wednesday, October 09, 2013
United Auto Workers: One Step Forward, One Backward
Trying to rebound off the ropes, where it has been pummeled for the past several decades, The United Auto Workers (UAW) has launched an aggressive organizing campaign in the South, in line with an AFL-CIO resolution emphasizing organizing there, where unionization rates are weak across the board.
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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
For Journalism, Objectivity vs. Subjectivity Is False Dichotomy
In a recent
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