David Macaray

David Macaray

David Macaray, a former union rep, is a Los Angeles-based playwright and the author of “It’s Never Been Easy: Essays on Modern Labor” and “Night Shift:  270 Factory Stories.” His latest book is “How to Win Friends and Avoid Sacred Cows:  Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About India But Were Afraid to Ask.” He can be reached at Dmacaray@gmail.com

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Friday, March 09, 2012
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.<img alt="" bord
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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
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
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
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 03, 2012
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
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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Friday, January 06, 2012
It’s the Season of Recess-Appointments
Just hours after recess-appointing former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, President Obama recess-appointed three people to the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board), giving it a full complement of five members for the first time in more than a year. The three new members are Sandra Block, Richard Griffin and Terrence Flynn. They join current members Mark Pearce and Brian Hayes. Block, Griffin and Pearce are Democrats; Flynn and Hayes are Republicans.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Nordic Whoring: US Workers Get Cheap
Sociologists tell us that the reason an otherwise happily married man will seek the services of a prostitute is because he knows she will do things his wife would never consent to do. Whether or not that explanation is accurate, the same perception appears to be Sweden’s reason for embracing the American worker. Judging from their recent actions, Swedish companies are convinced they can get American workers to do things their own citizens would never do.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
10 Reasons Why Labor Unions Are Going to Win
Yes, congressional Democrats and President Obama have been major disappointments, and yes, the forces arrayed against organized labor have done considerable damage. But despite the damage, despite the hype generated by Fox News, and the self-serving propaganda disseminated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the anti-labor crowd has run out of steam. They’ve lost their momentum. Here are 10 reasons why organized labor will prevail.
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